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  1. Evolution of energy for life on Earth

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Free University of Berlin, Germany; Imperial College London, UK

    2017-04-29 01:00. The history of life on earth is an often-pondered thing, but in a new twist, a German academic has defined this history based on the energy sources that supported life, defining five energetic epochs. In the beginning, there was Read more about Evolution of energy for life on Earth - Scimex

    International
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Olivia Judson
    Phone:
    +49 176 3704 3943
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    o.judson@imperial.ac.uk
  2. Understanding and eliminating modern slavery

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-04-29 01:00. In a comment article, a UK expert outlines the evolution of slavery to its modern form, forced labour and debt bondage. Our modern appetite for cheap labour and goods, as well as unaccountable businesses, are fueling a US$150 Read more about Understanding and eliminating modern slavery - Scimex

    InternationalUnseen and UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Andrew Wallis
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    andrew@unseenuk.org
  3. Consider evolution when choosing what to conserve

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-04-29 01:00. In a world in which we can only hope to conserve a limited proportion of the planet for wild plants and animals, choosing conservation areas which maximise benefits is increasingly important. In a new approach to making those Read more about Consider evolution when choosing what to conserve - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; ACTThe University of Queensland|The Australian National University|Universidade do Porto, Portugal
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Silvia Carvalho
    Phone:
    +351 252 660 426
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    silviacarvalho@cibio.up.pt
  4. How to bridge language divides that fuel conflict

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-04-29 01:00. In a comment piece, an Australian expert highlights different languages as a source of conflict in multi-ethnic societies, and suggests a potential solution: facilitated dialogue. Facilitated dialogue involves bringing together Read more about How to bridge language divides that fuel conflict - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
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    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:
    Joseph Lo Bianco
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.lobianco@unimelb.edu.au
  5. Kidney donors care more about strangers than you do

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-04-29 01:00. People who donate a kidney to a stranger value the welfare of others more than the rest of us, even if they don't know them at all, according to US scientists. To determine why such 'extraordinary altruism' exists, they asked 21 Read more about Kidney donors care more about strangers than you do - Scimex

    InternationalGeorgetown University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
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    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:
    Kruti Vekaria
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kmv39@georgetown.edu
  6. Information and Electronics (IET) joint research centre established

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1354 AEST / 1554 NZST

    2017-04-28 13:54. A joint IET research centre established by University of Technology Sydney and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation will create opportunities for Australian and Chinese innovation and technology to advance science and Read more about Information and Electronics (IET) joint research centre established - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Grainne Murphy
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    grainne.murphy@uts.edu.au
  7. Bad dog! Threatened animals have a bone to pick with our best friends

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Biological Conservation

    2017-04-28 11:30. An international study, led by Australians, found domestic dogs have severe and negative impacts on a large number of threatened species across the world, and have pinpointed the regions that are most at risk. The team says our Read more about Bad dog! Threatened animals have a bone to pick with our best friends - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLDDeakin University|The University of Sydney|Charles Sturt University
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    Note for journalists:

    No media release. For information on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Tim Doherty
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tim.doherty.0@gmail.com
  8. E-cigs don't promote cancer growth in the lab, tobacco industry says

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1103 AEST / 1303 NZST

    Environmental and MolecularMutagenesis

    2017-04-28 11:03. In a study funded and carried out by the tobacco industry, e-cigarette vapour did not promote the development of cancer in cells in the lab. In contrast, even low concentrations of smoke from an ordinary cigarette promoted the Read more about E-cigs don't promote cancer growth in the lab, tobacco industry says - Scimex

    InternationalBritish American Tobacco
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Damien Breheny
    Phone:
    +144 2380 588 165
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Damien_Breheny@bat.com
  9. Bacteria with Midas touch for efficient gold processing

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    Chemical Geology

    2017-04-28 11:00. Special ‘ nugget-producing’ bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics, as well as aid in exploration for new deposits, University of Adelaide research has shown. Read more about Bacteria with Midas touch for efficient gold processing - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Frank Reith
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 8469
    Position:
    ARC Future Fellow, School of Biological Sciences
    Email:
    Frank.Reith@csiro.au
  10. Hearts beat faster at Oktoberfest

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    European Heart Journal

    2017-04-28 10:30. Drinking lots of beer in one sitting can make your heart beat irregularly, according to researchers who studied drinkers at the Munich 2015 Oktoberfest. Abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias) affect between 1 and 4 per cent Read more about Hearts beat faster at Oktoberfest - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity Hospital Munich, Germany
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Emma Mason
    Phone:
    +44 7711 296 986
    Position:
    Media Relations Officer
    Email:
    wordmason@mac.com
  11. Going grey? Hair-dye mimics natural hair pigment

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering

    2017-04-28 10:30. Strangely, the pigment that colours your hair — melanin — is useless as a hair dye because it just clumps together and doesn't penetrate the hair shaft. Since melanin itself doesn't work, chemists from South Korea developed a Read more about Going grey? Hair-dye mimics natural hair pigment - Scimex

    InternationalGyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jong-Rok Jeon
    Phone:
    +82 55 772 1962
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jrjeon@gnu.ac.kr
  12. Tasmanian kelp forests highlight tough lessons on ecological restoration

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Restoration Ecology

    2017-04-28 10:00. Lessons learned following the catastrophic loss of some of Tasmania’s kelp forests could help to inform global efforts to restore ecosystems impacted by human activity. In a study published in the international journal Read more about Tasmanian kelp forests highlight tough lessons on ecological restoration - Scimex

    Australia; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Andrew Rhodes
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 6683
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    ajrhodes@utas.edu.au
  13. UK Cancer Fund wildly ineffective

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0905 AEST / 1105 NZST

    Annals of Oncology

    2017-04-28 09:05. Oncologists have found that over half the drugs funded by the Cancer Drugs Fund in the UK were ineffective for their high price tags, and probably resulted in unnecessary toxicities for patients. They say the fund cost British Read more about UK Cancer Fund wildly ineffective - Scimex

    InternationalKing’s College London, UK; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
    • Health / Medical
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ajay Aggarwal
    Phone:
    +44 0207 927 2135
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    ajay.aggarwal@kcl.ac.uk
  14. Overweight and obesity linked to brain problems in diabetics

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0801 AEST / 1001 NZST

    Diabetologia

    2017-04-28 08:01. Type 2 diabetics who are overweight or obese have worse and more-developed brain abnormalities than those of normal weight, according to an international study. The authors compared the brain scans and brain test results of type 2 Read more about Overweight and obesity linked to brain problems in diabetics - Scimex

    InternationalEwha Womens University, South Korea
    • Health / Medical
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    In Kyoon Lyoo
    Phone:
    +82 10 9482 2222
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    inkylyoo@gmail.com
  15. Looking for the quantum frontier – beyond classical computing without fault-tolerance?

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0701 AEST / 0901 NZST

    Quantum

    2017-04-28 07:01. Australian and UK researchers have developed a new theoretical framework to identify computations that occupy the ‘quantum frontier’– the boundary at which problems become impossible for today’s computers and can only be Read more about Looking for the quantum frontier – beyond classical computing without fault-tolerance? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T)|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)|University of Bristol, UK
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Grainne Murphy
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    grainne.murphy@uts.edu.au
  16. Diabetes app predicts blood sugar levels

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Computational Biology

    2017-04-28 04:00. For people with diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels in check can be difficult. Researchers in the US have developed an algorithm that creates a personalised app to make meal planning easier for type 2 diabetes patients. The app Read more about Diabetes app predicts blood sugar levels - Scimex

    InternationalColumbia University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    David Albers
    Phone:
    +1 212 305 2435
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    david.albers@dbmi.columbia.edu
  17. Tibetans' unique genes help them thrive on the roof of the world

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    2017-04-28 04:00. Tibetans have five unique gene variants that help them live at high altitudes, including a gene inherited from a mysterious species of extinct humans called the Denisovans, according to a US-led study of the DNA of 27 Tibetan people Read more about Tibetans' unique genes help them thrive on the roof of the world - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Texas, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • 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:
    Chad D. Huff
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    chad@hufflab.org
  18. Exercise helps you stay trim, even if you have this obesity-causing gene

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    2017-04-28 04:00. Physical activity reduces the weight-gain effects of the genetic variant that carries the greatest risk of obesity, according to an international study, including Australian scientists. They looked at the genes of more than 200, Read more about Exercise helps you stay trim, even if you have this obesity-causing gene - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLD; SA; WAThe University of Western Australia|Queensland University of Technology (QUT)|The University of Adelaide|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    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:
    Tuomas Kilpeläinen
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tuomas.kilpelainen@sund.ku.dk
  19. Students' brains sync when engaged in class

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-04-28 02:00. Students' brainwaves are more in sync with each other when they're paying attention in class, according to a team of international researchers. Brain synchrony is what helps you hold a decent conversation and avoid bumping into Read more about Students' brains sync when engaged in class - Scimex

    InternationalNew York University, USA; Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video available.

    Name:
    Suzanne Dikker
    Phone:
    +1 212 920 4348
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    sdikker@gmail.com
  20. Why aren't young women using Jadelle?

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-28 00:01. The contraceptive implant Jadelle — along with other types of long-acting reversible contraception — are thought to be ideal for young people wanting to avoid pregnancy, but uptake remains low in New Zealand. A survey of health Read more about Why aren't young women using Jadelle? - Scimex

    New ZealandCapital and Coast Health Board
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Pat Tuohy
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    pat_tuohy@moh.govt.nz