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  1. Mānuka spreading seeds by fire since ages ago

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Journal of Biogeography

    2017-04-07 10:30. Some New Zealand mānuka seeds are spread by fire, but researchers were unsure whether this happened from wildfire or as a new adaptation following human settlement. New research has found that the mānuka populations that spread Read more about Mānuka spreading seeds by fire since ages ago - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|Landcare Research|Lincoln University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from University of Auckland.

    Name:
    George Perry
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 4599
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    george.perry@auckland.ac.nz
  2. River doctors: Learning from medicine to help heal ecosystems

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Science of the Total Environment

    2017-04-07 10:30. Freshwater scientists recommend that we treat rivers as medical patients so we can learn from long-established healthcare practices to revive drowning ecosystems. The global research team propose that river doctors first gather Read more about River doctors: Learning from medicine to help heal ecosystems - Scimex

    New ZealandCawthron Institute
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Comments from Cawthron available here, full media release coming.

    Name:
    Roger Young
    Position:
    Co-author
    Email:
    roger.young@cawthron.org.nz
  3. What makes that old book smell so good?

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Heritage Science

    2017-04-07 10:00. In an attempt to preserve smells as important cultural heritage, scientists have bottled the smell of old books and asked people to describe the scent. The researchers produced an 'odour wheel' of the various descriptions with the Read more about What makes that old book smell so good? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video included.

    Name:
    Cecilia Bembibre
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    cecilia.bembibre.13@ucl.ac.uk
  4. Like marrying like leads to similar genes

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    2017-04-07 04:00. Older generations were more likely to pick a spouse with same ancestry as them, meaning they were also more likely to share similar genes, according to a new study from the US. Over several generations, the tendency of white Read more about Like marrying like leads to similar genes - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California San Francisco, USA
    • 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:
    Neil Risch
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rischn@humgen.ucsf.edu
  5. A genetic key to night owl behaviour

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell

    2017-04-07 02:00. If you stay up late and have trouble getting up in the morning, it might be because your internal clock is genetically programmed to run slowly, say US and Turkish researchers. They have pinpointed a mutation in a gene called CRY1 Read more about A genetic key to night owl behaviour - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Katherine Fenz
    Phone:
    +1 212 327 7913
    Position:
    Media Relations Manager
    Email:
    kfenz@rockefeller.edu
  6. Gut bacteria adapted to human breast milk

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Chemical Biology

    2017-04-07 02:00. Scientists have found that a species of beneficial gut bacteria has successfully adapted to human breast milk. The bacterium produces a specific enzyme which enables it to grow on a sugar that is abundant only in human breast milk, Read more about Gut bacteria adapted to human breast milk - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|The University of Tokyo
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Naoko Kato
    Phone:
    +81 35841 5484
    Position:
    Public Relations and Information Team
    Email:
    koho@ofc.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp
  7. Octopuses' gene editing could give their braininess a leg-up, but could also be evolutionary Achilles' heel

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell

    2017-04-07 02:00. Octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish can all edit their genetic code in a way that other animals rarely do, and it could be stopping them from evolving, according to an international study. Scientists had known that octopuses and their Read more about Octopuses' gene editing could give their braininess a leg-up, but could also be evolutionary Achilles' heel - Scimex

    InternationalTel Aviv University, Israel
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Joshua Rosenthal
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jrosenthal@mbl.edu
  8. Balance under the knife the key to bee-stung lips

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

    2017-04-07 01:00. If you're going under the knife to get your lips done, it's probably best that you get both done in a balanced way, according to an international study. The researchers photoshopped a female model's lips - top, or bottom, or both - Read more about Balance under the knife the key to bee-stung lips - Scimex

    InternationalNatural Face Clinics, 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:
    Sang Kim
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sangkim.md@gmail.com
  9. Does NZ need a third medical school?

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-07 00:01. of a proposal for a new medical school based at the University of Waikato stirred debate between universities. This week, an editorial and viewpoint article in the New Zealand Medical Journal tackle the debate. The University of Read more about Does NZ need a third medical school? - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Waikato|University of Otago
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Ross Lawrenson
    Position:
    Viewpoint corresponding author
    Email:
    ross.lawrenson@waikatodhb.health.nz
  10. Most elderly Kiwis don’t have enduring power of attorney

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-07 00:01. Most elderly New Zealanders don’ t have enduring power of attorney, with most citing lack of information and financial barriers as reasons for not having one, according to a new study. Most participants interviewed felt that Read more about Most elderly Kiwis don’t have enduring power of attorney - Scimex

    New ZealandCounties Manukau Health
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    So-Jung Park
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    so-jung.park@waitematadhb.govt.nz
  11. Explaining early human cannibalism

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-06 23:00. A UK researcher suggests that prehistoric human cannibalism was most likely motivated by something other than nutritional needs. The scientist found that the nutritional value of the human body is not particularly high, raising the Read more about Explaining early human cannibalism - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Brighton
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    James Cole
    Phone:
    +44 1273 641831
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.j.cole@brighton.ac.uk
  12. Honey bees have sharper eyesight than we thought

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-06 19:00. Research conducted at the University of Adelaide has discovered that bees have much better vision than was previously known, offering new insights into the lives of honey bees, and new opportunities for translating this knowledge Read more about Honey bees have sharper eyesight than we thought - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; SAThe University of Adelaide|Lund University
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • 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:
    Dr Steven Wiederman
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4435
    Position:
    ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher, Adelaide Medical School
    Email:
    steven.wiederman@adelaide.edu.au
  13. Researchers call for children to wear helmets around horses

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1630 AEST / 1830 NZST

    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    2017-04-06 16:30. A new study has recommended helmets should always be worn by children not only when riding horses but also when around horses, in a bid to reduce the risk of head injuries. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. The University of Read more about Researchers call for children to wear helmets around horses - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Bernadette O'Connor
    Position:
    Media Officer UQ Medicine
    Email:
    bernadette.oconnor@uq.edu.au
  14. President of the French Space Agency, Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, to speak in Adelaide

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    2017-04-06 13:00. One of the world’ s most prominent space leaders will be visiting Australia next week, 11-13 April. Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall has graciously accepted an invitation to be the third Space Industry Association of Australia Distinguished Read more about President of the French Space Agency, Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, to speak in Adelaide - Scimex

    Australia; SASpace Industry Association of Australia
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Robert Debelle
    Email:
    robert@iac2017.org
  15. Prestigious International Award for leading QUT biomaterials scientist

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    2017-04-06 11:30. The European Society of Biomaterials has awarded its highest honour to QUT’ s Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher who is Professor and Chair of Regenerative Medicine at the QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). Read more about Prestigious International Award for leading QUT biomaterials scientist - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Niki Widdowson
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 2999
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    n.widdowson@qut.edu.au
  16. Wheeling in a pain revolution for regional Australia

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    2017-04-06 10:30. A traveling “ pain revolution” is set to roll into country towns between Melbourne and Adelaide from April 3 -9, when a group of world-leading pain researchers cycle more than 870 km to bring their findings to regional and Read more about Wheeling in a pain revolution for regional Australia - Scimex

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Katrina McLachlan
    Phone:
    +61 8 8302 0961
    Position:
    Media Liaison Coordinator
    Email:
    katrina.mclachlan@unisa.edu.au
  17. Vital research addressing the burden of ‘ice use’

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    2017-04-06 10:30. The use of methamphetamine or ‘ice’in South Australia has doubled in the past four years, with the latest National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report showing there were more than 500 standard doses of methamphetamine Read more about Vital research addressing the burden of ‘ice use’ - Scimex

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Katrina McLachlan
    Phone:
    +61 8 8302 0961
    Position:
    Media Liaison Coordinator
    Email:
    katrina.mclachlan@unisa.edu.au
  18. Put your foot down on diabetes

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

    2017-04-06 10:00. The simple act of walking down stairs could help prevent diabetes, according to new research from Edith Cowan University. The key could be something known as eccentric exercise. With more than one million Australians currently Read more about Put your foot down on diabetes - Scimex

    Australia; WAEdith Cowan University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Gear
    Phone:
    +61 8 6304 2288
    Email:
    d.gear@ecu.edu.au
  19. Telling languages apart is also matter of geography

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-04-06 04:00. People are better able to tell the difference between languages that are geographically further apart and have different associated sounds, according to an international study with Australian authors. The researchers looked at data Read more about Telling languages apart is also matter of geography - Scimex

    Australia; International; VIC; ACTThe Australian National University
    • 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:
    Media Office
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 7979
    Email:
    media@anu.edu.au
  20. A one-two punch hits pancreatic cancer where it hurts

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    2017-04-06 04:00. Australian scientists have uncovered a promising new approach to treating pancreatic cancer, by targeting the tissue around the tumour to make it ‘ softer’ and more responsive to chemotherapy. The two-step approach doubled Read more about A one-two punch hits pancreatic cancer where it hurts - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGarvan Institute of Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert! Please contact Meredith Ross (0439 873258) if you would like information on the paper, as well as to speak to Drs Timpson and Pajic or to a case study. We have ample video footage and stills that show how tumours and their environment are impacted by the use of the drug Fasudil

    Name:
    Meredith Ross
    Position:
    Science Media and Communications Coordinator
    Email:
    m.ross@garvan.org.au