Two items on this week’s excellent The Material World (Radio 4). Both items look at the past, present and future of their subjects. There’s also a brief reminder of last week’s discussion of bombardier beetles. Click on “listen again”.
Can we use animals as inspiration for new technology? Here are some thought-provoking examples.
Guardian pictures of butterflies, geckos and the like, and their potential applications. BBC Radio 4 programme about the Bombardier beetle and why materials science folk are studying it (click on “listen again”).
Research presented to the International Primatological Society suggests that around 1/3 of all primate species are in imminent danger of extinction, thanks to human activity.
BBC summary; picture guide to the endangered species; brilliant Radio 4 programme about orang-utans (click on listen again).
After last week’s success with the video of the nutty Manakin bird, Per Smiseth sent in this link, which is to the Internet Bird Colection – a site that aims to assemble videos of every bird alive… Some very cool animals here!
NB This is NOT dated 1 April, and has NOT been Photoshopped. Includes audio file.
Science podcast on ape/human cognition, feathered dinosaurs, saving tigers. Science podcast on cooperative breeding and the mystery of the Ivory-Billed woodpecker – is it extinct?
A lot of you would like to get a job working with the BBC Natural History Unit. Here is a link to a set of blogs their journalists are writing during some of their projects. And there’s a weekly BBC podcast of natural history programmes you can subscribe to.