Mark Stephen discovers how biologists are stealing nature's tricks, refined by many millions of years of evolution.
A special branch of science called biomimetics is emerging that trains the next generation of scientists to tap this living laboratory for cutting edge, technological solutions.
2/3. The jewel beetle seeks out forest fires, mating and feasting on dead pine trees. These ingenious insects can sense roaring infernos from many kilometres away using supersensitive infra-red detectors. Mark Stephen discovers how scientists are putting this knowledge to use to develop the next generation of infra-red detectors