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Amazing things humans have learnt from the animal kingdom. Inspiring, fascinating, bingeable.

30 Animals That Made Us Smarter BBC World Service

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

Amazing things humans have learnt from the animal kingdom. Inspiring, fascinating, bingeable.

    Insects and mobile phone

    Insects and mobile phone

    S2 Ep 30. Smart phones could become even smarter – thanks to ants, beetles, moths and spiders! A multi-animal special episode, marking the season 2 finale.
    Patrick explores what could be an insect inspired phone of the future! There’s the story of the fire ants and bark beetles and a new camera lens with a much greater field of view. The hairs on butterflies, moths and spiders could help with an amazing new microphone. Moths might make it easier to look at our phones in bright sunlight. There’s also a waterproof, anti-bacterial cover which could be based on the wings of cicadas.
    Thanks for listening and please help us spread the word. #30Animals

    • 20 min
    Butterfly and eye implant

    Butterfly and eye implant

    S2 Ep 29. Not all butterflies are colourful. The transparent wings of the longtail glasswing butterfly may hold the key to more effective eye implants. This could be of huge benefit to people with glaucoma - the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
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    • 17 min
    Slug and surgical glue

    Slug and surgical glue

    S2 Ep 28. From goo to super glue! Slug slime may hold the key to mending wounds without stitches or staples. Scientists have developed new adhesives based on the properties of slug slime, that are as sticky as any glue, stretchier than a rubber band and aren’t toxic to humans. This sticky substance could be used to repair a delicate organ like the heart or lung without using methods that could damage the organ.
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    • 17 min
    Dragonfly and sky spy

    Dragonfly and sky spy

    S2 Ep 27. The amazing agility of a dragonfly leads to the creation of a new spy drone. Their four wings can move independently of each other, enabling them to fly forwards, backwards, sideways, up and down and suddenly stop and hover like a helicopter. This caught the attention of engineers who wanted to develop a small drone that could be used by the military as a spying device. In the future, this sort of technology might send back pictures from areas where it’s too dangerous for humans to go.
    Get in touch: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
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    • 15 min
    Kingfisher and soil erosion

    Kingfisher and soil erosion

    S2 Ep 26. A very clever solution to a significant environmental problem based on a kingfisher’s eyelids. When the brightly coloured bird dives for food, its eyes are covered in a way that protects the kingfisher’s eyeballs, rather like swimming goggles protect ours. Architects have copied this design to help prevent soil erosion on the banks of the huge Three Gorges Dam in China.
    Get in touch: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
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    • 14 min
    Bees and fast deliveries

    Bees and fast deliveries

    S2 Ep25. Sweet moves! Honey bees have developed an extraordinary form of communication known as the “waggle dance”, which directs other bees to where the best nectar can be found. As more and more bees explore the area, their directions become more refined. This method of refining information has been copied into an algorithm to help delivery drivers save time and fuel, without the need to plot journeys by hand.
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    • 15 min

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