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EXCLUSIVE: LEGO has released a prototype for its new sustainable brick made from recycled bottles.

Lego turns plastic bottles into bricks

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Australian children could soon be playing with Lego made from recycled plastic bottles as the toy giant looks to make its famous bricks better for the environment

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker - wife of Adelaide’s own spacewalker Andy Thomas - departed for the International Space Station in November And took a Crows guernsey with her .  Picture: NASA

How do astronauts clean clothes in space?

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Not even astronauts can avoid the housework forever, as NASA announces plans for a dirty laundry overhaul aboard the International Space Station

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper 

Barnaby Joyce rams aside Nats leader

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Cartoonist Mark Knight saw similarities between politics and the farmyard when Barnaby Joyce ousted National Party leader Michael McCormack and became our new Deputy Prime Minister

The Far Northern Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef are still in excellent condition.

Great Barrier Reef headed for endangered list

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The United Nations has recommended the Great Barrier Reef be listed as 'in danger' but the federal government is fighting the move


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Roshani the Red Panda at Melbourne Zoo. At the age of 13, Roshani is is considered geriatric and needs regular old age health checks. For Kids News

Red panda Roshani visits the vet

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At the age of 13, Roshani the red panda is considered geriatric and just like humans she needs some special care as she gets older. Watch her recent health check-up at Melbourne Zoo

KIDS NEWS French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) works to complete the installation of a roll out solar array on the International Space Station, June 20, 2021. Picture: NASA.

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

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It's been a busy week in space as astronauts at the International Space Station install new solar panels and three Chinese astronauts step aboard China’s module for a historic three-month stay

Australian Paralympic swimmer Colin Pearse has set up a lap lane in his parent's dam in northern Victoria to train while in COVID-19 lockdown.

From laps in dam to Paralympic dream

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Teen swimmer Col Pearse was training in a dam on his family’s farm last year and has now been tapped for the Tokyo Paralympics team

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on March 12, 2019, shows a coelacanth during its restoration process at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle's (French National Museum of Natural History) taxidermy workshop in Paris. - The endangered coelacanth, a "prehistoric" fish species, is far more vulnerable than previously thought, according to a study by marine biologists published on June 17, 2021. They found that Latimeria chalimnae, sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" and found in the waters of the Indian Ocean around the Comoros, lives five times longer than previously thought. It also reproduces at a very late age, over 50 years, a feature that puts it at risk of being fished out before it can perpetuate the species. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Ancient fish species lives to 100

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First it turned up alive after being thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs. Now the coelacanth has surprised again, with research showing it lives to the ripe old age of 100

New school crossing on its way at Essendon North Primary school. Students at the proposed crossing on Gillies St in Essendon North.
Pragati Senthilkumaran, Zoe Lorenzon, Ruby Kaulfuss, Jared Tao and Ethan Green with Lollipop man Gordon Bell.
December 12th, Essendon North, Melbourne.
Picture : George Salpigtidis

New school start and finish times to be trialled

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The traditional 9am to 3pm school day will be replaced under a trial that gives primary schools the freedom to set their own start and finish times

The Alauda Aeronautics Mk3 EXA race-craft, designed in Adelaide, will take part in a race series organised by fellow Adelaide company Airspeeder.  , Picture: Supplied

Flying car races set to take off after Aussie trials

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A world-first, global “flying car” Grand Prix series is planned after the success of tests in the South Australian outback

A 1920 George V Sovereign minted in Sydney that sold at a Monaco online auction on Saturday.

Rare Aussie coins set world record price

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Two rare Australian coins leave loose change behind, fetching around $1.5 million each at a Monaco online auction

Kingswood College has switched a permanent sports day uniform. Dudman sisters Charlotte, (11) and Issey (13) jump for joy in their new outfits while Lucy Beck (13) wears the old uniform. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Call to ditch school uniforms for sportswear

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Kids, parents, teachers and health experts are calling for traditional school uniforms to be replaced with sports uniforms, which could save families money and promote physical activity

Barbie reveals Julie Bishop, as Official 2021 Role Model for Australia - crop 3

New Barbie doll celebrates Aussie role model

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Julie Bishop, Australia’s first female foreign affairs minister, has been honoured with her own Barbie doll to celebrate female role models and show girls they can be anything they want to be

Mark Knight cartoon on Big Freeze 7

Daniher gives the MND beast a shove

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Though we are in a pandemic, the annual Big Freeze event reminds Mark Knight that there are other medical battles being fought that also deserve our attention

Westminster School Year 7 students Ashwin and Axel guide one of their prototype Sphero Bolt Driven Water Collection Devices watched by Anna and Aijay in the schools pool Thursday ,June,3,2021.Picture Mark Brake

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

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Year 7 students in SA have begun testing robotic rubbish collectors in the school pool, with their sights set on one day cleaning up waste-filled water worldwide

Longford Spiderweb Ballooning after flooding in the area. Picture: Lotje McDonald Photography (MUST CREDIT)

Raining spiders after Victorian floods

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Despite headlines of an ‘arachnid apocalypse’ and startling images of cobwebs blanketing country Victoria, locals and experts alike are mesmerised by the spiders’ ingenious survival technique

Pelkingese dog "Wasabi" is seen with the trophy after winning Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show June 13, 2021 at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. - Spectators are not allowed this year, apart from dog owners and handlers, because of safety protocols due to Covid-19. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

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Wasabi the Pekingese is one hot hound, beating 2500 other pooches to the top prize: best in show at the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club dog show in the US

11-06-2021 Barefoot Investor Jars. Darcy Fletcher 10, took part in a money saving pilot program to be featured on Scott Pape's Foxtel show Money Movement. Pictured with his parents Dave and Jasmin, sister Stevie ,8, and brothers Franky ,14 and Billy ,5. PICTURE: Brad Fleet

Let’s learn more about money

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Money matters to Aussie kids who want financial literacy to be taught in the classroom, a Kids News survey reveals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 12, 2018 a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. - It sounds like a real-life take on "Pinocchio" -- a US lobster fisherman says he was scooped into the mouth of a humpback whale on June 11, 2021 and yet lived to tell the story. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Man eaten by whale lives to tell tale

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Like Jonah from the famous religious stories, a man has been eaten by a humpback whale, which then spat him out. The professional lobster diver was only bruised after his ordeal

This undated image provided by Blue Origin shows an illustration of the capsule that will be used to take tourist into space. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons. While developers envision ultimately taking people to orbiting habitats, the moon or beyond, the immediate future involves short flights into or near the lowest reaches of space without going into orbit.(Blue Origin via AP)

Mystery person buys ticket to space

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An unnamed buyer has won an online auction for a trip to space next month on the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 Moon landing

Draco volans, the common flying dragon on the tree in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia. lizard in wild nature, beautiful colorful lizard

Robot lizards solve prey puzzle

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Why do predators sometimes overlook a seemingly easy meal in the wild? Australian scientists have answered the question with the help of robotic lizards

A migrating herd of elephants graze near Shuanghe Township, Jinning District of Kunming city in the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. Already famous at home, China's wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media, including satellite news stations, news papers and wire services are chronicling the herd's more-than year-long, 500 km trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. (Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP

China’s wandering elephants become global stars

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After more than a year on the move, the antics of a Chinese herd of elephants are proving irresistible to social and world media

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Dylan Alcott of Australia lifts the winners trophy following victory in their quad wheelchair mens singles final against Sam Schroder of The Netherlands during day nine of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Aussie Dylan Alcott wins third French Open

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For the third year in a row in France, and 13th time in his career, Aussie wheelchair tennis ace Dylan Alcott is a Grand Slam champion

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News

Dinos illustrate Covid challenge

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What does the age of the dinosaurs have in common with our modern coronavirus challenge? Mark Knight explains why he combined the two in his latest cartoon for Kids News

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat receiving a treat while at work detecting landmines in  Cambodia. - The rodent has won the animal equivalent of Britain's highest civilian honour for bravery on September 25, 2020 because of his uncanny knack of sniffing out landmines and unexploded ordnance. (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

Brave rat rests up in well-earned retirement

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After five years of sniffing out landmines and other explosives in Cambodia, Magawa the rat — who became famous after winning a top bravery award for dogs — is retiring to eat and play

Ashley Smith, 11, and Latahnia Anderson, 10, on the newly grassed Santa Teresa Oval in the Northern Territory  on May 3, 2021.  Picture: Emma Murray

How outback oval became the ‘MCG of the Desert’

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A footy oval has been transformed into a green grassy oasis in a remote Northern Territory town in a project led by the Melbourne Football Club

The Marian School Vegetable garden. The Kitchen Garden program is being extended - a few schools in Townsville teach this program about healthy eating. Nicholas Ellis 9yo and Olivia Fletcher 9yo of year 4 in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

Grow your own fruit and vegies for good health

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Kids can grow stronger from the ground up by planting their own fruit and vegetables. Get Healthy Harold’s tips on what to plant

The giant of the Outback has been identified as a new dinosaur genus and species – Australotitan cooperensis, the Southern titan! This dinosaur is a new gigantic titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur group that represent the largest animals that walked on earth.  It reached a similar size to the world’s dinosaur giants found in South America, marking Australia’s first entry into the world’s dinosaur giants

Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur

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What is longer than a basketball court and taller than a B-double truck? Australia’s newest and biggest dino, Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper

Jaguar Bogert, 6, was named Auskicker of the Week in round eight and will present a premiership medal to a player from the winning team on Grand Final Day. Picture: AFL Photos

Auskicker Jaguar is game for big Grand Final role

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Imagine presenting a premiership medal to an AFL hero on Grand Final Day. That’s the big job pint sized footy fan Jaguar Bogert has after being named an Auskicker of the Week

An Australian Bustard which lives in the nature reserve on the 13,000 hectare Mt Pleasant cattle station between Collinsville and Bowen. Picture: Garlone Moulin

Huge new national park for outback NSW

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Australia is set to get a new national park after the NSW government’s purchase of two sheep stations totalling 60,000ha near Broken Hill in western NSW

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.

Squid and water bears blast off into space

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Five thousand water bears and 128 glow-in-the-dark baby squid have left Earth aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the science labs of the International Space Station

Theekshitha Karthik, 11, is the national champion of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee in the Year 5-6 age group. The Haileybury College student blitzed the competition, run by Kids News and News Corp Australia, scoring 29/30 in a lightning fast 1 min 12 sec. She's now off to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister. Picture: Jason Edwards

Australia’s best young spellers revealed

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Meet the three national winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee and see who made the top 10

Scientists in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of two rhinos in a novel effort to save the species from poachers., James Larkin, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an expert in radiation protection, said that the stable isotopes used were harmless and that he “doesn’t want to kill anyone” with the infusion: “We just want to use the natural reticence towards radioactive material to decrease demand for rhino horn and also make it easier , From sourcE:, https://www.facebook.com/Rhisotope/

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

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A radical – indeed radioactive – scientific solution has begun in South Africa to save the rhino species by deterring poachers

Chinese babies accompanied by their parents take part in a baby swimming contest, which the organizer hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the most babies swimming together, at a stadium in Beijing, China, 11/09/2010. China's government maintains that the one child policy has averted 400 million births since the strict policy implemented in 1979 and has vowed to enforce it until at least 2033, when the population is expected to peak at 1.5 billion.

China lifts the baby limit to three

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When China introduced the one-child policy in 1979 it was to prevent a population explosion, but now more babies are needed

The UQ research team, featuring (foreground, L-R) Dr Chris McMillan, Dr David Muller, (background, L-R) Dr Alberto Amarilla, Dr Naphak Modhiran Ortiz and Ms Jovin Choo.

Say goodbye to needles with vaccine patch

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We could soon be giving ourselves Covid vaccines without the need for a doctor, nurse or needle, thanks to a “game changing” discovery by Australian scientists

Mark Knight's cartoon, vaccine and toilet paper

Perfect pairing of pandemic symptoms

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We’ve been well informed about the effects of the coronavirus on people, but Mark Knight observes two other symptoms appearing together during the latest Victorian lockdown