Voices

For do-gooders the world over it's a familiar problem. How do you make charity, or in this case corporate responsibility, appeal to a wide audience with a short attention span?

Uncaged Monkeys, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dubbed "the ugliest tour in showbiz" by Dara O Briain and a gathering for "geeks" and the "disenfranchised" by host Robin Ince, Uncaged Monkeys lets loose a live version of Radio 4's comic look at science, The Infinite Monkey Cage and follows on from Ince's similar science-minded live shows Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People.

Baby animals found in man's luggage

Authorities at Bangkok's international airport in Thailand have arrested a first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were bound for Dubai.

48 hours: Düsseldorf

The Eurovision Song Contest meets fine art and sophistication in this attractive and surprising city on the Rhine

RIO (3D)

Voices: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx

Screen Talk: Monkey magic

The English author Neil Gaiman has signed to pen English scripts for a big-budget series of 3D movies based on Journey to the West, China's classic novel about the adventures of the Monkey King.

It started with a shrew... study maps the primate family tree

They range in size from the tiny Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, weighing little more than an ounce, to the 440lb mountain gorilla.

The Hedonist: Durban

What to see and where to be seen

The secret life of animals

The Smithsonian's database of thousands of 'candid camera' shots gives a fascinating insight into wild behaviour

The Tell-Brain: Unlocking the Mysteries of Human Nature by VS Ramachandran

Neuroscience is a frustrating business. Modern research has done a wonderful job of mapping out the overall organisation of the human brain, yet the details of the machinery remain mysterious. We know which brain region is responsible for face recognition, and which understands word meanings, and which takes care of decisions, and so on. But nobody has any idea how these clever tricks are done. Much of our knowledge comes from brain injuries. Localised damage to the brain can cause very specific disabilities. There are people who have lost the ability to see motion, even though their vision is otherwise normal, and people who can no longer speak grammatically, even though they can comprehend others perfectly well.

Deborah Ross: Let's hear it for the 'Pathetic Mother'

If you ask me...

Fables: A Film Opera, Spitalfields Winter Festival, London <br/> The Messiah, Wigmore Hall, London

Stories of survival, rebellion, greed and love come to life in a remarkable marriage of music and film

Baby orang-utan travels first-class

An abandoned baby orang-utan had a luxury journey to its new adoptive home - as a first-class passenger on a cruise ferry.

A forecast for Nevis? Sunshine

Rain or shine, this tiny fragment of the Caribbean is the perfect place for a relaxing family holiday

The Infinite Monkey Cage, Radio 4, Monday

Take one boffin. Mix with comedy writers, and hear them gently fizz

Can modern science explain gender differences or our capacity for cruelty and kindness?

Marek Kohn takes a cool look at new books that tackle the hottest issues in research
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003