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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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Pre-school Day: super furry animals

Pre-school Day at Life Science CentreThis post is guest written by Faye Curtis, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

An interesting mission as a new intern: design the next Pre-school Day activity!

I tried to approach it by thinking about the things that little people like most. One of the first things that came to mind was animals.… Read more

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60-second interview with… Andrew Smyth

Ahead of his upcoming live bakes at Maker Faire UK, Andrew answered some quick-fire questions about his engineering background and love of Maker events. Egg-timer at the ready!

1. You’re well known for baking, but can you please describe your day job?

As an aerospace engineer at Rolls-Royce in Derby, I help to develop the next generation of large jet engines.… Read more

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Building St. James’ Park – in LEGO®

This post was guest authored by Steve Mayes, a North Shields-based architectural photographer by trade and a LEGO® fanatic in his spare time. Steve’s LEGO® exhibition, North East LEGO® Landmarks, is at Life until 14 May 2017.

“What’s your starting point?” That’s the question I often get asked about my builds.
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Book review: The Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

This post is guest written by Life’s Education Officer, Liz Ferguson, with the help of her two children.

Having met Chris Hadfield earlier this year on his visit to Life I was excited to find he has recently written a book for children. The Darkest Dark is a story about a little boy (Chris) who doesn’t like the dark and is afraid to go to bed.Read more

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Bright Club: Reply All

matt-wood-bright-clubThis guest post has been written by Bright Club performer Matt Wood.

I had always loved the idea of doing stand up comedy. The trouble was I didn’t really think I had anything to say. Who really wants to listen to what a 24 year old has to say about life?… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Eat a Rainbow!

This post is guest written by Carole Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Food Science at Northumbria University.

Healthy fruit and vegetable nutrition for kidsBeige may be a good neutral colour for your living room, but it’s definitely not a colour to dominate your plate.

Fresh, brightly coloured foods provide a whole range of nutrients to your body, but synthetically coloured foods like sweets can be detrimental to your child’s health and affect their behaviour.… Read more

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The Crunch Project presents: The Lucky Iron Fish

This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

Iron symbol - Fe. Element of the periodic table zoomed with magnifying glassIt might sound strange, but an important part of your diet is a metal. Iron is used in your blood to help transport oxygen to your muscles. A lack of iron in your diet can mean you’ll feel tired and short of breath.Read more

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The Crunch: our journey so far

Big Bang Fair NE (Northumbria Uni, eating insects)This post is guest written by The Crunch Project Assistant, Chris Snowden. 

The Crunch project is now well into the swing of things; we’ve met 3,000 people at our first 4 events! We’ve been to a variety of places, from rural Northumberland to the middle of Middlesbrough, from universities to village greens, and every event has been very different from the last.Read more

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The Road to Dolly

This post has been guest authored by Lyle Armstrong, Professor of Cellular Reprogramming at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, based at the Centre for Life.

Close-up image of Dolly.

Photo courtesy of The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh.

5 July 2016 is the 20th anniversary of a rather special sheep called Dolly.Read more

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