Category Archives: Film and Book reviews

Whether they’re science-fact or science-fiction, we love science themed movies and books. Read on to find out about some of our favourites. 

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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A weapon for a more civilised time

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

IT’S STAR WARS!

With the increasing excitement surrounding the new film, (and boy, it might just be a doozy!) I thought I would address the most important point about Star Wars.

A quick poll of the office found that the first thing most people think of when hearing the words ‘star’ and ‘wars’ is lightsabers.… Read more

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The Martian: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

Before you read on, be aware there are spoilers throughout!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or have in fact, been stranded on Mars) you will have heard of a little film called The Martian. Based on the best-selling book by Andy Weir, it tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut who was mistakenly stranded on Mars when his crew believed he was dead, and of his struggles to survive on such a hostile planet.Read more

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Inside “Inside Out”

The brain. It’s by far the most complex and fascinating structure we know. Scientists dedicate their lives to revealing its mysteries and often come up with more questions than answers. So when Pixar announced that this year’s summer blockbuster would uncover the inner workings of our emotions, our memories, our sense of self, I’ll be the first to admit that the psychologist in me was sceptical.Read more

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What Came First, the Chickenosaurus or the Egg?

Imagine if dinosaurs walked among us. What if you could touch them, see them on the other side of an enclosure? What if…

Well you can. Chickens.

Having recently seen the superb Jurassic World I did a bit of digging into the science behind it all and it turns out chickens are dinosaurs.… Read more

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Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Commander Chris Hadfield

Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’
Written by Commander Chris Hadfield

At some point in their childhood, everyone dreams of becoming an astronaut. I know I did. When it became obvious that I was not destined for a career at NASA (lacking the advanced degree and the 20/20 eyesight), I decided to read about it instead.Read more

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