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George Hood attempting his world record

Incredible new planking world record

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A 62-year-old man has set an astonishing Guinness World Record, planking for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, suggesting that “Anybody can do what I do”

Various Australian orange juice brands - (l-r) bottles of Golden Circle, Crusta, Berri, Nippy's and Daily Juice.

Aussie OJ and growers under threat

news

Australians may not be able to drink fresh orange juice in as little as five years if major retailers don’t pay growers more to make up for drought and rising water costs

Shrove Tuesday Pancake preview

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

explainers

Australians are becoming world leaders at cooking and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, a fun food day that has its origins as a religious festival

Tomb radar may solve Egyptian Queen mystery

history

A hidden chamber near the tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings may contain the long-lost remains Queen Nefertiti


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Picture released 04/10/2006 by the European Space Agency shows an artist's impression of a Jupiter-sized planet passing in front of its parent star. Such events are called transits. When the planet transits the star, the star?s apparent brightness drops by a few percent for a short period.

Scorching hot planet heading for destruction

space

Astronomers have discovered a planet where temperatures frequently hit 1000C, that has an 18-hour year and that will likely soon be destroyed when it spirals into its star or tidal forces tear it apart

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‘Pink Panther’ manta ray spotted off Qld

animals

Scientists are studying an ultra-rare pink manta ray — maybe the only one in the world — that has been photographed during a dive on the Great Barrier Reef

Space tourists to go into super-high orbit in 2021

space

Up to four tourists could launch into a super-high space orbit in an autonomous SpaceX capsule by the end of next year, with ticket prices expected to be in the millions of dollars

Violinist plays during her own brain surgery

health

A musician has played her violin during a six-hour, lifesaving operation to remove a brain tumour, helping calm the woman’s fears the surgery would ruin her ability to play

Mark Knight's cartoon about the Fire Fight Concert.

Aussie spirit front and centre at rock concert

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Fire Fight Australia concert which raised $9 million to help bushfire victims and he imagined two new faces in the crowd

Why do we cry and what are tears?

explainers

Crocodile tears are real – though humans are the only animals that cry emotional tears – and babies don’t cry tears at all. Kids News explains tears and crying

Men dressed as ancient Roman centurions parade along the Fori Imperiali avenue, in front of ancient Colosseum on the occasion of the celebrations of the birth of the city of Rome, Sunday, April 22, 2012. Legend has it that Rome was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. by Romulus and his brother Remus, the twin sons of the god of war Mars, who were suckled as infants by a she-wolf in the woods. Known as the Christmas of Rome, each year Romans celebrate the pagan festivity, which has become a major tourist attraction, by dressing up in ancient Roman clothes and parading through the streets surrounding the eternal city's ancient ruins. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Mystery coffin found in ancient Roman temple

history

Archaeologists believe they have found the long lost tomb of Romulus, who legend says was raised with his twin brother by a wolf before founding the ancient city of Rome

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Tapestries finally complete Sistine Chapel

arts

For the first time in more than 400 years, all 12 precious gold and silver tapestries designed by Renaissance artist Raphael have been hung in the Sistine Chapel, making it complete at last

New $2 coin celebrates women’s cricket

money

The Royal Australian Mint and International Cricket Council are releasing two million $2 coins into general circulation that feature a picture of a female cricketer on it for the first time

A Holden sign sits above the caryard of a Holden dealership in Sydney on December 11, 2013.  Struggling automaker GM Holden said it will shut down its manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017, shedding 2,900 jobs, in a major blow to the nation's car industry.  AFP PHOTO/William WEST
 
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Iconic Holden cars driven out of Australia

news

The Holden car brand, an important part of Australia’s history for more than 160 years, will cease to exist in 2021. The move by US company General Motors has angered PM Scott Morrison and shocked motoring fans

Google Earth satellite images from space

Bird’s-eye view of our beautiful planet Earth

geography

Google has added 1000 new images to Earth View – a collection of the most beautiful landscapes from Google Earth. And a farmer’s marriage proposal makes it onto Google Maps

Stethoscope and heart

Doctors keep heart alive in jar for 24 hours

health

Doctors have kept a heart beating for 24 hours in a jar with the new life-changing ULiSSES device, bringing hope to thousands of patients needing the lifesaving treatment

Prime Minister's Spelling Bee launching on Kids News

Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee opens next week

spelling bee

The inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee starts soon and is open to all students across Australia in Grades 3 to Year 8. Registrations open next Wednesday.

‘Snowman’ space rock may have sparked life

space

Scientists believe a space rock shaped like a snowman that formed 4.6 billion years ago may have sparked life on Earth. It is the farthest, most primitive object we’ve ever explored in the solar system

Siba the standard poodle named best in show

animals

Though the crowd cheered for a golden retriever, a fluffy, puffed-up poodle has been named top dog for 2020 at the world-famous Westminster Dog Show

Hair

Boy’s traditional hairstyle banned by school

humanities

A Queensland boy could be being discriminated against on the basis of race because he has been told to cut his long hair for school, even though he wears it tied in a bun

Mark Knight's cartoon on Hosier Lane.

Is vandalising vandalism a new form of art?

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers if vandalising vandalism is a new art form after a gang of youths spray-painted street art in Melbourne’s famous Hosier Lane

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Tyrannosaur found hiding in museum drawer

animals

A new and very scary species of dinosaur related to T-Rex and known as the Reaper of Death has been identified after pieces of its skull were rediscovered in a museum drawer

Sad love story behind Valentine’s Day

history

There are several stories about who Valentine was, but the most popular one is that he was a doctor and priest from Rome in the third century who lived and died in the pursuit of love

Glenelg SLSC nippers Angus Ganley, 11, Astin Rouvray, 11, Charlie Crowe, 11 and Lachlan Larven, 12, helped save two tourists from drowning off Glenelg beach. Picture: AAP/ Keryn Stevens

Hero nippers save tourists from dangerous rip

humanities

Young nippers have been hailed as heroes after spotting two tourists caught in a dangerous rip and immediately jumping into the ocean to save them

SINGLE PENGUIN ON ICE

Antarctica’s hottest day ever recorded

weather

The temperature in northern Antarctica has hit 18.3C, thought to be a heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins

Children race llamas to save World Heritage park

environment

Risking injury and braving the cold, children as young as four race llamas across a high-altitude region of Ecuador each year to help save one of the most important wetlands on Earth

Mother with slightly concerned look on her face watching boys using the internet on a phone

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

safe kids

How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

2020 Australian Cricket Awards

Warner, Perry win cricket’s top awards

sport

An emotional David Warner has completed a stunning return to international cricket by claiming his third Allan Border Medal while Ellyse Perry took out the top female honour

Rain

Flooding and evacuations as storm chaos hits NSW

weather

Sydney has been plunged into chaos after the biggest rain event in 30 years sparked floods, home evacuations, traffic delays, power outages and landslides

Record set for longest stay in space by a woman

space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch has landed safely back on Earth after setting a new record for the longest stay in space by a woman

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Puss fitted with 3D-printed metal paws

animals

After losing four paws to frostbite, vets have performed surgery to replace this Russian cat’s front and back-leg paws with 3D-printed prosthetics made from titanium

Impeachment: Trump not guilty on both charges

civics

US President Donald Trump has been acquitted of the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, paving the way for his campaign for re-election

Panama disease found on Queensland banana farm

news

A fungus that can wipe out banana crops has been found on a farm in far north Queensland in a region that produces 90 per cent of Australia’s bananas

Not even Ash can drag ScoMo out of strife

news

Award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight returns in our weekly series and looks at how not even tennis golden girl Ash Barty could change PM Scott Morrison’s run of bad luck

Massive funnel-web spider at Australian Reptile Park.

Mammoth funnel-web stuns zoo

animals

Look away if you hate spiders, because this story is about a huge funnel-web called Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s so big he can produce enough venom to save many human lives

Keeping drinking water safe after fires

environment

Water experts are preparing to keep Australia’s drinking water clean after bushfires, including installing huge fabric curtains across Sydney’s main dam