30 Animals That Made Us Smarter

By BBC World Service

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 Apr 11, 2019

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 Apr 1, 2019
certainly no animals made this podcast smarter. its not exactly sophisticated science. as an ex science teacher I'd put this at key stage 3 tops. unsubscribing.


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

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Woodpecker and black box
A bird’s remarkable skull and the quest to protect aeroplane flight data recorders from damage caused by high impacts. Woodpeckers can hammer repeatedly on trees without damaging their brain. Could this lead to new designs for black boxes and bicycle helmets? With Patrick Aryee. www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals #30animals
Apr 15, 2019
Mosquito and surgical needle
The blood sucking pest and a pain free surgical needle. Scientists have been studying the mosquito’s mouthparts. Could the dreaded ‘prick’ of a needle soon be a thing of the past? With Patrick Aryee. #30Animals
Apr 08, 2019
Octopus and camouflage
The eight-limbed master of disguise and surveillance technology. The colour and texture-changing abilities of the octopus are helping researchers develop camouflage. Can we make robots do the same thing? With Patrick Aryee. #30Animals
Apr 01, 2019
Kingfisher and bullet train
The story of the bird and the engineer. How the kingfisher inspired the design of a train. The 500 series Shinkansen, also known as bullet train, is one of the fastest in the world. It is also quiet, but that was not always the case. This is the tale of Japanese engineer Eiji Nakatsu, the kingfisher, an owl, a penguin and biomimicry. With Patrick Aryee. #30Animals
Mar 25, 2019
The preview
"It’s about animals which have inspired us": Patrick Aryee explains what it’s all about. Episode one available from 25 March 2019. #30Animals
Mar 09, 2019