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Ancient Mars may have been covered in a huge ice sheet Credit: NASA

How the Martian ice age shaped the red planet

space

Mars was once covered in ice sheets that carved out thousands of giant valleys in the same way as on Earth, challenging previous theories of Mars as a warm, wet planet covered in oceans

Dr. Benjamin Tee, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), demonstrates how his device can detect the texture of a soft stress ball at a lab in NUS, Singapore July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell

Star Wars-inspired AI skin passes touch tests

technology

Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand in Star Wars has inspired scientists to develop “electronic skin” that could allow people with prosthetic limbs to feel texture, temperature and pain

Aussie giraffe takes world height record

animals

After a tricky time measuring him, a 12-year-old giraffe called Forest – who lives at Australia Zoo in Queensland – has been confirmed as the world’s tallest giraffe, standing at 5.7m

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Dream machine to choose your own adventure

science

Scientists have invented a wearable device that helps you dream about suggested topics then records you talking in your sleep to help you remember your dream when you wake up


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NASA’s Perseverance rover joins race to Mars

space

The Perseverance rover has joined spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates and China on the 480 million kilometre journey to Mars

The history of the Olympic Games

sport

We should have been cheering on our Olympic heroes in Tokyo right now. But with coronavirus putting the Games on hold for another year, it’s a chance to take a look at where the magnificent sporting tradition started

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Aussie dogs to train as pandemic sniffer force

health

The first COVID-sniffing dogs could be on patrol in airports, hospitals or quarantine within months as Australian scientists work to deploy puppy power in the hunt for unidentified patients

In this handout released by Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region Press Office, people carry a mammoth bone fragment in the Pechevalavato Lake in the Yamalo-Nenets region, Russia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Fragments of a mammoth skeleton have been found by local reindeer herders in the lake a few days ago, and scientists hope to retrieve the entire skeleton - a rare find that could help deepen the knowledge about mammoths that have died out around 10,000 years ago. (Artem Cheremisov/Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia Press Office via AP)

Reindeer herders find woolly mammoth

animals

Scientists are working to retrieve the skeleton of a woolly mammoth from the shallows of a lake in northern Siberia where reindeer herders discovered it in recent days

‘Karen’s’ mask fight not just about her rights

civics

Like a school essay, a cartoon is a way to compare and contrast two sides to an issue. In this case it’s about someone demanding their rights but forgetting their responsibilities to the vulnerable

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

space

For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

Supplied Editorial Short-finned eel. Picture: Supplied

Hole in dam wall saves epic eel journey

environment

Eels in Tasmania can now swim through a hole drilled in a dam wall to help them begin their incredible 3000km migration north to breeding grounds in the Coral Sea around New Caledonia

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Australia, the land of great ideas

history

Whether you’re in your classroom or reading this story on Kids News from home, you’re most likely using Wi-Fi, an Australian invention and one of a long list of smart ideas we’ve had so far

Solved: the mystery of smelly armpits

science

Scientists now understand the substances that make armpits smell, that they predate Homo sapiens and they may have had an important role in communication between our ancestors

Zoo welcomes southern white rhino calf

animals

Umqali the southern white rhino has given birth to a healthy calf at Monarto Safari Park in South Australia in great news for the efforts to save the species from extinction

Aussie invents paint to beat coronavirus

science

In what may be one of the biggest breakthroughs yet in combating COVID-19, a scientist has invented a surface coating that wipes out the virus and may continue working for years

China’s Mars mission blasts off

space

It’s getting busy on the way to Mars, with China joining the United Arab Emirates to launch a mission to the red planet and NASA preparing to send off its Perseverance rover

Generic image of a Australian native honey bee seen at Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, with news scientists have worked out how bees fly.

Plan to save Australian honey bees

technology

New Aussie technology could halt one of the 21st century’s most troubling trends: the sudden decline in bee populations around the world

Last 747 flying kangaroo in the sky

history

After 50 years of service, the Qantas 747s — nicknamed the Queen of the Skies — are retiring and the last plane on its last flight traced the shape of a kangaroo in the sky

Category winners in iphone photography contest

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

arts

It’s hard to believe the winners from the annual iPhone Photo Awards — described as the ‘Oscars of mobile photography’ — were taken with an iPhone or iPad. Which is your favourite?

Mark Knight's cartoon on Greg Hunt

Cartoonist says sorry for taking the mickey

news

We all know when you try to do something in front of a camera, things don’t turn out quite as you would like them to. This was the case with the Health Minister and his face mask

KFC plans to 3D print chicken nuggets

science

A fast-food chicken chain is creating lab-grown meat made from stem cells to create a “meat for the future”, as a burger chain feeds cattle lemongrass to try to cut methane emissions

A FALSE colour image of planet Venus, without cloud cover, as mapped by radar by the US Magellan spacecraft. planets space astronomy

Scientists find active volcanoes on Venus

space

New research has discovered 37 active or recently active volcanic structures on Venus, evidence that our hot, toxic neighbour isn’t the dormant planet we thought it was

Bushfires threaten 49 Australian species

animals

Scientists are just beginning to understand how the bushfires devastated populations of native animals. See the full list of species that are now – suddenly – under threat

British inventors have unveiled a hybrid airplane that can be used for commercial passenger or cargo flights Credit: EAG

‘Whisper-quiet’ hybrid jet design revealed

technology

Aeroplane designers are working on projects that could have us flying around in eco-friendly, almost-silent, battery-powered jets or sleek blended-wing aircraft like military stealth bombers

Mars mission headlines big week in space news

space

UAE launched its first mission to Mars on Monday as it strives to reduce the country’s reliance on selling oil. On the ISS, NASA astronauts complete a space walk and prepare to head home

World’s pile of electronic waste grows

environment

Massive mountains of discarded TVs, phones and computers around the world grew to a record high in 2019, but in Australia, the precious resources in your old devices can be recycled

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Uncomfortable uniforms could force girls out of sport

sport

Girls are dropping out of sport at high rates as they move from tweens to teens and a new study is looking to see if uniforms are part of the problem

Girl catching clouds

What does it feel like to touch a cloud?

weather

You might already know how it feels to touch a cloud without realising it. We explain what a cloud is and why they sometimes turn into rain, snow and hail

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Qld set to be Australia’s sporting capital

sport

All Victorian AFL clubs and Victorian and NSW-based Supercars racing teams will move to Qld in a big win for the Sunshine State, with the location of the 2020 AFL Grand Final to be confirmed

Dairy case study

Calls to change cheese health star rating

health

Despite more than 90 per cent of Australians not eating enough dairy, cheese is being overlooked as a source of calcium and “good” fats, with some cheeses only rating 1.5 health stars

Roadblock stops Premier’s getaway

news

Cartoonist Mark Knight discusses Victoria’s change of circumstances as coronavirus case numbers increase, and whether Premier Daniel Andrews is running away from responsibility

Fergus Gregory's photo of Ben Lomond, Tasmania and the Milky Way. Picture: Instagram/@fergtas

Tassie time lapse of our Milky Way galaxy

space

A beginner astrophotographer has braved Tasmania’s freezing winter nights to capture the Milky Way’s dance across the night sky in some of the state’s most picturesque locations

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Dog becomes essential worker during pandemic

animals

A chocolate Labrador has been doing an important job to help people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering food in a straw basket around his neighbourhood

Race is on to reach the Red Planet

space

Traffic is about to get busy on the interplanetary route between Earth and Mars as three rival missions leave Earth during July in time for the next Earth-Mars Close Approach in October

In this undated photo provided by Alvaro Moya Riffo in July 2020, an Andean condor soars above the Patagonian steppe in Argentina. For the first time, a team of scientists strapped recording equipment they called “daily diaries” to eight condors in Patagonia, to record each wingbeat over more than 250 hours of flight time. Incredibly, the birds spent just 1% of their time aloft flapping their wings, mostly during take-off. One bird flew more than five hours, covering more than 100 miles (160 km), without flapping its wings. (Alvaro Moya Riffo via AP)

Big bird flies without flapping

animals

Scientists have observed an Andean condor — the world’s largest soaring bird — riding air currents to fly more than 160km over five hours without flapping its wings

This illustration provided by the American Museum of Natural History in July 2020 depicts a Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, shown to scale with human hands. Kongonaphon lived roughly 237 million years ago. (Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History)

Meet ‘tiny bug slayer’, the ideal pet

animals

A pre-dinosaur-era creature that would have made a great pet and fitted in the palm of your hand has been discovered. Meet Kongonaphon kely, whose name means “tiny bug slayer”