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  1. Timing essential in fight against superbugs

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    The Biophysical Journal

    2017-06-21 02:00. Israeli and American researchers have developed a simple new method for measuring the time it takes to kill bacteria that have become tolerant to antibiotic drugs. Tolerance is the first step towards diseases developing full Read more about Timing essential in fight against superbugs - Scimex

    InternationalThe Hebrew University, Israel
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nathalie Balaban
    Phone:
    +972 2 658 5400
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nathalie.balaban@mail.huji.ac.il
  2. Quantum gambling - physics as neutral trustbroker

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    npj Quantum Information

    2017-06-21 01:00. When gambling, how do you know you're placing a fair bet and not being gamed by the other side? Usually, a trusted third party between gambler and casino is required to make sure your money is safe, but a new method devised by Read more about Quantum gambling - physics as neutral trustbroker - Scimex

    InternationalXian Jiaotong University, China
    • 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.

    Name:
    Pei Zhang
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    zhangpei@mail.ustc.edu.cn
  3. Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations have 70% risk of breast cancer by age 80

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    2017-06-21 01:00. An international study, including Australian scientists, looked at 10, 000 women carrying mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes and how their risk of developing breast cancers increased as they got older. By age 80, the risk Read more about Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations have 70% risk of breast cancer by age 80 - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge
    • Health / Medical
    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:
    Antonis C. Antoniou
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    aca20@medschl.cam.ac.uk
  4. Brisbane Airport named Australia’s first dementia-friendly airport at guide launch

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 1315 AEST / 1515 NZST

    2017-06-20 13:15. Brisbane Airport was named Australia’ s first dementia-friendly airport by Alzheimer’ s Australia at the launch today in the International Terminal of a new guide to the airport for travellers with dementia. The QUT-based Read more about Brisbane Airport named Australia’s first dementia-friendly airport at guide launch - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  5. Exhausted immune cells linked to irritable bowel syndrome

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 1133 AEST / 1333 NZST

    Gut

    2017-06-20 11:33. Adelaide researchers have for the first time discovered that a specific type of irritable bowel syndrome is associated with exhaustion of the immune system in patients. Location of Interest:. Australia. SA. The University of Read more about Exhausted immune cells linked to irritable bowel syndrome - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide|South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Patrick Hughes
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    patrick.hughes@adelaide.edu.au
  6. Beach critters' biological clock affected by tides

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0930 AEST / 1130 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-06-20 09:30. While we've yet to see them howl at the moon, tiny insects scuttling around Piha may have a stronger relationship to the moon than wolves, as their biological clocks are strongly affected by lunar and tidal cycles. Not only do Read more about Beach critters' biological clock affected by tides - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from the University of Auckland

    Name:
    James Cheeseman
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 9307
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    j.cheeseman@auckland.ac.nz
  7. Australian CubeSat sends signal from space

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0908 AEST / 1108 NZST

    2017-06-20 09:08. Just over two weeks since the INSPIRE-2 tiny cube-shaped satellite was launched from the International Space Station, a signal has finally been detected – marking Australia’s first successful foray into space in 15 years. The Read more about Australian CubeSat sends signal from space - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; ACTThe University of Sydney|The University of New South Wales|The Australian National University
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    High-definition and hi-res mulitmedia available on request including ISS launch.

    Name:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Phone:
    +61 2 9 351 2390
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  8. Vaccine to lower cholesterol successful in mice

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0905 AEST / 1105 NZST

    European Heart Journal

    2017-06-20 09:05. A vaccine to immunise against high levels of cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease has been shown to be effective in mice, according to new research from Austria and The Netherlands. Following success in mice, the vaccine Read more about Vaccine to lower cholesterol successful in mice - Scimex

    InternationalVienna Biocentre, Austria; Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Expert Reaction from UK academic

    Name:
    Emma Mason
    Position:
    Media Contact
    Email:
    wordmason@mac.com
  9. Fetus genes affect preeclampsia

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    2017-06-20 01:00. Genes in the fetus can affect preeclampsia - a leading cause of death during childbirth which is poorly understood - say international scientists, including an Australian. Previous preeclampsia studies have focused on looking at Read more about Fetus genes affect preeclampsia - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Linda Morgan
    Phone:
    +44 1158 230 771
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    linda.morgan@nottingham.ac.uk
  10. Killer heatwaves around the world

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-06-20 01:00. Around a third of the world's population is currently exposed to potentially deadly heat for 20 days or more every year, and the risk is likely to increase as the world warms, according to US and UK scientists. The researchers Read more about Killer heatwaves around the world - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    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:
    Camilo Mora
    Phone:
    +1 808 956 7093
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    cmora@hawaii.edu
  11. Oil of the ocean: algae strain doubles fuel production

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Biotechnology

    2017-06-20 01:00. Making biofuel from algae has just got a little bit easier, as a newly engineered strain produces twice as much oil as its wild parent, according to Californian researchers. Previous attempts to get this type of algae to make more Read more about Oil of the ocean: algae strain doubles fuel production - Scimex

    InternationalSynthetic Genomics, Inc. USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Research by group trying to commercialise this technology. 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:
    Imad Ajjawi
    Phone:
    +1 775 762 3818
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    iajjawi@syntheticgenomics.com,
  12. I can haz global domination? Feline journey from farm to sofa

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-06-20 01:00. Cats conquered the (ancient) world long before the internet. Belgian researchers have analysed cat DNA from the last 9, 000 years (including Egyptian cat mummies) to see how moggies spread around the world. Two major lineages led Read more about I can haz global domination? Feline journey from farm to sofa - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Leuven, Belgium
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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:
    Claudio Ottoni
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    claudio.ottoni@ibv.uio.no
  13. Climate change may curb Ethiopian coffee but could also boost it

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Plants

    2017-06-20 01:00. The daily grind for Ethiopian coffee growers will change in the next century, as climate change could render about half of the country's farmland unsuitable for farming coffee, according to a UK study. Although 39 to 59 per cent of Read more about Climate change may curb Ethiopian coffee but could also boost it - Scimex

    InternationalRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
    • 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:
    Justin Moat
    Phone:
    +44 2083 325 276
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.moat@kew.org
  14. Electron caught in the act

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-06-20 00:01. Australia’s fastest camera has revealed the time it takes for molecules to break apart. The experimental research, conducted by Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics, aims to help in the design of new molecules for Read more about Electron caught in the act - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  15. Ginninderry Development Fire Risk in NSW Rezoning

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-06-20 00:01. Fire risk at the proposed Ginninderry suburban development has been significantly underestimated, according to a new scientific report. “Intense bushfires, ember storms and turbulent winds are real threats, ”says Dr Jason Read more about Ginninderry Development Fire Risk in NSW Rezoning - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; ACTGinninderra Falls Association
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Associate Professor Jason Sharples
    Phone:
    +61 2 62689466
    Position:
    Report author
    Email:
    j.sharples@adfa.edu.au
  16. Scientists lay out plan to future proof Australia’s agricultural sector

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-06-20 00:01. Australia’ s leading agricultural scientists are calling on industry and government to establish a $100 million agricultural translation fund to help boost productivity and profitability, future-proofing Australian farmers Read more about Scientists lay out plan to future proof Australia’s agricultural sector - Scimex

    AustraliaAustralian Academy of Science
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Dr Jeremy Burdon, Chair of the Academy’s National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, is available for interview. The Australian Academy of Science ten-year strategic plan for Australian Agricultural Sciences will be launched at 8.00am today at Parliament House by the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.

    Name:
    Dan Wheelahan
    Phone:
    +61 435 930 465
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    dan.wheelahan@science.org,au
  17. NCI named Australia's fastest supercomputer

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 1701 AEST / 1901 NZST

    2017-06-19 17:01. NCI Australia’ s Raijin supercomputer has been ranked as Australia’ s fastest in the Top500 list released at the International Supercomputing Conference 2017. The Top500 list, published twice a year at the world’ s major Read more about NCI named Australia's fastest supercomputer - Scimex

    AustraliaNCI
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lucy Guest
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    lucy.guest@anu.edu.au
  18. Fast food menus rated in major new study

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 1614 AEST / 1814 NZST

    Appetite

    2017-06-19 16:14. Health Star Ratings should be extended to cover fast food restaurants across Australia, according to a new report by The George Institute for Global Health. More than 1, 500 products were analysed from 13 leading chains, including Read more about Fast food menus rated in major new study - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGeorge Institute for Global Health
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    The study was carried out in November 2014 and included all foods available on the menus of 13 major fast food chains. As a result data might be different today. The research was a joint partnership between The George Institute and Cancer Council NSW.

    Name:
    Julia Timms
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    jtimms@georgeinstitute.org.au
  19. Study suggests Rock Lobster fishery resilience to climate change

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    Fisheries Oceanography

    2017-06-19 11:00. New IMAS research investigating the environmental factors that influence Southern Rock Lobster settlement on reefs has found evidence that the fishery is showing broad resilience to climate change. The number of juvenile lobsters Read more about Study suggests Rock Lobster fishery resilience to climate change - Scimex

    Australia; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Andrew Rhodes
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 6683
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    ajrhodes@utas.edu.au
  20. Airborne bacteria live for 45 minutes

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 0930 AEST / 1130 NZST

    PLOS One

    2017-06-19 09:30. QUT and UQ scientists have developed a new technique to study how some common disease causing bacteria can spread up to 4m and remain alive in the air for up to 45 minutes. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. Queensland Read more about Airborne bacteria live for 45 minutes - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)|The University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Rose Trapnell
    Position:
    QUT Media
    Email:
    rose.trapnell@qut.edu.au