Elephant and robotic arm

30 Animals That Made Us Smarter

By BBC World Service

Elephant and robotic arm

Sunday, 27 June

S2 Ep1. An elephant’s trunk is amazing. Imagine a robotic arm with the same capabilities. Not only does a trunk have the strength to topple trees and lift hundreds of kilograms in weight, it can also perform precise and delicate movements. It has inspired engineers to create a "bionic handling assistant", which can be used for all sorts of complex tasks. Thank you to Pranav, a 7-year-old listener from India, for suggesting the first story of the new season. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #30Animals Get in touch: www.bbcworldservice.com/30animals
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