Things to do this week: 13 – 19 May 2017

Looking for the best things to do this week? Don’t waste away being bored on the sofa… here’s our pick of ways to exercise your grey matter and nourish your neurons.

12th May 2017
Pint of Science © Nick Rutter

#BrainFood brings you the best shows on TV and radio, science apps and books to activate your mind, and fun events to visit. This week: virtual reality radio, the mysteries of the cosmos, and the return of Pint of Science.


A Time To Live © BBC/Wellpark Productions/Natalie Walter
© BBC/Wellpark Productions/Natalie Walter

A Time To Live

BBC Two, Wed 17 May, 9:00-10:00pm

What would you do if you found out you only had months to live? In this thought-provoking documentary, award-winning film-maker Sue Bourne tells the story of 12 people who have managed to find positives in their terminal illnesses. They speak about how their experiences have changed their outlook on life, prompting us to think about what we want from our own lives.


Quake © BBC


BBC Radio 4, from Mon 15 May, listen and watch online

This digital-only series is BBC Radio 4’s first foray into virtual reality radio. Set in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, each of the 12 short audio dramas tells the story of a different individual caught up in the quake, and is accompanied by a graphic-novel style animation. There’s also an immersive, 360-degree film of the first episode in the series, which can be viewed on VR headsets and on the Radio 4 website and YouTube channel.


We Have No Idea © John Murray
© John Murray

We Have No Idea

Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, John Murray, £16.99

Scientists have done a pretty good job so far, but there’s still an awful lot we don’t know about the Universe. We Have No Idea is a guide to the biggest mysteries, from cosmic rays and dark matter to time travel and the Big Bang. A collaboration between PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson, it’s packed with witty infographics, cartoons, and lucid explanations.


Pint of Science © Nick Rutter
© Nick Rutter

Pint of Science festival

Nationwide, 15 – 17 May

What’s that, you say? Science? In a pub? Don’t mind if we do. The Pint of Science festival returns this week for another three days of mind-expanding talks down your local. There are events in 26 cities across the UK, covering everything from neuroscience and astronomy to zoology and robotics. Head here to find out what’s on in your area.


Go Jauntly
© Go Jauntly

Go Jauntly

iOS, free

Fancy escaping the city for a stroll through the woods? This app lets you discover tailor-made walks in your area. You can add your own favourite walks, using the app to document the route with descriptions and photos, and then share it with the Go Jauntly community. The first version of the app is London-based, but there are hopes that it will catch on around the country.         

For more fabulous apps, check out our list of the top 10 science apps for Android and iOS.


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