- A soft, flexible robot arm has been developed by scientists to help them research and handle sealife more carefully.
- New research into giraffe coat patterns suggests that calves inherit their spots from their mothers, and that some patterns may make it easier to hide from predators.
- Although concrete is traditionally a hard, rigid material, scientists have developed a bendable concrete that is flexible as well as strong.
Video viewing guide
This graphic organiser supports your students to capture their thoughts and questions as they watch the news update.
Spark a discussion
- Why have submarine arms used in underwater research up until now been problematic?
- How are the new submarine arms controlled?
- Can you think of anything else that this soft robotic hand could be useful for handling?
- Why do you think the more irregular-shaped spots provide better camouflage for the giraffes than the spots with the smooth edges?
- Camouflage helps prey animals like giraffes hide from predators. Can you think of any predators with camouflage? Why might they need camouflage?
- Can you think of any features that you have inherited from your parents? Dimples, ear shape, or perhaps hair colour?
- Why do you think flexible material might provide more protection during an earthquake than non-flexible material?
- The abalone inspired the engineers to create the flexible concrete. Can you think of an animal that might inspire you to create your own invention?
- The new, flexible concrete self-repairs. Does this make the concrete a living thing? Why or why not?