X-ray space telescopes can be used to study big events like the formation of black holes.
But, until recently, their field of vision has been relatively narrow – making it difficult to capture this unexpected activity.
By mimicking the way lobsters’ eyes work, scientists around the world have designed new telescopes that can survey much larger areas.
Listen to 30 Animals That Made US Smarter on BBC World Service for more innovations that have been inspired by nature.
Voice: Patrick Aryee
Producer: Jennifer Green
Animator: Jules Bartl
With thanks to Dr Adrian Martindale, Dr Steven Sembay and Prof Paul O’Brien from the University of Leicester, Prof Jelle Atema from Boston University and Richard J. King.