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Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Nicky Phillips Getting to the edge of the earth has never been easier, but isolation remains a challenge.
Nicky Phillips Navy surveyors have used sonar to create a highly detailed 3D map of the seafloor along parts of the Antarctic coastline, including areas that have not been charted before.
Colin Cosier, Nicky Phillips A four-hour delay on a passenger field trip in Antarctica may have contributed to the Akademik Shokalskiy becoming trapped in sea ice on Christmas Eve.
Nicky Phillips Marty Benavente knows sea ice. He knows it is safe to walk on when it is 40 centimetres thick and safe to drive a skidoo on when it is about 60 centimetres deep.
Nicky Phillips Fearing it would become entrapped by deadly sea ice, the crew of the Aurora Australis have abandoned their rescue mission of the Akademik Shokalskiy in Antarctica.
Nicky Phillips A third vessel has began a rescue attempt five days after the tourist ship became trapped.
Anne Davies, Nicky Phillips The operators of a ship stricken in the Southern Ocean are facing a multimillion-dollar expense bill, as a third vessel began a rescue attempt five days after the tourist ship became trapped in sea...
Nicky Phillips On a summer's day in Sydney, the air in the inner city can be cleaner than taking a breath in suburban Richmond, Campbelltown or parts of the lower Blue Mountains.
Nicky Phillips, Colin Cosier Tourists on an Antarctic-bound cruise liner will spend Christmas awaiting rescue after the ship became wedged in thick sheets of sea ice.
Nicky Phillips If you disregard their spikes, male echidnas are lovers, not fighters.
Nicky Phillips People prone to aggressive behaviour can reduce their outbursts and control their impulse to fight by using their non-dominant hand or consuming a little sugar, new research has found.
Nicky Phillips ''Welcome to the loo with a view.'' Andrew Claridge stands on a large flat rock perched halfway down a mountain overlooking a steep valley in Kosciuszko National Park.
Nicky Phillips What do you see when you look at the picture at right? Three young, attractive humans? Look closer.
Nicky Phillips The future of dozens of critical research projects at the University of NSW are in limbo after the chairmen of both the university's human research ethics committees and a deputy chairman resigned...
Nicky Phillips Sydney researchers have developed a new class of cancer drugs, the first to target the internal structure of tumour cells.
Linton Besser and Nicky Phillips An inquiry into workplace bullying at the CSIRO may lead to a misconduct unit.
Nicky Phillips In a region of outback Queensland so harsh only the dead seem to survive, palaeontologists have discovered a sprawling new fossil site bursting with the bones of ancient mammals, including a likely...
Nicky Phillips The CSIRO has invented machines that use microwaves to kill insects inside fresh fruit.
Nicky Phillips The naturalist and wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has described a collection of Australian fossils neglected by the state's natural history museum as ''world class''.
Nicky Phillips Dramatic rise in antibiotic-resistant bugs could see Australia return to a time when people died from common infections such as strep throat, report by the Office of the Chief Scientist says.