Things to do this week: 8 – 14 April 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.

7th April 2017
Galapagos © BBC/Atlantic Productions/Freddie Claire

#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: Liz Bonnin in the Galapagos, skeletons in Bristol, and are you smarter than a chimpanzee?


Skeletons: Our Buried Bones © Museum of London/Wellcome Images
© Museum of London/Wellcome Images

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones

M-Shed, Bristol, 8 April – 3 September 2017

Through real human skeletons from Bristol and London, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into 12 lives from the past, from a young man buried without ceremony in South Gloucestershire 3,500 years ago to a Roman couple found in a single stone coffin. There’s a chance to learn about the science behind the stories, search for hidden clues to analyse skeletons yourself, and hear from experts of the excavation site, lab and museum.


Digital Human © BBC

Digital Human

BBC Radio 4, Mon 10 April, 4:30-5:00pm

Aleks Krotoski returns with a new series exploring what it means to be human in the digital age. This week, she looks at the rise of anger and polarised opinions online. Why does everyone seem to be so angry on the internet, and is this a symptom or the cause of the problem?


Are You Smarter Than A Chimpanzee? © Profile Books
© Profile Books

Are You Smarter Than A Chimpanzee?

Ben Ambridge, Profile Books, £12.99

When it comes to intelligence, we humans usually place ourselves at the top of the evolutionary hierarchy. But as psychologist Ben Ambridge points out in his new book, our animal cousins can often give us a run for our money. Through puzzles, games and quizzes, he invites us to test ourselves against grammatical dolphins, problem-solving crows, super-memorising elephants, self-aware chimps, and many more of nature’s finest minds.


Galapagos © BBC/Atlantic Productions/Freddie Claire
© BBC/Atlantic Productions/Freddie Claire


BBC One, Thurs 13 April, 9:00-10:00pm

Liz Bonnin joins a 1,000km scientific expedition across the Galapagos Islands. In the last in the series, the team visits the oldest islands in the archipelago to witness the human impact on this environment. Along the way, Liz descends into a vertical lava cave, explores the misty scalesia forests and checks in on the giant tortoise population. Catch up with the first two episodes on BBC iPlayer.


Blinkist © Blinks Labs
© Blinks Labs


iOS/Android, Blinks Labs, free trial available

For those who want to expand their mind, but don’t have the time to read a whole book, Blinkist offers distilled, 15-minute versions of over 2,000 non-fiction titles. Available to both read and listen to, science highlights include Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Adam Alter’s Irresistible, and I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong.

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


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