Australia’s printed technology flies to Paris deal; what’s happening to our men; releasing cane toads to save Australia’s snakes; and more

Bulletins, Media bulletins

From time to time I write to the journalists we’ve met around the world with some Australian science stories.

This week we’ve got:

Tuesday, on embargo until 7 am CET / 5 pm AEDT: Melbourne’s 3D-printed jet engine technology flies into production in France—reception and announcement at the Australian Embassy in Paris.

More below and if you’re in Paris we’ll have some nice Australian sparkling wine.

Wednesday, on embargo to 7 am CET / 5 pm AEDT: after 160 years can we replace the needle and syringe? Australia’s Nanopatch technology in human trials and heading to Cuba. Now the rocket scientist who created it wins a national medical research prize. More below.

All month: what’s happening to our men—as men around the world grow moustaches for Movember it’s time to ask why men die early and what we can do about it. 

Features, any time:

  • Releasing (baby) cane toads to save northern Australia’s goannas, snakes and quolls
  • The Aussie software that’s making global stock markets fair and efficient could transform health, mortgage and virtual currency markets
  • Replacing the shiny bits on cars with long-lasting shiny plastic—also coming to aircraft, spacecraft, even whitegoods
  • Re-engineering nature to fight for global health
  • How working together in Borneo could save orangutans, elephants, communities and an opportunity cost of $50 billion.

Kind regards,


Tuesday: Melbourne’s 3D-printed jet engine technology flies into production in France

In Paris on Tuesday 8 November—embargo 7 am CET / 5 pm AEDT 

Launch at the Australian Embassy in Paris, France

Press kit including photos and video available at:, password: printing

Melbourne’s 3D printed jet engine technology flies into a big deal in France and we’re helping them launch it at the Australian Embassy in Paris.

The Monash University-led team who printed a jet engine last year have enabled a new venture for manufacturing aerospace components in France.

Melbourne-based Amaero Engineering—a spin out company from Monash University’s innovation cluster—has signed an agreement with the University and Safran Power Units to print turbojet components for Safran, the French-based global aerospace and defence company.

Email for more information or call the office +61 3 9398 1416.

It’s an opportunity to look at the real impact behind the hype of 3D printing.

After 160 years, it’s time to throw away the needle and syringe: Nanopatch starts clinical trials in Brisbane, with Cuba next

Embargo 7 am CET /  5 pm AEDT Wednesday 9 November 

Rocket scientist Mark Kendall from The University of Queensland reinvents vaccination and wins $25,000 CSL Young Florey Medal

Full profile, photos, and HD video available at:, password: rocket

  • Professor Mark Kendall helped create a small rocket for vaccine delivery.
  • Then he invented a radically simpler concept that will replace the needle and syringe we’ve been using for 160 years.
  • A small square of silicon with 20,000 microscopic spikes delivers vaccines directly to the skin’s immune cells.
  • It’s painless, requires a fraction of the dose, doesn’t need refrigeration, and eliminates needle phobia.
  • Now human clinical trials are underway in Brisbane, and the WHO is planning a polio vaccine trial in Cuba in 2017.

What’s happening to our men? Life’s transitions, mental health and suicidal ideation

Why am I likely to die four years younger than my wife Sarah? What can I do about it?

Australian men die four years younger than women (on average), live with worse health, and carry the greater burden of chronic disease.

This ‘hairy season’ Movember is urging us to act fast to stop men dying too young.

The global men’s health charity has released a survey that reveals the true state of men’s health around the world.

The research revealed:

  • Nearly half (46 per cent) of the men who had been through a stressful life event, such as a relationship breakdown or sudden job loss, during the past year reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours.
  • The men surveyed were more likely than the women surveyed to cope with stressful life events in unhealthy ways, such as drinking, drugs, taking more risks, and becoming more aggressive.
  • Men over 40 don’t recognise that this is the peak age for risk of intentional non-accidental injury, such as self-harm or suicide.

For interviews contact Molly Hyndman, Movember Foundation, on +61 418 536 528 or

Defending Australia’s snakes and lizards; making stock markets fair and efficient; re-engineering nature to fight for global health; and more—Australia’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

The winners are available for longer-lead stories and are happy to talk on different angles of their research.

  • Conservation that works for government, ecosystems and people: Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson, the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.
    Kerrie is currently in Denmark, as an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen.
  • Defending Australia’s snakes and lizards: Professor Richard Shine, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
  • Making stock markets fair and efficient: Professor Michael Aitken, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
  • Creating new manufacturing jobs by replacing glass and metal with plastic: Dr Colin Hall, the inaugural Prize for New Innovators
  • Re-engineering nature to fight for global health: Professor Richard Payne, the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

Image credit: Terri Shine

Next year: The World Conference of Science Journalists – which is in San Francisco from 26 to 30 October 2017. More at

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