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  1. Could open ocean fish farms make seafood gill-t free?

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-08-15 01:00. Moving fish farms away from our coasts and into the open ocean could bolster global food security, say international scientists. The team measured the total area of the world's oceans that could be used for fish farming, and found Read more about Could open ocean fish farms make seafood gill-t free? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California Santa Barbara, USA
    • 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:
    Rebecca Gentry
    Phone:
    +1 858 525 5785
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rgentry@bren.ucsb.edu
  2. Pesticides hinder bumble bee queens forming new colonies

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-08-15 01:00. Further evidence of the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bumble bees has emerged, with UK research finding that queens exposed to the pesticides are less likely to form new colonies, which could lead to collapses in wild Read more about Pesticides hinder bumble bee queens forming new colonies - Scimex

    InternationalRoyal Holloway University of London, UK
    • 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:
    Gemma Baron 
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    gemma_baron@hotmail.com
  3. Why tadpoles look the same but frogs differ

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-08-15 01:00. Aussie frogs and their tadpoles are evolving independently, according to an Australian study. Usually when evolution changes the way an animal develops, those changes have knock on effects throughout the life-cycle, but this Read more about Why tadpoles look the same but frogs differ - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThe Australian National University|The University of Newcastle
    • 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. ANU media release to come.

    Name:
    Emma Sherratt
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    emma.sherratt@gmail.com
  4. MMRV vaccine is safe as second measles jab for Aussie toddlers

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    2017-08-15 01:00. Australian scientists say using the combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox), or MMRV vaccine, as the second dose of measles-containing vaccine is safe for Aussie toddlers. When used as the first Read more about MMRV vaccine is safe as second measles jab for Aussie toddlers - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; SA; WAThe University of Sydney|The University of New South Wales|The University of Western Australia|Telethon Kids Institute|The University of Adelaide|, University of Melbourne; National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Sydney; The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney; Western Sydney Local Health District; Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide; Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper or 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.

    Name:
    Kristine Macartney
    Phone:
    +61 2 9845 1433
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kristine.macartney@health.nsw.gov.au
  5. Global study finds urban floods are intensifying while farmland is drying up

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-08-15 00:01. An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments coupled with a drier countryside. That’s the finding of an Read more about Global study finds urban floods are intensifying while farmland is drying up - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    A selection of high-resolution images available for Prof Ashish Sharma and Dr Conrad Wasko at their lab in UNSW’s Water Research Centre, and of the California State Water Project are available.

    Name:
    Prof Ashish Sharma
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 5768
    Position:
    Professor of Hydrology, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Email:
    a.sharma@unsw.edu.au
  6. EXPERT REACTION: New solar thermal power plant in SA

    Publicly released: Mon 14 Aug 2017 at 1701 AEST / 1901 NZST

    2017-08-14 17:01. It has just been reported that Port Augusta will be home to a $650 million, 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant, which should be ready and operational by 2020. SA Premier Jay Weatherill says the plant could lead to lower power Read more about EXPERT REACTION: New solar thermal power plant in SA - Scimex

    Australia; SAAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    AusSMC
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  7. QUT researchers named finalists in Young Tall Poppy Science awards

    Publicly released: Mon 14 Aug 2017 at 1301 AEST / 1501 NZST

    2017-08-14 13:01. Two of QUT’ s top young researchers were named finalists at this year’ s Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science awards. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Health / Medical. Society / Read more about QUT researchers named finalists in Young Tall Poppy Science awards - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Debra Nowland
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 1150
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    media@qut.edu.au
  8. 275 million-year-old starfish fossil found in Western Australia

    Publicly released: Mon 14 Aug 2017 at 1213 AEST / 1413 NZST

    Journal of Systematic Palaeontology

    2017-08-14 12:13. A research team led by The University of Western Australia has discovered a 275 million-year-old fossilised starfish-like creature in the north-west town of Gascoyne Junction. Location of Interest:. Australia. WA. The University of Read more about 275 million-year-old starfish fossil found in Western Australia - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Stacey
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 3229
    Position:
    UWA Media Manager
    Email:
    david.stacey@uwa.edu.au
  9. Poop pills squeeze out antibiotics as top diarrhoea treatment

    Publicly released: Mon 14 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-08-14 00:01. A faecal transplant of a healthy person's poo is better than antibiotics or placebos for treating people with Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea (CDAD) - a common after effect of taking a course of antibiotics, say Read more about Poop pills squeeze out antibiotics as top diarrhoea treatment - Scimex

    InternationalMcMaster University, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Paul Moayyedi
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    moayyep@mcmaster.ca
  10. A worldwide ban of dangerous pesticides could reduce suicides

    Publicly released: Sat 12 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet and The Lancet Global Health

    2017-08-12 08:30. An international team of researchers, including an Australian, say the safe storage of dangerous pesticides is not enough and that national bans are needed in the interest of public health. Self-poisoning using pesticides is one of Read more about A worldwide ban of dangerous pesticides could reduce suicides - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney|University of Bristol, UK; University of Edinburgh, UK; University of Oxford, UK; University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; Rajarata University, Sri Lanka; University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; National Taiwan University, Taiwan; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Korea University, South Korea
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Michael Eddleston
    Phone:
    +44 7 9101 06484
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    m.eddleston@ed.ac.uk
  11. Queensland’s next scientific generation celebrated

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Aug 2017 at 2000 AEST / 2200 NZST

    2017-08-11 20:00. Twelve bright young researchers from across Queensland will be recognised tonight with Young Tall Poppy Science Awards at the Science Celebration, during National Science Week. One of these winners will be named the Queensland Tall Read more about Queensland’s next scientific generation celebrated - Scimex

    Australia; QLDAustralian Institute of Policy and Science
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Camille Thomson
    Position:
    General Manager
    Email:
    tallpoppies@aips.net.au
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!

  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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