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  1. Conceiving new options for contraception

    Publicly released: Sat 1 Oct 2016 at 0001 AEST / 0301 NZDT

    Australian Prescriber

    2016-10-01 00:01. Two Australian scientists are trying to press the importance of GPs moving their patients to long-acting and reversible contraception methods that do not come from the orally ingested Pill. They explain that intrauterine devices, Read more about Conceiving new options for contraception - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 4630
    Position:
    Media coordinator
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  2. Are complex networks and systems more stable than simpler ones?

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 1900 AEST / 2200 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2016-09-30 19:00. A large complex system or network that sustains multiple life forms – such as the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s north coast – would seem to be more likely to be stable to disturbances than a simple one. Logically, Read more about Are complex networks and systems more stable than simpler ones? - Scimex

    Australia; VICRMIT University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Embargoed until 7pm Friday 30 September (AEST)

    Name:
    Professor Lewi Stone
    Phone:
    +61 3 9925 1728
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lewi.stone@rmit.edu.au
  3. Genes that guide social development key in autism

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 1100 AEST / 1400 NZDT

    PLOS Biology

    2016-09-30 11:00. The genes that play a part in human social development could be part of the cause of autism, according to a team of international scientists. By comparing the activity of genes in people with and without autism, across a variety of Read more about Genes that guide social development key in autism - Scimex

    InternationalCAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, China
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Philipp Khaitovich
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    khaitovich@eva.mpg.de
  4. 3D printed fish fossil may reveal origin of human teeth

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 1011 AEST / 1311 NZDT

    Biology Letters

    2016-09-30 10:11. Three-dimensional prints of a 400 million year old fish fossil from around Lake Burrinjuck in southeast Australia reveal the possible evolutionary origins of human teeth, new research has found. The Australian National University Read more about 3D printed fish fossil may reveal origin of human teeth - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; ACTThe Australian National University|Queensland Museum
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available.

    Name:
    Gavin Young
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    gavin.young@anu.edu.au
  5. Sorry Forbes, extinct NZ raven was one, not two species

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0900 AEST / 1200 NZDT

    Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

    Henry Oggs Forbes. Now, 120 years later, a careful analysis of DNA and skull structure from raven remains has led researchers to the conclusion that the two species were in just fact one. " /. 2016-09-30 09:00. Remains of mysterious extinct native Read more about Sorry Forbes, extinct NZ raven was one, not two species - Scimex

    New ZealandLandcare Research|The University of Adelaide|University of Otago|Canterbury Museum
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release available

    Name:
    Paul Scofield
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    pscofield@canterburymuseum.com
  6. UC's IoT network improves National Arboretum’s forest care

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0831 AEST / 1131 NZDT

    2016-09-30 08:31. A state-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) technology developed by a University of Canberra research team will help monitor the soil condition and the management of the forests at the National Arboretum Canberra. A group of Read more about UC's IoT network improves National Arboretum’s forest care - Scimex

    Australia; ACTUniversity of Canberra
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Kumudu Munasinghe
    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Network Engineering
    Email:
    Kumudu.Munasinghe@canberra.edu.au
  7. New optical illusion throws light on brain’s perception of transparency

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0800 AEST / 1100 NZDT

    i-perception

    2016-09-30 08:00. Researchers have created a new optical illusion which helps reveal how our brains determine the material properties of objects – such as whether they are transparent, shiny, matte or translucent – just from looking at them. Read more about New optical illusion throws light on brain’s perception of transparency - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Juno Kim
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 7474
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    juno.kim@unsw.edu.au
  8. New research finds restricting alcohol trading hours substantially reduces violence

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0500 AEST / 0800 NZDT

    Public Health Research & Practice

    2016-09-30 05:00. Restricting alcohol trading hours can substantially reduce rates of violence and relaxing trading hours has the opposite effect, according to the first systematic review of alcohol trading hours and violence in more than five years. Read more about New research finds restricting alcohol trading hours substantially reduces violence - Scimex

    Australia; NSWSax Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Barry Dunning
    Phone:
    +61 415 510 755
    Position:
    Communications and Media Manager
    Email:
    barry.dunning@saxinstitute.org.au
  9. Computing kidney donor matches

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0400 AEST / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Computational Biology

    2016-09-30 04:00. A new DNA-based scoring system could help improve predictions of long-term success of kidney transplants, which researchers hope will minimise the gap between organ supply and demand. Kidney donors and recipients are often matched Read more about Computing kidney donor matches - Scimex

    InternationalWeill Cornell Medicine, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Fabien Campagne
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    fac2003@campagnelab.org
  10. New technique for finding weakness in Earth’s crust

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0400 AEST / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2016-09-30 04:00. Scientists have developed a method to estimate weakness in the Earth’ s outer layers which will help explain and predict volcanic activity and earthquakes. Published in the journal Science today, the research describes a new Read more about New technique for finding weakness in Earth’s crust - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Derrick Hasterok
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4540
    Position:
    Lecturer, School of Physical Sciences
    Email:
    derrick.hasterok@adelaide.edu.au
  11. Is hunger more motivating than thirst and fear?

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0200 AEST / 0500 NZDT

    Neuron

    2016-09-30 02:00. Hunger is a more powerful motivator than we thought, according to US and German scientists who discovered, in a mouse study, that an empty stomach can overrule and curb feelings of thirst, anxiety or fear. The authors say hunger Read more about Is hunger more motivating than thirst and fear? - Scimex

    InternationalNational Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Funding for this research was provided by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH’s NIDDK . The content of this announcement is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views or imply endorsement of the NIH.

    Name:
    Michael Krashes
    Phone:
    +1 301 827 0960
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    michael.krashes@nih.gov
  12. Home is where your immune system is

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0200 AEST / 0500 NZDT

    Trends in Immunology

    2016-09-30 02:00. Your surrounding environment may have more influence over your immune system than your genes, according to a trio of European scientists. The authors looked over scores of studies and found that although all immune systems are Read more about Home is where your immune system is - Scimex

    InternationalVlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, Belgium
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video available.

    Name:
    Adrian Liston
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    adrian.liston@vib.be
  13. Probiotics prosper when proper strains provided

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0200 AEST / 0500 NZDT

    Cell Host & Microbe

    2016-09-30 02:00. The market might be flooded with probiotics that actually work in the near future, after international scientists discovered that the introduction of a bacterial strain which already lives in your gut could alter your gut bug Read more about Probiotics prosper when proper strains provided - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Nebraska, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jens Walter
    Phone:
    +1 780 492 1182
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jwalter1@ualberta.ca
  14. Drepanosaurus: the ancient chameleon with anteater arms

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0200 AEST / 0500 NZDT

    Current Biology

    " /. 2016-09-30 02:00. 200 million years ago lived a peculiar chameleon-like reptile named the Drepanosaurus, and US scientists have finally discovered a second and more intact fossil of its remains, providing a glimpse of an odd set of forelimbs Read more about Drepanosaurus: the ancient chameleon with anteater arms - Scimex

    InternationalStony Brook University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Adam Pritchard
    Phone:
    +1 301 788 8443
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Adam.pritchard@yale.edu
  15. Researchers discover optimal diet to boost life-extending hormone

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0200 AEST / 0500 NZDT

    Cell Metabolism

    2016-09-30 02:00. New research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre suggests a low protein, high carbohydrate diet may be the most effective for stimulating a hormone with life-extending and obesity-fighting benefits. Health / Read more about Researchers discover optimal diet to boost life-extending hormone - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Dr Samantha Solon-Biet and Professor Stephen Simpson are available for interviews on request. Contact Emily Cook for a copy of the embargoed paper: emily.cook@sydney.edu.au

    Name:
    Emily Cook
    Phone:
    + 61 2 8627 1433
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    emily.cook@sydney.edu.au
  16. One third of emergency patients need help with drug and alcohol problems

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Sep 2016 at 0005 AEST / 0305 NZDT

    Public Health Research and Practice

    2016-09-30 00:05. More than a third of people presenting to NSW hospital emergency departments have an underlying drug and alcohol problem requiring intervention, a study led by researchers at UNSW’ s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Read more about One third of emergency patients need help with drug and alcohol problems - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marion Downey
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 0180
    Position:
    Manager, Media & Communications
    Email:
    m.downey@unsw.edu.au
  17. Poochy pals jolly from genes

    Publicly released: Thu 29 Sep 2016 at 2300 AEST / 0200 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2016-09-29 23:00. Fido's friendliness could be in his genes, according to a Swedish study. The authors set up an impossible task for some beagles and watched what they did when they got stuck. Most of the pups got close to a nearby human and tried Read more about Poochy pals jolly from genes - Scimex

    International
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Per Jensen
    Phone:
    +46 1328 1298
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    perje@ifm.liu.se
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Pollies link SA's blackouts to renewable energy

    Publicly released: Thu 29 Sep 2016 at 1700 AEST / 2000 NZDT

    2016-09-29 17:00. In the wake of the South Australia-wide blackout, politicians, including the PM, have questioned the move to renewables, citing energy security as a key concern. Australian experts give their views below. Environment / Climate / Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Pollies link SA's blackouts to renewable energy - Scimex

    Australia; SAAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    New comments now available. (12noon AEST Friday)

    Name:
    Media Team
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  19. Painkillers a pain in the chest

    Publicly released: Thu 29 Sep 2016 at 0830 AEST / 1130 NZDT

    The BMJ

    2016-09-29 08:30. If you take over-the-counter painkillers you might be increasing your risk of heart failure, according to European scientists. The researchers investigated almost 10 million users of 27 different anti-inflammatory painkillers, Read more about Painkillers a pain in the chest - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Giovanni Corrao
    Phone:
    +39 02 6448 5854
    Position:
    Contributing Author
    Email:
    giovanni.corrao@unimib.it
  20. The new first Americans?

    Publicly released: Thu 29 Sep 2016 at 0400 AEST / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    2016-09-29 04:00. Argentinian scientists have found remains that suggest people first reached the Americas around 1, 000 years earlier than we thought. The Clovis people, a prehistoric group of hunter-gatherers who arrived in the Americas 13, 000 Read more about The new first Americans? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    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:
    Gustavo Politis
    Phone:
    +54 2284 450331 x390 – 392
    Position:
    Author