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Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature
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Series 1 - Episode 3
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Engineers looking to nature for inspiration: the theme of this series hovers on the cusp between natural history and hi-tech science and that’s a place where Richard Hammond is very comfortable indeed.
His reports from the frontiers of science this week showcase inventions from a military tank inspired by cuttlefish camouflage techniques to a custom-built suit based on the exoskeleton of arthropods, which enables a paralysed man to take his first steps in seven years.
With Hammond’s trademark have-a-go experiments, it’s a brand of show-and-tell that can be pleasantly educational.
The presenter goes in search of creatures with extraordinary powers, including the eel-shaped hagfish and migrating humpback whales, devising experiments to explain their specific capabilities. He also learns how scientists have transferred the natural talents of these and other animals to modern technology - from an invisible tank based on cuttlefish camouflaging techniques to a custom-built suit based on the exoskeleton of arthropods, which has enabled a paralysed man to walk again. Last in the series.
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