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Nicky Phillips

Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Space

Astronomers discover Earth-like planet

Nicky Phillips Scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is, so far, the closest contender for Earth 2.0.

How flies evade the swat

A Fly

Nicky Phillips If you’ve ever attempted to swat a fly, you may have puzzled over how easily their agile little bodies evade death. Well wonder no longer.

Science

Tasmanian tiger's cousin a more fearsome killer

Tasmanian Tiger.

Nicky Phillips The Tasmanian tiger had the fierce name, but new research has found a distant cousin was a far more ferocious killer.

Science

Big Bang: Einstein's relativity theory backed by new-wave discovery

Science Matters: Big Bang breakthrough (Thumbnail)

Nicky Phillips In the first moment after the Big Bang the universe got very big, very quickly, scientists believe.

Science

Chickens prove key to tracing migration across Pacific

Nicky Phillips We all know why the chicken crossed the road but how the chicken crossed the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean is a riddle Australian scientists may have finally answered.

Sci-tech

CSIRO support staff face huge job cuts

News: Generic CSIRO headquarters canberra. 6th February . Photo by Katherine Griffiths of The Canberra Times.

Noel Towell, Bridie Smith and Nicky Phillips Hundreds more job cuts are looming at the CSIRO as the peak science body pushes through its biggest restructure in decades.

Science

Thermal imaging a help to see eye to eye in animal treatment

Three police horses taking part in a thermo imaging study at Sydney University.

Nicky Phillips In the 40 years Jim Stenhouse has been a vet, diagnosing a lame horse has always challenged the Queenslander.

Science

Both sexes still believe men are better at maths, science

Science

Nicky Phillips Both sexes continue to believe men are better at maths than women and so more suited to science-related professions, a study has found.

Science

Music may be the food of love but for some it's a complete turn-off

Cathy Wilcox illustration.

Nicky Phillips American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once remarked that music is the universal language of mankind. But new research suggests music doesn't speak to us all.

Science

Hangovers don't delay next drinking session, study finds

Beer

Nicky Phillips The punishing effects of hangovers did little to delay their next drinking session, according to research conducted on a group of young, regular drinkers.

Science

Life at Antarctica's Casey station

Science editor Nicky Phillips rugs up against the cold during field survival training at Casey station's skiway.Photo: Colin CosierFriday 13 December 2013

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

Science

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.

Science

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.

Science

Resupply ship puts Casey Antarctic station's Christmas on ice

Casey station leader Anthony

Nicky Phillips Anthony Hull, the leader of the Casey Antarctic station, affectionately calls himself ''the Grinch''.

Science

A treacherous ice walk on a penguin safari

Adélie penguins on Shirley Island near Casey station, Antarctica.Photo: Colin CosierSunday 15 December 2013

Nicky Phillips Science Editor Nicky Phillips and video journalist Colin Cosier are on a four-week expedition to Antarctica, based in Casey station.

Sci-tech

Cold comfort in Antarctica at Casey station

Science editor Nicky Phillips tries Nordic skiing outside of Casey Station's Red Shed accommodation block in Antarctica.
Photo: Colin Cosier
Thursday 12 December 2013

Nicky Phillips It may be the coldest, windiest, driest continent on Earth, but one of the first survival lessons you learn on station in Antarctica is not to slam the doors.

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Kilograms of kit to survive the Antarctic cold

Gloves

Nicky Phillips Outdoorsy types have a saying – “there's no bad weather, just bad clothing”. This seems to be the philosophy of the Australian Antarctic Division's kitting unit – and why we left their warehouse in...

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Fairfax Media trip to Antarctica to see the effects of climate change

Setting up Antarctic weather station

Nicky Phillips and Colin Cosier Nicky Phillips:‘‘You can’t wear a bra,’’ said the woman. I was lying on a bed in a small consult room in a Sydney cardiology clinic as the young ...

Sci-tech

Scientists discover the function of the echidna's spur

Echidna

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

Science

Giant, meat-eating platypus identified from one fossil tooth

platypus fossil

Nicky Phillips An extinct species of giant, toothed platypus, about a metre in length, has been discovered and identified in far north-west Queensland, using a single tooth.