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  1. Early Neolithic farmers weren't just ploughing the soil

    Publicly released: Fri 26 May 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-05-26 02:00. Far from being separate communities, Neolithic farmers and hunter gatherers were interbreeding and living side by side, according to a European study of DNA from four Romanians who lived between 8, 800 and 5, 400 years ago. The Read more about Early Neolithic farmers weren't just ploughing the soil - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Ferrara, Italy
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Michi Hofreiter via Dr Barbara Eckardt
    Phone:
    +49 331 977 2964
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    eckardt@uni-potsdam.de
  2. Kids' brain connections segregate as they enter adulthood

    Publicly released: Fri 26 May 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-05-26 02:00. US scientists have mapped the changes in the networks of brain connections that accompany the development of self control as we leave childhood behind and become adults. Studying brain scans of 882 youths aged between 8 and 22, Read more about Kids' brain connections segregate as they enter adulthood - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available.

    Name:
    Theodore Satterthwaite
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sattertt@upenn.edu
  3. A new world in sight: virtual reality to advance human health

    Publicly released: Fri 26 May 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-05-26 00:01. Virtual reality (VR) is playing a key role in stabilising the fragile lives of newborn infants. In a world first, University of Newcastle Midwifery students are utilising VR to execute neonatal resuscitation, a common emergency Read more about A new world in sight: virtual reality to advance human health - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Newcastle
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available

    Name:
    Gemma Wolk
    Phone:
    +61 2 4921 6119
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    gemma.wolk@newcastle.edu.au
  4. NEWS BRIEFING: Move over DNA, sugars are a new frontier to attack cancer

    Publicly released: Fri 26 May 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-05-26 00:01. BRIEFING RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE The first patient samples have been collected to kick off a new approach to fighting Australia’s most common cancers by targeting sugar molecules on the outside of cancer cells. This new approach Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: Move over DNA, sugars are a new frontier to attack cancer - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University|Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
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    For interviews with the panellists, you can contact: Mark on 0419586391 until 2pm; Daniel on 0490 513 250 or 07 5552 7026 until 2:30pm; Judith on 0407 074 032 or 07 3443 7241 until 1pm or between 3:30 and 4:30pm; or Matthew on 07 5678 0390.

    Name:
    Skye Small
    Phone:
    +61 7 5552 9102
    Position:
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Email:
    skye.small@griffith.edu.au
  5. Study shows e-cigarettes can harm lungs

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 1830 AEST / 2030 NZST

    American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    2017-05-25 18:30. A study led by researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute has shown that electronic cigarettes can cause lung damage and are not a harmless alternative to cigarettes. Location of Interest:. Australia. WA. Telethon Kids Institute. Read more about Study shows e-cigarettes can harm lungs - Scimex

    Australia; WATelethon Kids Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jasmine Raisbeck
    Phone:
    0437575875
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    jasmine.raisbeck@telethonkids.org.au
  6. Toothy tumour turns up in ancient skeleton

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 1600 AEST / 1800 NZST

    International Journal of Paleopathology

    2017-05-25 16:00. The yuck factor is strong with this one.you have been warned! Archaeologists found a teratoma - a tumour which can form teeth, hair, bone and fingernails within it - in the pelvic cavity of a 15th - 18th century skeleton from Read more about Toothy tumour turns up in ancient skeleton - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Coimbra, Portugal
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Sofia N. Wasterlain
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sofiawas@antrop.uc.pt
  7. Roboteachers just as good as the real thing

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 1600 AEST / 1800 NZST

    International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction

    2017-05-25 16:00. US scientists say robots are just as effective as people at using non-verbal cues to teach young children new words. They compared the electronic educators with the flesh and blood variety as kids followed their gaze and body Read more about Roboteachers just as good as the real thing - Scimex

    International
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    • Tech / Engineering / Space
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    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Jacqueline M. Kory Westlunda
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jakory@media.mit.edu
  8. Frogs, dust and microbats to benefit from government citizen science boost

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 1500 AEST / 1700 NZST

    2017-05-25 15:00. Water analysis, household dust, sunscreen in the sea, and a frog ribbit app are some of the projects set to benefit from a government program to fund citizen scientists across Australia to the tune of $4.4m. Other projects that Read more about Frogs, dust and microbats to benefit from government citizen science boost - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; SA; WAAustralian Government - Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    • Sport
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Annette Williams
    Phone:
    +61 2 6270 2906
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    annette.williams@questacon.edu.au
  9. EXPERT REACTION: Changes to NHMRC funding announced

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    2017-05-25 12:00. The National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) has announced changes to its grant funding program that supports Australia's health and medical researchers. The NHMRC's restructured program will include four types of grants Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Changes to NHMRC funding announced - Scimex

    AustraliaNational Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
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    Name:
    AusSMC
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  10. Happy and informed - Key to kids avoiding booze and smokes

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    BMC Public Health

    2017-05-25 10:00. Happiness and awareness are the most important things for keeping young people away from alcohol and cigarettes, say UK scientists. The researchers found that close to 70 per cent of the participants, aged 10 to 15, said they Read more about Happy and informed - Key to kids avoiding booze and smokes - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
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  11. Babies’ slow brain waves could predict problems

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Clinical Neurophysiology

    2017-05-25 09:00. The brain waves of healthy newborns – which appear more abnormal than those of severe stroke victims – could be used to accurately predict which babies will have neurodevelopmental disorders. Location of Interest:. Australia. Read more about Babies’ slow brain waves could predict problems - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Kim Lyell
    Phone:
    +61 427 530 647
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    k.lyell@uq.edu.au
  12. Pregnancy complications increase risk of early heart problems in kids

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Heart Asia

    2017-05-25 08:30. Kids of mums who experienced complications during pregnancy have an increased risk of premature heart disease in adulthood, according to Dutch and Australian researchers. Comparing 153 healthy Indonesian adults with 153 who had Read more about Pregnancy complications increase risk of early heart problems in kids - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute|The University of Melbourne|Monash University|University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • 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:
    Andriany Qanitha
    Phone:
    +62 811 415 2205
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    a.qanitha@amc.uva.nl
  13. Scans could replace a full autopsy in cases of sudden death

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-05-25 08:30. Most of us don't fancy the idea of a loved on being autopsied after death, and now a new study suggests that a CT scan may be a good alternative in most cases of sudden, natural adult death. The use of CT scans could be especially Read more about Scans could replace a full autopsy in cases of sudden death - Scimex

    InternationalThe Lancet
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Bruno Morgan
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    bm11@le.ac.uk
  14. Maternal depression may impede child development

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-05-25 04:00. A Canadian study of 18, 331 mothers with kids suggests being exposed to maternal depression and anxiety disorders, particularly prenatal problems, can impede normal development in children, but only mildly. However, the more times Read more about Maternal depression may impede child development - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Manitoba, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. 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:
    Brenda Comaskey
    Phone:
    +1 204 803 5937
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    brenda.comaskey@gmail.com
  15. New antibody reduces fat in menopausal mice

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-05-25 03:00. A newly-discovered antibody boosts bone mass and reduces body fat in a mouse model of menopause, according to international scientists. The findings could potentially lead to a new drug to treat both post-menopausal osteoporosis Read more about New antibody reduces fat in menopausal mice - Scimex

    InternationalIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
    • 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:
    Mone Zaidi
    Phone:
    +1 212 241 8797
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mone.zaidi@mssm.edu
  16. Tracking Zika virus DNA shows how it spread

    Publicly released: Thu 25 May 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-05-25 03:00. The DNA from Zika virus samples shows how the virus invaded the US, first travelling into Florida on four separate occasions, most likely as a result of travel from the Caribbean. An Australian expert has also contributed to one of Read more about Tracking Zika virus DNA shows how it spread - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|, The Scripps Research Institute USA, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available. 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:
    Kristian Andersen
    Phone:
    +1 858 554 5737
    Position:
    Author - Paper 1
    Email:
    andersen@scripps.edu
  17. Leading Australian Cancer Drug Developer, Cancer Therapeutics CRC, recognised for world leading cancer research

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 2100 AEST / 2300 NZST

    2017-05-24 21:00. CRC-Association Excellence in Innovation award given to Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) for its discovery of a potential new treatment for cancer. The drug discovery program was licensed to the global pharmaceutical company, MSD, in Read more about Leading Australian Cancer Drug Developer, Cancer Therapeutics CRC, recognised for world leading cancer research - Scimex

    AustraliaCRC for Cancer Therapeutics
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Brett Carter
    Phone:
    +61 416 454 588
    Position:
    Chief Operating Officer
    Email:
    brett@cancercrc.com
  18. The science of comfort: a good night’s sleep rests on your spine’s biomechanics

    Publicly released: Wed 24 May 2017 at 1600 AEST / 1800 NZST

    2017-05-24 16:00. A three-year study by QUT biomedical researchers in the Paediatric Spine Research Group (PSRG) aims to deepen our understanding of the concepts of comfort by using new techniques to look at how the spine reacts in different lying Read more about The science of comfort: a good night’s sleep rests on your spine’s biomechanics - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Niki Widdowson
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 2999
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    n.widdowson@qut.edu.au
  19. 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
  20. 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