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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 • 479 Ratings

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

    Polar bear and insulation

    Polar bear and insulation

    S2 Ep 23. The science behind some fascinating fur could help humans keep warm in space. A polar bear’s fur is brilliant at insulating it from freezing arctic temperatures. Each shaft of hair contains multiple chambers which trap heat close to the skin, making it an incredible thermal insulator. Now, scientists have copied its structure to build a light and flexible material which may be useful for the aerospace industry.
    Let us know what you think. #30Animals
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    • 20 min
    Electric eels and medical implants

    Electric eels and medical implants

    S2 Ep 22. From heart stopper to heart saver? The electric eel creates energy within its body to shock its prey. Scientists are copying the electricity-producing cells of the eel to develop a new type of soft, fleshy battery which may be used inside the body to power medical implants.
    Let us know what you think. #30Animals
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    • 17 min
    Camel and desert architecture

    Camel and desert architecture

    S2 Ep 21. Take a peek into a camel’s nose! The science inside could help to cool desert homes. A camel re-absorbs the water normally lost in the breathing cycle, keeping its temperature down. An architect has copied this to create a system that could control the temperature of desert dwellings without the need for costly electricity.
    Let us know what you think. #30Animals
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    • 15 min
    Lobsters and space telescopes

    Lobsters and space telescopes

    S2 Ep 20. How a sea creature can help us see more of our universe. A lobster’s eyes have evolved to spot food and potential threats in murky conditions at the bottom of the ocean. Scientists have copied their structure to create a new X-ray telescope that can be used to see into the dark expanse of space.
    Recordings of pulsars courtesy of The University of Manchester/Jodrell Bank.
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    #30Animals

    • 20 min
    Pangolins and Waterloo Station

    Pangolins and Waterloo Station

    S2 Ep 19. A tricky design challenge solved! All thanks to the scaly skin of the pangolin. Scales cover its body in an overlapping pattern, providing both flexibility and armour against attack. Architects copied this to create a glass roof for a famous British railway station, which meant the structure could fit into an oddly shaped location.
    Let us know what you think. #30Animals
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    • 17 min
    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.
    Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #30Animals
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
479 Ratings

479 Ratings

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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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