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  1. One leg's better than two, when you're a flamingo

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Biology Letters

    2017-05-24 09:01. For us humans, standing on one leg can be tiring, but flamingos famously do it all day and all night, even while asleep. So, US researchers set out to find how they keep it up by looking at the biomechanics of their bodies. Read more about One leg's better than two, when you're a flamingo - Scimex

    InternationalGeorgia Institute of Technology, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Young-Hui Chang
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    yh.chang@ap.gatech.edu
  2. I, for one, welcome our new robotic fish leaders

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-05-24 09:01. Part fish. Part machine. All cod! Chinese and Dutch scientists have developed a school of robotic fish programmed to 'forage' for 'food', and then watched as a leader emerged among the aquatic androids. Some of the robots were Read more about I, for one, welcome our new robotic fish leaders - Scimex

    InternationalPeking University, China
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Chen Wang
    Phone:
    +86 186 1161 5926
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    wangchen@pku.edu.cn; wangchen0415@gmail.com
  3. Giving seals the 'cuddle hormone' makes them even more adorable

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceeding of the Royal Society B

    2017-05-24 09:01. Scientists from the UK injected grey seals with the cuddle hormone - oxytocin - and watched them get all friendly. The levels administered were similar to those that would be found naturally, and the sociable behaviour the hormone Read more about Giving seals the 'cuddle hormone' makes them even more adorable - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of St Andrews, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Adorable images available. Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Kelly Robinson
    Phone:
    +44 1334 467 227
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kjr33@st-andrews.ac.uk
  4. Oooh chocolate! Be still my fluttering heart

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Heart

    2017-05-24 08:30. Looking for a reason to eat another square of chocolate (like you need a 'reason')? An international study suggests regularly eating chocolate may be linked to a reduced risk of atrial fibrillation — heart flutter. The authors Read more about Oooh chocolate! Be still my fluttering heart - Scimex

    InternationalBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Elizabeth Mostofsky via Todd Datz
    Phone:
    +1 617 432 8413
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
  5. High fibre diet linked to lower risk of in-grain-ed knee pain

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

    2017-05-24 08:30. US and UK scientists have found a link between a diet rich in fibre and a lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis. The team, drawing on two long term studies, found people eating the most fibre had a 30 per cent lower risk in Read more about High fibre diet linked to lower risk of in-grain-ed knee pain - Scimex

    InternationalTufts University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Zhaoli (Joy) Dai
    Phone:
    + 65 848 64 454 (currently in Singapore)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    joyzdai@bu.edu
  6. Supplement as good as anti-inflammatory drug for knee arthritis

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

    2017-05-24 08:30. Chondrotin sulfate, a supplement available over the counter in Australia, is as good as a common anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for helping knee osteoarthritis, say Belgian researchers. However before you rush to the chemist, its Read more about Supplement as good as anti-inflammatory drug for knee arthritis - Scimex

    InternationalLiege State University, Belgium
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Jean-Yves Reginster
    Phone:
    + 41 799 481 711
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jyr.ch@bluewin.ch
  7. New group program to help address depression and obesity simultaneously

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    2017-05-24 06:00. The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI’s) Mind and Brain Theme is trialling a novel approach to tackle both depression and being overweight together in a group intervention – a completely new and Read more about New group program to help address depression and obesity simultaneously - Scimex

    Australia; SASouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Bridgette Whittle
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    bridgette.whittle@sahmri.com
  8. Monash researchers find piece in inflammatory disease puzzle

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science Signaling

    2017-05-24 04:00. Inflammation is the process by which the body responds to injury or infection but when this process becomes out of control it can cause disease. Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers, in collaboration with the Read more about Monash researchers find piece in inflammatory disease puzzle - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Monash Media
    Phone:
    99034840
    Position:
    Media
    Email:
    media@monash.edu
  9. Our brains can predict the future, in fast forward

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-05-24 01:00. Just like an episode of Sherlock, Dutch and US scientists have discovered that, faced with expectation, our brains play out upcoming events in 'fast-forward' to anticipate the future. For example, when you see a car speeding Read more about Our brains can predict the future, in fast forward - Scimex

    InternationalRadboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Matthias Ekman
    Phone:
    +31 24 3668294
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    matthias.ekman@gmail.com
  10. Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Pediatrics

    2017-05-24 01:00. Children from disadvantaged households are more likely to hit puberty early and could face poorer health later in life as a result, an Australian study has shown. Researchers from the Murdoch Children’ s Research Institute (MCRI) Read more about Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Available for interview: A/Prof Ying Sun – lead author - (Print only) Prof George Patton - The study’s senior author can discuss the research results and the links between children who come from poorer homes developing puberty early.

    For New Zealand media: Contact Nicola Shepheard from the Liggins Institute to speak with Prof Melissa Wake (University of Auckland) who was involved in the study and is also available for comment.

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    +61 408 657 741
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  11. Robotic Venus flytrap makes light work of grabbing targets

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-05-24 01:00. Finnish scientists have built a soft robot that closes a 'trap' in response to changes in light, allowing it to grip objects, a little bit like the trap of the Venus flytrap. Light is bounced off the target object, making the light Read more about Robotic Venus flytrap makes light work of grabbing targets - Scimex

    InternationalTampere University of Technology, Finland
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Videos available.

    Name:
    Arri Priimagi
    Phone:
    +358 445 150 300
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    arri.priimagi@tut.fi
  12. Bigger ranges required to help fight predators

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-05-23 19:00. A study across three continents shows wide-ranging landscapes are needed to fight predators - be they foxes and feral cats in Australia, wolves in the United States or golden jackals in Europe. The international research found the Read more about Bigger ranges required to help fight predators - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICThe University of Sydney|Deakin University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Media releases from Deakin/USYD and Washington University are attached.
    Name:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 2390
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  13. Trans young people can benefit from puberty suppression

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 1445 AEST / 1645 NZST

    The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology

    2017-05-23 14:45. A major review by WA researchers has found medication used to suppress puberty can improve the mental health of young people who are trans or gender diverse. Location of Interest:. Australia. Telethon Kids Institute. Health / Read more about Trans young people can benefit from puberty suppression - Scimex

    AustraliaTelethon Kids Institute
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jasmine Raisbeck
    Phone:
    0437575875
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    jasmine.raisbeck@telethonkids.org.au
  14. A match made in the underworld: what happens when an artist and a soil scientist collaborate in public space?

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    2017-05-23 13:00. A public art installation launched this month, exploring the darkness and complexity of the living earth beneath our feet. “Empire of Dirt considers our relationship with the constructed landscape. Where does that put us as Read more about A match made in the underworld: what happens when an artist and a soil scientist collaborate in public space? - Scimex

    VICRMIT University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Kim de Kretser
    Phone:
    +61 407 521 971
    Position:
    Creative Producer
    Email:
    kim@kimdekretser.com
  15. Scientific imaging reveals stunning artistic beauty of the seafloor

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    2017-05-23 12:00. Technological advances in scientific imaging of the seafloor are allowing researchers to reveal stunning landscapes previously hidden at the bottom of the world’ s oceans. IMAS scientist Dr Vanessa Lucieer has joined with fellow Read more about Scientific imaging reveals stunning artistic beauty of the seafloor - Scimex

    Australia; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)|University of Tasmania
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Andrew Rhodes
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 6683
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    ajrhodes@utas.edu.au
  16. Fly away... nowhere? Wild Chinese geese prisoners in own wetlands

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-05-23 02:00. In China, migratory waterbirds like geese have nowhere else to go apart from their own wetlands, according to new research. The degradation of wetland habitats and increasing agriculturalisation of floodplains has decimated the Read more about Fly away... nowhere? Wild Chinese geese prisoners in own wetlands - Scimex

    InternationalChinese Academy of Sciences, China;
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video available. Images/clips may be available upon request from John Bowman, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, jsb343@cornell.edu

    Name:
    Lei Cao
    Phone:
    +86 10 62915330
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    leicao@rcees.ac.cn
  17. Bitcoin's blockchain approach could help the environment

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature

    2017-05-23 01:00. Bitcoin and sustainability may make for strange bedfellows, but writing in a commentary piece, a Swedish ecologist thinks that environmental groups can learn a lot about accountability from the blockchain technology that underpins Read more about Bitcoin's blockchain approach could help the environment - Scimex

    InternationalSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; University of Oxford, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Guillaume Chapron
    Position:
    Comment Author
    Email:
    guillaume.chapron@slu.se
  18. Forty 'intelligence' genes found

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    2017-05-23 01:00. After analysing the DNA of almost 80, 000 Europeans, a large international team of scientists think they've found forty different genes associated with intelligence. While no gene alone can define somebody's intelligence, their Read more about Forty 'intelligence' genes found - Scimex

    InternationalVU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Danielle Posthuma
    Phone:
    +31 205 982 823
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    d.posthuma@vu.nl
  19. Galactic antimatter made when stars collide

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Astronomy

    2017-05-23 01:00. Our galaxy contains vast quantities of an antimatter particle, known as a positron, but where these particles come from has been the subject of much debate. Now Australian researchers have traced one source of these antimatter Read more about Galactic antimatter made when stars collide - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; ACTThe Australian National University|ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)|The University of New South Wales|Australian Defence Force Academy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts. Media release to follow.

    Name:
    Roland Crocker
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rcrocker@fastmail.fm
  20. ASKAP telescope to rule radio-burst hunt

    Publicly released: Tue 23 May 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    The Astrophysical Journal Letters

    2017-05-23 01:00. A CSIRO telescope has found its first ‘ fast radio burst’ from space after less than four days of searching. The discovery came so quickly that the telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) near Read more about ASKAP telescope to rule radio-burst hunt - Scimex

    Australia; WACSIRO|Curtin University|International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Gabby Russell
    Phone:
    +62 1 9490 8002
    Position:
    Communication Manager, National Facilities and Collections
    Email:
    gabby.russell@csiro.au