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Koala Hospital

Koala Anwen’s lucky-unlucky day

animals

With bandaged paws, singed ears and scorched fur, Anwen is one very lucky koala, receiving good care and on the mend after her home was burned in bushfires

An artist’s impression of the S5-HVS1 ejection by Sagittarius A*.

Black hole spits out star

space

Australian scientists have identified a star spat out and flung into infinity by our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. The star is travelling at six million kmh, 10 times the speed of most stars

A silver-backed chevrotain. Picture: Global

Alive! Creature thought extinct found

animals

A tiny, deer-like creature that “seemingly only existed as part of our imagination” has been found in a forest almost 30 years after the last official sighting

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

humanities

UPDATED THURSDAY As NSW continues to deal with the impact of Tuesday's “catastrophic” fire conditions, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night across NSW and Qld


Special Features

Free Book Club

Join our book club to receive discounts on new books and fantastic prizes

Know your landmarks?

Can you name all the famous places in the world and beat the Quiz Word clock?

Short story competition

Our short story writing competition has now closed. Winners will be announced before the end of November

Spelling Bee

National competition for Years 3-8. Class and school champion levels. Coming soon. Click HERE to register interest.


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Supplied Editorial The Vickers Vimy crew, from left, Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, with their plane at the start, in England, in 1919, for the race from England to Australia. Source: State Library of SA PRG18-9-1-3a

Epic flight Australia almost forgot

history

One hundreds years ago, two Adelaide brothers made history with their world-first flight from England to Australia in a cloth-covered, open cockpit, two-engine biplane

Revealed: Invisible ink invention

science

Scientists have discovered a new kind of invisible ink that we all use every day that’s virtually free. Unfortunately, to get it to work, you also need a super-hi-tech piece of coated paper

The extraordinary sight was captured on Hailuoto Island in Finland. Picture: Risto Mattila

Ice eggs cover beach in rare weather event

weather

Ice eggs the size of footballs have engulfed an entire beach in Finland in a rare weather event that requires ice, wind, water and freezing temperatures

An incident on the Sandakan Death March. From a painting at Borneo's Kundasang War Memorial, courtesy of Lynette Silver.

Veterans go ‘back to Hell’ through VR films

history

As we mark Remembrance Day today, stunning new virtual reality films are allowing all Australians to learn about some of the forgotten and darkest chapters of our World War II history

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

humanities

The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

Australia Women's National Cricket Team Portrait Session

Perry says dream big and believe in yourself

sport

Ellyse Perry is one of Australia’s greatest female cricketers. Here she talks about how having dreams as a kid, being resilient and how always believing in yourself can help you reach the top

An Aussie Cup win … I’ll drink to that!

arts

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he added an Aussie tradition to his Melbourne Cup drawing after local horse Vow and Declare finished first past the post

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

weather

Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology

Protest against Exxon Mobil

World’s scientists unite on climate

environment

More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration warning of a climate emergency and offered six clear measures they believe could avoid “untold human suffering”

The Matildas have been rewarded for their success. Picture: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Matildas and Socceroos to get equal pay

sport

In what’s believed to be a world-first deal, Australia’s two national soccer teams will be paid equally and all income from both teams will be split 50/50

A view of the planned city by Sidewalk Labs

Fight on over futuristic hi-tech city

technology

Google is trying to get everyone to agree on its plans to redevelop a neglected piece of land to build a hi-tech city complete with heated footpaths and self-driving shuttles

2019 Melbourne Cup Day

Aussie Vow and Declare wins 2019 Melbourne Cup

sport

The Melbourne Cup is coming home to Australia after local horse Vow and Declare, ridden by jockey Craig Williams, finishes first in a tight contest at Flemington Racecourse

Racehorse Archer, winner of 1861 and 1862 Melbourne Cup.
Turf

How Archer won the first Melbourne Cup

history

Archer was a big horse with a funny running style and a habit of hanging his tongue out. But in 1861, no horse was better than the NSW import when he took home the very first Melbourne Cup

The burger and fries 10 years after they were made. Picture:

Macca’s burger still ‘fresh’ after 10 years

health

There’s a story that McDonald’s burgers last forever, so one fan kept a burger and fries from 2009 to see if it was true. Today, they still look fine to eat, with no sign of mould or decay

Baking choc-chip cookies in space

space

Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting a special delivery: an oven for baking choc-chip cookies. The dough is already up there waiting to be cooked and eaten

The man's foot before surgery

Life-changing day for man with 14 toes

humanities

A fortune teller said this man’s extra toes were a gift from heaven, but after a lifetime of coping with this rare condition called polydactyly, he has had them surgically removed

Mountaineer smashes world record by seven years

humanities

A Nepalese mountaineer has climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks in just 189 days, his incredible feat smashing the previous record by more than seven years

Australia-England jousting tournament

Australia’s knight in shining armour

sport

Phil Leitch lives in a castle, wears a suit of armour and is the current World Jousting Champion. He’s also a real, professional, full-time knight known as Sir Reynard. True story!

Dreaming of an Uluru without climbers

news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew Uluru as an indigenous character dreaming of a life without interference on spiritual land

Sun goes all spooky for Halloween

just for fun

NASA gets into the Halloween spirit by releasing a spooky image of the Sun looking like a jack-o’-lantern PLUS Check out the kooky canines and creepy cats

Footy-shaped subs to swarm the seas

geography

An Australian company is preparing to send a swarm of footy-shaped, mini-submarines into the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways to create an underwater version of Google Street View

Human evolution on the cliff with blue, map of earth, background. Human evolution of man / people, from monkey to modern man, going towards the end of the cliff. Ending an era or it can be as risk to end a business project / company. Behind is the map of the world with clouds.

Found: exact location of first humans’ home

geography

An Australian-led team of scientists has identified the exact place in northern Botswana that was the home of the earliest ancestors of everyone alive today

Mars Curiosity rover takes a selfie.

Mars rover sends selfie back to Earth

space

NASA’s Curiosity robot is hard at work on the surface of Mars, taking selfies and conducting chemistry experiments in the portable lab inside its belly

Danielle Ridgway checking a parrot at the zoo.

Love animals? Here’s what a zookeeper does in a day

explainers

Danielle Ridgway has only been a zookeeper for just over a year but she has already coached a lazy, cheating cheetah to sprint and worked towards saving critically endangered native species

Dave Warby poses with his boat at Blowering Dam in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW.

Need for world-record speed runs in family

sport

Daredevil Australian Dave Warby is preparing to break the world water speed record of 511kmh. If he succeeds, there will be no one prouder than his dad, current record holder Ken

BEACH SEASON SAFETY

Swim and survive with virtual reality

technology

A new water-safety program designed to prevent drownings uses 360 degree, lifelike, interactive videos to place kids inside virtual rips and teach them how to escape and survive

Lawn

Small town strikes it lucky in big dry

weather

Tenterfield — battling drought and, recently, bushfires — has struck it lucky with the discovery of underground water only 126 days before the town’s supply was due to run dry

Tiny computer makes quantum leap

technology

Google has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, developing a processor that took minutes to do what would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years

End of an era as Uluru climb closes

civics

Parks Australia plans to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26, despite pressure to reconsider the climbing ban

Mark Knight cartoon on Phar Lap crying

Abuse of ex-racehorses is a crying shame

arts

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains his moving cartoon about the cruel abuse of ex-racehorses and why it’s a topic he feels deeply saddened by

Kids News Short Story writing competition closes next week artwork

Six clever rules to help you write a top short story

book club

With the Kids News short story writing competition closing on October 31, we asked children’s author Jackie French for tips on adding colour and imagination into stories. So … get writing!

Keep clean and safe from germs

Too many dirty hands to be healthy

health

New research has exposed the “gross” hygiene habits of some Australians, with some admitting they don’t always wash their hands after going to the toilet or before touching food