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  1. From marauding Huns to charming chums at the edge of the Roman Empire

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    2017-03-23 05:00. Far from being a marauding hoard of looters, nomadic Huns plundering the edge of the fifth-century Roman Empire seem to have got on pretty well with the Pannonian settlers who lived there - so well that they probably interbred, in Read more about From marauding Huns to charming chums at the edge of the Roman Empire - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
    • 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:
    Susanne Hakenbeck
    Phone:
    +1 609 937 0590
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    seh43@cam.ac.uk
  2. Conservation: a tool for peace in the Middle East?

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Trends in Ecology & Evolution

    2017-03-23 03:00. Combined efforts from Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian farmers have helped rescue a local barn owl from pesticide death, according to a new study. Farmers in the region were using pesticides to kill rats, with the unexpected side Read more about Conservation: a tool for peace in the Middle East? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Lausanne, Switzerland; Tel-Aviv University, Israel; Amman Center for Peace and Development, Jordan; University of Haifa, Israel
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Alexandre Roulin
    Phone:
    Skype: AlexandreRoulin
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Alexander.roulin@unil.ch
  3. Spouse suicide may affect partner's health

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Psychiatry

    2017-03-23 02:00. People whose spouses committed suicide were more likely to develop mental and physical health disorders, according to an international study of almost 6.7 million Danes. the authors also found that people whose spouses had Read more about Spouse suicide may affect partner's health - Scimex

    InternationalMental Health Centre Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 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:
    Annette Erlangsen
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    annette.erlangsen@regionh.dk
  4. Post-surgery follow-up? There's an app for that

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Surgery

    2017-03-23 02:00. Mobile apps could cut the number of in-person follow-up visits after surgery without affecting complication rates or patient satisfaction, according to Canadian research. The scientists studied 65 women after breast reconstruction Read more about Post-surgery follow-up? There's an app for that - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Toronto, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    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:
    John Semple
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    john.semple @wchospital.ca
  5. Academy President presents global health recommendations to Angela Merkel ahead of G20

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0130 AEDT / 0330 NZDT

    2017-03-23 01:30. Australian Academy of Science President, Professor Andrew Holmes, and his colleagues from the S20 Science Forum have presented a position statement on global health to the German Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel ahead of the G20 Read more about Academy President presents global health recommendations to Angela Merkel ahead of G20 - Scimex

    Australia; International; ACTAustralian Academy of Science
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Toni Stevens
    Position:
    Acting Media Officer
  6. A worse sense of smell could be linked to an earlier death

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 1501 AEDT / 1701 NZDT

    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

    2017-03-22 15:01. Having a poor sense of smell could be a warning sign that you'll die soon, according to an international study. The authors followed 1, 774 people aged between 40 and 90 for 10 years and found that, other things being equal, each Read more about A worse sense of smell could be linked to an earlier death - Scimex

    InternationalStockholm University, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jonas Olofsson
    Phone:
    +46-8-163840
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jonas.olofsson@psychology.su.se
  7. EXPERT REACTION: National Science Statement released

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 1301 AEDT / 1501 NZDT

    2017-03-22 13:01. The Australian Government has set out a plan to use science to engage and enrich Australian society. Its four stated objectives are: engaging all Australians with science; building scientific skills; producing new research and Read more about EXPERT REACTION: National Science Statement released - Scimex

    AustraliaAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    • Sport
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    AusSMC
    Phone:
    0871208666
  8. Kiwi women failing to track fertility timing

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-22 12:00. Ovulation monitoring is common among New Zealand women but their knowledge is poor, particularly when it comes to identifying the fertile window. A sample of 1034 women aged 25-50 living in southern New Zealand were asked to fill Read more about Kiwi women failing to track fertility timing - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Antoinette Righarts
    Phone:
    +64 3 479 4116
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    antoinette.righarts@otago.ac.nz
  9. Chickens arrived in Madagascar after humans via East Africa

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-03-22 11:01. People from southeast Asia colonised Madagascar during AD 50 – 500, one of the greatest human migrations in history, say researchers. This study looks at DNA to investigate whether the group managed to bring domestic chickens to Read more about Chickens arrived in Madagascar after humans via East Africa - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; SA; ACTThe University of Adelaide|The Australian National University|The University of Sydney
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Jeremy Austin
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4557
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jeremy.austin@adelaide.edu.au
  10. Genes could estimate your risk of Alzheimer's

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Medicine

    2017-03-22 05:00. Your genes could help estimate your risk of developing Alzheimer's at a particular age, according to an international study. Researchers looked at the genes of over 54, 000 people and found that some genes were linked with Alzheimer Read more about Genes could estimate your risk of Alzheimer's - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, 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:
    Rahul Desikan
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rahul.desikan@ucsf.edu
  11. Brain mapping for navigation

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-03-22 03:00. Two distinct parts of the brain's hippocampus are used when navigating, according to researchers studying brain activity of people while mapping routes. The study's 24 participants were asked to learn the layout of a London Read more about Brain mapping for navigation - Scimex

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

    Includes video. 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:
    Hugo Spiers
    Phone:
    +44 20 7679 7553
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    h.spiers@ucl.ac.uk
  12. The tiny DNA change that lets bird flu flit to humans

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-03-22 03:00. A change in just a single 'letter' of DNA allows bird flu to pass to humans, according to Chinese scientists. The change allows the virus to replicate in human cells, while maintaining its ability to replicate in bird cells, they Read more about The tiny DNA change that lets bird flu flit to humans - Scimex

    InternationalThe University of Hong Kong, China
    • 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:
    Honglin Chen
    Phone:
    +852 391 79941
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hlchen@hku.hk
  13. Fish oil supplements during pregnancy won't make your kid any brighter

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA

    2017-03-22 02:00. Taking DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) supplements - an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oils - while pregnant does not lead to children with higher IQs, according to Aussie-led research. The scientists compared women given 800mg of DHA Read more about Fish oil supplements during pregnancy won't make your kid any brighter - Scimex

    Australia; SASouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)|The University of Adelaide|Monash University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Maria Makrides
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    maria.makrides@sahmri.com
  14. Collapsing cliff on 'duck-shaped' comet 67P revealed its icy heart

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Mar 2017 at 0130 AEDT / 0330 NZDT

    Nature Astronomy

    2017-03-22 01:30. International scientists say a plume of dust seen bursting from comet 67P/Churyumov– Gerasimenko - the comet targeted by the Rosetta mission back in 2015 - was triggered by a landslide as a cliff called Aswan collapsed, revealing Read more about Collapsing cliff on 'duck-shaped' comet 67P revealed its icy heart - Scimex

    InternationalNASA Ames Research Center, USA
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video 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:
    Maurizio Pajola
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    maurizio.pajola@nasa.gov
  15. New medicine to prevent mothers dying in childbirth succeeds in first trial in humans

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 2001 AEDT / 2201 NZDT

    Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, South Africa 2017

    2017-03-21 20:01. The Monash University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) today announced positive results from a first-in-human study of a new, inhaled form of a medicine that could significantly reduce maternal deaths around the world. Read more about New medicine to prevent mothers dying in childbirth succeeds in first trial in humans - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Monash Media
    Phone:
    +61 3 9903 4840
    Position:
    Media communications adviser
    Email:
    media@monash.edu
  16. Astronomers hazard a ride in a ‘drifting carousel’ to understand pulsating stars

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1501 AEDT / 1701 NZDT

    The Astrophysical Journal

    2017-03-21 15:01. Observations of a special class of pulsars - super-magnetic rotating stars in our Galaxy - at lowest-ever radio frequencies might hold the key to unravelling the mysterious emission mechanism that causes beams of radio waves to Read more about Astronomers hazard a ride in a ‘drifting carousel’ to understand pulsating stars - Scimex

    Australia; WAARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)|Curtin University|International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Accompanying video production: https://youtu.be/WlNkBuQgCZM

    Name:
    Sam McSweeney
    Phone:
    +61 8 9266 3268
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    sam.mcsweeney@curtin.edu.au
  17. Kids who go hungry do less well at kindy

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1500 AEDT / 1700 NZDT

    Child Development.

    2017-03-21 15:00. Kids from low-income households without enough food to be healthy are more likely to start kindergarten less ready to learn than their peers, according to US research. Lack of food, or food insecurity during infancy and toddlerhood, Read more about Kids who go hungry do less well at kindy - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Anna Johnson
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Anna.Johnson@georgetown.edu
  18. Vote dingo! Crowdfunding compo to unravel doggo DNA

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1330 AEDT / 1530 NZDT

    2017-03-21 13:30. A bioscience company called PACBIO that specialises in reading the entire genetic code of plants and animals is running a public vote to determine which of five interesting beasts it will sequence first, and Australia's very own Read more about Vote dingo! Crowdfunding compo to unravel doggo DNA - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The University of Sydney
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Bill Ballard
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 2029
    Position:
    Dingo project leader
    Email:
    w.ballard@unsw.edu.au
  19. Scientists get political in Canberra

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1300 AEDT / 1500 NZDT

    Science Meets Parliament

    2017-03-21 13:00. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will burst onto the political agenda this week with the annual Science meets Parliament. On Tuesday 21st March, more than 200 STEM sector leaders will be in Canberra to hear Read more about Scientists get political in Canberra - Scimex

    Australia; ACTScience and Technology Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    • Sport
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dion Pretorius
    Position:
    Communications and Engagement Manager
    Email:
    dion.pretorius@sta.org.au
  20. 'Advancing Australia in Space' white paper launch

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1300 AEDT / 1500 NZDT

    'Advancing Australia in Space' white paper launch

    2017-03-21 13:00. The Space Industry Association of Australia launched its white paper ‘Advancing Australia in Space’during a teleconference today. Highlights include evidence that the Australian space sector produces annual revenues of $3-4 Read more about 'Advancing Australia in Space' white paper launch - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Robert Debelle
    Position:
    Media Relations
    Email:
    Robert.debelle@gmail.com