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  1. Great Barrier Reef won't recover from bleaching

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-16 05:00. Action to prevent rising sea temperatures from global warming is needed immediately to prevent future mass coral bleaching events, says a group of Australian scientists, who warn its unlikely the reef will ever recover from the Read more about Great Barrier Reef won't recover from bleaching - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLD; WAThe University of Queensland|ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies|CSIRO|The University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, Griffith University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video now 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.

    To interview co-author Associate Professor Guillermo Diaz-Pulido please contact Stephanie Bedo on 0408 727 734; s.bedo@griffith.edu.au

    Name:
    Terry Hughes
    Phone:
    +61 7 4781 4000
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    terry.hughes@jcu.edu.au
  2. Nano-sized computer chips seen in 3D

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-16 05:00. Swiss researchers have found a way to render 3D images of tiny microchips — a major leap forward because nanoelectronics have become so small that, without this technique, developers could not image devices without destroying them Read more about Nano-sized computer chips seen in 3D - Scimex

    InternationalPaul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
    • 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:
    Mirko Holler
    Phone:
    +41 563 103 613
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mirko.holler@psi.ch
  3. Your tech won't work without mining

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-16 05:00. From energy storage batteries to mobile phones, today's technologies use huge amounts of minerals. While recycling has a role to play in ensuring their sustainable supply, mining must continue, say Australian researchers. The study Read more about Your tech won't work without mining - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; WAThe University of Queensland|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)|CSIRO
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Professor Ali is nowDistinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware (USA), but holds affiliate roles with UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, Global Change Institute and School of Political Science and International Studies. 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:
    Saleem Ali
    Phone:
    +1-802 338 0440
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    s.ali3@uq.edu.au
  4. Some veggies each day keeps the stress blues away

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    BMJ Open

    2017-03-16 00:01. People who eat three to four serves fruit and veggies a day are less likely to experience psychological stress, according to Australian research. The researchers looked at the links between diet and mental health in over 60, 000 Read more about Some veggies each day keeps the stress blues away - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  5. The memory of fear: posssible abnormal mechanism revealed

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Learning and Memory

    2017-03-16 00:01. New research by neuroscientists in the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney and the Garvan Institute has revealed a new insight into fear memories that might help explain how disorders such as post-traumatic Read more about The memory of fear: posssible abnormal mechanism revealed - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)|The University of Sydney|Garvan Institute of Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Copy of paper available from authors on request

    Name:
    Marea Martlew
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 1766
    Position:
    UTS Science Marketing and Communications Officer
    Email:
    marea.martlew@uts.edu.au
  6. Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1725 AEDT / 1925 NZDT

    Drugs and Ageing

    2017-03-15 17:25. A University of Queensland study found that women over 75 faced a 33 per cent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins. The risk increased to 51% for those on high doses. Clinicians are urged to be aware of Read more about Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dr Mark Jones
    Phone:
    +61 (07) 3365 5116
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    m.jones@sph.uq.edu.au
  7. Fasting to beat ageing? You might end up a loser

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Biology Letters

    2017-03-15 11:01. New South Wales scientists have found that while cutting calories can help animals live longer on average, not everyone is a winner. They found that cutting food intake increases the variability in the lifespan of animals, and Read more about Fasting to beat ageing? You might end up a loser - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|The University of New South Wales
    • 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:
    Dr Alistair Senior
    Phone:
    +61 2 86270703
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    alistair.senior@sydney.edu.au
  8. Silicon saves grass from being a bug's breakfast

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Biology Letters

    2017-03-15 11:01. Just like sand on a lolly dropped at the beach, a coating of silicon helps stop grasses being snacked on by insects, say Australian researchers. Plants, especially grasses, can acquire silicon from soil and this study showed that Read more about Silicon saves grass from being a bug's breakfast - Scimex

    Australia; NSWWestern Sydney University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr James Ryalls
    Phone:
    +61 (0)2 4570 1088
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.ryalls@westernsydney.edu.au
  9. Historical whaling data reveals whale energy stores

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-03-15 11:01. Historical whaling data from Western Australia has been used to estimate the energy that humpback and sperm whales can store. They used data on oil yields acquired when whaling still occurred to show male humpback whales stored Read more about Historical whaling data reveals whale energy stores - Scimex

    Australia; WA; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)|University of Tasmania|The University of Western Australia|BMT Oceanica,
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Ms Lyn Irvine
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lynette.irvine@utas.edu.au
  10. Kea unfazed by unequal rewards when working together

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-03-15 11:01. Unlike humans who can become upset if they don’t receive an equal share, kea don’t seem to care if they work cooperatively and either they or their partner get a less desirable treat, according to new research from the Read more about Kea unfazed by unequal rewards when working together - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Alex Taylor
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 5010
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    alexhtaylor@gmail.com
  11. Geckos from hot-nests end up in the slow learning lane

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Biology Letters

    2017-03-15 11:01. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) scientists have demonstrated the impact incubation temperature has on the learning ability of an Australian lizard and its subsequent Read more about Geckos from hot-nests end up in the slow learning lane - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    Marea Martlew
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 1766
    Position:
    UTS Science Marketing and Communications Officer
    Email:
    marea.martlew@uts.edu.au
  12. Obstructing medical aid amounts to war crime

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    The Lancet

    2017-03-15 10:30. Targeted attacks on medical staff and facilities in Syria have led to the deaths of at least 814 medical personnel from 2011-2017, according to new research from The Lebanon. However, the number is probably much larger as this only Read more about Obstructing medical aid amounts to war crime - Scimex

    InternationalAmerican University of Beirut, Lebanon
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Also contains comment piece from the WHO and an infographic. Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Samer Jabbour
    Phone:
    +961 1 350 000 (ext 4648)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sj22@aub.edu.lb
  13. The year of living stupidly

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 1000 AEDT / 1200 NZDT

    2017-03-15 10:00. 2016 saw the rise of ‘post-truth’, ‘alternative facts’and ‘fake news’, but it’s all just about perspective, according to a special investigation by Dr Paul Willis, director of The Royal Institution of Australia. Read more about The year of living stupidly - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dr Paul Willis
    Position:
    Director
    Email:
    pwillis@riaus.org.au
  14. World’s oldest plant-like fossils discovered

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Biology

    2017-03-15 05:00. Swedish Museum of Natural History have found 1.6 billion-year-old fossils that are likely to be red algae. The finds indicate that advanced multicellular life evolved much earlier than previously thought. The scientists found two Read more about World’s oldest plant-like fossils discovered - Scimex

    InternationalSwedish Museum of Natural History
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Therese Sallstedt
    Position:
    Co-author
    Email:
    therese.sallstedt@nrm.se
  15. Home rehab is the go for knee replacements

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA

    2017-03-15 02:00. In-hospital rehab programs are no better than home-based programs for people who have had a total knee replacement, according to Australian research. The study found that in-hospital programs did not improve mobility 26 weeks after Read more about Home rehab is the go for knee replacements - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • 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:
    Justine Naylor
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Justine.Naylor@sswahs.nsw.gov.au
  16. Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    The American Naturalist

    2017-03-15 00:01. Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-breaking new study shows. Read more about Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Terry Ord
    Phone:
    9385 3264
    Position:
    First author
    Email:
    t.ord@unsw.edu.au
  17. EXPERT REACTION: Diabetes drug may treat fatal brain disease

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 2000 AEDT / 2200 NZDT

    Brain

    2017-03-14 20:00. International researchers have shown that a drug already available to treat diabetes may help to treat patients with a Parkinson's like fatal brain disease. The researchers found the the neurons in the brains of patients with Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Diabetes drug may treat fatal brain disease - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)|Australian Science Media Centre
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  18. Probiotics may not always be a silver bullet for better health

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1900 AEDT / 2100 NZDT

    Molecular Psychiatry

    2017-03-14 19:00. UNSW Medicine researchers have investigated the impact of probiotics on gut health and cognitive function. In rats fed on “junk”diets, the probiotic medicine was able to significantly impact microbial composition in the gut and Read more about Probiotics may not always be a silver bullet for better health - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Gabrielle Dunlevy
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 1933
    Position:
    Senior Media Adviser, Faculty of Medicine
    Email:
    g.dunlevy@unsw.edu.au
  19. Microbes measure ecological restoration success

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1530 AEDT / 1730 NZDT

    Molecular Ecology

    2017-03-14 15:30. The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. Published in the journal Molecular Ecology, University of Adelaide researchers have shown how Read more about Microbes measure ecological restoration success - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Andrew Lowe
    Position:
    Chair of Plant Conservation Biology, Environment Institute
    Email:
    andrew.lowe@adelaide.edu.au
  20. EXPERT REACTION: South Australia's energy plan

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1330 AEDT / 1530 NZDT

    2017-03-14 13:30. In a press briefing this morning, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced the release of the State Government's energy plan. The report outlines everything from helping the jobs market through to increasing the use of Read more about EXPERT REACTION: South Australia's energy plan - Scimex

    Australia; SAAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
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