#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 – superbugs at the Science Museum, the wilds of the open ocean, and the most interesting ways to die.
BBC One, Sun 19 November, 8:00-9:00pm
This week, we head to the ‘big blue’ – the vast expanse of open ocean where there’s little to eat and nowhere to hide. It’s a forbidding environment, but home to a spectacular menagerie of marine life, including deep-diving sperm whales, baby turtles, super pods of 5,000 dolphins, and the whale shark – the largest fish in the sea.
BBC Radio 4, Wed 22 November, 9:00-9:30pm
A welcome return for this series telling little-known stories from science history. Philip Ball kicks things off with a look at the life of Alcuin of York, an 8th Century monk whose mathematical puzzles formed the basis of ‘combinatorics’ – a branch of maths that’s crucial for computer coding and cryptography today.
Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty, Allen & Unwin, £8.99
What would happen if you skydived from outer space? How about if you stuck your hand in a particle accelerator, or if you were swallowed by a whale? Cassidy and Doherty take a wry look at the most interesting (and gruesome) ways to die, investigating the science behind each one. Sure to please the macabre-minded.
Science Museum, London, until spring 2019, free
With drug-resistant bacteria already killing some 700,000 people a year, the Science Museum’s latest exhibition provides a timely reminder of the scale of the problem. Visitors will get up close to 12 real bacteria colonies, hear the stories of the medics and researchers at the frontline of the fight against antibiotic resistance, and find out how robotic chickens can help farmers reduce their use of the drugs.
iOS/Android, Berliner Philharmoniker, subscription service
Carry an entire symphony orchestra in your pocket with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s app, which provides access to their archive of hundreds of world-class concerts, plus around 40 live broadcasts every season. You’ll need a subscription for full access, but there’s a free taster concert here with Sir Simon Rattle conducting two of Beethoven’s symphonies.