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30 Animals That Made Us Smarter

Author: BBC World Service

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

30 Animals LIVE

2019-10-2100:39:591

The "nerd-fest" live show! A scorpion and tarantula on stage, biomimicry bingo and animal music, recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Welcome to the season finale, with your suggestions of animals which are inspiring us. Watch all the animations here: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
Spider and remote sensing

Spider and remote sensing

2019-10-1400:17:151

When a fly hits a spider’s web the web sends vibrations to the spider crouched at its edge. This is known as remote sensing. The webs may help us design sensors to detect vibrations in the earth and the built environment. These vibrations could be turned into electricity. This could lead to small scale energy harvesting.With Patrick Aryee.#30Animalswww.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
Butterfly and paints

Butterfly and paints

2019-10-0700:12:421

The wings of one of the most beautiful butterflies could transform paints and textiles. Scientists are fascinated by how the blue morpho produces its shimmering blue effect. With Patrick Aryee.#30Animalswww.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
Peacock and computer screen

Peacock and computer screen

2019-09-3000:17:002

Unlocking the secrets of the dazzling colours in the tail of the peacock. It is designed to attract females but has caught the eye of scientists, as they mimic it to develop high-resolution reflective colour-screen displays. With Patrick Aryee.#30Animalswww.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
Ant and networks

Ant and networks

2019-09-2300:15:045

How road, subway and computer systems could be helped by trails created by turtle ants. For extra information about all episodes, visit: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
Mussel and foetal surgery

Mussel and foetal surgery

2019-09-1600:13:541

Babies in the womb could be saved with the help of a glue based on proteins found in mussels. Performing surgery on foetuses in the womb is an astonishing medical feat but closing the delicate amniotic sac after surgery is difficult. A synthetic adhesive could do the job and help save lives of the youngest patients. For extra information about all episodes, visit our #30Animals website: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
Imagine a building based on the shape of an egg – all thanks to the butterfly. Nature has long been a source of inspiration for the design of buildings, like the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona. This is the story of a butterfly house inspired by the shape of the eggs of the White Royal butterfly and the patterns on their shells. www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
Dolphin and tsunami detector

Dolphin and tsunami detector

2019-09-0200:14:091

The way dolphins communicate is being studied to create tsunami early warning systems. They produce click sounds to help navigate and hunt for prey. They listen back to the echoes to help create a 3D image and visualise their surroundings.www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
Bat and robot

Bat and robot

2019-08-2600:14:45

Picture the scene after a serious earthquake or a tornado. A flying robot inspired by bats could help survey the damage. There may be burst gas pipes, live electrical wires and many other dangers. Scientists have been studying bats to design an “eye in the sky” for use in exactly these situations.www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
Fish schools and windfarm

Fish schools and windfarm

2019-08-1900:13:591

The way hundreds of fish move together may help with the design of wind turbines. Schools of fish appear to move as one - turning, contracting, expanding, even parting and then coming back together again. This is a beautiful sight. Scientists have been studying them to try to make wind farms more efficient.www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
It blasts a toxic spray at predators. Now this beetle may help cars become more fuel efficient. The bombardier is the species of beetle that even sprayed acid in Charles Darwin’s mouth. The 'biological cannons' may help in the design of powerful fuel injection systems. See our animations here: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
Bat and unassisted flight

Bat and unassisted flight

2019-08-0500:17:051

Imagine flapping your arms and flying. Could we do that based on how the bat does it? Leonardo Da Vinci was fascinated by the flight of bird and bats and used to sketch ideas in notebooks for a flying machine called the Ornithopter. With Patrick Aryee.Catch-up with our animations here: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
Spider and window glass

Spider and window glass

2019-07-2900:14:231

How can we prevent millions of birds from being killed by flying into windows? The solution could rest with spiders. Webs containing UV reflective threads deter birds from colliding with them. With Patrick Aryee.To see our spider and window glass animation go to: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
Whale and wind turbine

Whale and wind turbine

2019-07-2200:14:504

The shape of flippers may help with the efficiency of wind turbines, thanks to humpback whales. Bumps on the edge of their flippers assist them, as they power through water. Biologist Frank Fish discovered this when he saw a sculpture. With Patrick Aryee. For more information and animations: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsPlease leave rating and reviews and help us to spread the word.#30Animals
Gecko and adhesives

Gecko and adhesives

2019-07-1500:13:221

How do geckos walk up walls and across ceilings? It is all down to the hair-like structure on their feet. A sticky material based on these clever lizards could help us grab debris in space! With Patrick Aryee. For more information and animations: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
Spider and rescue robot

Spider and rescue robot

2019-07-0800:13:131

Meet the spider-inspired robot that one day might just save your life. Based on how spiders move, it could get to places too difficult for a rescue team to access. Just like our eight-legged friends, it can squeeze around obstacles and through small spaces.With Patrick Aryee. For more information and animations: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
Shark and hospital surfaces

Shark and hospital surfaces

2019-07-0100:13:083

Millions of ridged scales make it difficult for bacteria to attach to the skin of a shark. Can we reduce infections and fight superbugs in a similar way? Have a look at our beautiful animation to see how the shark’s scales or ‘denticles’ work: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animalsWith Patrick Aryee.#30Animals
Albatross and drone

Albatross and drone

2019-06-2400:14:592

Imagine a drone that can fly like the Wandering Albatross. The huge bird harnesses power from the wind and sun and glides over the sea. It is extraordinary. And an engineer has designed a robotic glider that can also ride the wind, while surfing the waves like a sailboat. With Patrick Aryee. See all our animations so far: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30animals
It performs headstands in a desert; now this beetle is teaching us how to collect water. The Stenocara beetle survives in one of the most arid places in the world – the Namib Desert in southern Africa. Scientists have been studying its wings and back. With Patrick Aryee.See our Stenocara beetle animation: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
Sea otter and wetsuit

Sea otter and wetsuit

2019-06-1000:13:342

Want a warm and waterproof wetsuit? Then take a look at how the sea otter does it! It’s all down to air-trapping hairs. Ideally, surfers want something that is flexible and easy to wear, which sheds water as quickly as possible when you are out of the sea and will keep you warm when you are in it.With Patrick Aryee.www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals#30Animals
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priyankasj28

I wish there were more episodes 😭

Dec 3rd
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Moose Wisdom

great podcast

Nov 20th
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Katy Morris

a truly informative podcast and great format. hoping you come back for more

Nov 19th
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Chidera Achinike

I love the podcast!

Nov 16th
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Zahra B

Perfect

Sep 28th
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Kevin Monagan

does anyone know the name and artist of the intro song?

Aug 27th
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Michael Jiggens

We need zero carbon technologies, not reduced carbon technologies.

Aug 13th
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priyankasj28

I'm trying to imagine how the door handles and light switches will be made. Even with the scale design what material would be used?

Aug 6th
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Simon Brock

Listening to this episode brought me fifteen minutes of pleasure and fascination

May 17th
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Ceri Thomas

Brilliant show and a pleasure to listen to

Apr 26th
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MC Campbell McMillan

I'm really enjoying this series, thank you. the enthusiasm of all involved is inspiring. I have recommended it to my young cousin.

Apr 25th
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Owen Lewis

I like the content but can you guys cut down on the annoying noises please your doing that directly into my ear

Apr 24th
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Chloe Gilmer

This is so fun to listen to! 😁

Apr 18th
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MK

loved the woodpecker themed music 👌

Apr 16th
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Katie Hone

Really enjoy this podcast. How fascinating that humans can derive something from an animal, hence the animal can assist us in life. Amazing. I find it very interesting.

Apr 14th
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Michel Dornes

Such a great and interesting Podcast! I'm really enjoying it. Great job, Patrick!

Apr 12th
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Peter Main

Patrick should advertise these podcasts for insomniacs. Long winded intro, long annoying intro music, then boring rambling on about human made things that happen to resemble animals or animal parts. No details about how these designs work or why they are so unique. Put me to sleep.

Apr 5th
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Gilad Golden

Very good and interesting show. Patrick has a very soothing and nice voice. A request, please turn up the volume on Patrick's voice.

Apr 2nd
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Lee Carcavella

Really interesting subject and look forward to the next episode. will be recommending

Mar 28th
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Alex Kings

Interesting content and well told with an engaging presenter.

Mar 26th
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