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Nicky Phillips

Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Seafaring spiders can sail across water like ships

Nicky Phillips Spiders can sail across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor. It's the kind of discovery that makes arachnophobes quiver.

What climate change will do to your loaf of bread

The larger loaf on the right was made with wheat grown in today's conditions. The loaf on the left was grown in high carbon dioxide conditions.

Nicky Phillips If the promise of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent natural disasters doesn't convince you of the urgent need for the world to act on climate change, maybe this picture will.

Is the multi-million dollar campaign for a female viagra just pink wash?

In August the FDA will make their decision on flibanserin, a pill which purports to boost women's sex drive.

Nicky Phillips It's taken drug companies more than a decade to come up with a female version of the "little blue pill", but by August women who've lost interest in sex may have access to their own version of viagra.

Nemo and cousins are a rare sight on the Great Barrier Reef, study finds

Anemonefishes and their host anemones are rare in some places along the Great Barrier Reef.

Nicky Phillips Clownfish and their sea anemone homes may have starred in the popular animation Finding Nemo, but in our own Great Barrier Reef they're a rare sight.

Cognitive behaviour therapy is one of the most effective treatments for insomnia, study shows

Almost one in three Australians are unsatisfied with the amount of sleep they're getting.

Nicky Phillips One of the most effective treatments for insomnia can be found inside your own head – but it's unlikely to be recommended by your doctor.

Better marketing may boost high school science participation: study

science students

Nicky Phillips New research offers a unique solution to arrest the decades-long decline in Australian high school students selecting science subjects: tackle it like a marketing problem.

Warmer temperatures cause more intense storms

Nicky Phillips Prepare for more intense downpours as the globe warms.

Ten extinct mammals to be reintroduced to NSW national parks

The endangered greater bilby is one of the ten species to be reintroduced.

Nicky Phillips Conservation groups will attempt an audacious plan to reintroduce up to ten native mammal species, currently extinct in NSW, into several of the state's national parks.

Australian physicist Cathy Foley only fifth woman to win prestigious innovation award

Cathy Foley ... winner of the Clunies Ross award.

Nicky Phillips Physicist Cathy Foley and colleague Keith Leslie have been awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation.

'God Particle' physicist Leon Lederman puts his Nobel Prize up for auction

A Nobel Prize Medal: The reserve for Lederman's has been set at $325,000.

Nicky Phillips Fancy yourself a bit of a collector? Why not add a Nobel Prize to your pool room. It'll only set you back a few hundred thousand dollars.

Model shows what ozone layer would look like without Montreal Protocol

Ozone hole over Antarctica in 2006.

Nicky Phillips An ozone hole larger than Australia would have opened up over the Arctic if we had continued to use CFCs for the past three decades.


Poisonous cane toads: Researchers discover the most humane way to kill the pests

It was once thought the brain of a cane toad remained warm enough to feel pain while the rest of their body froze.

Nicky Phillips A team of Sydney researchers has discovered a two-step process that is the most humane way to kill cane toads. And it was a practice banned 20 years ago by animal ethics committees.

To halt the spread of dengue fever, scientists genetically engineer female mosquitoes into males

Nicky Phillips Several hurdles to overcome before the technique can be used to control mosquito populations in the wild

Amateur rugby player diagnosed with degenerative brain disease from repetitive concussions

Nicky Phillips A leading Australian neurologist has warned of the dangers of head injuries in sport after Irish doctors reported the first known case of an amateur rugby union player developing a degenerative brain...

Landcare backs remote approach to surveillance to protect Australia's honey bees

If the invasive varroa mite arrives in Australia, it will wipe out many honey bee colonies.

Nicky Phillips Landcare has launched a fundraising campaign to extend a surveillance program being trialled in Queensland to the rest of the country.

Viagra slows the spread of malaria, study finds

Viagra does more than treat erectile dysfunction. Researchers have found it can slow the spread of malaria.

Nicky Phillips The little blue pill that gives men more oomph in the bedroom has an unexpected benefit - it can slow the spread of malaria.

Novice runner embarks on Herald half marathon to raise funds for endangered rhinos

In South Africa, poachers kill one rhino every eight hours.

Nicky Phillips Since Danielle Friday went to Africa in 2007, rhinos number have plummeted. But she has a plan to revive their numbers.

Someone should tell Johnny Depp about these five biosecurity disasters

Johnny Depp's dog

Nicky Phillips So Johnny Depp flies into Australia on a private charter plane with his two Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol in tow without permits.

Malaysia Airlines MH370: search for missing aircraft uncovers shipwreck in Indian Ocean

Shipwreck: an anchor found during the underwater search for MH370.

Nicky Phillips The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 aircraft has found a previously unknown shipwreck at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

Red clothing makes you seem angry, aggressive and dominant, study

Nicky Phillips Researchers have found that wearing red coloured clothing can manipulate people's perceptions of you, making you seem angry and aggressive.