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  1. Scientists make critical insights into T-cell development

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 1630 AEST / 1830 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Medicine

    2017-08-11 16:30. Mutations in the gene encoding the enzyme protein tyrosine phosphatase N2 (PTPN2) have been associated with the development of autoimmune disease including Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis. In important Read more about Scientists make critical insights into T-cell development - 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
  2. Men in manufacturing more likely to have arthritis

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    Arthritis Care & Research

    2017-08-11 11:00. Men working in manufacturing may be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those in other jobs, according to a Swedish study. Arthritis is thought to be partly triggered by environmental factors, so the researchers Read more about Men in manufacturing more likely to have arthritis - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Anna Ilar
    Phone:
    +46 8 524 874 82
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    Anna.Ilar@ki.se
  3. Creativity on tap or wishful drinking?

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Consciousness and Cognition

    2017-08-11 09:00. Does alcohol enhance creativity? Maybe, but only for some kinds of creativity such as problem-solving, and only for very modest alcohol levels, according to Austrian researchers who tested the theory. They compared the executive Read more about Creativity on tap or wishful drinking? - Scimex

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

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Mathias Benedek
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mathias.benedek@uni-graz.at
  4. Auditory hallucinations can be induced by association

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science

    2017-08-11 04:00. Hallucinations can be induced, even in healthy individuals, using Pavlovian conditioning, according to US researchers. Pavlov famously trained dogs to associate a bell ringing with receiving food, then showed the dogs would Read more about Auditory hallucinations can be induced by association - Scimex

    InternationalYale University School of Medicine, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper is open access and available on the Science website or via EurekAlert!

  5. Bendable batteries in your body?

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Chem

    2017-08-11 02:00. Chinese researchers have built flexible batteries that can be powered by body-inspired liquids — like IV saline solution and cell-culture. The authors were hoping to build a battery for use in wearable electronics that also has Read more about Bendable batteries in your body? - Scimex

    InternationalFudan University, China; Xiamen University, China
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Yonggang Wang
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ygwang@fudan.edu.cn
  6. Changing ant behaviour with CRISPR

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell

    2017-08-11 02:00. Two US studies have shown that gene editing ant eggs can affect the entire colony, including how they socialise. While the two teams worked with different ant species, both knocked out a gene essential for interpreting smells, so Read more about Changing ant behaviour with CRISPR - Scimex

    InternationalThe Rockefeller University, USA; NYU School of Medicine, USA; University of Pennsylvania, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available

    Name:
    Daniel Kronauer
    Position:
    Author: Paper 1
    Email:
    dkronauer@rockefeller.edu
  7. Snakes turn black in polluted waters

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-08-11 02:00. World renowned herpetologist Professor Rick Shine (et al) has confirmed that urban seasnakes have been losing their stripes because of exposure to pollution. Researchers studying turtle-headed seasnakes living on coral reefs in New Read more about Snakes turn black in polluted waters - Scimex

    International; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Other photos available on request. 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:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Phone:
    +61 2 9 351 2390
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  8. Lab on a chip: The future for drug discovery

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Analytical Chemistry

    2017-08-11 00:01. A leading micro and nano technologist has revealed a new way to drug screen, saving the health system money and time. With the lab-to-market timeframe of a new drug being up to 20 years, Dr Say Hwa Tan of Griffith University’ s Read more about Lab on a chip: The future for drug discovery - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  9. Featherstar and sea-lily chemistry making a splash

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Nature Product Reports

    2017-08-11 00:01. You’ve probably seen one if you’ve snorkelled a reef, but little do people know that the beautiful feather star and sea-lily could one day be the source of new medicines. Griffith University scientists Dr Yunjiang Feng, Dr Read more about Featherstar and sea-lily chemistry making a splash - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  10. Disadvantaged kids may be at higher risk for heart disease later in life

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Journal of the American Heart Foundation

    2017-08-11 00:01. Children from socially and economically disadvantaged families and neighbourhoods appear more likely to have thicker carotid artery walls, which in adults may indicate higher risk for heart attack and stroke in later life, Read more about Disadvantaged kids may be at higher risk for heart disease later in life - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    +61 3 9936 6336
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  11. Disrupting the status quo: can Australia develop algae based farming?

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1535 AEST / 1735 NZST

    2017-08-10 15:35. The world is facing two massive global challenges – food and energy security. Because existing agricultural and industrial production systems are incapable of meeting these demands, something radically different and incredibly Read more about Disrupting the status quo: can Australia develop algae based farming? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marea Martlew
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 1766
    Position:
    Media and PR Advisor, Faculty of Science
    Email:
    marea.martlew@uts.edu.au
  12. Plants love microbes – and so do farmers

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1530 AEST / 1730 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-08-10 15:30. The Sunshine Coast’ s plant diversity has helped University of Queensland researchers confirm that nurture has the upper hand – at least when it comes to plant microbes. Australian Centre for Ecogenomics director Professor Phil Read more about Plants love microbes – and so do farmers - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Philip Hugenholtz
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 3822
    Position:
    Director, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
    Email:
    p.hugenholtz@uq.edu.au
  13. At what age do kids recognise fairness?

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1439 AEST / 1639 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

    2017-08-10 14:39. A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Matti Wilks found that older kids (aged 7– 8), but not younger ones (aged 4– 5), see antisocial behaviour as an important influence on their social groups. Read more about At what age do kids recognise fairness? - Scimex

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

    Contact Dani Nash or us for a copy of the paper.

    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  14. Parent's thoughts on chickenpox vaccine

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    2017-08-10 12:00. The chicken pox (varicella) vaccine was added to New Zealand's immunisation schedule on July 1st for 15-month-old children. Prior to this, public health researchers gauged the levels of awareness and views of parents and Read more about Parent's thoughts on chickenpox vaccine - Scimex

    New ZealandAUT University|University of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nikki Turner
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    n.turner@auckland.ac.nz
  15. New drug to benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    2017-08-10 12:00. Researchers at The University of Western Australia have developed an innovative approach to prevent one of the most serious side-effects of chemotherapy, known as myelosuppression. Location of Interest:. Australia. WA. The Read more about New drug to benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Paper available via EurekAlert!
    Name:
    Professor Wally Langdon
    Phone:
    +61 8 6457 2939 / +61 8 6457 2891
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    wally.langdon@uwa.edu.au
  16. USB connections make snooping easy

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    USENIX Security Symposium

    2017-08-10 11:30. USB connections, the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers, are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than has been thought, Australian research has shown. Read more about USB connections make snooping easy - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Yuval Yarom
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4727
    Position:
    Research Associate, School of Computer Science
    Email:
    yval@cs.adelaide.edu.au
  17. Australia-first toolkit helps students prescribe medicines safely and effectively

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1108 AEST / 1308 NZST

    2017-08-10 11:08. Prescribing medicines is a common healthcare intervention requiring specific knowledge and skills, so teaching students to safely prescribe medicines is critical. Now, for the first time, a Toolkit will help universities teach Read more about Australia-first toolkit helps students prescribe medicines safely and effectively - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 3151
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Vitamin B3 prevents genetic birth defects in mice

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    2017-08-10 10:30. Australian scientists have identified a genetic cause of birth defects, and found when vitamin B3 was given to pregnant mice with the defect-causing genes, the mice gave birth to healthy pups. The researchers identified gene Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Vitamin B3 prevents genetic birth defects in mice - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; SA; WAVictor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI)|The University of New South Wales|The University of Sydney|Macquarie University|The University of Adelaide|, QUT, University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
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  19. Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0947 AEST / 1147 NZST

    The Astrophysical Journal

    2017-08-10 09:47. Australian scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours. Contrary to earlier thinking, the spin rate of the galaxy is determined by Read more about Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Associate Professor Sarah Brough
    Phone:
    + 61 2 9385 5470
    Position:
    First author
    Email:
    s.brough@unsw.edu.au
  20. We’re designing robots that see for Aussie SMEs

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Aug 2017 at 0920 AEST / 1120 NZST

    2017-08-10 09:20. Meet the first in a new wave of robots that will revolutionise manufacturing among Australia’s small to medium size enterprises – creating more jobs locally. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. Queensland University of Read more about We’re designing robots that see for Aussie SMEs - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Kate Haggman
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 0358
    Position:
    QUT Media
    Email:
    kate.haggman@qut.edu.au