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  1. Using emojis ☺️to assess human behaviour

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Jan 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Trends in Cognitive Sciences

    2017-01-18 04:00. Using emojis and emoticons help add emotional depth to our written communication, provides context in the same way body language does in face-to-face 💏 interactions, but it can also give us insight into contemporary human Read more about Using emojis ☺️to assess human behaviour - Scimex

    Australia; QLDEdge Hill University, UK; Australian Catholic University
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Linda Kaye
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Linda.Kaye@edgehill.ac.uk
  2. Increasing racism in a heartbeat

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-01-18 03:00. Our heartbeat can increase pre-existing racial biases, according to new UK research, which found that people are more likely to misinterpret a situation involving a Black person as life-threatening, when experienced during a Read more about Increasing racism in a heartbeat - Scimex

    InternationalRoyal Holloway, University of London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Manos Tsakiris
    Phone:
    +44 7932 797 513
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    manos.tsakiris@rhul.ac.uk
  3. Mobile phones could detect cancer

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-01-18 03:00. A 3D printed attachment for a mobile phone has been developed that can be used to detect cancer-related changes in DNA, say international researchers. The device could allow on the spot diagnosis and cut the costs and time involved Read more about Mobile phones could detect cancer - Scimex

    InternationalUppsala University, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    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:
    Mats Nilsson
    Phone:
    +46 730 537 876
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mats.nilsson@scilifelab.se
  4. Commercial interests may drown out patients' voices

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    2017-01-18 03:00. Researchers from the University of Sydney and Bond University are urgently calling for greater independence and transparency around industry-sponsored patient advocacy groups, following a growing amount of evidence which raises Read more about Commercial interests may drown out patients' voices - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLDThe University of Sydney|Bond University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Professor Lisa Bero available for interviews on request. 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:
    Emily Cook
    Phone:
    +61286271433
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    emily.cook@sydney.edu.au
  5. Monkeys who eat a low calorie diet live longer

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-01-18 03:00. Cutting back on calories is known to help most animals live longer but whether this effect extends to the more human-like primates has been controversial. Now, new research has reanalysed two previous conflicting studies and found Read more about Monkeys who eat a low calorie diet live longer - Scimex

    InternationalNational Institute on Aging, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Rafael de Cabo
    Phone:
    +1 410 558 8510
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    decabora@grc.nia.nih.gov
  6. Breathe easy - one third of asthma sufferers might be misdiagnosed

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA

    2017-01-18 03:00. A new study by Canadian scientists suggests that one third of you walking around with a puffer in your pocket might be able to put it away for good. The researchers suggest that there is a high chance that patients' original GPs Read more about Breathe easy - one third of asthma sufferers might be misdiagnosed - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Ottawa, Canada
    • 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:
    Shawn D. Aaron (via Amelia Buchanan)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ambuchanan@ohri.ca
  7. South Australia said no to storing nuclear waste, but how about recycling it instead?

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

    2017-01-17 12:00. Instead of just storing nuclear waste underground, Australian researchers say that recycling used fuel and developing advanced nuclear reactors, could deliver a $30.9 billion windfall to the economy. The recent Nuclear Fuel Cycle Read more about South Australia said no to storing nuclear waste, but how about recycling it instead? - Scimex

    Australia; SA; TASThe University of Adelaide|University of Tasmania
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Ben Heard
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    benjamin.heard@adelaide.edu.au
  8. Fossils found reveal unseen ‘footprint’ maker

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 1119 AEDT / 1319 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-01-17 11:19. Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ‘ footprints’ around the ancient Read more about Fossils found reveal unseen ‘footprint’ maker - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Adelaide|Spanish National Research Council
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Diego García-Bellido
    Phone:
    +61 (0)8 83134870
    Position:
    ARC Future Fellow, Environment Institute
    Email:
    diego.garcia-bellido@adelaide.edu.au
  9. Die Another Day: The Spy Who Loved Cigarettes

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Tobacco Control

    2017-01-17 10:30. James Bond is only smoke-free in only one of his 24 films, according to New Zealand scientists. The pair gave the franchise the GoldenEye and found that, although Bond himself gave smoking the Goldfinger in 2002 when he stubbed out Read more about Die Another Day: The Spy Who Loved Cigarettes - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
    • 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:
    Nick Wilson
    Phone:
    + 64 21 2045 523
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nick.wilson@otago.ac.nz
  10. Does your baby never stop crying? Acupuncture might help

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Acupuncture in Medicine

    2017-01-17 10:30. Colicky babies — those who cry for more than 3 hours a day on 3 or more days of the week — are stressful for both parents and themselves, but a small study  found that acupuncture may help alleviate this excessive crying. Over Read more about Does your baby never stop crying? Acupuncture might help - Scimex

    InternationalLund University, Sweden
    • 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:
    Kajsa Landgren
    Phone:
    + 46 739 321 746 (NB: unavailable Monday 16 January 0930-11.30 hours)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Kajsa.landgren@med.lu.se
  11. A lesser evil? HIV treatment linked to syphilis

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Sexually Transmitted Infections

    2017-01-17 10:30. The drugs used to combat HIV may make men more susceptible to syphilis, according to a Canadian and South African study. Clinical data notes an explosion of gay/bisexual men diagnosed with syphilis (particularly among those who are Read more about A lesser evil? HIV treatment linked to syphilis - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
    • 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:
    Michael Rekart
    Phone:
    + 86 186 1845 6301 (currently in Beijing, China)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Michael.rekart@gmail.com
  12. Bee alert but not alarmed: humble bee among Australia’s most lethal

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    Internal Medicine

    2017-01-17 09:30. An Australian-first national analysis of 13 years’ data on bites and stings from venomous creatures reveals Australia’ s towns and cities are a hot-spot for encounters. Health / Medical. Registered journalists should sign in Read more about Bee alert but not alarmed: humble bee among Australia’s most lethal - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Photographs of Dr Ronelle Welton are available for media-use with attribution to the University of Melbourne here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bz4-jVQymmi_eGFjUVZ4ODc1Wlk

    Name:
    Jane Gardner
    Position:
    Media Manager (Acting)
    Email:
    gardner.j@unimelb.edu.au
  13. Keep that back to school lunchbox cool with an ice brick or frozen water bottle

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0901 AEDT / 1101 NZDT

    2017-01-17 09:01. The Food Safety Information Council's research shows that 94 per cent of households with children pack school lunches, but a quarter of those don’ t include an ice brick or frozen water bottle. Previous research by our member the Read more about Keep that back to school lunchbox cool with an ice brick or frozen water bottle - Scimex

    AustraliaFood Safety Information Council
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lydia Buchtmann,
    Phone:
    0407 626 688
    Position:
    Spokesperson
    Email:
    lydia@foodsafety.asn.au
  14. Expert Q&A: Predator Free New Zealand 2050

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0800 AEDT / 1000 NZDT

    2017-01-17 08:00. Nearly six months on from the Government's announcement to make New Zealand predator free by 2050, the SMC asked experts what it will take to achieve such an ambitious goal. Please feel free to use these comments in your reporting. Read more about Expert Q&A: Predator Free New Zealand 2050 - Scimex

    New ZealandScience Media Centre (New Zealand)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    Phone:
    +64 4 499 5476
    Position:
    Media Advisor
    Email:
    smc@sciencemediacentre.co.nz
  15. Galaxy Murder Mystery

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

    2017-01-17 05:00. It’s the big astrophysical whodunnit. Across the Universe, galaxies are being killed and the question scientists want answered is, what’s killing them? New research published today by a global team of researchers, based at the Read more about Galaxy Murder Mystery - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; WAInternational Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)|Swinburne University of Technology
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Peter Wheeler
    Phone:
    +61423982018
    Position:
    Media Manager & Science Communicator
    Email:
    pete.wheeler@icrar.org
  16. Venus' long, slow wave

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Geoscience

    2017-01-17 03:00. Venus is a strange, alien planet, where days last longer than years, and the thick upper atmosphere has clouds that zoom by at 100 metres per second. But, stranger still, Japanese scientists have observed an enormous, stationary, Read more about Venus' long, slow wave - Scimex

    InternationalRikkyo University, Japan
    • 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. Images available.

    Name:
    Makoto Taguchi
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    taguchi@rikkyo.ac.jp
  17. Three questions climate science must answer

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-01-17 03:00. The signing of the Paris agreement in 2015 may give the impression that the major questions concerning climate change have at last been answered and that climate science has met its challenges. But there are still three key Read more about Three questions climate science must answer - Scimex

    Australia; NSWARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science|The University of New South Wales
    • 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:
    Alvin Stone
    Position:
    Media and Communications Manager
    Email:
    alvin.stone@unsw.edu.au
  18. Knowledge banks help personalise cancer care

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Genetics

    2017-01-17 03:00. International researchers used knowledge banks for around 1, 500 patients with a specific type of leukemia to predict whether or not patients would benefit from a high-risk blood stem cell transplantation during remission. Up to a Read more about Knowledge banks help personalise cancer care - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalCancer Genome Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Includes University of Otago data. 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:
    Hartmut Döhner
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hartmut.doehner@uniklinik-ulm.de
  19. Water and temperature linked to CO2 sinking feeling

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-01-17 03:00. Measured CO2 in the atmosphere varies greatly between years because of big fluctuations in how much of the greenhouse gas is absorbed by Earth's large ecosystems, say international scientists. A large part of this fluctuation is Read more about Water and temperature linked to CO2 sinking feeling - Scimex

    Australia; VICCSIRO
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. 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:
    Huw Morgan
    Phone:
    +61 8 8303 8857
    Position:
    Media manager
    Email:
    Huw.Morgan@csiro.au
  20. Climate change forecast - deluges and downpours Down Under

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-01-17 03:00. Aussie scientists analysed days of very heavy rain in several Australian cities and say computer modelling suggests extreme rain events are likely to increase even faster than we expected, as global temperature increases lead to Read more about Climate change forecast - deluges and downpours Down Under - Scimex

    Australia; NSWARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release coming soon. 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:
    Jiawei Bao
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jiawei.bao@student.unsw.edu.au