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  1. Urgent action needed to protect world’s wetlands

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    BioScience

    2017-06-08 00:01. Griffith University researchers have highlighted the urgent need for more effective conservation measures in a world-first assessment of global wetlands and the increasing pressures they face. A study led by scientists in Read more about Urgent action needed to protect world’s wetlands - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  2. Leading lake ecologist stresses we must build resilience

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-06-08 00:01. Faced with the threat of more frequent weather events, society must change its land use habits in order to protect our precious waterways from further damage. That is the view of new Professor David Hamilton who has joined Griffith Read more about Leading lake ecologist stresses we must build resilience - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  3. Researchers shed light on how our eyes process visual cues

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-06-07 19:00. The mystery of how human eyes compute the direction of moving light has been made clearer by scientists at The University of Queensland. Using advanced electrical recording techniques, researchers from UQ’ s Queensland Brain Read more about Researchers shed light on how our eyes process visual cues - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Donna Lu
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    communications@qbi.uq.edu.au
  4. Too much exercise risks a leaky gut

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

    2017-06-07 15:01. Skipping legs day may not be as bad as you thought, according to Aussie researchers. They found a moderately intense workout of two or more hours increases the risk of damaging your gut. The team found over exercising triggers Read more about Too much exercise risks a leaky gut - Scimex

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

    Paper to come soon.

    Name:
    Dr. Ricardo Costa
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Ricardo.Costa@monash.edu
  5. 'Interfering' pain can lead to a painful end

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    Arthritis Care & Research

    2017-06-07 15:01. Pain that interferes with daily life, rather than generalised pain, is associated with an increased risk of an early death in the over 50s, say UK researchers. Their study found people troubled by pain were 29 per cent more likely Read more about 'Interfering' pain can lead to a painful end - Scimex

    InternationalKeele University, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper to come.

    Name:
    Dr. Ross Wilkie
    Phone:
    +44 1782 734845
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    r.wilkie@keele.ac.uk
  6. Hitting the gym just a little could help with the baby blues

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    Birth

    2017-06-07 15:01. Even just a little exercise during pregnancy and after childbirth could be a safe way to increase your psychological well-being and tackle symptoms of postpartum depression, according to international authors. The researchers Read more about Hitting the gym just a little could help with the baby blues - Scimex

    International
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper to come tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Name:
    Penny Smith
    Phone:
    +44 1243 770448
    Position:
    Media Contact
    Email:
    sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
  7. Some heart drugs may increase risk of falling

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

    2017-06-07 15:01. Some heart drugs may increase older people's chances of falling, according to international authors. They looked at two studies of over 10, 000 people and found that use of a selective beta-blocker was not associated with fall risk, Read more about Some heart drugs may increase risk of falling - Scimex

    InternationalAcademisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper to come tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Name:
    Dr. Nathalie van der Velde (details to come)
    Position:
    Author
  8. Religion linked to how couples manage type 2 diabetes

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

    2017-06-07 15:01. If you're a type 2 diabetic, involving your partner in activities such as planning a healthy diet can help control your blood sugar levels, according to an international study. But if the partner with diabetes is struggling Read more about Religion linked to how couples manage type 2 diabetes - Scimex

    International
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper to come tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Name:
    Penny Smith
    Phone:
    +44 1243 770448
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
  9. Fixing nitrogen in the Great Barrier Reef: Just “who” is responsible?

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1500 AEST / 1700 NZST

    Frontiers for Microbiology

    2017-06-07 15:00. The results of a survey of Great Barrier Reef waters provide unprecedented insight into essential biochemical processes that underpin one of the planet’s most important and threatened marine ecosystems. Location of Interest:. Read more about Fixing nitrogen in the Great Barrier Reef: Just “who” is responsible? - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLDUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)|The University of New South Wales|Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)|The University of Queensland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Name:
    Associate Professor Justin Seymour
    Phone:
    +61 429 483 747
    Position:
    ARC Future Fellow UTS Climate Change Cluster
    Email:
    Justin.Seymour@uts.edu.au
  10. Many rape victims freeze, leaving them vulnerable

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica

    2017-06-07 14:01. You might assume the 'normal' response to being raped would be to fight back, but many rape victims experience involuntary paralysis, leaving them unable to resist, according to a Swedish study. The authors assessed almost 300 Read more about Many rape victims freeze, leaving them vulnerable - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institute, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Anna Möller
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    anna.moller@ki.se
  11. Wine descriptions make us more emotional about wine

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 1230 AEST / 1430 NZST

    Food Research International

    2017-06-07 12:30. Research by the University of Adelaide has shown that consumers are much more influenced by wine label descriptions than previously thought. A consumer study by wine researchers at the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Read more about Wine descriptions make us more emotional about wine - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Additional media contact: Robyn Mills, Media Officer, Phone: +61 8 8313 6341, Mobile: +61 410 689 084,robyn.mills@adelaide.edu.au

    Name:
    Associate Professor Sue Bastian
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 6647
    Position:
    Project leader
    Email:
    sue.bastian@adelaide.edu.au
  12. Lying is all in the language

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-06-07 09:01. James Bond's ability to spot a fib may have been overrated, as UK researchers report that our understanding of the tell tale signs of untruths is based almost entirely on the languages of western populations, and doesn't hold true Read more about Lying is all in the language - Scimex

    InternationalLancaster University, UK
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr Paul Taylor
    Phone:
    +44 152 459 4421
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    p.j.taylor@lancaster.ac.uk
  13. Jurassic World was right! T. rexes didn't have feathers

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Biology Letters

    2017-06-07 09:01. Despite its ancestors having feathers, Tyrannosaurus rex most likely had scaly, reptile-like skin, according to an Australian-led study. The authors studied the fossils of tyrannosaurs and their relatives and found that, after Read more about Jurassic World was right! T. rexes didn't have feathers - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New England
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Phil Bell
    Phone:
    +61 2 6773 2329
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    pbell23@une.edu.au
  14. This anxiety study will shock you, slowly

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-06-07 09:01. Does anxiety make us focus on the negative? It's a question that UK researchers set out to answer, and they found it's not the case, but that anxiety may slow us down. They strapped electric shock devices to participants' wrists Read more about This anxiety study will shock you, slowly - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London, 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:
    Ms Jessica Aylward
    Phone:
    +44 207 679 5434
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.aylward@ucl.ac.uk
  15. Babies can tell how big you are from your voice

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

    2017-06-07 09:01. Big things have deep voices, small things have high pitch voices, right? Well US scientists say we pick this understanding up at around three months old. They say we probably develop this ability early so as to help us quickly Read more about Babies can tell how big you are from your voice - Scimex

    InternationalYale University, USA
    • 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:
    David Pietraszewski
    Phone:
    +49 30 82406 620
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    pietraszewski@mpib-berlin.mpg.de
  16. We're all lovely people...as long as someone's watching

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    2017-06-07 09:01. Think you're an altruistic, generous, giving sort of a person? Well, you're probably not. unless you think someone can see you. UK researchers found that we love to help out others, but only if we think we'll get something in return Read more about We're all lovely people...as long as someone's watching - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr Maxwell Burton-Chellew
    Phone:
    +44 1865 279268
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    max.burton-chellew@zoo.ox.ac.uk
  17. Ocean acidification may bolster the reign of destructive crown-of-thorns starfish

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    2017-06-07 09:01. Juvenile crown-of-thorns Starfish may grow faster as ocean acidification levels increase, according to new research from Southern Cross University. The destructive coral-eating starfish, which feeds on pink ‘ coralline’ algae Read more about Ocean acidification may bolster the reign of destructive crown-of-thorns starfish - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICSouthern Cross University|The University of Sydney
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Associate Professor Symon Dworjanyn is available for interview on Wednesday and Thursday but is unavailable Friday.

    Name:
    Jessica Huxley
    Phone:
    +61 7 5589 3024
    Position:
    Media Officer Gold Coast campus
    Email:
    jessica.huxley@scu.edu.au
  18. Untreatable gonorrhea, are we there yet?

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    The Biochemist

    2017-06-07 09:00. The threat of increased antibiotic resistance is often in the headlines. Now two Massey University researchers argue that in the case of sexually-transmitted gonorrhoea, this is inevitable, and we had better figure out what to do Read more about Untreatable gonorrhea, are we there yet? - Scimex

    New ZealandMassey University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Article by two microbiologists from Massey University in the magazine: The Biochemist.

    Name:
    Jenna Ward
    Phone:
    +64 9 213 6221
    Position:
    Communications Adviser
    Email:
    J.Ward2@massey.ac.nz
  19. Just a couple of beers a day could damage your brain

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-06-07 08:30. Just a couple of tinnies a night, or a glass or two of wine, could be damaging your brain, say UK researchers. Studying the cognitive capabilities of people over 30 years, the scientists found moderate drinking - 14 - 21 units of Read more about Just a couple of beers a day could damage your brain - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    Anya Topiwala
    Phone:
    +44 7881 784 431
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    anya.topiwala@psych.ox.ac.uk
  20. Cutting heart disease with food policies

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    2017-06-07 04:00. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the West, but, to date, economic incentives haven't done much to improve dietary choices. Using data from the US, international researchers used computer models to show that a Read more about Cutting heart disease with food policies - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Liverpool, UK; Imperial College London, UK; Tufts University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard
    Phone:
    +44 7 736 279 777
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.pearson-stuttard@imperial.ac.uk