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Does the thought of moving house stress you out? You’re not alone – Dr Carly Kenkel, a post-doctoral scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, has found that relocating—even a short distance—can also be stressful for corals.

Fresh Science is a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery.

The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them a taste of life in the limelight, with a day of media training and a public event in their home state.

Fresh Science 2016 will be held in May through July in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and NSW. (See dates below.)

Nominations are now closed and judging is underway. While you’re waiting to find out who the 2016 Freshies are, why not take a look at the work of our past Freshies.

Fresh Science 2016

22 February 2016

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Nominations are  now closed. We’re judging the nominations now and will announce the 2016 Fresh Scientists in each state soon.

We’re holding our Fresh Science events in May through July.

We’re expanding the schools program to more states. We reached 400 secondary school kids in 2015, and kids and Freshies alike found it a wonderful learning experience. This year we’re holding school forums in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

If your organisation would like to help expand Australia’s growing cadre of communication-savvy researchers, contact Sarah Brooker.

Small Australian sharks have been exposed as bigger homebodies than previously thought, in a study that took an existing chemical tracking technique and made it work for Great Barrier Reef sharks.

Dr Sam Munroe in the field

Dr Sam Munroe working in the field, Cleveland Bay, Queensland

The study found that the travel history of the Australian sharpnose shark was written in their blood—with chemical ‘fin-prints’ showing they tended to stay within smaller areas than previously believed.

“Small-bodied sharks that are both predator and prey, such as the Australian sharpnose, may be particularly important links between food webs,” says lead researcher Dr Sam Munroe, who studied the sharks while at James Cook University in Townsville.

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Footy player, netballer and ballet dancer available for interview

Re-training the brain with painless exercises may be the key to stopping recurring tendon pain, according to Melbourne researchers.

Dr Ebonie Rio

Dr Ebonie Rio

AFL, basketball and netball players are the major sufferers, with tendon pain in the knee debilitating and long-lasting. The injury can sideline a player or cause them to give up the sport entirely.

“More than 50 per cent of people who stop sport because of tendon pain still suffer from that pain 15 years later,” says Dr Ebonie Rio of the Monash University Tendon Research group.

“Our simple exercise is revolutionising how we treat tendinopathy.”

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