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Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Nicky Phillips Being obese has the potential to reduce a person's life expectancy by up to 8 years and diminishes their number of healthy years by up to 19, international researchers have found.
Nicky Phillips New research finds that obesity has become a major pandemic and looks set to get worse - in animals as well as humans.
Nicky Phillips Can a scientific formula be used to brew the perfect beer? Scientists and amateur beer brewers Scott Brownless and Chad Husko think so.
Nicky Phillips The pioneering Australian IVF and stem cell scientist Alan Trounson has warned of a "catastrophic event" in Australian science unless more is done to support early career scientists and prevent them...
Heath Gilmore, Nicky Phillips An urgent intervention is needed in Australia’s education and training system as early as kindergarten to protect future prosperity, one of the nation’s leading business figures warns.
Nicky Phillips Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist Brian Schmidt says major issues in Australia’s research sector are being obscured by the mammoth assessment task researchers are required to undertake every...
Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips A lethal bait called "curiosity" designed to kill feral cats will be the initial focus of a new national commissioner to save threatened species.
Nicky Phillips Christine Bryden recently mastered Twitter. Last week she learned how to upload a video on Facebook. Next, she plans to teach herself how to tag people in photos.
Nicky Phillips An apple a day may keep you-know-who away, but a healthy intake of fruit will also keep your first chronic disease away too.
Nicky Phillips 'The best part is we never need to specify exactly how it will work,'' says a prime ministerial staffer during an episode of ABC TV satire The Hollowmen.
Nicky Phillips The country's chief scientist rolled out a sports analogy to make his point recently.
Nicky Phillips This month the World Health Organisation will decide if the last remaining stocks of the virus that causes smallpox should be destroyed.
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.
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...
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.
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.