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  1. Reptiles ruin their rep in maths class

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

    Biology Letters

    2017-04-12 09:01. Ruin lizards can pick the bigger pile of food, but have trouble counting individual tid-bits, say Italian scientists. When the researchers provided a group of reptiles with two different sizes of juicy larvae to pick from, they Read more about Reptiles ruin their rep in maths class - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Padova, Italy
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Maria Elena Miletto Petrazzini
    Phone:
    +3 904 982 76957
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mariaelena.milettopetrazzini@gmail.com, mariaelena.milettopetrazzini@gmail.com
  2. Shoe-string theory: Why shoelaces come untied

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

    Proceedings of the Royal Society A

    2017-04-12 09:01. It's happened to us all, but mechanical engineers at Berkeley took it one step further and discovered that the combination of stomping and whipping forces that cause shoelaces to become untied. By measuring the mechanical forces at Read more about Shoe-string theory: Why shoelaces come untied - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, Berkeley, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Christopher Daily Diamond
    Phone:
    +1 510 642 0877
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    cadailydiamond@berkeley.edu
  3. Following Google’s random routes eases congestion

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

    Royal Society Interface

    2017-04-12 09:01. Google maps is great at taking traffic into account when getting us from A to B in the fastest (and often strangest) way possible, but does this help reduce traffic congestion or only benefit the individual? Researchers from MIT Read more about Following Google’s random routes eases congestion - Scimex

    InternationalMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Marta Gonzalez
    Phone:
    +1 617 715 4140
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    martag@mit.edu
  4. Females fear not: ovulation really changes behaviour

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

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-04-12 09:01. Mice just became a lot more relatable, as German researchers have found they display less predictable social interest and anxiety-like behaviours near to ovulation. The behaviours of 22 mice were tested near ovulation and compared Read more about Females fear not: ovulation really changes behaviour - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Münster, Germany
    • 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:
    Mr Niklas Kästner
    Phone:
    +49 251 832 3842
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    niklas.kaestner@uni-muenster.de
  5. Taking a jab at the calories packed in a punch

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

    Journal of the Royal Society Interface

    2017-04-12 09:01. Whether you punch above your weight, or just to lose weight, scientists have now calculated the number of calories you can burn in a single jab. They found that the amount of calories burnt increased with the resistance of the Read more about Taking a jab at the calories packed in a punch - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr Tarek Zohdi
    Phone:
    +1 925 900 8371
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    zohdi@berkeley.edu
  6. Damsels can't react to distress cues in dying corals

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

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science

    2017-04-12 09:01. Damselfish, a species commonly found on living corals, have been losing their ability to use a special class of chemicals as alarm cues in degraded corals, say Canadian and Australian scientists. These alarm cues, used to avoid Read more about Damsels can't react to distress cues in dying corals - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDJames Cook University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr Maud Ferrari
    Phone:
    +1 306 966 4317
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    maud.ferrari@usask.ca
  7. Noise makes hermit crabs rush their shell choice

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

    Biology Letters

    2017-04-12 09:01. Noise pollution from human activities is known to affect animals that use acoustic signals, but new evidence suggests even invertebrates that don't rely on acoustic signals are affected by our noise. A study on hermit crabs removed Read more about Noise makes hermit crabs rush their shell choice - Scimex

    InternationalQueens University Belfast, Northern Ireland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Hansjoerg Kunc
    Phone:
    +28 90 972104
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    h.kunc@qub.ac.uk
  8. Poor diet 'reprograms' male sperm to produce smaller offspring

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

    Biology Letters

    2017-04-12 09:01. Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that a change in a male’ s diet can have profound negative effects on sperm quality, and that these effects can influence the quality of his offspring. The study, Read more about Poor diet 'reprograms' male sperm to produce smaller offspring - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.
    Name:
    David Stacey
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 3229
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    david.stacey@uwa.edu.au
  9. Leukaemia tops list of kids cancers globally, but inequalities remain

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Lancet Haematology and Lancet Oncology

    2017-04-12 08:30. Leukaemia is the most common cancer in children aged 0-14 years old worldwide – accounting for a third of cancer cases in 0-9 year olds, and a quarter of cases in 10-14 year olds, according to a new report on the stats of global Read more about Leukaemia tops list of kids cancers globally, but inequalities remain - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Audrey Bonaventure
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    concord@lshtm.ac.uk
  10. MCRI researchers identify best way to diagnose head injuries and minimise CT scans

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-04-12 08:30. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute’s (MCRI) Associate Professor Franz Babl led a large study of 20, 000 children who present at Australian and New Zealand emergency departments with head injuries of all severities. The aim of Read more about MCRI researchers identify best way to diagnose head injuries and minimise CT scans - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    +61 3 9936 6336
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  11. NZ's freshwater estate

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    2017-04-12 04:00. The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman has released a new report on the science of New Zealand's freshwater estate. Drawing on expertise from NIWA's Freshwater Group, the report focuses on the challenges Read more about NZ's freshwater estate - Scimex

    New ZealandPrime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Sir Peter is available for comment 2-3.30pm Monday April 10 and 12.15-2.25pm Tuesday April 11.

    Name:
    Peter Gluckman
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 6318
    Position:
    PM's Chief Science Advisor
    Email:
    csa@pmcsa.org.nz
  12. Silk clothes no help for kids with eczema

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    2017-04-12 04:00. Silk clothes are no better for kids with eczema than regular clothing, according to UK research with found no difference in eczema severity, quality of life or medication use in kids who wore expensive silk clothes. It had been Read more about Silk clothes no help for kids with eczema - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Nottingham, UK
    • 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:
    Professor Kim Thomas
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kim.thomas@nottingham.ac.uk
  13. Apples and oranges may be fruitful in lowering diabetes risk

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    2017-04-12 04:00. Eating more fruit is linked to a lower likelihood of developing diabetes and diabetes-related complications, according to an international study. The authors studied 500, 000 Chinese people over around seven years and found those Read more about Apples and oranges may be fruitful in lowering diabetes risk - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • 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:
    Huaidong Du
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    huaidong.du@ctsu.ox.ac.uk
  14. Genetically engineered probiotic can fight disease

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-12 01:00. Scientists in Singapore have managed to genetically alter some E. coli strains to sense and kill a harmful gut pathogen, which they say could be used to help protect against certain pathogens. These E. coli strains are already Read more about Genetically engineered probiotic can fight disease - Scimex

    InternationalNational University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Health / Medical
    • 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:
    Matthew Chang
    Phone:
    +65 660 136 87
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    matthew_chang@nuhs.edu.sg
  15. Spinal adjustment might be what it's cracked up to be

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-04-12 01:00. 'Back cracking' has been linked to a slight improvement in lower back pain and mobility but might come with some short-term side-effects, according to US researchers. The researchers looked at data from 26 studies to compare the Read more about Spinal adjustment might be what it's cracked up to be - Scimex

    InternationalWest Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    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:
    Jan Bollen
    Position:
    Media advisor
    Email:
    jan@janbollen.be
  16. Ancient penguin poo reveals population annihilation by volcanic eruption

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-12 01:00. Gentoo penguin colonies on the Antarctic peninsula were wiped out three times in the past 7, 000 years from volcanic eruptions according to a team of European researchers. After each eruption from nearby Deception Island, ash Read more about Ancient penguin poo reveals population annihilation by volcanic eruption - Scimex

    InternationalNatural Environmental Research Council, UK
    • 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:
    Stephen Roberts
    Phone:
    +44 1223 221 339
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    sjro@bas.ac.uk
  17. Middle aged vascular risk may point to Alzheimer's

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-04-12 01:00. US researchers investigating adults over 25 years have found a connection between the midlife risk factors for vascular disease and elevated levels of brain amyloids - Proteins that are linked to Alzheimer's disease - later in life. Read more about Middle aged vascular risk may point to Alzheimer's - Scimex

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
    • 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:
    Rebecca F. Gottesman via Vanessa McMains
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    vmcmain1@jhmi.edu
  18. Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1330 AEST / 1530 NZST

    Oecologia

    2017-04-11 13:30. A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive. In the study Read more about Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Jess Reid
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 6876
    Position:
    Media and Public Relations Adviser
    Email:
    jess.reid@uwa.edu.au
  19. Volcanoes under Auckland 2.0: Transportation

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research

    2017-04-11 12:00. The second paper based on a hypothetical two-month-long eruption sequence near Māngere Bridge explores what would happen to Auckland’s transportation network. In such an eruption, up to 435, 000 residents could be displaced, Read more about Volcanoes under Auckland 2.0: Transportation - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Canterbury|University of Auckland|GNS Science
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Research led by University of Canterbury

    Name:
    Daniel Blake
    Phone:
    +64 3 364 2987
    Position:
    Lead Author, PhD student
    Email:
    daniel.blake@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
  20. Aussie women are ageing up to two decades quicker than USA counterparts

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australasian Journal of Dermatology

    2017-04-11 12:00. Aussie women are ageing quicker than Canadian, UK, or USA women, and they're losing volume in their faces up to 20 years earlier than those in the USA, according to an international study. The authors asked 1, 472 women to compare Read more about Aussie women are ageing up to two decades quicker than USA counterparts - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Monash Media
    Phone:
    +61 3 9903 4840
    Email:
    media@adm.monash.edu.au