Category Archives: Living Things

Fossils, leaves, humans and.. chickenosaurus. Curious? Read on!

Visiting Life this October half-term?

We are anticipating a busy October half-term, 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.

Before you arrive. 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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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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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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Bear Necessities

Mother bear and her two cubs in a Finnish forest

Brown bear

Here’s a quiz question for you. How many different species of bear are there?

I know you’re going to be smart and dismiss koala bears as a marsupial with superficially bear-like characteristics. You might also remember that giant pandas are now officially recognized as members of the Ursidae (bear) family.… Read more

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Cooking Crickets for The Crunch

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

Fried insect on hands2 billion people around the world can’t be wrong, can they? That’s how many people eat insects as part of their normal diet. In Britain though, barely anyone eats insects. The question is, should we?

Entomophagy (insect eating) is practised all around the world, from the Americas to Asia and Africa.… Read more

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Spring is in the Air!

Flowers, bunnies, fluffy little chicks! It’s that time of year again. When spring is in the air, there’s lot of science to observe – the leaves on the trees, the lengthening days, and the warming temperatures.

All of this happens because Planet Earth is tilted. We spin on our axis once a day, but this axis is on a tilt.… Read more

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Autumn Colour and Mellow Fruitfulness

As the days get shorter and we struggle to work through the mists of the dark Autumnal mornings, you’re lucky to see the leaves turn yellow for more than a couple of days before tumbling to the ground to make a melancholy wet blanket of brown. In the USA and Canada “leaf peepers” are treated to glorious days of bright sunshine in crisp air with leaves turning every shade from chrome yellow through blazing oranges, bright scarlets, pulsating crimsons to the deepest of  burgundies.Read more

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Homo Naledi: A New Species of Human Discovered

This week, I find myself eyeing the platforms alongside Life’s main walkway where our collection of hominin reconstructions stand, and wondering whether I ought to clear a space for a new addition among humanity’s ancient relatives. There’s been interesting news from South Africa that an amazing fossil find has apparently added another member to the family.Read more

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