BBC Earth

Xploration Earth 2050

Biomimicry/Mechanimals

Scientists and engineers have long realised that Mother Nature is the world’s most talented designer. Host Joe Penna looks at the extraordinary capabilities of dragonfly helicopters that sound like buzzing bees. He'll also explore how designers are using manta rays to change the way we explore the ocean’s depths, he’ll fly a mechanical bird whose design is helping factories become more efficient, and he’ll even watch a robotic hummingbird that’s been created to help soldiers stay safe.