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Nicky Phillips

Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Children suffer DNA damage from stress

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Nicky Phillips Children who grow up in poverty or an unstable family show early signs of genetic ageing that may make them more vulnerable to certain diseases, a study has found.

Search for MH370: Suspected debris lies above undersea volcanoes

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Nicky Phillips The cluster of suspected debris from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been sighted above a giant undersea chain of volcanoes whose complex terrain has barely been charted, an Australian marine...

Detection of MH370 debris required a 'human eyeball operation'

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Nicky Phillips, Ben Grubb, Heath Aston Satellite images of the suspected debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 would have needed a ''well trained pair of eyes'' to spot the object in the grainy images, says a satellite expert.

Life at Antarctica's Casey station

Nicky Phillips Getting to the edge of the earth has never been easier, but isolation remains a challenge.

Navy maps Antarctic seafloor

Lieutenant Peter Warning of the Royal Australian Navy

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.

Antarctic field trip a factor in ship becoming trapped in sea ice on Christmas Eve

Akademik Shokalskiy.

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.

Passengers from ship trapped in ice safe on Aurora Australis

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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.

Antarctic rescue mission goes awry

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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.

Rescue of iced-in ship could cost owners a packet

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Nicky Phillips A third vessel has began a rescue attempt five days after the tourist ship became trapped.

Third vessel heads to rescue passengers on Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped in Antarctic ice

MV Akademik Shokalskiy.

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...

Beware, there's something in the Sydney air

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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.

Antarctic tourist ship trapped by sea ice

Science editor Nicky Phillips climbs aboard the Aurora Australia icebreaker after leaving Casey station. Christmas Day brought the unwanted gift of having to leave Antarctica early.

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.

Researchers discover echidna spurs not venomous

Nicky Phillips If you disregard their spikes, male echidnas are lovers, not fighters.

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the aggressiveness go down

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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.

Long road to recovery for a scorched land

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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.

She's got a mind all of her own

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Nicky Phillips What do you see when you look at the picture at right? Three young, attractive humans? Look closer.

Critical projects at risk as three quit

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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...

Sydney team develop new cancer drug

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Nicky Phillips Sydney researchers have developed a new class of cancer drugs, the first to target the internal structure of tumour cells.

CSIRO inquiry finds 'empathy lacking'

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Linton Besser and Nicky Phillips An inquiry into workplace bullying at the CSIRO may lead to a misconduct unit.

Fossil hunters uncover a vast treasure trove at isolated site

Professor Michael Archer.

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...