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  1. Plant science leaps into the virtual world

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    2017-08-04 10:30. The Virtual Plant Cell will take people on exciting and immersive journeys through plant science this National Science Week. The groundbreaking virtual reality experience lets audiences explore the inner world of a plant using Read more about Plant science leaps into the virtual world - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; SA; WA; ACTARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Karina Price
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 4481
    Position:
    Science Communications Officer
    Email:
    karina.price@plantenergy.edu.au
  2. A mobile learning app could help uni students study

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education

    2017-08-04 10:00. Australian researchers developed a learning-based mobile app for uni students and found those who performed well on the app also achieved higher academic grades. The app allows lecturers to send quizzes based on course content Read more about A mobile learning app could help uni students study - Scimex

    AustraliaSwinburne University of Technology|La Trobe University
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • 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. Media release coming soon.

    Name:
    Ekaterina Pechenkina
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    epechenkina@swin.edu.au
  3. New measure of social deprivation in NZ to help tackle social issues

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    PLOS One

    2017-08-04 10:00. New Zealand researchers have developed a new tool to measure deprivation in order to help identify areas of need so resources can be distributed more effectively. The tool, called the Index of Multiple Deprivation, uses 28 Read more about New measure of social deprivation in NZ to help tackle social issues - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Pete Barnao
    Position:
    Media Adviser
    Email:
    p.barnao@auckland.ac.nz
  4. Structure of dark matter brought into the light

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0930 AEST / 1130 NZST

    APS Division of Particles & Fields meeting at Fermilab

    2017-08-04 09:30. University of Queensland researchers have joined an international team of more than 400 scientists from 26 institutions to create the most accurate measurement ever made of dark matter structure in the universe. UQ School of Read more about Structure of dark matter brought into the light - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Tamara Davis
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tamarad@physics.uq.edu.au
  5. EXPERT REACTION: Diabetes drug slows Parkinson's disease symptoms

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-08-04 08:30. A phase 2 trial of a diabetes drug called exenatide by UK and US scientists has found it slows the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in patients. Of 62 people with Parkinson's, 32 were given daily exenatide injections for 48 weeks, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Diabetes drug slows Parkinson's disease symptoms - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWUniversity College London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Thomas Foltynie
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    t.foltynie@ucl.ac.uk
  6. Dengue fever's been hitching a ride on aircraft

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

    2017-08-04 04:00. Despite other infectious diseases declining over the past decade, the number of outbreaks of dengue fever has continued to increase, with Australia reaching a 20-year high in 2016. Chinese and UK researchers say air travel is Read more about Dengue fever's been hitching a ride on aircraft - Scimex

    InternationalBeijing Normal University, China; University 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:
    Huaiyu Tian,
    Phone:
    +86 1 366 130 1138
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    tianhuaiyu@gmail.com
  7. Animals have it all over us when it comes to colour

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science

    2017-08-04 04:00. University of Queensland researchers have developed new knowledge on how animals see and use colour, and how their colour vision has evolved. The Queensland Brain Institute’ s Professor Justin Marshall , co-author of a study Read more about Animals have it all over us when it comes to colour - Scimex

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

    For a copy of the paper, please contact Andrea Markey. Contact details below.

    Name:
    Andrea Markey
    Position:
    Media Contact
    Email:
    a.markey@uq.edu.au
  8. The 'Mona Lisa of dinosaurs' discovered in Canada

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-08-04 02:00. A beautifully preserved fossil has been declared a new species of dinosaur by researchers in Canada. The fossilized dinosaur was discovered in a mine in Alberta, and the skin of its heavily-armoured back and head is clearly visible, Read more about The 'Mona Lisa of dinosaurs' discovered in Canada - Scimex

    InternationalRoyal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Canada
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and a video are available, a selection of which are below. For all multimedia see the link below.

    Name:
    Caleb Marshall Brown
    Phone:
    +1 403 820 6254
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    caleb.brown@gov.ab.ca
  9. Researchers want to know how early life affects the adult brain

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-08-04 02:00. It’s said to be a “lightbulb”moment – when an idea pops into your head. The adult human brain often displays this kind of spontaneous activity – and University of Queensland experts have uncovered how different Read more about Researchers want to know how early life affects the adult brain - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Andrea Markey
    Email:
    a.markey@uq.edu.au
  10. Human genome editing: OK in the lab but not for making babies, say experts

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    American Journal of Human Genetics

    2017-08-04 02:00. A group of 11 international organisations with genetics expertise have issued a policy statement against germline editing in humans that leads to pregnancy. They say that while CRISPR-Cas9 and other technologies have now made it Read more about Human genome editing: OK in the lab but not for making babies, say experts - Scimex

    InternationalAmerican Society of Human Genetics
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    The statement was jointly authored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors, the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. It was also endorsed by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics, the British Society for Genetic Medicine, the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia, and the Southern African Society for Human Genetics.

    Name:
    Nalini Padmanabhan
    Phone:
    +1 301 634 7346
    Position:
    ASHG Communications Manager
    Email:
    press@ashg.org
  11. Blindness set to triple globally by 2050

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    The Lancet Global Health

    2017-08-03 12:00. The number of blind people is projected to grow from 36 million in 2015 to almost 115 million by 2050, according to an international study including Australian authors. The study looked at data for 188 countries between 1990 and Read more about Blindness set to triple globally by 2050 - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; International; NSW; VIC; SAThe University of Melbourne|The University of New South Wales|Flinders University|Brien Holden Vision Institute|University of Auckland|Anglia Ruskin University, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Hugh Taylor
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 9320
    Position:
    Study co-author
    Email:
    h.taylor@unimelb.edu.au
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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