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  1. Disadvantaged kids may be at higher risk for heart disease later in life

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Journal of the American Heart Foundation

    2017-08-11 00:01. Children from socially and economically disadvantaged families and neighbourhoods appear more likely to have thicker carotid artery walls, which in adults may indicate higher risk for heart attack and stroke in later life, Read more about Disadvantaged kids may be at higher risk for heart disease later in life - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    +61 3 9936 6336
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  2. Disrupting the status quo: can Australia develop algae based farming?

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1535 AEST / 1735 NZST

    2017-08-10 15:35. The world is facing two massive global challenges – food and energy security. Because existing agricultural and industrial production systems are incapable of meeting these demands, something radically different and incredibly Read more about Disrupting the status quo: can Australia develop algae based farming? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marea Martlew
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 1766
    Position:
    Media and PR Advisor, Faculty of Science
    Email:
    marea.martlew@uts.edu.au
  3. Plants love microbes – and so do farmers

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1530 AEST / 1730 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-08-10 15:30. The Sunshine Coast’ s plant diversity has helped University of Queensland researchers confirm that nurture has the upper hand – at least when it comes to plant microbes. Australian Centre for Ecogenomics director Professor Phil Read more about Plants love microbes – and so do farmers - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Philip Hugenholtz
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 3822
    Position:
    Director, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
    Email:
    p.hugenholtz@uq.edu.au
  4. At what age do kids recognise fairness?

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1439 AEST / 1639 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

    2017-08-10 14:39. A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Matti Wilks found that older kids (aged 7– 8), but not younger ones (aged 4– 5), see antisocial behaviour as an important influence on their social groups. Read more about At what age do kids recognise fairness? - Scimex

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

    Contact Dani Nash or us for a copy of the paper.

    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  5. Parent's thoughts on chickenpox vaccine

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    2017-08-10 12:00. The chicken pox (varicella) vaccine was added to New Zealand's immunisation schedule on July 1st for 15-month-old children. Prior to this, public health researchers gauged the levels of awareness and views of parents and Read more about Parent's thoughts on chickenpox vaccine - Scimex

    New ZealandAUT University|University of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nikki Turner
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    n.turner@auckland.ac.nz
  6. New drug to benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    2017-08-10 12:00. Researchers at The University of Western Australia have developed an innovative approach to prevent one of the most serious side-effects of chemotherapy, known as myelosuppression. Location of Interest:. Australia. WA. The Read more about New drug to benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Paper available via EurekAlert!
    Name:
    Professor Wally Langdon
    Phone:
    +61 8 6457 2939 / +61 8 6457 2891
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    wally.langdon@uwa.edu.au
  7. USB connections make snooping easy

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    USENIX Security Symposium

    2017-08-10 11:30. USB connections, the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers, are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than has been thought, Australian research has shown. Read more about USB connections make snooping easy - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Yuval Yarom
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4727
    Position:
    Research Associate, School of Computer Science
    Email:
    yval@cs.adelaide.edu.au
  8. Australia-first toolkit helps students prescribe medicines safely and effectively

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1108 AEST / 1308 NZST

    2017-08-10 11:08. Prescribing medicines is a common healthcare intervention requiring specific knowledge and skills, so teaching students to safely prescribe medicines is critical. Now, for the first time, a Toolkit will help universities teach Read more about Australia-first toolkit helps students prescribe medicines safely and effectively - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 3151
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  9. EXPERT REACTION: Vitamin B3 prevents genetic birth defects in mice

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    2017-08-10 10:30. Australian scientists have identified a genetic cause of birth defects, and found when vitamin B3 was given to pregnant mice with the defect-causing genes, the mice gave birth to healthy pups. The researchers identified gene Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Vitamin B3 prevents genetic birth defects in mice - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; SA; WAVictor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI)|The University of New South Wales|The University of Sydney|Macquarie University|The University of Adelaide|, QUT, University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

  10. Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0947 AEST / 1147 NZST

    The Astrophysical Journal

    2017-08-10 09:47. Australian scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours. Contrary to earlier thinking, the spin rate of the galaxy is determined by Read more about Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Associate Professor Sarah Brough
    Phone:
    + 61 2 9385 5470
    Position:
    First author
    Email:
    s.brough@unsw.edu.au
  11. We’re designing robots that see for Aussie SMEs

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0920 AEST / 1120 NZST

    2017-08-10 09:20. Meet the first in a new wave of robots that will revolutionise manufacturing among Australia’s small to medium size enterprises – creating more jobs locally. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. Queensland University of Read more about We’re designing robots that see for Aussie SMEs - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Kate Haggman
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 0358
    Position:
    QUT Media
    Email:
    kate.haggman@qut.edu.au
  12. The Lens’ open toolkit maps and measures how public research influences innovation

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Nature Index

    2017-08-10 08:30. QUT spin-out company The Lens has launched a new open web platform that reveals how academic research impacts industry and innovation. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Health / Read more about The Lens’ open toolkit maps and measures how public research influences innovation - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Rose Trapnell
    Phone:
    +61 7 31382361
    Position:
    QUT Media team leader
    Email:
    rose.trapnell@qut.edu.au
  13. National Science Week 2017 showcases key importance of science to the community

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0700 AEST / 0900 NZST

    2017-08-10 07:00. National Science Week provides a valuable opportunity for all Australians to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, do science and celebrate its discoveries and impact on our society, says Senator Arthur Sinodinos. Location of Read more about National Science Week 2017 showcases key importance of science to the community - Scimex

    Australia; ACTAustralian Government - Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Randal Markey
    Phone:
    +61 2 6277 7070
    Position:
    Senior Media Adviser
    Email:
    Randal.Markey@industry.gov.au
  14. A note of caution amidst a ‘revolution’ in hepatitis C treatment

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference

    2017-08-10 06:00. While new treatments for hepatitis C continue to dramatically reshape the landscape, new data from the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney underscores the need for more work on addressing stigma and Indigenous Read more about A note of caution amidst a ‘revolution’ in hepatitis C treatment - Scimex

    AustraliaThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Conference being held in Cairns on 10-11 August

    Name:
    Clare Morgan
    Phone:
    0293858920
    Position:
    Senior Media Advisor, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
    Email:
    clare.morgan@unsw.edu.au
  15. Inconsistent reaction time predicts mortality

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0401 AEST / 0601 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-08-10 04:01. Inconsistent performance in responding to a stimulus, rather than the speed with which one responds, is a marker of accelerated ageing and predicts mortality in older people, according to research published by the Centre for Read more about Inconsistent reaction time predicts mortality - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please note embargo

    Name:
    Heidi Douglass
    Phone:
    +61 2 9382 3398
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    h.douglass@unsw.edu.au
  16. Engraved human bones may be ancient cannibals' leftovers

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS One

    2017-08-10 04:00. Human bones found in the UK may have been engraved as part of a cannibalistic ritual around 12 - 17, 000 years ago, according to a British study. Previous studies of the bones found in Gough’s Cave had already found evidence of Read more about Engraved human bones may be ancient cannibals' leftovers - Scimex

    InternationalNatural History Museum (London)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available. 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:
    Natural History Museum Press Office
    Phone:
    +44 20 7942 5654 / +44 7799 690151
    Position:
    Press Office
    Email:
    press@nhm.ac.uk
  17. Dynamic windows could help save on heating and cooling costs

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Joule

    2017-08-10 04:00. US researchers have developed glass that can switch from transparent to opaque; an experience familiar to anyone with 'Transitions' lenses, but now made controllable through the application of an electric current. While similar Read more about Dynamic windows could help save on heating and cooling costs - Scimex

    InternationalStanford University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Michael D. McGehee
    Phone:
    +1 650 736 0307
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mmcgehee@stanford.edu
  18. Ancient skull sheds light on ape-volution

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-10 03:00. The 13-million-year-old  skull of an infant ape, recently discovered in Kenya, fills a gap in our understanding of ape evolution, according to an international study. The skull fits into the genus Nyanzapithecus which is a sister Read more about Ancient skull sheds light on ape-volution - Scimex

    InternationalDe Anza College, USA
    • 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:
    Isaiah Nengo
    Phone:
    +254 713 287 897
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Isaiah.Nengo@stonybrook.edu
  19. Jurassic gliders were first winged mammals

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-10 03:00. Fossils of ancient gliding mammals from the Jurassic period boost evidence that ancestral mammals adapted to wide-ranging environments despite competition from dinosaurs. Discovered in China, US researchers describe the raft of odd Read more about Jurassic gliders were first winged mammals - Scimex

    InternationalThe University of Chicago, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    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:
    Zhe-Xi Luo
    Phone:
    +1 773 702 7816
    Position:
    Author: both papers
    Email:
    zxluo@uchicago.edu,
  20. Humans survived in the Indonesian rainforest 70,000 years ago

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-10 03:00. An international team of researchers, including Australians, has used fossil evidence to estimate that modern humans arrived in Sumatra, Indonesia, between 73, 000 and 63, 000 years ago. In the late 19th century, two human teeth Read more about Humans survived in the Indonesian rainforest 70,000 years ago - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLD; ACTMacquarie University|The Australian National University|University of Wollongong|The University of Queensland|Griffith University|, Southern Cross University; Indonesian Centre for Archaeology, Indonesia.
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    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:
    Kira Westaway
    Phone:
    +61 2 9850 8429
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    kira.westaway@mq.edu.au