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Ecological mapping of coral reefsTropical coral reefs are home to an enormous variety of marine life; however, they are under threat from human activities and rising sea levels due to climate change. A better understanding of the ecological mechanisms that take place within tropical coral reefs will help to ensure their conservation. 3. Talk of the townThere is a certain aura of genius attached to speaking languages. But multilingualism is not only the preserve of academic sand bookish linguists; plenty of European celebrities are also multilingual. Take football, a sport not traditionally associated with linguistic prowess, but which is replete with players who are fluent and articulate in several languages. Competence interviewsA growing number of employers are conducting competence-based (also known as structured or situational) interviews. These have proved to be very effective in predicting future job performance and are more objective than unstructured interviews.
A ‘smart’ knife to fight cancer, crime and contaminationCancer is one of the most challenging medical issues we face. In the United Kingdom alone, there are 300 000 new cases every year — leading to almost 2 million surgical operations annually. Thanks to ERC funding, Dr Zoltán Takáts of Imperial College London has developed a ‘smart’ surgical knife that can ‘smell’ the tissues it is cutting through — with the potential to revolutionise cancer treatment, as well as food and drug analysis, and research into the human ‘microbiome’.