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Dr Michael Antoniou, an expert in radar and remote sensing at the University of Birmingham, explains how humans use similar cognitive techniques as bats and dolphins to 'see' using sound. His team's international research is funded by the Global Innovation Initiative, which opens a second call for proposals today.

You've probably heard of it, but do you know what dark matter is? Bogdan Ghiorghiu, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Romania, explains. Bogdan is competing at the FameLab international final in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.

Why does south-east Asia have such a high prevalence of bile duct liver cancer? Dr Michael Smout of James Cook University, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Australia, explains the link between the deadly disease and a parasitic worm found in uncooked fish. Michael is competing at the FameLab international final in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.

Can science imitate nature to combat global warming and tackle our energy problems? Nick Moustakas, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Greece, looks at the science behind artificial photosynthesis. He is at the international FameLab final in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.

Brown fat is a special type of body fat, which can actually help us lose weight. Ricardo Moure Ortega, a PhD student at the University of Barcelona and winner of the FameLab science communication competition final in Spain, explains. He will join the international finals in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.

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