A collection of 28 two-minute radio segments featuring scientists talking about natural strategies and bio-inspired design.

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This collection of 28 two-minute radio segments features scientists talking about bio-inspired design. The programs were created in conjunction with the Kids Science Challenge, but are appropriate for all ages.

Follow the provided links to find the transcripts and audio on the Pulse of the Planet website. To augment the audio, teachers may want to provide visual images for students to reference, or assign students to do further research on their own.

Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Magical Mucus with Dr. Christopher Viney
Mucus plays many roles. In fact, without it, we wouldn’t be here.
Kids’ Science Challenge:Biomimicry – Collecting Mucus with Dr. Christopher Viney
Everything you ever wanted to know about how to collect giraffe drool and hippopotamus sweat, but were afraid to ask.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Giraffes with Dr. Christopher Viney
A petroleum alternative: Giraffe Mucus!! Aided by mucus, giraffes routinely swallow sharp thorns without hurting themselves.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Hippo Sweat with Dr. Christopher Viney
If you want to protect yourself from the sun, insects, and disease, just slather on some hippo sweat!
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Reading Slug Slime with Dr. Christopher Viney
In the slug world, much can be gleaned from the trail of slime a slug leaves behind.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Wasps with Dr. Christopher Viney
Without so much as a diet, wasp waists are incredibly thin; and their structure is inspiring engineers to create a new kind of packaging.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Pogo Stick with Bob Full
If you’ve bounced on a pogo stick, you’re already well on your way to understanding how animals run.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Novel Robots with Bob Full
Robots can be so, well, robotic. But bio-inspired engineering is pointing the way to a new and nimble breed of robots.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Pink Sweat with Dr. Christopher Viney
Pink sweat? That’s not the half of it. Hippopotamus sweat has an array of uses.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Mini-bots with Dr. Ron Fearing
Miniature robots: going where no person can.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Cardboard Robots with Dr. Ron Fearing
Robots may be high-tech, but the materials used to make them can be quite ordinary.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Neuromechanics with Dr. Ron Fearing
For animals, movement is second nature, but otherwise sophisticated robots have to calculate every step.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Gecko Adhesion with Dr. Ron Fearing
Gecko feet aren’t sticky, but they adhere to almost any surface.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Gecko Release with Bob Full
When geckos release from a surface they’re climbing, their feet act as tiny party favors, enabling them to adhere to practically anything.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Adhesive Cloth with Dr. Ron Fearing
To develop a fabric that can adhere to any surface, scientists are looking to geckos for clues.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Gecko Inspired with Bob Full
If scientists are able to successfully mimic the adhesive properties of a gecko’s foot, the uses for such material will be limitless.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Gecko Tails with Bob Full
A gecko’s tail is used for gripping and gliding; engineers are building its attributes into a new breed of miniature robots.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Running Roaches with Bob Full
Cockroaches might love junk food, but that’s not why they’re running on treadmills.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Gecko Fingers with Dr. Ron Fearing
A gecko’s ability to adhere to surfaces is leading to advances in manmade materials. Gecko tires, anyone?
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Toothbrush Toes with Dr. Ron Fearing If you want to understand gecko-inspired adhesion, just pick up a toothbrush and follow along.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Running Like Roaches with Bob Full Roaches and humans have at least one thing in common the way we run.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Toe Hair with Bob Full
REALLY hairy toes are essential to a gecko’s wall-climbing ability.
Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Unexpected Adhesion with Bob Full
By way of an accidental discovery, engineers are now developing “sticky” material based on the properties of a gecko’s toes.
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