Five things to do this week: 13 - 19 August 2016

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. This week - the science of the city.

12th August 2016
Five things to do this week: 13 - 19 August 2016 © iStock

#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 – the science of the city, the truth about superfoods, and a periodic table for your pocket.


LifeWorks! © Cambridge Science Centre
© Cambridge Science Centre


Cambridge Science Centre, £3.50/£2.50

Celebrate life in all its variety at this new exhibition. Zoom in for a microscopic look at the body, get to grips with DNA, and discover our planet’s life support system. There’s also a full calendar of events and workshops, including an introduction to Darwin's famous voyage on HMS Beagle and a chance to make your own straw skeleton.


Superfoods: The Real Story © Channel 4
© Channel 4

Superfoods: The Real Story

Channel 4, Mon 15 August, 8:30-9:00pm

Kate Quilton investigates the alleged health benefits of superfoods. This week, she asks whether avocados can make burgers healthy, and looks at the purported benefits of cinnamon for type 2 diabetes, and hot chillies for heartburn.


Science and the City © Bloomsbury Sigma
© Bloomsbury Sigma

Science and the City

Laurie Winkless, Bloomsbury Sigma, hardback, £16.99

From the tips of the skyscrapers to the deepest tunnels, it’s science that keeps our cities alive. In her fascinating new book, Laurie Winkless reveals the technologies that are enabling us to feed, house, power and connect more people than ever before. She goes in search of urban pioneers from the past, and invites us to imagine the megacity of the future. Click here to watch Winkless explain how the colossal Crossrail tunnels are built.


Why Become A Doctor? © iStock
© iStock

Why Become A Doctor?

BBC Radio 4, Tues 16 August, 9:00-9:30pm

In this new three-part series, Kevin Fong speaks to those who’ve trained as doctors to find out what motivated them. How has medical training changed over the past 50 years, and what advances have shaped our modern health service? He begins by exploring the changing role of junior doctors.


Isotope © Jack Underwood
© Jack Underwood


Android, Jack Underwood, free

This easy-to-use app is a great way to familiarise yourself with the periodic table, whether you’re studying for a chemistry exam or just fancy a handy reference guide to the elements that make up our world. There’s a plethora of information on each element, and it’s all presented in a beautifully designed interface.

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


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