#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 apocalypse comes to Dublin, Mae Martin explores addiction, and Google revamps its Science Journal.
BBC Two, Wed 8 November, 9:00-10:00pm
Simon Reeve follows some of the UK’s leading inventors as they attempt to improve the lives of children with disabilities. We’ll meet eight-year-old Josh, who was born blind but wants to play with the other kids in the playground, and ten-year-old Aman, who was left with severe brain damage after being involved in a road accident. Can the team come up with a technological aid that will allow Aman to recall her childhood events?
BBC Radio 4, Wed 8 November, 11:30am-12:00pm
Stand-up Mae Martin presents a witty and thought-provoking look at addiction, through the lens of her own lifetime of obsessive behaviour. In this second and final part of the series, she asks why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others, and what we can do about it. Catch up with the excellent first episode here.
Daniel Locke & David Blandy, Nobrow, £16.99
Daniel Locke and David Blandy celebrate the ingenuity of the human mind in this eye-popping graphic novel. Travelling across millennia, from Gutenberg's printing press to Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, via Picasso, Einstein and Rosalind Franklin, we’re reminded that our need to observe, record and connect is part of what makes us human. Consultant on the project was Dr Adam Rutherford, so the dreamlike imagery is all rooted in scientific fact.
Science Gallery Dublin, until 11 Feb 2018, free
How will it end: with a bang or a whimper? Science Gallery Dublin explores our fascination with the apocalypse, looking at the ways the world might end and asking what we can (hopefully) do about them. Experience the vanishing Amazon rainforest through scent, play a selection of apocalyptic board games, and enter The Situation Room, an immersive experience that prompts visitors to debate and imagine how they would respond to a catastrophe.
iOS/Android, Google, free
Following feedback from teachers, Google has redesigned its Science Journal app (first released last year) as a digital notebook. So as well as using your phone’s onboard sensors to collect data, you can now document your experiments with notes and photos. The app is available on iOS, too, and there are plenty of activities to get you started here.