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  1. Queenslanders concerned about community impacts of coal seam gas

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    BMC Public Health

    2017-08-03 10:00. People in regional Queensland have expressed a variety of concerns about the impact of coal seam gas developments on their communities, according to an Australian study. Some concerns were about environmental impacts such as Read more about Queenslanders concerned about community impacts of coal seam gas - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Matthew Lam
    Phone:
    +44 20 3192 2722
    Position:
    Press Manager
    Email:
    matthew.lam@biomedcentral.com
  2. Newborn opioid withdrawals

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-08-03 08:30. As the US opioid epidemic gains pace, new research warns about the increased risk of drug withdrawal in newborns as a result of mums being prescribed a combination of opioids and psychotropic medications (widely used to treat Read more about Newborn opioid withdrawals - Scimex

    InternationalBrigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Elaine St. Peter
    Phone:
    +1 617 525 6375
    Position:
    Media Relations Specialist
    Email:
    estpeter@bwh.harvard.edu
  3. Medical facts vital in cases such as Charlie Gard

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-08-03 08:30. In an editorial, a UK expert argues that much of the public discussion about the Charlie Gard case has been unbalanced, and suggests how greater balance could be achieved in discussion of future cases. Anonymity for children and Read more about Medical facts vital in cases such as Charlie Gard - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • 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:
    Dominic Wilkinson
    Phone:
    +44 1865 286 888
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    dominic.wilkinson@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
  4. Trapdoor spiders crossed Indian Ocean to get to Australia

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-08-03 04:00. An Australian trapdoor spider, which usually moves no further than a couple of metres from where it was hatched, must have travelled to Australia over the Indian Ocean from South Africa, University of Adelaide research has shown. Read more about Trapdoor spiders crossed Indian Ocean to get to Australia - Scimex

    Australia; International; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Sophie Harrison
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sophie.e.harrison@adelaide.edu.au
  5. Targeting ‘Achilles’ heel’ could supercharge breast cancer treatment

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    2017-08-03 04:00. A new class of anti-cancer agents that targets cancer cells’ ‘ Achilles’ heel’ could help to supercharge breast cancer treatment, improving outcomes for some of the most aggressive types of breast cancer. Combining Read more about Targeting ‘Achilles’ heel’ could supercharge breast cancer treatment - Scimex

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Paper available via EurekAlert!
    Name:
    Liz Williams
    Position:
    Media and Publications Manager
    Email:
    communityrelations@wehi.edu.au
  6. EXPERT REACTION: CRISPR used in human embryos

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-03 03:00. After much speculation last week, US scientists have published a study in which they used CRISPR to edit human embryos, removing a mutation linked to a heritable heart condition. The researchers say more than 10, 000 heritable Read more about EXPERT REACTION: CRISPR used in human embryos - Scimex

    InternationalOregon Health & Science University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    The SMC is gathering expert reaction to the study. 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:
    Shoukhrat Mitalipov
    Phone:
    +1 503 418 0196
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    mitalipo@ohsu.edu
  7. Ancient DNA reveals Ancient Greeks' origins

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-03 03:00. DNA recovered from 19 ancient people has shed light on Ancient Greek origins, say international scientists. The DNA suggests that Minoans and Mycenaeans were closely related, and descended from Neolithic farmers from what is now Read more about Ancient DNA reveals Ancient Greeks' origins - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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:
    Iosif Lazaridis
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lazaridis@genetics.med.harvard.edu
  8. Artificial night lights affect pollination

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-08-03 03:00. Artificial light at night reduces nocturnal pollination which in turn can harm plant production, according to European researchers. The team conducted experiments in 14 meadows, half of which were exposed to artificial lighting at Read more about Artificial night lights affect pollination - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Bern, Switzerland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Eva Knop
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    eva.knop@iee.unibe.ch
  9. Ozone-like layer found in an exoplanet atmosphere

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-03 03:00. We're obsessed with the idea that somewhere out there in space there might be other places just like Earth — we'd even settle for remotely like Earth. Now, an international team of astronomers have spotted a planet with a Read more about Ozone-like layer found in an exoplanet atmosphere - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Exeter, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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:
    Thomas Evans
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tevans@astro.ex.ac.uk
  10. Remembering what happened in Sherlock is elementary

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Neuron

    2017-08-03 02:00. When you're watching Sherlock your brain processes and stores the plot in short bursts, according to US scientists. The authors looked at the brain activity of people either watching an episode or listening to a description and Read more about Remembering what happened in Sherlock is elementary - Scimex

    InternationalPrinceton University, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Chris Baldassano
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    chrisb@princeton.edu
  11. NEWS BRIEFING: Academy recommends climate science overhaul

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-08-03 00:01. BRIEFING RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE Climate research across Australia’s universities and climate agencies should be better coordinated, and around 80 new climate scientists should be employed to plug gaps in research, according to a Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: Academy recommends climate science overhaul - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|Australian Academy of Science
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dan Wheelahan
    Phone:
    +61 2 6201 9452
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    dan.wheelahan@science.org.au
  12. Elcho Island community researchers bound for Alaska

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis

    2017-08-02 10:00. Three community-based researchers from Elcho Island working with Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) are bound for Alaska tomorrow (Thursday, 3 August) to present at an international conference. Location of Interest:. Read more about Elcho Island community researchers bound for Alaska - Scimex

    Australia; International; NTMenzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Paul Dale
    Phone:
    +61 8 8946 8658
    Position:
    Senior communications officer
    Email:
    communications@menzies.edu.au
  13. Did baby talk start to make adults seem less scary?

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-08-02 09:01. Australian researchers say our coo-ing baby talk with its exaggerated vowels may have originated to make us seem less scary to bubs, and not primarily to help them to learn to talk, as was thought. They examined articulation in Read more about Did baby talk start to make adults seem less scary? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWWestern Sydney University
    • 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:
    Marina Kalashnikova
    Phone:
    +61 2 9772 6264
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    m.kalashnikova@westernsydney.edu.au; marina.kalashni2012@gmail.com
  14. How to mock a mockingbird - scientists engineer birdsong device

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Journal of the Royal Society Interface

    2017-08-02 09:01. Mimicking birdsong has traditionally been the domain of musicians and hunters, but now scientists have had a go. American researchers have built an artificial syrinx - the vocal organ of birds - and worked out how to mimic a Read more about How to mock a mockingbird - scientists engineer birdsong device - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    L. Mahadevan
    Phone:
    +1 617 496 9599
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    lm@seas.harvard.edu
  15. Under the (sea)stars: tackling coral-eating reef pests at night

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-08-02 09:01. The crown-of-thorns starfish can devastate reefs, and outbreaks of the coral-eating pest are responsible for 42 per cent of coral decline on the Great Barrier Reef, say scientists. Now, international researchers monitoring the Read more about Under the (sea)stars: tackling coral-eating reef pests at night - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Mohsen Kayal
    Phone:
    +33 7 8340 6545
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    mohsen.kayal@gmail.com
  16. Emissions Trading and Forestry in NZ

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Motu Working Paper

    2017-08-02 09:00. NZ is still the only country to fully include forest landowners in a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. A new paper released today by Motu examines how forest owners have responded to the NZ ETS and reasons to be optimistic Read more about Emissions Trading and Forestry in NZ - Scimex

    New ZealandMotu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ceridwyn Roberts
    Phone:
    +64 4 939 4250
    Position:
    Communications Director
    Email:
    ceridwyn.roberts@motu.org.nz
  17. Cancer patients with delirium more likely to die

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0700 AEST / 0900 NZST

    The Oncologist

    2017-08-02 07:00. Patients with advanced cancer who are diagnosed with delirium when they arrive in emergency departments are more likely to be admitted to hospital and more likely to die earlier than patients without delirium, say US scientists. Read more about Cancer patients with delirium more likely to die - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Texas at Houston, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Julie Penne
    Phone:
    +1 713 792 0662
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    jpenne@mdanderson.org
  18. Are artificial sweeteners counterproductive when dieting?

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Metabolism

    2017-08-02 02:00. Artificial sweeteners combined with a low carbohydrate diet increases overall food consumed, a new study reveals. The finding expands on previous research that explained why artificial sweeteners increase feelings of hunger when Read more about Are artificial sweeteners counterproductive when dieting? - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  19. Revealed: brain ‘switch’ tells body to burn fat after a meal

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Metabolism

    2017-08-02 02:00. Scientists at Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute have found a mechanism by which the brain coordinates feeding with energy expenditure, solving a puzzle that has previously eluded researchers and offering a Read more about Revealed: brain ‘switch’ tells body to burn fat after a meal - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Monash media
    Phone:
    +61 3 9903 4840
    Position:
    Media
    Email:
    media@monash.edu
  20. What did the first flowers look like?

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-08-02 01:00. An ancestor of the first flowering plants has been reconstructed by an international team of researchers including an Australian, who think it had both female and male parts, and multiple petal-like organs in sets of threes. Read more about What did the first flowers look like? - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney|University of Paris-Sud, France; University of Vienna, Austria
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Hervé Sauquet
    Phone:
    +33 169 154 991
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    herve.sauquet@u-psud.fr