NATURE: Owl Power

NATURE: Owl Power

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 8:00pm

Barn owl chicks Luna and Lily’s best funny faces.

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Take a detailed look at owls and see how they’re influencing 21st-century technology and design.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids. NATURE: Owl Power airs Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.