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  1. You may hate it, but how do cats feel about their litter box?

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Applied Animal Behaviour Science

    2017-06-09 10:30. Research from Purina investigated how moggies 'experience' different litter boxes and whether their environment changes how often they pee. They found, unsurprisingly, that cats peed less in a clinical setting compared to homely Read more about You may hate it, but how do cats feel about their litter box? - Scimex

    InternationalNestlé Purina Research, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
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    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper. Note: this study was conducted by Nestlé Purina.

    Name:
    Ragen T.S. McGowan
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    RagenTSM@gmail.com, Ragen.Trudelle-SchwarzMcGowan@rd.nestle.com
  2. Flu kills about 500 Kiwis every year

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Journal of Infection

    2017-06-09 10:30. The flu kills almost 500 Kiwis every year, with the risk of premature death much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men and those living in relative poverty, according to researchers from the University of Otago. The research was Read more about Flu kills about 500 Kiwis every year - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper. Media release from the University of Otago available.

    Name:
    Michael Baker
    Phone:
    +64 4 918 6802
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    michael.baker@otago.ac.nz
  3. Exercise slows ageing in older women's cells

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Experimental Gerontology

    2017-06-09 10:30. Older women who exercise have longer telomeres — the region at the end of our chromosomes that protects them from deteriorating — according to US researchers. Studying white and African American women with an average age of 79, Read more about Exercise slows ageing in older women's cells - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, San Diego, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Contact us for the paper.

    Name:
    Aladdin Shadyab
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    ahshadya@ucsd.edu
  4. Getting a pupper could help oldies get active

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    BMC Public Health

    2017-06-09 10:00. Nan should maybe get a doggo, suggest US and UK scientists after they discovered that owning a dog can help older adults meet World Health Organisation recommendations for physical activity. The researchers found dog owners aged 65 Read more about Getting a pupper could help oldies get active - Scimex

    InternationalGlasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Phillippa Dall
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  5. Mammoth 2.0: What will we call de-extinct animals?

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 0301 AEST / 0501 NZST

    Science

    2017-06-09 03:01. If we resurrect extinct animal species, we'll have to renames them for legal purposes, argue European ecologists. Because some proposed de-extinction techniques will result in hybrid species, new scientific names would be required Read more about Mammoth 2.0: What will we call de-extinct animals? - Scimex

    InternationalTrier University, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert.

    Name:
    Axel Hochkirch
    Phone:
    +49 651 201 4692
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hochkirch@uni-trier.de
  6. This synthetic 'tongue' is dram good at distinguishing whiskies

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Chem

    2017-06-09 02:00. Unless you're a whisky aficionado, it can be hard to detect subtle differences in whisky flavour, and even sophisticated chemical techniques struggle to expose differences in chemical composition. But now Chinese and German Read more about This synthetic 'tongue' is dram good at distinguishing whiskies - Scimex

    InternationalHeidelberg University, Germany
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
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    Note for journalists:

    Photos available

    Name:
    Uwe Bunz
    Phone:
    +49 6221 548 401
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Uwe.bunz@oci.uni-heidelberg.de
  7. Human fetuses respond to faces at 34 weeks

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-06-09 02:00. Just like babies, fetuses respond more to faces than other images, according to British researchers. After projecting light through the uterine wall of pregnant mothers, they found that the fetuses turn their heads towards Read more about Human fetuses respond to faces at 34 weeks - Scimex

    InternationalLancaster University, UK
    • Health / Medical
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    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Vincent Reid
    Phone:
    +44 1524 5 92915
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    v.reid@lancaster.ac.uk
  8. Can you speak whale? Camels might be able to

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-06-09 02:00. Ancient whales hearing was more akin to that of hippos and camels than to modern day whales and dolphins, according to French researchers. They looked at the ear cavities of 45-million-year-old whale ancestors known as protocetes Read more about Can you speak whale? Camels might be able to - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Montpellier, France; CNRS, France
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
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    Note for journalists:

    Illustration and 3D ear images available.

    Name:
    Maeva Orliac
    Phone:
    +33 622 632 396
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    maeva.orliac@umontpellier.fr
  9. Could edible insects help global food security?

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 1700 AEST / 1900 NZST

    2017-06-08 17:00. Adelaide consumers are taking part in a University of Adelaide research study to help realise the potential for edible insects as a food industry. Researchers are putting consumer attitudes to the test at Adelaide Central Market Read more about Could edible insects help global food security? - Scimex

    AustraliaThe University of Adelaide
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Anna Crump
    Phone:
    +61 (0)8 8313 6662
    Position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Email:
    anna.crump@adelaide.edu.au
  10. Protecting those responding to chemical attacks

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 1530 AEST / 1730 NZST

    Chemistry of Materials

    2017-06-08 15:30. A coating of a new nano material could help protect soldiers and emergency responders from a chemical weapon attack, say US scientists. The team exposed a fabric to a special mixture of chemicals then tested it with a relatively Read more about Protecting those responding to chemical attacks - Scimex

    InternationalNorth Carolina State University, USA
    • Health / Medical
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    Name:
    Gregory N. Parsons
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    parsons@ncsu.edu
  11. Trimming extra skin after weight loss surgery could help keep off the pounds

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 1430 AEST / 1630 NZST

    Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

    2017-06-08 14:30. Despite sounding like a beauty fad, body contouring - surgery to remove extra skin after weight-loss surgery - could actually help people keep off the pounds, according to an US study. The researchers studied 318 patients who'd had Read more about Trimming extra skin after weight loss surgery could help keep off the pounds - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Michigan Medical School, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Lawrence Zachary
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lszachary@gmail.com
  12. Turtles could be giving super bugs a lift through the Great Barrier Reef

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 1230 AEST / 1430 NZST

    Marine Pollution Bulletin

    2017-06-08 12:30. Turtles may be transporting killer super bugs around the Great Barrier Reef, according to Queensland researchers. The authors sampled 73 green turtles, finding nine out of ten carried Enterobacteriales, a type of bacteria that can Read more about Turtles could be giving super bugs a lift through the Great Barrier Reef - Scimex

    Australia; QLDJames Cook University
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Md. Shamim Ahasana
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mdshamim.ahasan@my.jcu.edu.au
  13. World-leading genome sequencing capability established in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 1201 AEST / 1401 NZST

    2017-06-08 12:01. The Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) and the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) announced today that they have established a state-of-the-art NovaSeq genome sequencing platform. This facility is Read more about World-leading genome sequencing capability established in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Desley Pitcher
    Phone:
    +61 3 9321 3712
    Position:
    Marketing Specialist
    Email:
    desley.pitcher@agrf.org.au
  14. Learning to love new cheeses isn't always cheesy

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Food Research International

    2017-06-08 11:30. No matter how many times you try Parmesan, it won't taste any 'grater' than in the first nibble, according to an international study. The researchers had 78 South Korean women do taste tests of different types of cheese — a food Read more about Learning to love new cheeses isn't always cheesy - Scimex

    InternationalEwha Womans University, South Korea
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Seo-Jin Chung
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sc79d@ewha.ac.kr
  15. WhatsApp helping track attacks on doctors in Syria

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-06-08 08:30. WhatsApp is useful for more than just sharing cat videos with your friends. The messaging service has been trialled in Syria as a way to monitor and collect data on attacks on health care workers and facilities in order to help Read more about WhatsApp helping track attacks on doctors in Syria - Scimex

    International
    • Health / Medical
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    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the other papers in the series.

    Name:
    Alaa Abou Zeid
    Position:
    Paper author
    Email:
    abouzeida@who.int
  16. Cannabis may be a 'gateway drug' for teens

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

    2017-06-08 08:30. Teens who smoke pot are more likely to indulge in other illicit substances, drink heavily and smoke tobacco as young adults, say UK researchers. They looked at data on cannabis use from over 5, 000 teens and revisited them when Read more about Cannabis may be a 'gateway drug' for teens - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Bristol, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Michelle Taylor (via university press office)
    Phone:
    +44 117 394 0227
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    shona.east@bristol.ac.uk
  17. New treatment hope for women with BRCA1 breast cancers

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0401 AEST / 0601 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    2017-06-08 04:01. Australian researchers have found a new way to use immunotherapy, a breakthrough mode of cancer treatment which harnesses the patient’s immune system, to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer. The researchers at Walter and Read more about New treatment hope for women with BRCA1 breast cancers - Scimex

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)|Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
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    Copies of the journal paper must be requested from Science by contacting +1-202-326-6440 or scipak@aaas.org. Alternatively, a copy of the paper can be found online at the Science Translational Medicine press package at http://www.eurekalert.org/jrnls/scitransmed. You will need your user ID and password to access this information.

    Name:
    Liz Williams
    Phone:
    +61 3 9345 2928
    Position:
    Media and Publications Manager
    Email:
    williams@wehi.edu.au
  18. Fruit-based sugar helps hit the sweet spot: UC research

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0401 AEST / 0601 NZST

    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

    2017-06-08 04:01. Swapping table sugar for fruit-derived sugar may be a healthier option when watching your waistline, according to new research by the University of Canberra. Researchers from the University’ s Health Research Institute examined Read more about Fruit-based sugar helps hit the sweet spot: UC research - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Canberra
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    EMBARGOED UNTIL 4AM AEST, THURSDAY 8 JUNE 2017

    Name:
    Dr Kerry Mills
    Phone:
    +61 406 376 642
    Position:
    Adjunct Professional Associate and senior author of the report
    Email:
    Kerry.Mills@canberra.edu.au
  19. NEWS BRIEFING: Ancient skulls show we humans are 100,000 years older than we thought

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-06-08 03:00. BRIEFING RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE The fossilised skulls of five ancient Moroccans show that modern humans - Homo sapiens- have been on the planet a whole lot longer than we thought, a whopping 100, 000 years to be exact. We Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: Ancient skulls show we humans are 100,000 years older than we thought - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLDGriffith University|Southern Cross University|Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
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    Note for journalists:

    Renaud is in the USA in the moment, so please bear the time difference in mind when contacting him. 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:
    Rainer Grun
    Phone:
    +61 7 3735 4256
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rainer.grun@griffith.edu.au
  20. More kids are getting vaccinated across Australia

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    2017-06-08 01:00. Immunisation stats for 2015-2016 show more Aussie five-year-olds across the country are being vaccinated, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. There are still some differences in rates across local areas, but Read more about More kids are getting vaccinated across Australia - Scimex

    AustraliaAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
    • Health / Medical
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    • Business / Politics
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    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Contact media@aihw.gov.au for a copy of the report.

    Name:
    AIHW Media
    Phone:
    +61 2 6249 5048
    Email:
    media@aihw.gov.au