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  1. More native forest can help firms manage emissions obligations

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 0301 AEST / 0501 NZST

    Motu Working Paper

    2017-04-21 03:01. Companies with high greenhouse gas emissions face the risk of high costs in a carbon market where prices could soar as high as US$190 per unit. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research have today released a report Read more about More native forest can help firms manage emissions obligations - Scimex

    New ZealandMotu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ceridwyn Roberts
    Phone:
    04 939 4250
    Position:
    Communications Director
    Email:
    ceridwyn.roberts@motu.org.nz
  2. One-handed people point to new brain organisation theory

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-04-21 02:00. In people born with one hand, the brain region that would normally activate in response to the missing hand lights up instead when other body parts which compensate for the loss of function are active, including the arm, foot and Read more about One-handed people point to new brain organisation theory - Scimex

    InternationalWeizmann Institute of Science, Israel; University College London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video available.

    Name:
    Tamar Makin
    Phone:
    +44 20 76791160
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    t.makin@ucl.ac.uk
  3. Get on your bike to save your body and heart alike

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-04-20 12:00. Getting active on your way to and from work could be linked to a substantial decrease in your chances of developing or dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), when compared with taking the car or public transport, says Read more about Get on your bike to save your body and heart alike - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Glasgow, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Jason Gill
    Phone:
    +44 7718 905 849
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jason.gill@glasgow.ac.uk
  4. BRIEFING ALERT: IVF, sex selection and surrogacy: Release of the NHMRC Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 1001 AEST / 1201 NZST

    2017-04-20 10:01. BRIEFING RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE Around 1 in 25 women who give birth in Australia use some form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to achieve their pregnancy. The use of ART, however, is not without controversy and there are Read more about BRIEFING ALERT: IVF, sex selection and surrogacy: Release of the NHMRC Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology - Scimex

    AustraliaNational Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  5. Adolescent health and education spending could save ten times what we invest

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-04-20 08:30. Improving the physical, mental and sexual health of adolescents, at a cost of US$4.6 per person per year, could bring a 10-fold economic benefit by averting 12 million deaths and preventing more than 30 million unwanted pregnancies, Read more about Adolescent health and education spending could save ten times what we invest - Scimex

    Australia; VICVictoria University|The University of Melbourne|Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Peter Sheehan
    Phone:
    +61 3 9919 1341; +61 3 9848 5692
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    peter.sheehan@vu.edu.au
  6. Aussie ad linking alcohol to cancer is best to beat the booze

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    BMJ Open

    2017-04-20 06:00. Showing people a graphic advertisement of how alcohol works its way through your bloodstream, increasing your risk of cancer, has proved to be the most motivating type of advert to reduce alcohol consumption, say Aussie and US Read more about Aussie ad linking alcohol to cancer is best to beat the booze - Scimex

    AustraliaCancer Council Victoria
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    A media release will be available from Cancer Council Victoria on Thursday

    Name:
    Melanie Wakefield
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    melanie.wakefield@cancervic. org.au
  7. Carnivore fossil found in Egypt named after Anubis

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS One

    2017-04-20 04:00. New species of extinct mammal has been identified from a couple of 34 million-year-old Egyptian fossils and has been named after Anubis — the dog-headed Egyptian god associated with the afterlife. The fossils are the remains of Read more about Carnivore fossil found in Egypt named after Anubis - Scimex

    InternationalOhio University, USA; University of Southern California, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available. 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:
    Matthew Borths
    Phone:
    +1 513 240 3062
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    borths.1@gmail.com
  8. Heavy rock 'super-Earth' discovered

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-20 03:00. A temperate and rocky 'super-Earth' planet has been discovered by US scientists, travelling around a star approximately 39 light years away. The planet, called LHS 1140b, is orbiting a star with less than 60 per cent of the mass of Read more about Heavy rock 'super-Earth' discovered - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
    • 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:
    Jason Dittmann
    Phone:
    +1 520 820 0928
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Jason.Dittmann@gmail.com
  9. From cradle to grave —ageing brain revitalised using umbilical cord cells

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-20 03:00. In an experiment that screams 'mad scientist', the cognitive abilities of old mice have been rejuvenated by injecting plasma from a human umbilical cord into their brains. In the hopes of finding therapies to slow brain Read more about From cradle to grave —ageing brain revitalised using umbilical cord cells - Scimex

    InternationalStanford University School of Medicine, USA
    • 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:
    Tony Wyss-Coray
    Phone:
    +1 650 852 3220
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    twc@stanford.edu
  10. Printing glass in 3D

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-20 03:00. Intricate glass structures like pretzels can now be 3D printed using a new technique developed by German researchers, bypassing traditional, dangerous glassblowing techniques. The technique combines silica (the main component of Read more about Printing glass in 3D - Scimex

    InternationalKarlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    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:
    Bastian Rapp
    Phone:
    +49 721 608 28981
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Bastian.Rapp@kit.edu
  11. EXPERT REACTION: Aussies to March for Science

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 1345 AEST / 1545 NZST

    2017-04-19 13:45. Scientists and friends of science around the world will be marching in support of science on Saturday, 22 April. The groups will be official marching in eleven Australian cities, and will be promoting stable public science funding, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Aussies to March for Science - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; TAS; ACTAustralian 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:

    Science and Technology Australia's Open Letter for Science, embargoed until 00:01 22 April 2017, is available here: https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/open-letter-for-science-embargoed/ and the corresponding media release is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rdxv4n8y4kb0gqf/open%20letter%20for%20science%20release.docx?dl=0

    Name:
    AusSMC
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
  12. Wheat genome decoded to enhance food security

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    Genome Research

    2017-04-19 13:00. The most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome has been published this week. University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology were part of a UK-led consortium to provide the Read more about Wheat genome decoded to enhance food security - Scimex

    Australia; WAARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Harvey Millar
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 7245
    Position:
    Co-author
    Email:
    harvey.millar@uwa.edu.au
  13. Volcanic vent study reveals seaweed winners and losers in acidifying oceans

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0930 AEST / 1130 NZST

    Scientific Report

    2017-04-19 09:30. Research at volcanic vents in the Mediterranean Sea is helping IMAS scientists to understand how ocean acidification will affect different species of macroalgae (seaweed) in the future. The world’s oceans are becoming more acidic Read more about Volcanic vent study reveals seaweed winners and losers in acidifying oceans - Scimex

    Australia; International; WA; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)|The University of Western Australia|ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Andrew Rhodes
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 6683
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    ajrhodes@utas.edu.au
  14. Creativity is in the eye of the beholder

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-04-19 09:01. Don't worry so much if you think you're not so pretty, being creative might bump your attractiveness score up a few points, say a team of Scottish scientists. They found that your ability to tell a cracking yarn, or have creative Read more about Creativity is in the eye of the beholder - Scimex

    InternationalUniverity of Abertay, Scotland
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr Christopher Watkins
    Phone:
    +44 1382 308646
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    c.watkins@abertay.ac.uk
  15. Meerkat poop shows we're stressing out the cuddly critters

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-04-19 09:01. UK and German scientists measured stress hormones called glucocorticoids in the poo of zoo meerkats, and say small groups in small enclosures which have high visitor numbers are the most stressed, probably because small groups are Read more about Meerkat poop shows we're stressing out the cuddly critters - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Exeter, UK; Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Emma Vitikainen
    Phone:
    +44 7581 692 124
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    E.I.K.Vitikainen@exeter.ac.uk
  16. Jumping to your death? Motivations of extreme sports

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0814 AEST / 1014 NZST

    2017-04-19 08:14. Researchers have debunked the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenaline junkies with a death wish, in a recently released book. Co-authors QUT Adjunct Professor Eric Brymer, who is currently based at Leeds Beckett Read more about Jumping to your death? Motivations of extreme sports - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Sandra Hutchinson
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    s3.hutchinson@qut.edu.au
  17. The happiness of the long-distance mover

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0301 AEST / 0501 NZST

    Motu Working Paper

    2017-04-19 03:01. Whatever their reason for moving, do people who move within a country end up being happier? Looking at migration within Australia, a new study from researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust shows that most Read more about The happiness of the long-distance mover - Scimex

    Australia; New ZealandMotu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ceridwyn Roberts
    Phone:
    049394250
    Position:
    Communications Director
    Email:
    ceridwyn.roberts@motu.org.nz
  18. Frog mucus kills flu virus

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Immunity

    2017-04-19 02:00. Mucus from an Indian frog the size of a tennis ball can kill many strains of flu and protect mice against a flu infection, according to new research. The frogs (Hydrophylax bahuvistara) produce peptides which defend them against Read more about Frog mucus kills flu virus - Scimex

    InternationalEmory University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Joshy Jacob
    Phone:
    +1 404 727 7919
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    jjacob3@emory.edu
  19. Three Australian satellites blast off to explore Earth’s thermosphere

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0131 AEST / 0331 NZST

    2017-04-19 01:31. Three Australian research satellites – two built at UNSW – blasted off just after 1am AEST to the International Space Station, where they will deploy in orbit to explore the little-understood thermosphere. Location of Read more about Three Australian satellites blast off to explore Earth’s thermosphere - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; SA; ACTThe University of New South Wales|The University of Sydney|The Australian National University|von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Elias Aboutanios
    Phone:
    +61 430 023 047
    Position:
    Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research
    Email:
    elias@unsw.edu.au
  20. Steroids no quick fix for a sore throat

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-04-19 01:00. A single steroid capsule was no better than placebo for relieving a sore throat in 24 hours, say UK researchers, although more people taking the steroid felt better after 2 days. The study looked at over 500 adults who had sore Read more about Steroids no quick fix for a sore throat - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video and audio available. For details on obtaining the paper, video and audio, 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:
    Gail Hayward
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    gail.hayward@phc.ox.ac.uk.