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Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Nicky Phillips Human activities are altering rainfall patterns across the global, a world first study using satellite data has found.
Nicky Phillips An extinct species of giant, toothed platypus, about a metre in length, has been discovered and identified in far north-west Queensland, using a single tooth.
Nicky Phillips Australia will lead a mission to the heart of Antarctica this summer to drill several ice cores that will be used to fill gaps in scientist's understanding of recent climate records.
Nicky Phillips A bizarre weather phenomenon known as a fire cloud is likely to form over the fire raging between Lithgow and Bilpin if weather conditions deteriorate from Tuesday, as predicted, say fire analysts.
Nicky Phillips Melbourne has just endured its hottest September on record.
Nicky Phillips Sydney endured its hottest September on record this year. Thursday may be our hottest October day. But when do we stop talking about breaking records and admit we've got a radically different...
Nicky Phillips ''Come on, take off your clothes and get in.'' Scientist Arthur White is neck-deep in a murky creek about 200 kilometres north of Mount Isa, making me an offer I'd rather refuse.
Nicky Phillips Humans aren't the only primates who retire to the seaside.
Ben Cubby, Nicky Phillips The health of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded to "poor" as the government quietly pushed some of the pollution targets that were supposed to be achieved this year...
Nicky Phillips Almost half of Antarctic krill offspring might struggle to survive by the end of the century.
Nicky Phillips Not many people can attract a decent-sized crowd to present what is essentially a maths lesson.
Nicky Phillips Not many people can attract a decent sized crowd to give what is essentially a maths lesson.
Nicky Phillips Russian scientists claim they have extracted blood from a woolly mammoth buried in Siberia, a discovery they hope will aid their attempt to revive the extinct species.
Nicky Phillips Columbus (01) prefers Mosman, while Pina Colada (05) is a regular on the balconies of Potts Point. A true north shore type, Burt (09), has never been spotted south of the bridge.
Nicky Phillips They are the tiniest of creatures but a team of international scientists plan to cross an ocean to study them.
Nicky Phillips Brushing an infant's teeth can be a challenge, but it's nothing compared with tending the fangs of a small bear.
Nicky Phillips Endangered species experts plan to save the mountain pygmy possum from becoming the continent's first climate-change victim.
Nicky Phillips In what may be considered an early Easter miracle, an extinct species of native frog has begun its rise from the dead.
Nicky Phillips Bird feathers appear to be simplistic structures, but a catalogue of chemicals and environmental contaminants resides deep inside them, scientists report.
Nicky Phillips Buried beneath a dirt road in the middle of the state's central tablelands lie thousands of our ancestors.