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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Careful swapping spit: Zika might be spread in saliva

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

    Nature Communications

    2017-08-02 01:00. While the Zika virus is mainly transmitted through mosquitoes or sexual contact, new research from the US has found that it is possible for it to be transmitted through saliva in monkeys. But it's not all bad news, as the authors Read more about Careful swapping spit: Zika might be spread in saliva - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Wisconsin, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • 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:
    Thomas Friedrich
    Phone:
    +1 608 265 3381
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    thomasf@primate.wisc.edu,
  13. Trial for commonly-prescribed kidney disease drug halted due to side effects

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

    JAMA

    2017-08-02 01:00. Steroid treatment for a common kidney condition has been linked with serious side effects in an Australian and Chinese drug trial. The steroid methylprednisolone, a drug on the WHO's List of Essential Medicines, is prescribed for Read more about Trial for commonly-prescribed kidney disease drug halted due to side effects - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLD; NTGeorge Institute for Global Health|The University of Queensland|Menzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper and editorial, 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. To arrange interviews with corresponding author Vlado Perkovic from The George Institute for Global Health, contact Maya Kay at the details below.

    Name:
    Maya Kay
    Phone:
    +61 2 8052 4407
    Position:
    Media Contact
    Email:
    mkay@georgeinstitute.org.au
  14. Insect evidence in forensic cases - not as easy as CSI suggests

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 2100 AEST / 2300 NZST

    PeerJ

    2017-08-01 21:00. Using insects to tell if a body has been moved after death is a common tool used on crime investigation TV shows, but out in the real world, the technique doesn't work very well. A review of published studies found that while Read more about Insect evidence in forensic cases - not as easy as CSI suggests - Scimex

    InternationalUniversité Lille, France
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Damien Charabidze
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    damien.charabidze@univ-lille2.fr
  15. New insights into diagnosing and treating invasive fungal infections will help to save lives

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 1630 AEST / 1830 NZST

    Infectious Diseases

    2017-08-01 16:30. Thousands of patients suffering from invasive fungal infections in intensive-care units or after organ transplantation will benefit from the latest insights into diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Location of Interest:. Read more about New insights into diagnosing and treating invasive fungal infections will help to save lives - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICThe Westmead Institute for Medical Research|The University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Leesa Maroske
    Phone:
    +61 2 8627 3030
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    leesa.maroske@sydney.edu.au
  16. Future Earth, life on Mars, and a gallery full of bloody science

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    2017-08-01 10:00. August a prime time to talk innovation and science— National Science Week kicks off 12 August. It’s time to plan your coverage of over 1, 800 events across Australia for National Science Week from 12-20 August, including: Read more about Future Earth, life on Mars, and a gallery full of bloody science - Scimex

    AustraliaScience In Public|National Science Week
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Tanya Ha
    Phone:
    +61 3 9398 1416
    Position:
    Director of Engagement
    Email:
    tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au
  17. Election 2017 and the mood of the nation

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online

    2017-08-01 09:00. Could NZ be the next country to ride the wave of popularism to its own Brexit, or Trump? A Massey University researcher suggests not, despite widespread political discontent and distrust. An election survey, in conjunction with Read more about Election 2017 and the mood of the nation - Scimex

    New ZealandMassey University
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Grant Duncan
    Phone:
    +64 9 414 0800 ext. 43473
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    L.G.Duncan@massey.ac.nz
  18. Burnet research identifies first HIV link with frailty and age-related diseases

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    EBioMedicine

    2017-08-01 09:00. The quality of life of people who are HIV-positive and at high risk of frailty stands to be enhanced by new Burnet Institute research showing for the first time a link between the way immune cells use energy and ageing diseases in Read more about Burnet research identifies first HIV link with frailty and age-related diseases - Scimex

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute|Monash University|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.
    Name:
    Angus Morgan
    Phone:
    +61 3 8506 2404
    Position:
    Senior Media and Communications Officer
    Email:
    angus.morgan@burnet.edu.au
  19. Big tobacco offering shops 'incentives' to beat bans

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Tobacco Control

    2017-08-01 08:30. Tobacco firms are offering incentives to shop owners in Scotland to try to limit the effects of a ban on tobacco displays in the country, in a move that mirrors their tactics in Australia and Canada, say Scottish scientists. The Read more about Big tobacco offering shops 'incentives' to beat bans - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    Martine Stead
    Phone:
    + 44 1786 467 387
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    martine.stead@stir.ac.uk
  20. Melanoma risk gene discovered

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    2017-08-01 01:00. International scientists, including Australians, have uncovered a gene that is linked to an increased risk of melanoma, and identified how it affects another gene which encourages the growth of tumours. Location of Interest:. Read more about Melanoma risk gene discovered - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute|; National Cancer Institute, USA; Radboud University, the Netherlands; Université Paris Saclay, France; University of South Florida, USA; Translational Genomics Research Institute, USA; University of Leeds, UK
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. 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:
    Kevin Brown
    Phone:
    +1 240 760 6463
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    brownkm2@mail.nih.gov