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Australia's First Robot Store

First robotic shop open for business

technology

Robots served ice cream to excited kids on day one at Australia’s first robotic shop, in a move said to be about enhancing the customer experience rather than taking humans’ jobs

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Australia’s critical water shortage

weather

Several NSW towns will run out of drinking water within weeks without rain. In the longer term, Australia needs to build more dams to supply our growing population

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100

geography

It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Rat

Hide and seek with giggling rats

science

If you see a rat disappearing around a corner one day, try not to freak out — scientists have discovered it may just want to play and could even be laughing at the fun of it all


Special Features

Prizes to be won

Take our quick teacher survey and have the chance to win one of 20 books prizes to the value of $50

Know your landmarks?

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

Calling all writers

Enter our short story writing competition. First prize winners will have their tale turned into a book

Spelling Bee

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


Latest Stories

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN

civics

A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Kids Reading

Australian Reading Hour: top authors read to you

book club

Pick up a book — or watch our video with four authors reading their books aloud — for Australian Reading Hour this week and you’re guaranteed to increase your happiness

*** BESTPIX *** NRL Elimination Final - Eels v Broncos

Eels smash Broncos 58-0 and NRL finals record

sport

The Eels have smashed the Broncos 58-0 and broken a 75-year-old NRL finals record as two AFL stars sweat on tribunal results and the Boomers finished fourth in the basketball world cup

Shock find: superpowered Amazon eel

animals

For more than 250 years, we thought there was only one species of electric eel on Earth. Scientists have discovered two more species, one of which can shock its prey with 860 volts

Water found on super-Earth called K2-18b

space

Scientists have discovered water on a distant super-Earth known as K2-18b, which has temperatures suitable for life. It’s the first time water vapour has been detected on an exoplanet

Mark Knight's Four Seasons cartoon

Modern take on The Four Seasons of Australia

news

In our weekly series, Mark Knight explains why he used classic composer Vivaldi as inspiration for how different the four seasons and the weather is becoming in Australia

Tayla Harris ‘The Kick’ statue unveiled

sport

It was the kick that triggered a turning point in sport and had an impact far beyond the AFLW. And now, the iconic Tayla Harris moment has been immortalised with a life-size statue

The Royal Australian Mint's top secret coin

Secret code hidden in new 50 cent coin

money

The Royal Australian Mint has made history after releasing the first Australian coin featuring a secret code. The new 50 cent coin has been launched to mark the 70th anniversary of ASIO

The day the asteroid hit the Earth

Time capsule of the day the dinosaurs died

science

For the first time, scientists have a clear picture of the day the giant asteroid crashed into Earth, wiping out dinosaurs with fires, tsunamis and a sky full of vaporised rock

A moonbow over Mt Gambier airport

Magical moonbows explained

weather

A rare moonbow has appeared in the South Australian sky in the middle of the night and been caught on camera. We look at how they form and why seeing one is very special

Drought leaves firefighters without water

environment

Fires continued to burn across drought-ravaged Queensland and New South Wales on Monday night, forcing firefighters to find ways to fight bushfires without water

Alphabet has been testing its Project Wing drone deliveries in areas around Canberra, ACT. Picture: supplied

Hungry? Order a drone to bring lunch

technology

Flying roast chickens, hot coffee, milk, bread and hardware will drop from the air into Australian backyards in a world-first drone delivery trial expected to launch within weeks

Breakthrough in Loch Ness mystery

science

Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur

Girl wins big as 1 billionth plane passenger

history

A 10-year-old Australian girl has been met from her flight by crowds and an orchestra after becoming the one billionth passenger at Sydney Airport, which turns 100 this year.

*** BESTPIX *** England v Australia - 4th Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Five

Australia wins fourth Test and retains the Ashes

sport

For the first time in 18 years, the Ashes are coming home from the UK after the Aussies pulled off a miraculous win in the final hour of play in the fourth Test against England

Australia’s amazing new world records

just for fun

A pizza with 154 varieties of cheese and a man pulling a massive army tank 10m are two of the incredible Australian achievements just announced by Guinness World Records

Mark Knight cartoon on the Brexit situation

Boris rocks to a new anthem on Brexit

news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight reveals why he drew British PM Boris Johnson as a punk rocker to help explain Brexit and whether the UK should stay or go

England v Australia - 4th Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Two

Smith fires with double century in fourth Test

sport

Australian batsman Steve Smith took his run-spree to a new level after returning from concussion to score 211 in the fourth Ashes Test against England

Life-size dolls looking on from a bus stop in the tiny village of Nagoro in western Japan. Photo: AFP

Welcome to the valley of the scarecrow dolls

humanities

The streets of Nagoro appear busy, dotted with people going about day-to-day life at school, at shops and in gardens. But they’re not people, they’re life-size dolls

The Gateway Foundatio's space hotel

Pack your bags for a space holiday

space

Designs have been revealed for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, a low-orbit, wheel-shaped hotel for 100 space tourists a week that could be open for guests by 2025

Kids feeling eco-anxiety about plastic waste

environment

Australian doctors have declared climate change a health emergency and children admit feeling anxious about the environment, some blaming adults for plastic waste

Broken chocolate bar left position isolated top view

Chocolate can inspire a great short story

book club

Award-winning children’s author Jackie French gives her top tips on how to write a winning tale for the Kids News short story writing competition — and it involves eating chocolate

Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian

weather

‘Hurricane Hunters’ have taken an incredible photo from inside the eye of Dorian, which has hit the Bahamas and is now heading for the US, where people are doing their best to prepare

Double cuddle: twin panda cubs born

animals

Meng Meng placed the pink panda cub gently on her belly and warmed it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath and the soft fur of her cheeks. An hour later, its twin was born

Teaching bees to save lives

science

Honeybees are being trained to do jobs too dangerous for humans and too difficult for sniffer dogs, detecting the smell of bombs and chemicals and helping test for life-threatening radioactivity

Great Barrier Reef outlook ‘very poor’

environment

It’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but the outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is “very poor”, according to a five-year report on its health

Local residents play on the shore in front of a mosque that has been claimed by the sea beside the protective seawall barrier at Muara Baru, North Jakarta. Picture: Graham Crouch

Indonesia to relocate capital city from Jakarta

geography

President Joko Widodo has announced plans to move Indonesia’s capital city from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to Borneo island, known for rainforests and orang-utans

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in August 2019 shows a facial reconstruction model by John Gurche made from a fossilized cranium of Australopithecus anamensis. The species is considered to be an ancestor of A. afarensis, represented by “Lucy” found in 1974. From 3.8 million years ago, the ancestral species is the oldest known member of Australopithecus, the grouping of creatures that preceded our own branch of the family tree, called Homo. (Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History via AP)

Meet MRD, humans’ oldest cousin

science

Scientists have reconstructed the face of our earliest known ancestor from a fossilised skull belonging to a male who lived 3.8 million years ago in the mountains of Ethiopia

Upset

Are parents ignoring kids’ rights?

safe kids

As the UN reviews the rights of children in the digital age, it has found parents who share online their children’s pictures or personal information may be violating their human rights

Australia's Best Kids Newsreader

Dayleni is Australia’s best kids’ newsreader

just for fun

In breaking news ..... eight-year-old Dayleni Drike Sanchez has been named Australia’s best kids’ newsreader and is making her live TV debut. Watch her in action

Mark Knight's cartoon on the Amazon fires

Innocent victims of the Amazon fires

news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he used the faces of innocent animals to measure the destruction of the Amazon fires

Coles Mini Newspaper Giveaway in Weekend Papers

Extra, extra! It’s a Kids News mini newspaper

just for fun

Read all about it … Kids News is now a mini newspaper. Pick up your copy full of fun stories and facts this weekend at Coles to complete your Little Shop 2 collection