Things to do this week: Mountain – Life at the Extreme

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.

25th August 2017
Mountain: Life At The Extreme © BBC/Alex Lanchester

#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 – life in the mountains, the psychology of fitness trackers, and Science Museum Lates.


Science Museum Lates © Jody Kingzett, Science Museum
© Jody Kingzett, Science Museum

Science Museum Lates: Space

Science Museum, London, Wed 30 August, free entry (some events may require a ticket)

London’s Science Museum opens its doors for its monthly after-hours, adults-only night. This month’s theme is space, and highlights will include the launch of a new online streaming show BBC Tomorrow’s World Live, the opportunity to make a supernova, a discussion about bugs in space with Hannah Fry and Lewis Dartnell, and a silent disco.


Every Step You Take © John Abbate / Getty
© John Abbate / Getty

Every Step You Take

BBC Radio 4, Tue 29 August, 9:00-9:30pm

Thanks to smartphones and wearable activity monitors such as Fitbit, it’s never been easier to track our lives. Armed with her step-counting app, which she can't help but check several times a day, Claudia Hammond reveals how tracking our every move can affect our behaviour in unexpected ways.


Life 3.0 © Allen Lane
© Allen Lane

Life 3.0

Max Tegmark, Allen Lane, £20

The debate around AI will be raging for some time yet, so here’s your chance to get up to speed with the latest thinking. MIT physicist Max Tegmark tackles the key questions: how can we harness the power of automation without taking away people’s income and purpose? How can we build AI systems that don’t malfunction or get hacked? And will the technology ultimately help life to flourish, or replace us altogether? Look out for an interview with Max on next week.           


Mountain: Life At The Extreme © BBC/Alex Lanchester
© BBC/Alex Lanchester

Mountain: Life At The Extreme

BBC Two, Wed 30 August, 9:00-10:00pm

This new three-part series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit shines a light on the people and animals who thrive at great heights. Each episode focuses on one of our planet’s iconic mountain ranges: the Himalayas, the Andes and, this week, the Rockies. We’ll meet the elusive wolverine, migrating rufous hummingbirds, and a daredevil wingsuit flier who leaps from mile-high cliffs.


Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures © BBC Worldwide/Scary Beasties
© BBC Worldwide/Scary Beasties

Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures: The Great Fossil Hunt

iOS/Android, BBC Worldwide/Scary Beasties, £1.99/£2.39

This official app from the CBeebies show offers little ones a taste of life as a palaeontologist. There are five minigames, taking the player through the process of finding, digging, cleaning and positioning fossils. Once the skeleton is complete, Andy will transport them back 65 million years in time, showing them footage of their dinosaur roaming the Earth.

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


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