Things to do this week: the magic of Blue Planet II

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.

27th October 2017
Blue Planet II © BBC/Rachel Butler

#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 – Blue Planet II, strange sleep phenomena, and a new aerospace museum in Bristol.


Aerospace Bristol © Aerospace Bristol
© Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol

Open every day

Located at Filton Airfield on the outskirts of Bristol, this new museum tells the story of the city’s illustrious aviation history, from the earliest days of powered flight to today’s cutting-edge aerospace technology. The star attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to fly, which is displayed in its own purpose-built hangar.


All In The Mind © PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou
© PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou

All In The Mind

BBC Radio 4, Tue 31 October, 9:00-9:30pm

Claudia Hammond talks to Prof Chris French about strange things that happen in the night. As many as one in 20 people experience sleep paralysis, while just as alarming, but less well known, is Exploding Head Syndrome, where someone hears a loud bang as they’re dropping off. If that’s piqued your interest, we’re teaming up with Goldsmiths, University of London to carry out some research into these sleep phenomena – check out from 31 October to take part!


New Views © Aurum Press
© Aurum Press

New Views

Alastair Bonnett, Aurum Press, £25

Bringing together 50 alternative views of the world, New Views maps everything from asteroid strikes and ant populations to religious diversity and the world nut trade. Accompanied by insights from social geographer Alastair Bonnett, the maps are beautiful to look at, and a timely reminder that our global connections are stronger than the borders which separate us. 


Blue Planet II © BBC/Rachel Butler
© BBC/Rachel Butler

Blue Planet II

BBC One, Sun 29 October, 8:00-9:00pm

Sixteen years after the original, Blue Planet II revives the classic David Attenborough series. We’ll be treated to unprecedented footage of our planet’s most enigmatic environment, beginning this week with a journey from the tropics (home to remarkable tool-using tuskfish) to the poles, where walrus mothers and their newborn calves search for an ice floe to rest on.


Moasure © 3D Technologies
© 3D Technologies


iOS/Android, 3D Technologies, £2.99

There are few things more annoying than a new piece of furniture which just doesn’t fit in its gap. Moasure is a smart tape measure that uses your phone’s inbuilt accelerometers and gyroscopes to calculate the distance as it’s moved from A to B. The app can cope with distances up to 300m, and it can measure angles, too, so you can use it as a handy spirit level.

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


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