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A river of lava approaches houses as Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. - The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Spain's Canary Islands today spewing out lava, ash and a huge column of smoke after days of increased seismic activity, sparking evacuations of people living nearby, authorities said. Cumbre Vieja straddles a ridge in the south of La Palma island and has erupted twice in the 20th century, first in 1949 then again in 1971. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

Lava slows after volcano erupts

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Tourists and residents have been safely evacuated from affected areas of Spain’s Canary Islands after the region’s first volcanic eruption in 50 years

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 16, 2021 courtesy of Inspiration4 shows the Inspiration4 crew (L-R) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Sian Proctor in orbit. - The four private space tourists aboard a SpaceX capsule are due to return to Earth on sEPTEMBER 18, 2021, touching down off the coast of Florida after three days of orbiting the planet. (Photo by Handout / Inspiration4 / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Inspiration4" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

SpaceX tourists orbit without astronauts

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A civilian crew has made history in space after successfully orbiting Earth for three days without a single astronaut on board

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines of the Power poses for a photograph following the 2021 Brownlow Medal Count at Optus Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide star wins Brownlow Medal

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Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines outlasted Bulldogs champ Marcus Bontempelli to be crowned the 2021 Brownlow medallist, the first time a Port player has taken the honour

Guinness World Records 2022 - Zaila Avant-garde - Most bounce juggles in on minute, most bounces in 30 seconds and most basketballs dribbled at once

The amazing kids setting world records

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From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people


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NO INTERNET - EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY - Adelaide Crows Eddie Betts wearing this year's Indigenous Jumper. Photo Sarah Reed

Racism pain inspires song about Eddie Betts

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One of Australia’s most respected singers and songwriters has turned AFL legend Eddie Betts’ fight against racism into an emotional song

More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

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Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 13th of September 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .

Perth Grand Final has a blockbuster feel

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The AFL’s biggest game of the year has plenty in common with a movie blockbuster, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

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Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

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The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

MooLoo to the rescue

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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

This undated image recived by AFP on Septemner 8, 2021, courtesy of Ray-Ban and Facebook, shows a model wearing smart glasses by Facebook and Ray Ban. - Facebook and iconic eyewear brand Ray-Ban launched their new smart glasses, the latest effort in a tricky, niche market but which the social media giant sees as a step toward its future. The "Ray-Ban Stories" shades can take pictures and video upon the wearer's voice commands, and the frames can connect wirelessly to Facebook's platform through an app. (Photo by Handout / Ray-Ban and Facebook / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ray-Ban and Facebook" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Aussie watchdog probes Facebook smart glasses

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Australia’s privacy watchdog is investigating whether Facebook’s hidden-camera sunglasses could be used to spy on people without their knowledge or consent

KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

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There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Alcott of Australia celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Niels Vink of the Netherlands to complete a 'Golden Slam' during their Wheelchair Quad Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Alcott claims historic Golden Slam

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Wheelchair tennis champ Dylan Alcott has achieved what no other man has – a Golden Slam – after his latest victory in the US on what was a big day for Aussie sports stars

Parents can help their child with reading and to develop their literacy skills. For Kids News and Hibernation

What stories really matter to you?

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Grab your favourite book for Australian Reading Hour as children’s authors invite kids to consider their own stories of family and belonging during Australia Reads this week

The Royal ChildrenÕs Hospital will trial a new coronavirus testing method for kids over the coming weeks.
ItÕs a much less invasive but an equally effective test. 
The new device will sit at the base of a childÕs nose and collect any virus particles. Harry, 7, with the device.  Picture: Alex Coppel.

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

health

Getting a Covid-19 test is no joke, but it could become a lot more fun for kids thanks to a new Australian made testing device in the shape of moustaches and cat noses

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
copyright Estelle Smalberger (Schoeman) NOT FOR SALE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Rare and protected: The distinctive musk duck is a protected waterbird species in Victoria. Picture: supplied.

Cheeky duck learns human insult

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Researchers got more than they bargained for when it came to studying old recordings of Ripper the Australian musk duck, who had learned to mimic a human in need of a swear jar

The plane flew through the road tunnels.

Stunt pilot’s daring world-first tunnel flight

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Flying at an average speed of 245km/h, there was no room for error when Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa became the first person to fly a plane through a road tunnel. Watch the video

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021

Covid vaccine race is finally on

health

Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Woolworths announces return of  Fresh Foods for Kids Discovery Program for 2022. after research found almost 50 per cent of Aussie kids can't recognise a beetroot or leek. Pictured is Jennifer Young  and Lucy Young. Picture: Adam Dormand

Do you know your vegetables?

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Aussie kids are becoming less knowledgeable about where their food comes from and many can’t identify common vegetables, according to new research

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Space race continues on Mars

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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

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Healthy Harold wants to know RU OK?

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It’s RU OK? Day and Healthy Harold wants to check in with kids around Australia. Here’s his advice for looking after yourself and each other

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. 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)

New plan to save Aussie animals

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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

SMART Kids News Short Story Competition: audiobooks can rescue reluctant readers. Jeremy Cole's daughter Naava, 10, loves writing stories and says listening to audiobooks makes her feel calm and gives her ideas. Picture: supplied.

Why Aussie kids love audio books

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Children’s audio books are gaining in popularity in Australia, rescuing some reluctant readers and even creating a few budding young authors along the way

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge

The hunt begins for sunken ships

history

Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

animals

A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

A new type of planet, called hycean planets, has been identified as possible hosts of alien life.

New class of planet could host life

space

They are covered by oceans and much bigger and hotter than Earth, but astronomers believe a new class of planet, called hycean planets, could be the key to finding alien life

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird

Good moods from fresh foods

health

That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Mark Knight cartoon - AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan heads west for the Grand Final in the famous batmobile.

Travelling in style all the way to Perth

sport

If the 2021 Grand Final must go to Perth, the AFL boss and cup might as well travel in style in the famous “batmobile” from 1991, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: Grant Patterson of Team Australia celebrates with the silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50m Breaststroke - SB2 Final on day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

‘Scooter’ our hero of Tokyo Games

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Australia has fallen in love with Paralympic swimmer Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson and not just because he was one of 12 Aussies to score medals in one big day in Tokyo

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna

Mini-horse breeds happiness

animals

Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.

China cuts video gaming for kids

technology

China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: A general view of play during the round one AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

AFL Grand Final is heading west

sport

It’s official, the AFL Grand Final will not be played at the MCG for the second year in a row, this time heading to Perth

Kristy Bautista, mum to Mila (9) and Evie (7), gives her daughters $2 for emptying the dishwasher and more for helping with other chores. She thinks it is good to teach kids about the value of saving their money.

Picture : Nicki Connolly

Pocket money gender gap

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When it comes to pocket money, one gender gets more than the other – and the Aussie kids given the most cash are also revealed