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C-3PO arrives in Newcastle in new exhibition

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If you're a fan of C-3PO and R2-D2 the Centre for Life in Newcastle has got a new exhibition for you.

'Robot' is full of over 40 full of robots, cyborgs and androids from over the last few decades. It opens today until April 17th.

The actual suit used to create the character Kryten in Red Dwarf Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Life Science Centre hopes its foray into science fiction will be popular.

I think there's a big overlap between people who enjoy science, and people who enjoy science fiction - and this is for them. So people will come in and recognise things, and then they'll see some things they don't recognise - some of the older stuff that I'm quite fond of, they'll hopefully take an interest and learn more."

– Matt Williamson, Life Science Centre
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Device could detect malaria in 15 minutes

Malaria, which is a mosquito-borne disease, is responsible for a child's death every 15 minutes. Credit: PA wire

Researchers at the Centre for Life in Newcastle say they have developed a device which could detect malaria in 15 minutes.

It can also detect whether the malaria is resistant to certain drugs, allowing medics to quickly prescribe the correct drugs. Normal testing takes several weeks.

They say it could prevent thousands of deaths from an illness which kills a child every 15 minutes somewhere in the world.


Maker Fair arrives in Newcastle

When you think about science, do you picture dull classrooms or incomprehensible formulas? That is the myth that organisers of an event on Tyneside want to bust.

The International Maker Fair has returned to Newcastle's Centre for Life with the aim of proving that science and technology can be fun.

"It is the Centre for Life's biggest weekend of the year and what we have done over the few years is brought toegther everybody who make amazing things.

"It's the greatest show and tell on earth."

– Ian Simmons, Science Communications Director

This is the fourth year the Maker Fair has come to the Centre for Life in Newcastle, and these events are becoming so popular around the world that the US President Barack Obama has sent the organisers a special message of support.

"It's a gathering of people interested in making things so what we wantis young people in particular just to come a rediscover that joy of making things and tinkering and pulling them apart and working out how the work. "

– Linda Conlon, Chief Executive

The idea is very simple, the organisers just want people to have a go and try to make something.

As Einstein said " Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. "