Pre-school day: everybody walk the dinosaur

This post is guest written by Medhavi Kakkar, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

Dino Jaws at Life Science CentreImagine a dinosaur, any dinosaur. Yes, even Barney the dinosaur. Does the one you’ve imagined have a long tail?

Have you ever wondered what these tails were used for? Were they used for grasping objects like monkey tails?… Read more

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The problem with paper

Ask the staff on our exhibition for how we could help improve our impact on the environment and you always get one answer: “argh, paper!” We give out programmes to visitors, we print out colouring in sheets, we print notes out for meetings, we put on activities that use paper.

The problem is that no one values a piece of paper.… Read more

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Recycle, recycle…

The story at Life Science Centre is one littered (literally) with recycling success stories. Cardboard boxes are great. You receive your parcel in one, then you take off the useful bits to make it into a cardboard dinosaur in the Making Space, then you throw what’s left into a crate in the loading bay.Read more

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Light, bright and environmentally right

Ever been to Life Science Centre on a warm summer’s day? The western half of the building acts very much like a greenhouse. There’s a good reason for that – the building was designed so that plants could be grown in that part of the building, under enormous flexible plastic skylights.Read more

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The mysterious night-time water thief

One day, Life’s Head of Property was looking at how much water the Science Centre uses, when he noticed something odd. Life was using dozens of litres of water overnight.

There’s hardly anybody here overnight, and they don’t drink that much coffee. Was there a leak? Was someone leaving the tap running?… Read more

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Seeing Life in a new light

Like any building this size with hundreds of people entering it every day, Life Science Centre gets through a lot of energy. One thing that all of our exhibitions, labs and other spaces need is light. Which means a key way to reduce our energy consumption is to make our lighting more efficient (or to do everything in the dark, but apparently that doesn’t make for a great visitor experience, or safety record).Read more

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Fossiliferous fun

Our Science Club members had a blast on their summer field trip to Whitby hunting for fossils. Don’t worry if you missed out on all the fun, here’s our handy guide to fossil hunting. 

Planning: Choose a site. This fossil hunting website tells you where to hunt and gives you tips on what you might find there.… Read more

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Visiting Life this summer?

Dino Jaws at Life Science Centre

We are anticipating a busy summer holiday, with lots of families visiting the Dino Jaws exhibition, so we’ve put together some useful info for anyone planning a visit.

While we do everything we can to keep things moving, please be prepared to queue for certain activities and on arrival.

Science Centre opening times
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
You can book tickets online, or buy them on the door.… Read more

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Pre-school day: mixing colours

Cute little girl with painted hands.

We all know what you get when young children mix paint: every possible shade of… brown. I don’t really understand brown – one of the most common colours on earth, and I can’t quite work it out.

Colours of paint absorb some colours of light and reflect others. White light is made up of a whole spectrum of colours, the result of different lengths of light waves.… Read more

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Visiting Life this May half-term?

Dino Jaws at Life Science CentreWe are anticipating a busy May half-term with lots of families visiting the new Dino Jaws exhibition. Safety of our visitors is always our top priority and given the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, we are introducing some extra measures. We will be conducting random bag searches and we encourage all visitors to travel light.Read more

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