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Nicky Phillips

Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Omega-3 supplements don't stave off cognitive decline, study finds

Nicky Phillips Taking fish oil tablets does not protect the brain against memory loss, according to the latest study into the benefits of omega-3 supplements.

Science is Golden podcast episode 3: How chemist Cyril Callister made Vegemite Australia's national spread

Cyril Callister

Nicky Phillips It was terrifically unpopular at its launch. But one man would not give up on it.

Taronga Zoo tracks endangered sea turtles after they ingest plastic

X-Ray of a Green turtle that swallowed a fishing hook.

Nicky Phillips As the manager of Taronga Zoo's wildlife hospital, Libby Hall sees the devastating impact plastic can have on endangered sea turtles.

Oldest message in a bottle washes up on German island of Amrum

Dr George Bidder released more than 1000 bottles with messages 111 years ago. The oldest surviving one has washed up in Germany.

Nicky Phillips Sending out an SOS? Searching for love? This message in a bottle earned its finder a special prize.

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Science is Golden podcast episode 2: human guinea pigs

Guinea pig: Amy Corderoy gets hooked up to the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machine.

Nicky Phillips This is the second episode of Fairfax Media's new podcast, Science is Golden

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Science is Golden podcast episode 1: Dora Lush, the Australian scientist and war hero

Dora Lush died trying to create a vaccine for a deadly disease, scrub typhus.

Nicky Phillips Medical researcher Dora Lush died in the most heroic of circumstances, but you've probably never heard of her.

Clyde Tombaugh granted dying wish, ashes visit Pluto in New Horizons

Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930.

Nicky Phillips Clyde Tombaugh was 24 when he confirmed the solar system had a ninth planet. Eighty-five years later, his will be the first human remains to leave the solar system if NASA's New Horizons space probe...

NASA New Horizons probe reveals icy mountains on Pluto as first photos return

Icy mountains are revealed for the first time on Pluto in the first high-resolution photo sent back from the New Horizons probe.

Nicky Phillips On Thursday morning NASA released what the world, especially the space science world, had been waiting for: an image from New Horizons' closest encounter with the dwarf planet on Tuesday evening.

NASA's New Horizons successfully flies past Pluto, then phones home

The last frontier: New Horizons survived its encounter with Pluto.

Nicky Phillips Pluto may have been demoted from the big-planet table but on Wednesday, it was the dwarf planet's time in the spotlight.

NASA's New Horizons phones home from Pluto

The last frontier: New Horizons survived its encounter with Pluto on Tuesday night.

Nicky Phillips A signal from the spacecraft no bigger than your fridge was received on Earth, confirming the probe had survived its flyby of Pluto on Tuesday night.

NASA New Horizons fly-by will not reclassify Pluto as a planet

The final approach to Pluto before the NASA fly-by today.

Nicky Phillips The mission to fly past Pluto is one of the most exciting explorations of our time, but it won't heal the lingering hurt about its lost planetary status.

CSIRO Investigator discovers extinct volcanoes off Sydney coast

Four undersea volcanoes have been discovered off Sydney.

Nicky Phillips While searching for baby lobsters, Australian researchers discovered something quite extraordinary off the coast of Sydney.

NASA releases interactive Mars map

NASA's new site lets you explore the red planet.

Nicky Phillips If you're wowed by the capabilities of Google Earth, prepared to be awed by a virtual tour beyond our home planet.

Science icon Harry Messel was an early champion of computers

Harry Messel was a major force in science research, communication and education.

Nicky Phillips Harry Messel died this week, but he inspired generations of science lovers and practitioners.

Australia team critical to NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto

Pluto, as seen by New Horizons.

Nicky Phillips After travelling nine years and almost 5.3 billion kilometres, a NASA spacecraft will have just one day up close with dwarf planet Pluto and its moons.

Philae and Rosetta's search: is there life on comet 67P?

The Philae lander, as seen from Rosetta, recently awoke from its emergency hibernation.

Nicky Phillips You may have seen internet whispers that life could be hiding on a distant comet. But despite the media hype, experts on these matters, including Australians, say it's very unlikely.

Sydney to witness International Space Station pass by Venus, Jupiter on Wednesday night

The International Space Station will pass close to Venus and Jupiter on Wednesday night.

Nicky Phillips Sydney is in the box seat to watch a rare astronomical event on Wednesday night.

Seafaring spiders can sail across water like ships

A spider uses its silk as an anchor on water.

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.