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Nicky Phillips

Nicky Phillips is Science Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian scientist first to regrow heart muscle

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Nicky Phillips A team led by Australian cardiologist James Chong is the first in the world to regenerate heart muscle grown from human embryonic stem cells, which could lead to a cure for heart failure.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: search area for MH370 debris takes in roughest seas in world in Indian Ocean


Nicky Phillips If the debris spotted in the Indian Ocean is part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, it is floating in the roughest seas in the world, says an Australian oceanographer.

Akademik Shokalskiy rescue: Tears of joy as passengers come in from the cold


Nicky Phillips The last of the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy passengers have safely boarded their rescue ship.

Aurora Australis close to Antarctic rescue

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Nicky Phillips As the Australian ice-breaker Aurora Australis steams to the rescue of the stricken ship Akademik Shokalskiy, Science editor Nicky Phillips speaks to the Australis's captain, Murray Doyle.

Ice-breaker called in for Antarctic rescue mission


Nicky Phillips Stephen Davidson remembers the moment when, after 12 hours of ramming, the Aurora Australis ice-breaker freed a ship trapped in thick sea ice in early in 2001.

Furry Facts: Fire dynamics

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Nicky Phillips Bushfires can create some pretty bizarre phenomenon such as fire clouds and tornadoes. Cartoonist John Shakespeare and Science Editor Nicky Phillips explain.

Furry Facts: Why onions make you cry

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Nicky Phillips Ever wonder why chopping onions is such a tear jerking event? Cartoonist John Shakespeare and Science Editor Nicky Phillips explain.

Furry Facts: Vaccines

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Nicky Phillips Needles aren't a whole lot of fun, but why is immunisation so important? Cartoonist John Shakespeare and Science Editor Nicky Phillips explain.

Furry Facts: El Nino and La Nina

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Nicky Phillips If you've ever found it hard to understand why Australia's swings between drought and floods, help is at hand, thanks to cartoonist John Shakespeare and Science Editor Nicky Phillips.

Furry Facts: Tornadoes

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Nicky Phillips They're some of the most destructive forces on the planet, but what's the difference between a tornado and a cyclone?

Girls like bigger guys, that's not a tall story

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Nicky Phillips MOST women prefer taller men, but how many end up with a lofty lover and how many settle for their own Tom Cruise?

Supermassive theory vanishes into its own black hole

Black holes: a galactic vacuum cleaner.

Nicky Phillips A pair of Melbourne astronomers have overturned a decade-old theory on how supermassive black holes grow and, in the process, identified the location of a missing population of medium-sized black...

Tall woman, short man ... what are the chances?

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Nicky Phillips Scientists have studied how inherent height preferences play out in real life.

Mars rover on brink of drilling breakthrough

Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars.

Nicky Phillips NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is preparing to drill into the Martian surface for the first time.

Ancestors of modern Indians may have come to Australia before Europeans, genetic study shows


Nicky Phillips LONG before Australia and India faced off on the cricket pitch, people from the subcontinent arrived on our shores and bred with Aborigines, scientists report.

Study shows 'gene flow' from India to Australia 4000 years ago

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Nicky Phillips Indian people may have arrived on Australian shores around 4000 years before Europeans colonised the continent, scientists report.

Team gears up for lunar mission

Robert Brand

Nicky Phillips AT THE age of 17, Robert Brand spent his summer holidays in Sydney wiring video and audio connections for NASA to relay Apollo 11's images from the moon to the world.

Scientists seek to take the sting out of killer jellyfish

Box jellyfish

Nicky Phillips Scientists have described how box jellyfish venom attacks cells, and have found that a type of zinc can slow its damaging effect in mice.

Here comes the sun: solar eclipse draws stargazers


Nicky Phillips The beach front is starting to fill at Palm Cove in far north Queensland with enthusiastic eclipse watchers. Sunrise is due just after 5:30am (6:30 AEST).

Smart country sells itself short

A Cochlear implant.

Nicky Phillips Ian Frazer knows how to prevent and treat herpes - in mice. Next year, the prize-winning immunologist behind the cervical cancer vaccine will scrutinise clinical data to determine whether his vaccine...

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