Things to do this week: The Human Body

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.

22nd September 2017
The Human Body © BBC/Steve Brown/JellyFish Pictures

#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 – secrets of the human body, why we keep pets, and the return of science sleuths Rutherford & Fry.


You Can’t Polish a Nerd


Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can’t Polish a Nerd

Venues around the UK, Sept - Nov 2017

Science comedy trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd return with a new tour, bringing their live experiments, cerebral songs and unique brand of humour to venues across the country. This time around we’re told they’ll be “putting the oooh into zoology, the fun into fundamental theorem of calculus and the recursion into recursion”. Colour us intrigued. Check out the full list of dates here.


The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry © BBC

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

BBC Radio 4, Mon 25 – Fri 29 September, 12:04-12:15pm (or listen online here)

How do you bake the perfect cake? Why do we dream? And what would happen if the Earth’s magnetic poles flipped? Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate another batch of listeners’ mysteries in this latest series of their bitesize science show.


The Animals Among Us © Allen Lane
© Allen Lane

The Animals Among Us

John Bradshaw, Allen Lane, £20

They’re expensive, time-consuming and often rather smelly. But with around half of UK households owning a pet, it seems that we can’t get enough of our animal companions. In his wide-ranging new book, John Bradshaw asks why we keep pets in the first place, finding the answer deep in our evolutionary past.


The Human Body © BBC/Steve Brown/JellyFish Pictures
© BBC/Steve Brown/JellyFish Pictures

The Human Body: Secrets Of Your Life Revealed

BBC Two, Mon 25 September, 9:00-10:00pm

With the help of some nifty technological wizardry, Chris and Xand van Tulleken peer inside the human body, exploring the latest thinking around how we work. In the first episode of this three-part series, they look at our journey from child to adulthood – a metamorphosis more dramatic than any other animal on Earth. You can even order free posters that accompany the series and interact with them in AR using the Zappar app.


Trips © Lonely Planet
© Lonely Planet


iOS, Lonely Planet, free

An alternative to scribbled diaries and memory cards full of unsorted holiday snaps, this app allows you to create your own mini travel guides, combining your photos and videos into a single story. Once done, you can share your work with the Lonely Planet community, or – if you want to make them really jealous – with your friends and family.

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


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