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  1. Breast cancer patients could benefit from controversial hormone

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 1330 AEDT / 1530 NZDT

    Nature Reviews Cancer

    2016-12-09 13:30. An international team of researchers involving the University of Adelaide is tackling the controversy over what some scientists consider to be a "harmful" hormone, arguing that it could be a game changer in the fight against Read more about Breast cancer patients could benefit from controversial hormone - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide|Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Cambridge Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Wayne Tilley
    Position:
    Executive Director, Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories
    Email:
    wayne.tilley@adelaide.edu.au
  2. Hadron Collider exhibition opens with a bang

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    2016-12-09 12:00. What sits under the border between France and Switzerland, generates temperatures 100, 000 times hotter than the sun, and shoots protons at one billion kilometres per hour? It’s a super experiment operating at the frontiers of Read more about Hadron Collider exhibition opens with a bang - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland Museum
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Heidi Jones
    Position:
    Senior Media Officer
    Email:
    heidi.jones@qm.qld.gov.au
  3. Furry friends help manage mental illness

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    BMC Psychiatry

    2016-12-09 12:00. Pets play an important part in helping people with long-term mental health conditions manage their everyday lives, according to a UK study. The researchers asked 54 adults with a severe mental illness to rate the importance of Read more about Furry friends help manage mental illness - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Manchester, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Helen Brooks
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    helen.brooks@manchester.ac.uk
  4. Voyage to study ocean’s role in Antarctic glacial melting

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    2016-12-09 12:00. Australian scientists are stepping up efforts to understand how the Southern Ocean is changing and how these changes are likely to affect the East Antarctic ice sheet. A team of around 30 scientists, technicians and PhD students Read more about Voyage to study ocean’s role in Antarctic glacial melting - Scimex

    Australia; TASAntarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC|Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)|CSIRO
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Reilly
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 2380
    Position:
    Public Affairs Manager
    Email:
    david.reilly@utas.edu.au
  5. Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 1120 AEDT / 1320 NZDT

    Austral Entomology

    2016-12-09 11:20. Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia. Environment / Climate / Energy. Registered journalists should sign in (top right) Read more about Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; SA; WAThe University of Adelaide|Western Australian Museum|Queensland Museum
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Andy Austin
    Position:
    Project leader, Australian Centre for Evolution Biology and Biodiversity
    Email:
    andy.austin@adelaide.edu.au
  6. Controllable CRISPR

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0830 AEDT / 1030 NZDT

    Cell

    2016-12-09 08:30. Have you tried turning it off and on again? CRISPR-Cas9 – the new gene editing technology - has been big news all year, but now, a Canadian-led team have found out how to switch it off, making CRISPR more controllable. Read more about Controllable CRISPR - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Toronto, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    This paper went online today, but was intended to have a December 15 embargo.

    Name:
    Alan Davidson
    Phone:
    +1 416 978 0332
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    alan.davidson@utoronto.ca
  7. Climate change claims hundreds of species in local extinctions

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0600 AEDT / 0800 NZDT

    PLOS Biology

    2016-12-09 06:00. Climate change has already caused hundreds of small-scale localised extinctions of plant and animal species around the world, according to a US study. The author found that local extinctions (when a species no-longer lives in a Read more about Climate change claims hundreds of species in local extinctions - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Arizona, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian 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:
    John J. Wiens
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    wiensj@email.arizona.edu
  8. Brain surgery can make mice braver

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Neuron

    2016-12-09 04:00. Transplanting brain cells into mice and giving them anti-fear training can help make them braver, according to Chinese researchers. They trained mice to fear a sound by playing it accompanied by a shock to their foot and then Read more about Brain surgery can make mice braver - Scimex

    InternationalFudan University, China
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Yong-Chun Yu
    Phone:
    +86 21 5423 7852
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ycyu@fudan.edu.cn
  9. Amber helps us rem-amber dino feathers

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Current Biology

    2016-12-09 04:00. A feathered dinosaur tail trapped in a piece of amber has been discovered by an international team of scientists after one of the researchers stumbled upon the amber at a market and saw its scientific potential. The researchers Read more about Amber helps us rem-amber dino feathers - Scimex

    InternationalChina University of Geosciences
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available in Dropbox link.

    Name:
    Ryan McKellar
    Phone:
    +1 306 787 2826
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ryan.mckellar@gov.sk.ca
  10. Lobsters as happy as clams in the food chain

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Current Biology

    2016-12-09 04:00. Disney's The Lion King might have taught us a slightly incorrect 'circle of life', as UK experts have found that the very valuable Caribbean spiny lobster gets a large proportion of its food from clams that feast on bacteria in its Read more about Lobsters as happy as clams in the food chain - Scimex

    InternationalPlymouth University, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr. Nicholas Higgs
    Phone:
    +44 1752 584984
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nicholas.higgs@plymouth.ac.uk
  11. Mummy! 17th Century Lithuanian kid had smallpox

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Current Biology

    2016-12-09 04:00. An international team, including Australians, has found the oldest known sample of the variola virus - which causes smallpox - in a mummified Lithuanian child from the 17th century, and say smallpox may have emerged more recently Read more about Mummy! 17th Century Lithuanian kid had smallpox - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICThe University of Sydney|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Edward Holmes
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 5591
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    edward.holmes@sydney.edu.au
  12. Do dope's eye effects explain why stoners live in slo-mo?

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    2016-12-09 03:00. Smoking pot could be changing the way your eyes work, according to a French study. The researchers measured the electrical signals in the eyes of 52 regular stoners and 24 non-stoners and found that, in potheads, a particular type Read more about Do dope's eye effects explain why stoners live in slo-mo? - Scimex

    InternationalCentre Psychothérapique de Nancy, France
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us. Australian 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:
    Vincent Laprevote
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    vincent.laprevote@cpn-laxou.com
  13. Ancient reptile tumour something to sink your teeth into

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Oncology

    2016-12-09 03:00. A tumour in a 255-million-year-old mammal-like reptile - a gorgonopsian - has been discovered by a team of scientists from US. The researchers say that the tumour looks like a set of tiny teeth and is similar to compound odontoma, Read more about Ancient reptile tumour something to sink your teeth into - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Washington, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us. Australian 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:
    Megan Whitney
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    megwhit@uw.edu
  14. Meteoric quasicrystal found in Russia

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2016-12-09 01:00. To find a naturally occurring quasicrystal - a rock which has an ordered structure and infinite symmetry, but hasn't quite crystallised - US researchers travelled to the Koryak Mountains in far eastern Russia, where they found Read more about Meteoric quasicrystal found in Russia - Scimex

    InternationalPrinceton University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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.

    Name:
    Paul Steinhardt
    Phone:
    +1 609 258 1509
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    steinh@princeton.edu
  15. How much space do pandas need to thrive?

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Dec 2016 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2016-12-09 01:00. Chinese researchers have investigated pandas in five mountainous regions – accounting for 74 per cent of the wild population – to figure out the area of habitat required to ensure long-term survival. While pandas used to Read more about How much space do pandas need to thrive? - Scimex

    InternationalChina West Normal University, China
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Zhisong Yang
    Phone:
    +86 139 9081 9353
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    yangzhisong@126.com
  16. Forget dieting; retrain your brain to beat stress and lose weight

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Dec 2016 at 1533 AEDT / 1733 NZDT

    2016-12-08 15:33. A QUT neuroscientist internationally acclaimed for her research on alcohol and sugar addiction claims brainpower rather than willpower is the key to living healthily. Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT’s Institute of Health and Read more about Forget dieting; retrain your brain to beat stress and lose weight - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  17. EXPERT REACTION: Aceh earthquake causes deaths

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Dec 2016 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    2016-12-08 10:30. There are reports of nearly 100 deaths following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which stuck near Aceh in Indonesia late Tuesday evening Sydney time. Below an Australian expert comments. Environment / Climate / Energy. Tech / Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Aceh earthquake causes deaths - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)|Australian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Media manager
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  18. Drug relapse more likely if recovery is forced

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Dec 2016 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    The Lancet Global Health

    2016-12-08 10:30. Relapse is more likely for chronic opioid users if they are forced into treatment rather than if they go willingly, according to the first comparative study led by US and Malaysian researchers. The authors compared the Read more about Drug relapse more likely if recovery is forced - Scimex

    InternationalYale University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    With comment from Harm Reduction Australia.

    Name:
    Frederick Altice
    Phone:
    +1 203 737 2883
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    frederick.altice@yale.edu
  19. Could more effective goals be the key to treating depression?

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Dec 2016 at 0601 AEDT / 0801 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    2016-12-08 06:01. Helping people with depression set achievable, positive goals could help improve treatment options according to research from Edith Cowan University. Health / Medical. Registered journalists should sign in (top right) for full Read more about Could more effective goals be the key to treating depression? - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Ben Jones
    Phone:
    +61 8 6304 2381
    Position:
    Corporate Communications Officer
    Email:
    b.jones2@ecu.edu.au
  20. A step closer to stopping cancer spread

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Dec 2016 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2016-12-08 05:00. Cancer spreading to other parts of the body is the main cause of cancer-related death. But, for most cancers, it's not clear what kind of cells start that process, which means it can be hard to make drugs that combat it. A Spanish Read more about A step closer to stopping cancer spread - Scimex

    InternationalThe Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Spain
    • Health / Medical
    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:
    Salvador Aznar Benitah
    Phone:
    +34 934 034 021
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    salvador.aznar-benitah@irbbarcelona.org