Category Archives: Guest Bloggers

From time to time we invite all sorts of different people to contribute to our blog – you’ll find their posts in this section.

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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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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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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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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World Gin Day 2016

emma portraitGin expert and former Life Science Explainer Emma Stokes (AKA Gin Monkey) curates World Gin Day, which is now in its eighth year. We got in touch to find out Emma’s top tips for making a cracking G&T.

The aim of World Gin Day is simple: get everyone in the World drinking and enjoying gin!… Read more

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Bright Club: sandwiches and seabird science

Kirsty LeesThis guest post has been written by Bright Club performer Kirsty Lees.

I saw my first Bright Club set as a challenge; perhaps a bit of a ‘bucket list’ activity. After all, what’s the worst that could happen?

I have never been into amateur dramatics, I’m not a natural performer and apart from a brief role in a school assembly about 25 years ago, I had never stood on a stage with the sole intention of being ‘entertaining’.… Read more

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