The space telescopes inspired by lobsters

You can use X-ray space telescopes to study large events such as the formation of black hole.
However, their field vision was limited, making it difficult for them to capture unexpected activity.

Scientists around the globe have created new telescopes by mimicking the eyes of lobsters.

For more innovation inspired by nature, listen to 30 Animals that Made Us Smarter on BBC World Service.

Voice: Patrick Aryee

Producer: Jennifer Green

Animator: Jules Bartl

Thanks to Prof Paul O'Brien, Dr Steven Sembay, and Prof Adrian Martindale from the University of Leicester. Prof Jelle Atema, from Boston University, and Richard J. King.