#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 – Blade Runner 2049, a journey into particle physics, and the links between music and memory.
Wellcome Collection, London, 13 – 15 October
Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 3, this free weekend of talks, performances and activities at the Wellcome Collection explores the intimate links between music and memory. Highlights include world premieres of music inspired by people’s experiences of dementia, an investigation into the science of earworms, and an Early Music Show special looking at how monks used music to remember vast swathes of prayer.
BBC Radio 4, Sat 7 October, 8:00-9:00pm
With our digital devices tracking our every move and collecting all manner of information on our daily lives, things have gone decidedly Orwellian. Using archive recordings, novelist and occasional futurist Nick Harkaway explores the rise and rise of surveillance, asking whether it’s necessary, and how it will end.
Jon Butterworth, William Heinemann, £16.99
Do you know your neutron from your neutrino? Particle physicist Jon Butterworth shrinks us down to the size of a subatomic particle in this inventive guide to the building blocks of the Universe. Illustrated with maps of this invisible world, we'll travel in Butterworth's tiny research vessel to the Isle of Leptons, Hadron Island, Bosonia, and beyond…
In cinemas nationwide
We’re crying tears in the rain at the prospect of this sequel to 1982 classic Blade Runner. Currently receiving rave reviews, the Denis Villeneuve-directed follow-up stars Ryan Gosling as an LAPD detective who, while tracking down bio-engineered ‘replicants’, discovers a dark, potentially planet-shaking secret. We could say more, but it’s probably best to go into this one cold and enjoy the sheer, head-spinning spectacle.
iOS, Fifth Star Labs, £2.99
Sky Guide is the latest app to be given the augmented reality treatment, allowing stargazers to see the constellations mapped onto the real sky above them. All of the app’s original features remain, so there's a wealth of information on the stars, planets and satellites overhead, as well as the ability to receive notifications whenever the International Space Station flies by.