#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: fall back to Earth with Tim Peake, rethink gender, and explore a virtual Scotland.
BBC Two, Wed 22 March, 9:00-10:00pm
Gabriel Weston continues to uncover the extraordinary cases that are overturning our understanding of the human body. This week, she meets a man with bones as strong as granite, a woman who gets lost in her own home, and a girl with sickle cell disease who should get sick, but mysteriously remains healthy.
BBC Radio 4, listen online
Science sleuths Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry investigate listeners’ everyday mysteries. In the latest series (available in full online) we find out why the Earth spins, how much the bacteria inside our bodies weighs, and why we don’t remember the first few years of our lives.
Cordelia Fine, Icon Books, £14.99
Testosterone is the essence of masculinity, right? Not so, says psychologist Cordelia Fine in her cliché-busting new book. She makes the case that sex hormones aren’t as important as we’re led to believe, that the behaviour of men and women is affected by many other factors, and that differences between the sexes are neither fixed nor deeply biological. Read our interview with Cordelia here.
Science Museum, London, opens 24 March
Few of us will ever get to experience the thrill of being an astronaut, so here’s the next best thing. Narrated by Tim Peake, Space Descent VR puts you in the pilot seat of a Soyuz capsule as you retrace Tim’s 400km journey from the International Space Station back to Earth. From the clips we’ve seen, you might want to bring a change of underwear.
iOS/Android, Visit Scotland, free
Visit Scotland without the rain thanks to this VR app from the country’s tourist board. Explore 3D models and take 360-degree tours of over 25 attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies horse-head sculptures and Skara Brae. Once you’re done, you can also marvel at the Northern Lights and meet some of the local wildlife.