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Documentary series. Richard Hammond discovers how the Cape vulture has inspired a flying submarine and how a giraffe's neck can stop a jet pilot losing consciousness.

Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science.

Unfortunately for Hammond, that journey will involve diving to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, driving a car pursued by geese, and leaping 500 metres off a South African cliff.

In this first episode, he discovers how the Cape vulture has inspired a flying submarine; how a giraffe's neck can stop a jet pilot losing consciousness; how a woodpecker's skull can safely protect a light bulb dropped from space; and how a South American butterfly holds the secret to making any mobile phone waterproof.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 6 Dec 2012 00:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Alice Keens-Soper
Series Producer Graham Booth
Director Graham Booth
Actor Richard Hammond

Broadcasts

  • Mon 5 Nov 2012 21:00
  • Tue 4 Dec 2012 00:45
  • Thu 6 Dec 2012 00:45

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