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Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Rainforest trees need a little help spreading their seed

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Nicky Phillips Spare a thought for the males of the rainforest tree that can no longer spread their seed. Without help, the hairy quandong faces a barren future.

City spiders are fitter and more fertile

A golden orb spider.

Nicky Phillips People are not the only residents living large in the eastern suburbs - spiders at Tamarama Beach are fatter and more fertile than their rural counterparts.

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8000-year-old mutation helps Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

A Tibetan woman makes her way across the across grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau.

Nicky Phillips In an environment most people struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau and now an international study has uncovered one mechanism their bodies use to cope at high...

Researchers unravel cause of hair loss in common auto-immune disease

Nicky Phillips Medical researchers have identified the immune cell responsible for disfiguring hair loss in people with a common auto-immune disease, alopecia areata, a condition that causes significant emotional...

CSIRO cuts researchers at high containment laboratory

Protective suits used by infectious disease researchers.

Nicky Phillips, Bridie Smith and Phillip Thomson The CSIRO will cut the number of infectious disease researchers at its Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, the country’s only facility capable of working with live samples of some...

Mummification started in Egypt '1500 years earlier than previously thought'

Discovery: Dr Jana Jones.

Nicky Phillips The curse cast upon those who disturb an ancient Egyptian mummy may be a legend, but at times it felt very real to Sydney Egyptologist Jana Jones.

Australian researchers search for DNA in extinct mammals

The entrance to the Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming where hundreds of ancient mammal fossils have been excavated.

Nicky Phillips Australian researchers will attempt to recover DNA from the bones of several extinct mammals they helped uncover at the bottom of a cave in the US.

Alarms do not deter whales from fishing lines and nets: study

Nicky Phillips Whales, it seems, just do not want to listen. Even when it is for their own good.

Sci-Tech

Australia's young Einsteins get the red-carpet treatment

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Nicky Phillips If young scientists had the celebrity status of movie stars, cancer researcher Ross Hamilton would be idolised like Zac Efron.

When government ministers prefer fiction over fact

Let's make Eric Abetz go moneyless for six months while filling in a job application a day ... Make that two.

Nicky Phillips It will come as no surprise that politicians like to stretch the truth or cherry-pick evidence to support their point or policy.

Sci-Tech

Spacecraft Rosetta arrives at Comet 67-P after decade-long journey

Comet 67-P as seen from Rosetta on August 4.

Nicky Phillips After more than ten-years travelling 6.4-billion kilometres on a road trip around the solar system, the spacecraft Rosetta has 'arrived' at its destination, a distant comet named...

Australian scientist Abigail Allwood first woman to lead project team for life on Mars

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Nicky Phillips The first woman and the first Australian to lead a NASA team that will search for life on Mars has criticised the Australian government's decision to slash its science budget, calling the funding...

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Young scientists use crowd sourcing to fund their research

Scientists tap crowd funding for research: Medical researcher Martin Rees.

Nicky Phillips In heart disease, the same stuff that makes snot green finds its way into the body’s arteries, making their walls sticky and prone to damage.

Telomeres – the invisible elixir of youth

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Nicky Phillips Since antiquity, society has obsessed over the visible signs of growing old – wrinkles, grey hair and saggy skin, but there’s a more important condition of ageing, one that’s...

Using physics to perfect elite diving

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Nicky Phillips On the face of it, theoretical physics and elite diving appear to have little in common, but theories from one are being used to improve the other.  

Sci-Tech

Research sector plans to correct low numbers of women in research

Diversity underlies innovation, says Professor Nalini Joshi.

Nicky Phillips and Bridie Smith Australian universities and research institutes have joined forces to devise a national program to correct the severe under-representation of women in senior positions in the scientific workforce.

Sci-Tech

Stress-related ageing: the long and short of it

No beauty secret: Study finds a person's lifestyle choices can offset ageing.

Nicky Phillips The secret to anti-ageing does not come in an expensive bottle of face cream but with regular sleep, exercise and a balanced diet.

Dr who? Campaign to boost digital profile of Australia's female scientists

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Bridie Smith and Nicky Phillips Ever heard of Dora Lush? She was an Australian microbiologist working in the 1940s on developing a vaccine for a deadly disease known as scrub typhus.

Doctor who? Campaign to boost online profile of Australia's female scientists

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Nicky Phillips, Bridie Smith Ever heard of Dora Lush? She was an Australian microbiologist working in the 1940s on developing a vaccine for a deadly disease known as scrub typhus.

Spacecraft Rosetta's comet landing just got twice as difficult

An artist's impression of the Kepler 62 system, which consists of five worlds circling a yellowish star slightly smaller and dimmer than our sun in an undated handout photo. Astronomers reported Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new analysis of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft. (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED SCI EARTH PLANETS. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

Nicky Phillips Landing on a comet was never going to be easy. But the European Space Agency’s attempt to land the first spacecraft on a distant ball of ice just got more complicated.