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  1. Big electronic discovery for smaller devices

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-13 19:00. Researchers have made a technological dicovery which will help unlock the next phase of creating smaller everyday electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops. Australian researchers have created a diode – the basic Read more about Big electronic discovery for smaller devices - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Yasmine Phillips
    Phone:
    +61 8 9266 9085
    Position:
    Media Consultant
    Email:
    yasmine.phillips@curtin.edu.au
  2. Citizen scientists help identify shorebird extinction threat

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-13 19:00. An international team of citizen scientists and researchers has identified a major contributor to the dramatic decline of migratory shorebird populations in Australia. University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences Read more about Citizen scientists help identify shorebird extinction threat - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Associate Professor Richard Fuller
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    r.fuller@uq.edu.au
  3. US / Australian interviews for CubeSat launch

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1144 AEST / 1344 NZST

    2017-04-13 11:44. Leaders of Australia’ s INSPIRE-2 cube-sized satellite, being launched overseas overnight Tuesday/Wednesday AEST next week in the global QB40 project, are available for interview from the University of Sydney and on-site at Cape Read more about US / Australian interviews for CubeSat launch - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Phone:
    +61 438 021 390
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  4. Infectious diseases in China - how's the dragon tracking?

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    2017-04-13 11:00. Since 2003's severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, China has stepped up its efforts to control infectious disease, and infection rates have leveled off since 2009, according to Chinese scientists who checked the stats Read more about Infectious diseases in China - how's the dragon tracking? - Scimex

    Australia; International; VICThe University of Melbourne|Zhejiang University, China
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available.

    Name:
    Lanjuan Li
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ljli@zju.edu.cn
  5. Shaking from Alpine Fault rupture modelled

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    New Zealand Journal Of Geology And Geophysics

    2017-04-13 10:30. Simulations of how much the ground will move during a large earthquake on the Alpine Fault predict a much higher intensity of ground movement (particularly in Canterbury and northern parts of the South Island) than previous models, Read more about Shaking from Alpine Fault rupture modelled - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Canterbury|QuakeCoRE
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Contact us for the paper

    Name:
    Brendon Bradley
    Position:
    Lead author. Currently on sabbatical at Stanford
    Email:
    brendon.bradley@canterbury.ac.nz
  6. Death by air pollution – doctors track last 25 years

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-04-13 10:30. Air pollution caused 4.2 million deaths and 103.1 million lost years of healthy life in 2015, making it the fifth biggest risk factor that year, according to a new global study. The danger comes from long-term exposure to fine Read more about Death by air pollution – doctors track last 25 years - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; International; QLDThe University of Queensland|Queensland University of Technology (QUT)|AUT University|University of British Columbia, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from AUT coming

    Name:
    Valery Feigin
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    valery.feigin@aut.ac.nz
  7. Celebrating Beatrice Tinsley, a bright star of NZ astronomy

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

    2017-04-13 10:30. Beatrice Hill Tinsley, a prominent theoretical astronomer in the 1960s, helped break the glass ceiling in New Zealand science. A paper about her struggles, and those of women in science more broadly, is included in a special issue Read more about Celebrating Beatrice Tinsley, a bright star of NZ astronomy - Scimex

    New ZealandRoyal Society Te Apārangi
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Contact us for the paper.

    Name:
    Josephine Reid
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    josephine.c.reid@gmail.com
  8. Sandy the dingo wins world’s most interesting genome competition

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    2017-04-13 09:01. A wild-born, pure Australian desert dingo called Sandy Maliki has taken out first place in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition as part of a UNSW-led project. Her genome will now be sequenced using the latest Pacific Read more about Sandy the dingo wins world’s most interesting genome competition - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalThe University of New South Wales
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Bill Ballard
    Phone:
    + 612 9385 2021
    Position:
    Project leader
    Email:
    w.ballard@unsw.edu.au
  9. Fossil forces a dino body rethink

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-13 03:00. A newly described fossil with features thought to be characteristic of dinosaurs actually dates back to a time before the dinosaurs when the bird-like and more crocodile like animals split, say international scientists. The finding Read more about Fossil forces a dino body rethink - Scimex

    InternationalVirginia Tech, USA
    • 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:
    Sterling Nesbitt
    Phone:
    +1 540 231 6330
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sjn2104@vt.edu
  10. Finding a path to sustainability for the Aussie land sector

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-13 03:00. Australian researchers have assessed the likelihood of Australia's land sector achieving the UN's sustainable development goals and say that hard policy choices are needed. The researchers looked at weak, moderate and ambitious Read more about Finding a path to sustainability for the Aussie land sector - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; SACSIRO|Deakin University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • 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:
    Lei Gao
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lei.gao@csiro.au
  11. Are qualifications or job choice more important for recent graduates?

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Motu Working Paper

    2017-04-13 03:00. In New Zealand, university science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates get paid around 25% more than their contribution to productivity, according to research by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust. In Read more about Are qualifications or job choice more important for recent graduates? - Scimex

    New ZealandMotu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from Motu

    Name:
    Ceridwyn Roberts
    Phone:
    +64 4 939 4250
    Position:
    Communications Director
    Email:
    ceridwyn.roberts@motu.org.nz
  12. Banning trans-fats linked to lower hospital admissions for heart attack and stroke

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Cardiology

    2017-04-13 01:00. Hospital admissions for heart attack and stroke dropped more in parts of American that have restricted the consumption of trans-fats than in areas without restrictions, according to a USA study. Transfats are largely eaten in in Read more about Banning trans-fats linked to lower hospital admissions for heart attack and stroke - Scimex

    InternationalYale University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Ziba Kashef
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    ziba.kashef@yale.edu
  13. Centre for Coastal Management studies cyclone-ravaged region

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-04-13 00:01. Griffith University researchers have travelled to north Queensland to assess the impacts of Cyclone Debbie for vital coastal resilience modelling. A team from the Centre for Coastal Management, which sits within the new Cities Read more about Centre for Coastal Management studies cyclone-ravaged region - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  14. After back-to-back bleaching, now Cyclone Debbie sludge hits Reef waters

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-04-13 00:01. It is another blow to the Great Barrier Reef which has just suffered unprecedented back-to-back mass coral bleaching events, Cyclone Debbie dumped rain in an erosion hot spot in the Burdekin catchment estimated to generate nearly a Read more about After back-to-back bleaching, now Cyclone Debbie sludge hits Reef waters - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video footage is available https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BygVVDQdR31UZDVib242cElBamM/view?usp=sharing. Please credit Andrew Brooks or Griffith University if using the footage.

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Position:
    media officer
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  15. Baby autism intervention takes baby steps towards lessening symptoms

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 1630 AEST / 1830 NZST

    Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

    2017-04-12 16:30. Babies' signs of autism could be lessened by using video to provide feedback to parents, according to an international study. The authors studied 54 families, half of whom received home visits from a therapist who used video Read more about Baby autism intervention takes baby steps towards lessening symptoms - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Manchester, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jonathan Green
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jonathan.green@manchester.ac.uk
  16. Dementia tops the list of chronic disease in aged care

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australasian Journal on Ageing

    2017-04-12 12:00. An analysis of chronic diseases affecting the Australian population in aged care has found that dementia, depression and arthritis are most common, and that unclassified conditions such as falls, pain and urinary incontinence are Read more about Dementia tops the list of chronic disease in aged care - Scimex

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release available soon.

    Name:
    Katrina McLachlan
    Phone:
    +61 8 8302 0961
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    katrina.mclachlan@unisa.edu.au
  17. Better self esteem may boost mental health in kids struggling to read

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australian Psychologist

    2017-04-12 12:00. Having high self esteem can help protect kids from some of the negative mental health impacts of having reading difficulties, according to Australian research. The study looked at the impact of self esteem on links between reading Read more about Better self esteem may boost mental health in kids struggling to read - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; WACurtin University|The University of Newcastle|Macquarie University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Mark Boyes
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mark.boyes@curtin.edu.au
  18. Super sensitive devices work on recycling atoms

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 1021 AEST / 1221 NZST

    Physical Review Letters

    2017-04-12 10:21. Next-generation sensors to be used in fields as diverse as mineral exploration and climate change will be turbo boosted thanks to University of Queensland and University of Sussex research.Theoretical physicist Dr Stuart Szigeti, Read more about Super sensitive devices work on recycling atoms - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Stuart Szigeti
    Phone:
    +61 7 334 69837
    Email:
    s.szigeti@uq.edu.au
  19. Unique database details 5.8 trillion tonne global fishing catch

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 1012 AEST / 1212 NZST

    2017-04-12 10:12. A unique fisheries database created by an IMAS researcher is providing unprecedented insights into global fishing catches between 1950 and 2014. During the 65 years covered by the records, fishers from 193 countries caught more Read more about Unique database details 5.8 trillion tonne global fishing catch - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Andrew Rhodes
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 6683
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    ajrhodes@utas.edu.au
  20. Meerkats evict other females so they don't compete

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Biology Letters

    2017-04-12 09:01. For many mammals that live in groups — like lions and squirrels — adult females will voluntarily leave the pack when food is scarce to minimise competition. But curiously, in meerkats, the dominant female will kick other Read more about Meerkats evict other females so they don't compete - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Constance Dubuc
    Phone:
    +44 122 333 6605
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    cd556@cam.ac.uk