Things to do this week: How to Stay Young

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.

15th September 2017
How to Stay Young © BBC Studios/Sean Elliott

#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 – how to stay young, the origins of language, and the sci-fi worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.


FAB: The Worlds of Anderson

FAB: The Worlds of Anderson

National Space Centre, Leicester, 16 – 17 September 2017, £14/£11

Celebrate the work of sci-fi legends Gerry and Sylvia Anderson in this special event at the National Space Centre. There’ll be props, costumes and scale model sets covering 60 years of legendary shows, from Fireball XL5 and Space: 1999 to Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds. Guest appearances over the weekend will include Matt Zimmerman (voice of Thunderbird 3 pilot Alan Tracy) and Dee Anderson (daughter of Gerry and Sylvia).


The Life Scientific © BBC

The Life Scientific

BBC Radio 4, Tue 19 September, 9:00-9:30am

Prof Jim Al-Khalili returns for a new series of insights into the lives of today’s leading scientists. His guest this week is Prof Jennifer Doudna, whose development of a gene editing system called CRISPR/Cas9 has given scientists unprecedented power to rewrite the genetic code and shape the future of life on Earth. She explains to Jim why she’s decided to engage with the technology’s critics.


How Language Began © Profile Books
© Profile Books

How Language Began

Daniel Everett, Profile Books, £25

It’s one of humanity’s greatest inventions, but where did it come from? Daniel Everett leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of the origin of language, drawing on evidence from linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and neuroscience to argue that it all began 1.5 million years ago with our ancient ancestors Homo erectus – a theory that turns conventional wisdom on its head.


How to Stay Young © BBC Studios/Sean Elliott
© BBC Studios/Sean Elliott

How to Stay Young

BBC One, Wed 20 September, 9:00-10:00pm

Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken investigate the latest scientific thinking into ageing, revealing the research that will help us stay healthier for longer. This week, 50-year-old Alison Richards finds out a surprising way to tackle memory loss, and 51-year-old Tim Belton discovers that his diet has been stopping him producing hormones vital to ageing well.


Run the Solar System © Six to Start
© Six to Start

Run the Solar System

iOS/Android, Six to Start, free

Last March, during British Science Week, thousands of people around the world took part in this virtual 10km race through the Solar System. Now, to mark Cassini’s nosedive into the atmosphere of Saturn, the app is back for good. You can run the race anytime, anywhere, unlocking an audio narration from Dallas Campbell with each kilometre you cover.

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


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