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Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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.
Nicky Phillips Hazel Hawke was known for her sharp mind. So it came as a shock in 2003 when she announced on prime-time television that she had Alzheimer's disease, or the ''big A'' as she liked to called it.
Nicky Phillips Hazel Hawke was known for her mind so it was shocking when she announced she had Alzheimer's.
Nicky Phillips and Tom Arup The Greens will introduce legislation to protect national parks from state government-backed grazing and logging in the Senate on Monday.
Nicky Phillips When Simon Cramp was wheeled into an operating theatre at St Vincent's Hospital early on Sunday he had just minutes to live.
Nick Ralston, Nicky Phillips The mother of a man who was nearly killed by a punch to the head has branded Paul Gallen's violence in Wednesday night's State of Origin game as ''disgusting'', saying such thuggery ''should not be...
Nicky Phillips and Linton Besser The CSIRO has denied it duped the pharmaceutical maker Novartis into buying a compromised anti-counterfeit device to protect millions of medicine vials.
Nicky Phillips Australian engineers have designed a satellite system that can map the water content of soil across the entire continent every three days.
Nicky Phillips Australian scientists have described how some neurons in the brain switch off certain genes as part of normal brain function, a process that appeared disturbed in people with schizophrenia.
Nicky Phillips, Dan Harrison Same-sex couple Emma Mansell and Sarah Hopkins would support a referendum on marriage equality during September's federal election, but felt politicians were shirking their responsibility to make a...