Things to do this week: superbugs at the Science Museum

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.

17th November 2017
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

#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.


Blue Planet II © Aquawork
© Aquawork

Blue Planet II

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.


Science Stories © BBC

Science Stories

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.


And Then You're Dead © Allen & Unwin
© Allen & Unwin

And Then You’re Dead

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.


Superbugs © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives

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.


Digital Concert Hall © Berliner Philharmoniker
© Berliner Philharmoniker

Digital Concert Hall

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.

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


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