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Life Science Centre to host another Adults-only night

Posted on Monday, 14 November 2016
Life Science Centre to host another Adults-only night

Friday Night Life events are an alternative night out for adults (18+) who are bored of the sofa and sick of the pub. They’ve gone from strength to strength since they were launched by Life earlier this year, and will be ending for 2016 on a high with some extra-special guests and activities.

On Friday 18 November, Life will be hosting the final Friday Night Life event of 2016, with highlights including guest speaker Thomas Thwaites (AKA ‘GoatMan’), and ‘Sun’, a unique planetarium show, which draws on the Sun's actual sounds as the basis for its digital music.

Thomas Thwaites is, in his own words, ‘a designer (of a more speculative sort)’, and wanted to find a way to escape humanity – by living as a goat (yes, really!). On four legs, and armed with a prosthetic stomach, he headed to the Alps to live with a herd of goats; and won an IG Nobel Prize for his troubles. Thomas will share stories about becoming a goat, living on grass and what he learnt in the process.

In Life’s planetarium, Friday Night Life visitors can enjoy a spectacular audio-visual premiere celebrating our nearest star. ‘Sun’ is a joint project between poet Katrina Porteous and Digital Composer Peter Zinovieff. Through its soundscape and poetry, supported by out-of-this-world photographic images, it examines what our nearest star is made of. ‘Sun’ also explores Sunquakes, seismic waves inside the star, which allow us to ‘hear’ the Sun and understand its interior.

Friday Night Life visitors will also have the chance to explore other areas of the Science Centre. Grab a lab coat and carry out science experiments using real tools and equipment in the Experiment Zone, play in the Curiosity Zone, and conduct psychological experiments in the Brain Zone. There’ll be a bar and DJ too!

Attendees can pre-order dinner online along with their admission ticket for just £13.00 per person. Please see for more details.

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Tel: (0191) 243 8267

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About Life

The Centre for Life is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne where scientists, researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business.

Now established as one of the most successful of the country's 14 landmark Millennium projects, Life is an independent and self-funding charitable trust with a robust business plan that eliminates reliance on public funding for its operating costs.

Almost 600 people from 35 countries work on site. What unites everyone is a passion for science.

Life's mission is to be the best place in the UK for enthusing and engaging everyone in science and to provide support and state-of-the-art facilities on site so that world class scientific research in medicine can flourish.

On site partners include Newcastle University, who chose Life as the location for its Institute of Genetic Medicine; the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre; the NHS Northern Genetics Service and several young and vibrant biotechnology companies.

At the heart of the science village is the Life Science Centre which attracts around 250,000 visitors per year. As well as a family audience, Life's public engagement programme attracts a broad audience to its edgy evenings combining cocktails and science; stimulating lectures; and special sessions for pre-schoolers and teenagers. Life also provides the largest schools' science workshop programme in any European museum or Science Centre.

Information is updated regularly on our website.