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Yippee! It’s time for school holidays

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Kids News is taking a little break to enjoy the school holidays. Have a great break and stay safe

Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner trains in the Brisbane hub ahead of the T20 and One Day series with New Zealand, which starts September 26, 2020. For Kids News.
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A day in the hub with our women cricket heroes

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Aussie cricket star Ashleigh Gardner reveals what it’s been like preparing for the return of international competition in the team’s quarantine hub

Tina and Tom's Time Travelling Toilet by Chris Taylor and James Crabtree. For Kids News

Flush out some fun with Tina and Tom’s Time-Travelling Toilet

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Discover some fun facts about important moments in history with book characters Tina, Tom and Dog — and download their A-maze-ing activity sheets

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Bear, the rescue and recovery dog as he searched for injured koalas in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires. Picture: Supplied/Foxtel

Bear back on duty for bushfire season

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This summer, Australian scientists will use a crew of sniffer dogs led by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, to find and rescue any koalas in danger from bushfires


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The 2020 Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee has been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing disruption to schools caused by COVID-19. Click for more details.

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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on September 6, 2020, shows some of thirteen 2500 year-old wooden coffins discovered in a burial shaft at the desert necropolis of Saqqara south of the capital. (Photo by - / Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN MINISTRY OF ANTIQUITIES- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Ancient Egyptian coffins sealed for 2500 years

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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 unopened, ancient coffins ornately painted and covered in hieroglyphs near one of the world’s oldest pyramids

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Taronga Zoo welcome the arrival of a female Australian Sea Lion pup born on July 29 to mum Nala, pictured getting used to the surroundings before being introduced to the public. Picture: Toby Zerna

What will you name the sea-lion pup?

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Zookeepers need your help to name a very special endangered Australian sea-lion pup who made her first public splash this week. Fewer than 25 pups are born in the wild each year

In this image released by NASA/Roscosmos, the International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, on October 4, 2018. - In August 2017, a SpaceX capsule delivered a supercomputer to the International Space Station (ISS). After more than a year of testing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced on November 1, 2018, that it is opening the system to "over cloud" scientific experiments. (Photo by HO / NASA/Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/Roscosmos" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Reality TV star to win 10-day space trip

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NASA has confirmed it is involved in planning for the world’s first reality TV show set in space, with a seat for the winner already booked on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to the ISS

3 year old Mississippi alligator.  She can live to over 100 years and grow to 4 metres.

Alligator-squeak research wins big science prize

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Scientists have won an international prize for research intended to make you laugh — and then think — for testing whether an alligator that breathes in helium squeaks like Minnie Mouse

Close-up of a honey bee for Cameron England SAWeekend story. Picture: iStock

How do bees make honey?

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It’s spring! Plants everywhere are springing to life and flowering after winter. Bees are pretty excited, too, because flowers are vital for honey making. Kids News researched how bees make honey

Melbourne Zoo - white-lipped tree frog surgery. For Kids News

Tiny patients a big challenge for zoo vets

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How do you operate on a fish out of water or find surgical instruments small enough to use on a tiny frog? Vets at Melbourne Zoo know how

Jarvis Smoker, 12, hopes to represent Australia in snowboarding at the 2026 Winter Paralympics in Italy.  His inspiring story has been told in a video entry in the 2020 Focus on Ability international short film festival, now in its twelfth year. Picture: supplied.

Aussie boy sets sights on Paralympics

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A genetic condition that affects co-ordination and muscle development is no match for this little boy with a big dream

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 20: Podium / Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo - Visma / Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Yellow Leader Jersey / Richie Porte of Australia and Team Trek - Segafredo / Celebration / Trophy / during the 107th Tour de France 2020, Stage 21 a 122km stage from Mantes-La-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées / #TDF2020 / @LeTour / on September 20, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Aussie Richie Porte claims historic third in Tour

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Tasmanian cyclist Richie Porte rode the time trial of his life to become only the second Australian ever after 2011 winner Cadel Evans to finish on the podium of the Tour de France

A Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) skeleton, named STAN is on display during a press preview at Christie's Rockefeller Center on September 15, 2020 in New York City. - The skeleton of a 40-foot (12-meter) dinosaur nicknamed "Stan", one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found, will be auctioned in New York next month and could set a record for a sale of its kind. Discovered in 1987 near Buffalo, South Dakota, the 188-bone skeleton took more than three years to excavate and reconstruct by paleontologists from the state's Black Hills Geological Research Institute, where it has been exhibited since. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Wanted: new home for T-rex called Stan

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Stan weighed more than 6 tonnes and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car. And this famous Tyrannosaurus rex could be yours for as much as $11 million

Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton. For Kids News book club

Author Matt Stanton answers reader questions

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Well done to all the kids who sent in great questions for Funny Kids author Matt. Check out his answers to 10 of the best

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 15th of September herald sun Newspaper .

No one wants to fall onto the snapping crocodiles

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There were whoops of joy across Melbourne when playgrounds reopened this week, but faced with falling popularity and a hotel quarantine inquiry, it’s not all fun and games for Premier Dan

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Image Finalists 2020 - Photo by Tim Hearn. Caption: Hide and Seek. Animal: Azure Damselfly. Location: Devon, UK.

Meet the comedians in the animal kingdom

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We won’t ever know if these animals are trying to be funny but we do know they’re giving us lots of laughs. Meet the stars of the finalist entries in the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

University of Adelaide PhD candidate Khalia Primer, 23 originally from Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula, in the laboratory at SAHMRI. She working on gene therapy to treat diabetic ulcers. 14 September 2020. Picture Dean Martin

Hope for diabetics in three-minute thesis

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Scientist Khalia Primer’s award-winning video cleverly explains years of complex gene therapy research that could help solve some of the serious health problems faced by people with diabetes

An artist's impression of the Venusian surface for National Geographic TV program ''Earth's Evil Twin'' about planet Venus. (Photo credit: European Space Agency)

Venus clouds show signs of possible life

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We know humans couldn’t survive the heat and huge pressure on Venus, our closest neighbour. But some form of alien life could be producing an Earth-like gas astronomers have found in its clouds

Tracy Zhao performing violin on stage. Picture: supplied

Show must go on for young talents

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The Crowd Favourite competition of the Sydney Eisteddfod has moved online to help young performers like 10-year-old Tracy Zhao continue passing the joy of music to their audience

Scientists have viewed the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Very rare ‘walking’ scorpion fish spotted on Reef

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On an expedition by a robot to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have found new species of black coral, sponges and a rare and awkward-looking “walking” scorpion fish

SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Oscar Piastri of Australia and Prema Racing (1) drives during practice ahead of the Formula 3 Championship at Mugello Circuit on September 11, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Aussie teen driver wins F3 world champs

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The future of Australian motorsport looks bright after 19-year-old Oscar Piastri claimed the 2020 FIA Formula 3 championship season after a thrilling final race in Italy

nationally threatened mulgara  at Ethabuka Reserve. Brian Williams story.

Tassie devil relative returns from extinction

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This tiny carnivorous marsupial was thought to be wiped out in NSW a century ago, but now scientists have reintroduce a small population of mulgaras back into the wild

The evolution of Australian money. For Kids News. iStock image.

How Australia’s money has changed

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From “holey dollars” and handwritten banknotes, Australia’s money has seen some big changes. With more people going digital, could the next step be the end of cash?

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low frequency radio telescope in Western Australia, is seen in this undated aerial view released on September 8, 2020. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)/Curtin University/Handout via REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Scan of 10.3 million stars doesn’t find aliens – yet

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In the broadest search for extraterrestrial life ever completed, scientists have looked for aliens in a scan of more than 10 million stars using a radio telescope in Western Australia

Thwaites glacier is said to be 'the most vulnerable place in Antarctica' Credit: AFP

Scientists solve mystery of giant melting glacier

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Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier — more than twice as big as Tasmania — is melting from below, putting it at risk of collapse. Scientists now know warm water flowing beneath it is to blame

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday  8th of September 2020 Herald Sun newspaper .

The moment Djokovic stared into the void

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It is big news for the world’s best tennis player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam, so Mark Knight wanted to draw a cartoon to show Novak’s shock and realisation of what he had done

Proteus artist's illustration side view

Famous aquanaut plans undersea human habitat

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Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the great oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is building an underwater living and working space for humans to help us better understand oceans and climate change

Cafe Mama at Windsor : Fairy bread.

Fight over what’s right with fairy bread

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Fairy bread is an Aussie party icon — a simple, old-fashioned treat that helps make a table of party food look good and feel fun, except there’s a lot of disagreement about how to make it

Astronaut to Mars

Mighty mice keep muscles in space

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As humans get ready for long trips to Mars, scientists are working on how to keep them strong and healthy by studying astronaut mice with big muscles sent to the International Space Station

Melbourne stonemason John Sione and daughter Zi, 12, won Queensland Ballet's online dance competition, Ballet Beat Drop Challenge. For Kids News

Dad and daughter make a winning ballet combination

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A rugby-loving dad has teamed with his ballet-loving daughter to take out top prize in a global dance challenge. Check out their moves

Veterinarians of Four Paws International, examine and take blood samples from Kavaan, the elephant slated to be moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia after it became the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by music star Cher, at the Marghazar Zoo, in Islamabad on September 4, 2020. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

World’s loneliest elephant free to find friends

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An elephant famous for being called the ‘world’s loneliest’ has been cleared by vets to leave the Pakistani zoo where he has lived in terrible conditions for more than 35 years

Cyber bullying. iStock image. For Kids News and Hibernation

Bullied by a friend? It’s still bullying

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Young people are less likely to recognise behaviour as bullying if it is coming from someone they consider a friend, according to a new study from online mental health organisation ReachOut

BOND MELBOURNE : for Peter Rolfe story   ..  10/08/2011 NEWS: 10/08/2011 NEWS: Feeding time at the Melbourne Aquarium. Senior diver Kate McKay feeds Mitch the grey nurse shark. Pic. Jay Town Pic. Jay Town

Inside the shark tank at Sea Life Aquarium

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They might look scary but few sharks deserve their fearsome reputation, according to aquarist James Gilbert. In fact, some need our help to survive on National Threatened Species Day.

For a story about SAHMRI/UniAdl research on the benefits of green time versus screen time.Lenny,7 and Nash,4, in their backyard having green time on the 2nd September 2020. Pic Tait Schmaal.

Time outdoors is good medicine for hi-tech kids

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New research has found green time can reduce the negative effects of too much screen time in front of TVs, computers and video games for kids

The new estimate is far smaller than the size of the T-Rex portrayed in the Jurassic Park films Credit: �2018 UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS PRODUCTIONS LLLP AND AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT, INC

T-rex maybe not so mighty after all

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An international team of scientists — led by a palaeontologist at the University of New England in New South Wales — have re-examined 100 years of dinosaur research to look afresh at T-rex

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Artist’s impression of binary black holes about to collide. Image credit:
Mark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
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Biggest black hole collision ever detected

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Adelaide scientists are part of the international team celebrating the discovery of the most massive black hole collision and merger ever detected and which happened almost 7 billion years ago