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

30 Animals That Made Us Smarter BBC

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 475 Ratings

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

    Ants and mini robots

    Ants and mini robots

    Snap! The trap-jaw ant’s amazing jaws can move faster than a speeding bullet, snapping shut at a top speed of 230km per hour. When the ant bites down, the force is so great that it launches the insect high into the air. Their powerful spring mechanism is being copied by scientists and may help move a new type of mini robot, which one day could be deployed in situations too dangerous for humans to enter – like fires or earthquake zones.
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    • 17 min
    Horseshoe crabs and vaccines

    Horseshoe crabs and vaccines

    S2 Ep 17. A new synthetic test to create safe vaccines – based on the secrets of the horseshoe crab and its blue blood. Scientists hope this new technology could mean they no longer need to use the blood to test vaccines for harmful bacteria.
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    • 16 min
    Arapaima fish and armour

    Arapaima fish and armour

    S2 Ep16. It’s a “living fossil”! This fish can resist piranha attacks and is inspiring a new body armour. The arapaima has been swimming the waters of the Amazon for millions of years. It’s also home to a famous predator, the fearsome piranha. The Arapaima has a secret weapon – it’s scales are both tough and flexible and they’ve caught the attention of scientists.
    Get in touch: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
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    • 18 min
    Barn owl and drone

    Barn owl and drone

    Learning from Lily the owl – could she help small aircraft cope with turbulence? Scientists hope what they’ve learnt about barn owls might help with the design of drones.
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    • 19 min
    Manta ray and pollution solution

    Manta ray and pollution solution

    Will a ray save the day? It’s inspiring a way to prevent more pollution of our oceans. As sea water enters a manta ray’s large mouth, plankton are captured and other particles are thrown up by whirlpools. Systems are being developed to extract or capture microplastics from water.
    Thanks for listening. Get in touch: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals #30Animals

    • 19 min
    Cicada and safe surfaces

    Cicada and safe surfaces

    Bye-bye bacteria! How an insect’s wings inspired materials that could keep surfaces free from bacterial infections. The wings of cicadas are covered with tiny spikes which burst the walls of bacteria and kill them. Replicating this remarkable design could lead to the development of antibacterial materials with potential for industrial and medical use.
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
475 Ratings

475 Ratings

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SOOOOOOO cool!

Amazing!!'!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fun show!

It’s kept me informed and entertained on many walks. Worth listening to both seasons. Thanks, bbc!

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Makes learning fun!

Very enjoyable host and subject matter. I look forward to each new season!

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