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  1. Sweatin' to the oldies a brain boost for the over 50s

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    British Journal of Sports Medicine

    2017-04-25 08:30. Exercise can boost the brain power of the over 50s, regardless of the current state of their brain health, a new Australian review of research has found. The review included studies on a range of exercises including aerobic exercise Read more about Sweatin' to the oldies a brain boost for the over 50s - Scimex

    Australia; ACTUniversity of Canberra|The Australian National University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Joe Northey
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Joe.Northey@canberra.edu.au
  2. Caterpillar garbage disposal?

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-04-25 02:00. Like many great discoveries, finding that wax worms could eat through plastic happened completely by accident. Polyethylene — the plastic in plastic bags — is notoriously difficult to break down, but in an impressive attempt to Read more about Caterpillar garbage disposal? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK; University of Cantabria, Spain
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Federica Bertocchini
    Phone:
    +34 627168763
    Position:
    Author, lead contact
    Email:
    bertocchinif@unican.es
  3. Climate change may change the way you work out

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-04-25 01:00. People tend to exercise less when its very cold or very hot, and now researchers from the US have found that climate change may effect our physical activity levels over the next century. The study found that climate change may Read more about Climate change may change the way you work out - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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:
    Nick Obradovich
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nick_obradovich@hks.harvard.edu
  4. Fossil could point to the oldest fungus among us

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-04-25 01:00. An international group of researchers have found 2.4-billion-year-old fossils in South Africa that show similar characteristics to some living fungi. The discovery could be either the earliest fungi by one to two billion years, or Read more about Fossil could point to the oldest fungus among us - Scimex

    Australia; WACurtin University
    • 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:
    Birger Rasmussen
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    b.rasmussen@curtin.edu.au
  5. Social networks bring friends together after a death

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-04-25 01:00. We tend to grow stronger bonds with our buddies on social networks after one of our friends dies, says US researchers. The team gathered anonymised data from 15, 000 Facebook friend networks that lost one of their close friends, Read more about Social networks bring friends together after a death - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, United States
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • 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:
    William Hobbs
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    whobbs@uscd.edu
  6. Biochar can lock away carbon in soils for a decade

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-04-25 01:00. Over a decade, biochar, or charcoal made from burning plants, can draw carbon back into soils at levels beyond just the amount of carbon in the biochar itself, according to Australian research. The amount of carbon in soils is Read more about Biochar can lock away carbon in soils for a decade - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLD; SASouthern Cross University|The University of Newcastle|University of Wollongong
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from SCU available shortly. 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:
    Brigid Veale
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    Brigid.Veale@scu.edu.au
  7. Death of a sibling could be a fatal blow for you

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    2017-04-25 01:00. Death of a brother or sister during childhood has been linked to an increased risk for death for the remaining siblings in both the short and long term, according to Danish research. The study followed more than 5 million kids for Read more about Death of a sibling could be a fatal blow for you - Scimex

    InternationalAarhus University Hospital, Denmark
    • 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:
    Yongfu Yu
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    yoyu@ph.au.dk
  8. Thinking about the good ol’ days helps you cope with stress

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-04-25 01:00. Reminiscing about happy memories makes you feel better and could help you cope with stress, according to a new study from the US. In the midst of a stressful task, participants of the study were asked to think about memories from Read more about Thinking about the good ol’ days helps you cope with stress - Scimex

    InternationalRutgers University, 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:
    Mauricio Delgado
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    delgado@psychology.rutgers.edu
  9. Superbug test can ID the most dangerous

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Apr 2017 at 1600 AEST / 1800 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

    2017-04-24 16:00. French and UK scientists say they've devised a cheap, rapid test which can identify disease-causing bacteria that have developed resistance to our antibiotic of last resort, colistin, and it can be done with equipment that most Read more about Superbug test can ID the most dangerous - Scimex

    InternationalSouth Paris University, France and Imperial College London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No paper available, media release only.

    Name:
    Kerry Noble
    Phone:
    +44 7446 869 433
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    kerry_noble@hotmail.com
  10. Booze is drunk in a risky way more than half the time

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    2017-04-24 12:00. More than half of of the alcohol drunk in Australia is drunk in a way that is outside the recommended guidelines of two Australian standard drinks (ASD) per day. A study of drinking patterns in over 200 Australians found that while Read more about Booze is drunk in a risky way more than half the time - Scimex

    Australia; VICLa Trobe University|Monash University|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Sarah Callinan
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    s.callinan@latrobe.edu.au
  11. Guts and glory for RMIT smart pills

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Apr 2017 at 0701 AEST / 0901 NZST

    ACS Sensors

    2017-04-24 07:01. Researchers have completed phase one human trials of smart pills that could revolutionise the prevention and diagnosis of gut disorders and diseases. Location of Interest:. Australia. VIC. RMIT University, Monash University. Health Read more about Guts and glory for RMIT smart pills - Scimex

    Australia; VICRMIT University|Monash University
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please note, the journal publication attached is an overview of the field and a look at the future of ingestible sensors. The results of the human trials will be published in a forthcoming article.

    Name:
    Distinguished Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh
    Position:
    Lead Investigator
    Email:
    kourosh.kalantar@rmit.edu.au
  12. Improvement in food labelling could help to reduce Australia’s food allergy epidemic

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Clinical & Experimental Allergy journal

    2017-04-24 03:00. Research into food labelling has uncovered that an estimated 30% of food products that have been through a risk assessment process are safe to eat but remain unlabeled. This is a problem because products that have not been through Read more about Improvement in food labelling could help to reduce Australia’s food allergy epidemic - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute|Victoria University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Irene Ryder
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 6249
    Position:
    Communications
    Email:
    irene.ryder@mcri.edu.au
  13. Legalising euthanasia won't help most dying patients

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-04-24 00:01. Euthanasia, is rarely used - even in countries where it is legal - and claims that allowing it will help solve the problem of poor end-of-life care are wrong, according to a US expert. He is urging decisions about legalisation of Read more about Legalising euthanasia won't help most dying patients - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Ezekiel Emanuel
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    MEHPchair@upenn.edu
  14. New global report highlights silent epidemic of kidney disease and neglect of treatment and prevention in all countries, including Australia

    Publicly released: Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 0301 AEST / 0501 NZST

    World Congress of Nephrology, Mexico City, JAMA, Lancet

    2017-04-22 03:01. Despite one in 10 people worldwide having chronic kidney disease, a new Global Kidney Health Atlas highlights the huge gaps in kidney disease care and prevention in both developed and developing countries, with many countries not Read more about New global report highlights silent epidemic of kidney disease and neglect of treatment and prevention in all countries, including Australia - Scimex

    Australia; New ZealandThe University of Queensland|The University of Adelaide|International Society of Nephrology (ISN)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    The unusual embargo is tied to the presentation time of the Atlas in Mexico City. Australian print press can use this in their Sat 22 April editions. Please note: David Johnson is currently in Mexico.

    NZ Print Press are free to use this in Saturday edition. As New Zealand author Rob Walker is currently Mexico, he has nominated John Schollum as a contact.

    Name:
    Professor David Johnson
    Phone:
    +61 412 585 570
    Position:
    Co-chair of the Global Kidney Health Atlas
    Email:
    David.Johnson2@health.qld.gov.au
  15. Origins of Indonesian ‘hobbits’ finally revealed

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 2200 AEST / 0000 NZST

    Journal of Human Evolution

    2017-04-21 22:00. The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo Read more about Origins of Indonesian ‘hobbits’ finally revealed - Scimex

    Australia; SA; ACTThe Australian National University|Flinders University
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Aaron Walker
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 8486
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    aaron.walker@anu.edu.au
  16. The unsung heroes of WWI

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    2017-04-21 10:30. Australian troops’ resourceful inventions revolutionized warfare during The Great War according to a mini-documentary produced by The Royal Institution of Australia. Location of Interest:. Australia. SA. RiAus. Other Science. Read more about The unsung heroes of WWI - Scimex

    Australia; SARiAus
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Paul Willis
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8600
    Position:
    Director
    Email:
    pwillis@riaus.org.au
  17. Invisible women of NZ's scientific history

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

    2017-04-21 10:30. The contribution of women in the history of New Zealand science has been camouflaged because none were consulted by the men writing those histories, according to Kate Hannah from Te Pūnaha Matatini. Not only were they shut out of Read more about Invisible women of NZ's scientific history - Scimex

    New ZealandTe Pūnaha Matatini
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Article commissioned for special journal issue: Finding New Zealand’s scientific heritage: Science in the 20th Century

    Name:
    Kate Hannah
    Phone:
    +64 9 9238716
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    k.hannah@auckland.ac.nz
  18. Little Ice Age brought penguins and sea lions to NZ mainland

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Journal of Biogeography

    2017-04-21 10:30. Penguins and sea lions are fairly new additions to our southern shoreline, as they only arrived at the start of the Little Ice Age around 1500 AD, according to University of Otago research. The changing climate helped these Read more about Little Ice Age brought penguins and sea lions to NZ mainland - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|The Australian National University|Canterbury Museum
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from Otago

    Name:
    Jon Waters or Nic Rawlence
    Phone:
    Jon Waters:+64 27 244 3018
    Position:
    Authors
    Email:
    jon.waters@otago.ac.nz, nic.rawlence@otago.ac.nz
  19. EXPERT REACTION: Artificially sweetened soft drinks linked to higher risk of stroke and dementia

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Stroke

    2017-04-21 10:30. Drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks is linked to a higher risk of stroke and dementia, according to international scientists, including an Australian. The authors looked data on older people from a large study that had 12 Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Artificially sweetened soft drinks linked to higher risk of stroke and dementia - Scimex

    Australia; VICSwinburne University of Technology
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

  20. Which asteroid effect would be most deadly?

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Geophysical Research Letters

    2017-04-21 10:00. It's the kind of conversation you imagine scientists might have in a pub: if a deadly asteroid hit the Earth, which of its effects would cause the most damage? Scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis? A new study has Read more about Which asteroid effect would be most deadly? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Southampton, United Kingdom
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Clemens M. Rumpf
    Phone:
    +44 75221 07721
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
     c.rumpf@soton.ac.uk