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Artist's illustration of Artemis astronauts working on the Moon. Picture: NASA

Signal troubles on Earth? Move to the Moon

technology

If you’re struggling with dodgy phone or internet, there’s a chance you’ll soon be better off on the Moon as NASA awards Nokia the job of building the first lunar mobile network

Looking to hunt down a feral pest before it takes a greater toll on our local wildlife.

Fox without socks takes a liking to shoes

animals

In a twist on the Dr Seuss story, a cunning fox is collecting shoes — but not socks — from front verandas in Adelaide, spreading them around the streets and hoarding them in its den

Handout picture released by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and taken on October 15, 2020 showing a giant cat figure etched into a slope at the Unesco world heritage site in the desert near the town of Nasca in southern Peru, after its was discovered by archaeologists and the area was cleaned as the geoglyph was barely visible and about to disappear due to erosion. - The geoglyph measures 37 metres from head to tail and forms part of the Nasca Lines — the hundreds of geoglyphs, including a hummingbird, a monkey and a pelican, carved into a coastal plain about 400 km south of Lima. According to a statement by the Peruvian ministry of culture, after cleaning the area the lines were found to measure between 30 and 40 cm in width. The Nazca Lines date back to between 500 BC and 500 AD, and cover an area of about 450 square km. They were given world heritage status in 1994. (Photo by - / Peruvian Ministry of Culture / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PERU'S CULTURE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

2000-year-old cat found carved in desert

history

A huge cat carving has been unearthed on a hillside in southern Peru and is thought to be a 2000-year-old Nazca Line. Around 1000 have already been discovered

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Drones helping secure a future for koalas

environment

The World Wildlife Fund is using drones to drop eucalypt seeds on NSW forests burned in last summer’s bushfires in an effort to provide a future food source to help koala populations recover


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An artist's impression of the Osiris-REX spacecraft near the asteroid Bennu.  CREDIT: NASA

NASA attempts to snatch asteroid rubble

space

UPDATED After almost two years circling the asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of kilometres away, a NASA spacecraft has attempted to collect a sample from the treacherous, boulder-packed surface

This Sept. 1, 2020 photo provided by San Diego Zoo Global shows Kurt, a tiny horse who is actually a clone. Little Kurt looks like any other baby horse as he frolics playfully in his pen. But the 2-month-old, dun-colored colt was created by fusing cells taken from an endangered Przewalski's horse at the San Diego Zoo in 1980. The cells were infused with an egg from a domestic horse that gave birth to Kurt two months ago. The baby boy was named for Kurt Benirschke, a founder of the San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo, where thousands of cell cultures are stored. Scientists hope he'll help restore the Przewalski's population, which numbers only about 2,000. (Christine Simmons/San Diego Zoo Global via AP)

Kurt the cloned horse kicking up his heels

science

In a world first, scientists have cloned a rare, endangered Przewalski’s horse. They used cells taken from a stallion 40 years ago and fused them with an egg from a domestic horse

This NASA handout photo shows Expedition 64 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins seen as she has her Russian Sokol suit pressure checked as she and fellow crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos prepare for their Soyuz launch to the International Space Station on October 14, 2020, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - The trio launched at 1:45 a.m. EDT to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GCTC/ANDREY SHELEPIN/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Record fast flight to International Space Station

space

A new crew has arrived at the International Space Station in less time than it takes to catch a plane flight from one side of Australia to the other

What type of saver are you. For Kids News. iStock image

What type of saver are you?

money

Learning to save is a vital life skill and can help you get the things you want. Knowing what type of saver you are can help you reach your savings goals

A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons. For Kids News book club October 2020.

Become a Kids News reporter and interview our book of the month author

book club

Here’s your chance to ask author Francesca Gibbons about her book, A Clock of Stars. You can also read the first three chapters for free and try the special classroom activities

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners announced -  The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment, GRAND TITLE WINNER

With an expression of sheer ecstasy, a tigress hugs an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. She is an Amur, or Siberian, tiger, here in the Land of the Leopard National Park, in the Russian Far East. The race – now regarded as the same subspecies as the Bengal tiger – is found only in this region, with a small number surviving over the border in China and possibly a few in North Korea. Hunted almost to extinction in the past century, the population is still threatened by poaching and logging, which also impacts their prey – mostly deer and wild boar, which are also hunted. But recent (unpublished) camera‑trap surveys indicate that greater protection may have resulted in a population of possibly 500–600 – an increase that it is hoped a future formal census may confirm. Low prey densities mean that tiger territories are huge. Sergey knew his chances were slim but was determined to take a picture of the totem animal of his Siberian homeland. Scouring the forest for signs, focusing on trees along regular routes where tigers might have left messages – scent, hairs, urine or scratch marks – he installed his first proper camera trap in January 2019, opposite this grand fir. But it was not until November that he achieved the picture he had planned for, of a magnificent tigress in her Siberian forest environment.  

Nikon Z-7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250; Cognisys camera-trap system.

Tree-hugging tiger photo wins wildlife award

animals

Judges called this photo of a Siberian tiger a “scene like no other” and declared it the overall winning entry in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition. See all the winning photos

A species of tardigrade that glows blue in UV light. Picture: Suma et al/Biology Letters

Tardigrades found with glowing blue UV shield

science

Scientists have discovered a new species of tardigrade with a new superpower — a blue fluorescent coating — that protects them and other living things it is painted onto against extreme UV light

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 12th of October 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper .

Wanting the Premier to hit the right target

arts

There are lots of complex numbers in news about the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Knight explains how he created a drawing to show what’s happening in Victoria in a simple way

Pictured at his home in Curl Curl in Sydney is Jack Berne ,12, founder of A Fiver for a Farmer. Jack has been selected as the Australian contributor to a global campaign for LEGO called Rebuild the World.  LEGO has unveiled an awe-inspiring installation Ð a 13ft globe Ð which showcases a build created by Jack. 
Picture: Richard Dobson

World Lego honour for Aussie schoolboy

humanities

Jack Berne is the boy who made news after launching fundraiser A fiver for a Farmer. Now, the 12 year old has been picked to contribute to a global Lego project called Rebuild the World

Buzz Aldrin salutes the US flag on the moon.

Australia agrees to new rules for the Moon

space

Eight countries have agreed to NASA’s new set of Moon rules — banning fighting and littering — based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, by which celestial bodies can’t be owned by one country

Grade 2 student Ariana Fais has been chosen from almost 3000 entries as the winner of the Kids News short story competition in the kindergarten to year 2 age group. Her story, The Unexpected Friendship, is about a snail called Suzie and a slug called Simon. Please get some shots of Ariana doing some story writing and perhaps holding a snail (apparently there are plenty around her home at the moment). For Herald Sun news and Kids News website.Picture: Tim Carrafa

Short story competition winners revealed

arts

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s short story competition and especially to the amazing young writers who caught the eye of the judges. Read their winning stories here

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat wearing his gold medal received from PDSA for his work in detecting landmines in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Rat wins top bravery award for landmine work

animals

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, is the first rat ever to win a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honour for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia

TOPSHOT - This still image taken from a SpaceX livestream video shows "Starman" sitting in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 6, 2018. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago. / AFP PHOTO / SPACEX / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SPACEX" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Starman in a Tesla Roadster car flies past Mars

space

Elon Musk’s car has just passed Mars after he blasted it into space in 2018. Elsewhere in the solar system, an object thought to be an asteroid is likely a junk NASA rocket wandering since 1966

One side of the coin shows Caesar's best-known assassin, Brutus Credit: NUMISMATIC GUARANTY CORPORATION

Rare 2000-year-old Roman gold coin for sale

history

An incredibly rare, 2000-year-old Roman coin commemorating the death of Julius Caesar – just one of three in the world made of gold — is up for sale by a private collector

Junior MasterChef contestant Etka,  13, from Melbourne. For Kids News

Young TV cook’s advice for kids in the kitchen

just for fun

A Junior MasterChef contestant is encouraging other kids to get cooking. Here are his tips for the best way to learn

Family holiday. For Kids News. iStock image

Tell us about your favourite family holiday

just for fun

The most recent school holidays might have been a bit different for many kids thanks to coronavirus restrictions, but it’s still fun to remember past holiday adventures. We want to hear about yours

An artist’s impression of the ARIEL spacecraft as it heads toward its operational position in 2028. CREDIT: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office

The planets better suited for life than Earth

space

Scientists have discovered 24 “superhabitable” planets that are older, larger, warmer and wetter than Earth, making them ideal for life

Taronga Zoo keepers are training one of their wedge tail eagles 'Reggie' at Athol Hall to be part of the Free Flight Bird Show. Picture: Toby Zerna

How do birds fly? Why can’t humans fly?

explainers

It’s spring and that means there are soon to be a lot of baby birds learning to fly. They look awkward first go, but they soon work it out. How do they do it? And why can’t humans fly too?

Divers photograph coral as part of the Great Reef Census launch at Milln Reef off Cairns.  PICTURE: CITIZENS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Citizen scientists’ photos needed for Reef census

environment

A fleet of fishing and tourist boats, yachts and research ships with citizen scientists on board equipped with snorkels and cameras is completing a world-first study of the Great Barrier Reef

The tests include practising picking up Moon rocks and planting an American flag Credit: NASA

NASA tests Moon suits for 2024 Artemis mission

space

Picking up Moon rocks, fixing a lunar lander and planting an American flag are some of the tasks NASA testers are doing in the new space suits at the bottom of a deep swimming pool

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 6th of October 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper.

Finding a positive message in uncertain times

civics

When the Treasurer delivered the Federal Budget this week it wasn’t hard to imagine the coronavirus as a big steel wrecking ball. Perhaps the best thing to do is Keep Calm and Carry On

This undated handout photo released by Aussie Ark on October 1, 2020 shows a Tasmanian devil walking in the wild in mainland Australia. - Tasmanian devils have been released into the wild on Australia's mainland 3,000 years after the feisty marsupials went extinct there, in what conservationists described on October 5 as a "historic" step. (Photo by Handout / Aussie Ark / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY Australia-environment-animal RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Aussie Ark" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --- NO ARCHIVES ---

Wild devils return to mainland after 3000 years

animals

After what’s believed to be thousands of years, there are once again wild Tasmanian devils on the Australian mainland, with 26 reintroduced so far in the Barrington Tops National Park, NSW

Green turtle. Picture: iStock.

Hi-tech fake eggs helping solve sea turtle crime

technology

Scientists have used 3D-printed fake eggs containing GPS trackers to follow sea turtle eggs stolen from nests by poachers. All seven sea turtle species are listed as threatened and every egg matters

Bird - Fairy Wren in Song

Calling all birders for big citizen science event

science

It’s time for Australia’s largest citizen science event, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Last year, 88,000 people spotted almost 3.4 million birds in the annual avian survey. What birds can you see?

This composite image, from NASA Galileo and Mars Global Survey orbiters, of Earth and Mars was created to allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the relative sizes of the two planets. Picture: NASA/JPL

See our neighbour Mars up close in the night sky

space

Mars is the closest it will be to Earth for the next 15 years — just 62.1 million kilometres away — and you should be able to easily spot it without a telescope above Australia throughout October

Screenshot of a peregrine falcon sitting with its chicks. Picture: 367collinsfalcons.com.au

All the action of the famous peregrine falcon family

animals

Three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in a nest on the side of a Melbourne skyscraper. The birds are the stars of a live webcam watched by thousands of people around the world

In this June 18, 2020 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Kate Rubins, center, and support personnel review the Universal Waste Management System, a low-gravity space toilet, in Houston. The new device is scheduled to be delivered to the International Space Station on Oct. 1, 2020. (Norah Moran/NASA via AP)

Titanium toilet blasts off to space station

space

Astronauts on the ISS are about to test NASA’s first new space toilet in decades — a $32 million titanium toilet more suitable for women — before its eventual use on the Moon

Portrait of Australia's Alyssa Healy ahead of the ICC T20 Women's World Cup which starts tomorrow at Spotless Stadium in Sydney. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Cricket star’s message to kids: tough times won’t last

sport

She’s a superstar of Australian sport, but things haven’t always gone to plan for cricketer Alyssa Healy. Here’s her advice for bouncing back from difficult times

ESCAPE:  ALICE SPRINGS, 2 MARCH 2018 – Qantas’ newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which features a unique Indigenous livery, touched down in Alice Springs today. Picture: Qantas 
Yam Deaming by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

All aboard Emily, the big jet to nowhere

geography

The Great Southern Land scenic flight is thought to be the fastest-selling flight in Qantas history, giving passengers a birds-eye view of Australia then delivering them back to where the flight began

Tina and Tom's Time Travelling Toilet by Chris Taylor and James Crabtree. For Kids News

Flush out some fun with Tina and Tom’s Time-Travelling Toilet

just for fun

Discover some fun facts about important moments in history with book characters Tina, Tom and Dog — and download their A-maze-ing activity sheets

Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner trains in the Brisbane hub ahead of the T20 and One Day series with New Zealand, which starts September 26, 2020. For Kids News.
Source: cricket.com.au

A day in the hub with our women cricket heroes

sport

Aussie cricket star Ashleigh Gardner reveals what it’s been like preparing for the return of international competition in the team’s quarantine hub

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Bear, the rescue and recovery dog as he searched for injured koalas in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires. Picture: Supplied/Foxtel

Bear back on duty for bushfire season

animals

This summer, Australian scientists will use a crew of sniffer dogs led by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, to find and rescue any koalas in danger from bushfires