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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar (Penguin Books) is a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life – from trying to get laid to finding food. Wired science writer Matt Simon introduces the creatures that have it figured out: the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.

What is Science Hack Day?

Science Hack Day is a two-day-all-night event where anyone excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science comes together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype within 24 consecutive hours. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity. Read more about it here.

Who is this event for?...

What do you get when you combine two sisters with a cat keyboard, nerdy lyrics, serious musical chops, and 30 cities? It’s the Doubleclicks, Portland, Oregon’s beloved geeky folk-pop duo, and they’re going on tour across the US and Canada this summer. Their next stop: July 19 at the Doug Fir with Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Barbara Holm, and Lucia Fasano! Doors open at 7:30 pm for a 8:00 show. 21+. Tickets are $10-12.

OMSI After Dark

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Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or taste how an extra 10% cacao can make a difference in chocolate.


All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!


21+ Only | ID's Required

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$5 suggested donation
Science Pub Hillsboro

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Doors Open at 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation

The National Park System is part of our heritage in the United States. We have 59 parks and six of them are in the Pacific Northwest. All are connected geologically, tied together with the tectonics of the Juan de Fuca plate which is being subducted under North America from the ocean floor off of the coast. Join Professor Scott Burns of Portland State as he discusses the exciting geology and natural history of Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades, Redwoods and Mt. Lassen...


$5 suggested donation

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Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation

If you take an electric charge and move it around, electromagnetic radiation (“light”) is generated. Similarly, if you take a massive object and move it around, gravitational radiation is generated. While electromagnetic radiation is ubiquitous, occurring both naturally and from human sources, gravitational radiation has only recently been detected directly by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). I will discuss the LIGO experiment and its target...


$5 parking fee
OMSI Star Parties

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Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 16, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Viewing highlights include Jupiter, Mars, Saturn waxing gibbous Moon, several...

OMSI on the Rocks

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On the Rocks: Science, Hard Science. Chemistry becomes cocktails as we shake up everything you know about mixed drinks – and geology!


7-8pm VIP Hour

8-11pm General Admission

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.


OMSI After Dark + On the Rocks VIP Admission: $60. Includes one hour of tasting prior to general admission, souvenir shot glass...


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