#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, 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.
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.
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 sciencefocus.com next week.
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.
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.