#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 return of Robot Wars, life in the darkest places, and rediscover graphene.
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 23 July 2016 – 25 June 2017, free
Ever since it first arrived in 2004, graphene has been hailed as a wonder material, boasting incredible strength, flexibility and conductivity. Now, explore the cutting-edge of graphene research in the city where it was first discovered. This new exhibition features an immersive recreation of a white room at the National Graphene Institute, a specially commissioned art installation by Random International, and the opportunity to imagine your own graphene products of the future.
Danté Fenolio, Johns Hopkins University Press, hardback, £26
In the depths of the oceans, a translucent squid drifts through darkness. This is one of the otherworldly creatures featured in a beautiful new book from zoologist and wildlife photographer Danté Fenolio. He sheds a light on the animals that live in our planet’s shadows, whether that’s at the bottom of the oceans, beneath the ground, or even inside other organisms.
BBC Two, Sun 24 July, 8:00-9:00pm
It’s back! The crunch of metal on metal. The blast of flamethrowers. The sorry sight of yet another mechanical marvel being dismantled by Sir Killalot. Last seen on our screens in 2004, Robot Wars returns with 40 teams of amateur robot-building enthusiasts, an all-new arena, and presenters Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon. 3, 2, 1, activate...
Radio Wolfgang, listen online
In this quirky and entertaining podcast, TV presenter Rick Edwards and science writer Dr Michael Brooks delve into the science behind popular culture. Recent episodes include an exploration of the surprising link between sleep paralysis and alien abduction, and a look at whether the 'pre-crime' world of Minority Report could ever become a reality.
iOS/Android/Windows, Spark 64, free
If, like us, just looking at the Sun turns you the colour of an angry lobster, this is the app for you. Enter your postcode and UVLens will tell you when it’s safe to be outside and how long for, with the advice tailored to your particular skin type. Let’s just hope it stays sunny long enough for you to use it…