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‘Spider-Man’ identifies seven new peacock spiders

animals

They’re the hit spiders of the internet, with their fancy colouring and cool courtship dancing. And now there are seven new peacock spider species to get to know

Breaking the rules is no laughing matter

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why it’s impossible to laugh off the foolish behaviour of beachgoers who break social distancing rules

Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour around the world

technology

Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

Wild grey seal. Picture: Ben Burville

Why do grey seals clap like humans?

animals

Amazing video captured by a marine biologist after 17 years of waiting shows breeding grey seals clapping at each other underwater to warn off competitors and attract mates


Special Features

The 2020 Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee has been postponed due to the disruption to schools on account of Covid-19. Click here for more details.

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Latest Stories

Exploring the lost city of Pompeii

history

On April 1, 1748, a Spanish engineer rediscovered Pompeii, changing the way we thought about historical artefacts and beginning the longest archaeological dig in the world

Disneyland Resort in California

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

just for fun

Disney is giving fans take a sneak peek behind its famous walls and letting children discover how rollercoasters and rides are made and how its special “lands” are created

Meteorite removalists

Big old meteorite rediscovered in basement

space

The massive 4.5 billion-year-old Huckitta meteorite from the NT, hidden from the public in a basement in SA for more than 20 years, is about to be rediscovered by a new generation

Dreamworld Tigers

Keeping tigers happy without visitors

animals

A small team of wildlife carers in Queensland is spending the COVID-19 disruption playing and swimming with tigers to keep the animals happy and prevent them from becoming lonely

April 1 is April Fools' Day.

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

explainers

Watch out … today is April Fools’ Day and it’s the day for playing pranks on unsuspecting people. We look at why we celebrate on April 1 and some of today's best jokes

Sign Home, Key, Judges Gavel And Book On Wood Table

Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

health

Sunday update: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has limited outside gatherings to just two people and  encouraged the elderly to not leave home  as the nation continues to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus

Scar found on fossil of feisty dinosaur with feathers

animals

Scientists have unearthed the fossils of a fearsome feathered dinosaur with sharp claws and a telltale scar. It lived 67 million years ago and proves dinosaurs continued to evolve until their end

Author and illustrator Matt Stanton's drawing for Monster Monday.

Why drawing is a monster cure for boredom

arts

Best-selling children’s author and illustrator Matt Stanton has declared the first day of every working week Monster Monday. Here he explains why drawing monsters is a cure for boredom

Teddy Bear hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re not scared!

humanities

Australian children are joining a global bear hunt inspired by the popular storybook, making walks around the neighbourhood lots of fun during the COVID-19 disruption

What and where is the equator?

explainers

Parachutists have set a world record for crossing the equator 12 times in a single jump, which got us wondering what the equator is, where it is and why do they launch space rockets there?

Mark Knight cartoon about covid-19 school closure confusion.

Leaders have different schools of thought

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew the Prime Minister and two state leaders as musicians playing to a different beat on schools closures

Turtle

Baby boom for endangered snapping turtles

animals

The future of Australia’s critically endangered Bellinger River snapping turtle is a little more secure after 35 baby turtles hatched at Taronga Zoo

The film reels are sorted by country. Picture: supplied

Aussie treasures stored in global code bank

technology

The scientific knowledge about Australia’s plants and animals and the contents of our national library are among the digital treasures being kept 250m underground in Norway

Twin polar bear cubs venture out in empty zoo

animals

Three-and-a-half-month-old twin polar bear cubs have made their public debut at a zoo in the Netherlands, but without the public because of coronavirus restrictions

Mars InSight lander hits itself with shovel

space

NASA engineers are confident they’ve fixed the Mars InSight lander by telling it to hit itself with its shovel after its 38cm digging mole became stuck in the soil on the Martian surface

Big COVID-19 questions and simple answers

explainers

Using World Health Organisation information, we answer important questions about COVID-19, such as: "What is a virus?"  and "Why are there new rules for everyday life?"

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Fish with fingers shows how human hand evolved

animals

A slippery predator that lurked in lagoons 380 millions years ago had fins with finger bones that could teach us about the origins of the human hand

Space food research

Aussie-made food on the menu for astronauts

space

Australian scientists are cooking up astronaut food to send to space for a year before testing how tasty it is using an electronic nose and tongue in preparation for Moon and Mars missions

Sydneysiders Adjust To New Social Distancing Rules Introduced To Restrict Coronavirus Spread

Shutdowns across Australia to slow Covid-19

health

PM Scott Morrison has urged Australians to take social distancing seriously as he announced tough restrictions on how we live and closed non-essential businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus

Early humans ‘ate no meat, swung in trees’

history

The careful scanning of a 3.6 million year old skull belonging to a fossil named ‘Little Foot’ has proven that early humans had small brains, swung between trees like monkeys and ate vegan diets

Partial Lunar Eclipse Canberra

NASA wants your help to dig on the Moon

space

NASA has challenged the public to design a better robot to dig on the Moon. The space agency has been working on a model but believes it can be improved and wants bright citizens to help them

Aussies want mass light salute on Anzac Day

civics

A proposal to replace cancelled Anzac Day services with a massive nationwide “light salute” from the safety of Australians’ driveways is attracting huge support

Lego lost at sea could survive 1300 years

environment

Scientists studying plastic Lego blocks lost in a storm then washed up on the coast of southwest England find they could survive in the ocean for 1300 years

Kids News

Learning at home with daily Kids News activities

news

From Monday, Kids News will provide education tasks and fun activities for children in Prep to Year 9 who are home from school due to the coronavirus

Mark Knight cartoon on the craziness at supermarkets during the coronavirus crisis

Protect yourselves, we’re living in strange times

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew a cricketer protected by pads and a helmet heading off to buy toilet paper at the supermarket

World’s wonderful wildlife on show

arts

Photos of a giraffe’s bottom, a monkey deep in thought, a hunting eagle and a kookaburra surveying burned forest have each taken out prizes in the Sony World Photography Awards 2020

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

history

Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

AFL and NRL clubs vote to play on despite virus

sport

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has declared the footy season will kick off tomorrow night as NRL clubs also voted to play on during the coronavirus crisis

The fossilised mollusc from the Cretaceous period

Clam tells story of prehistoric Earth and moon

history

A fossilised mollusc alive alongside the last of the dinosaurs 70 million years ago has shown scientists that a day on Earth once lasted only 23-and-a-half hours

Washing hands - Coronavirus

Hand washing: How does soap work?

explainers

As people around the world work to slow the spread of the virus called COVID-19, everyone is telling us to wash our hands with soap. Kids News explains how soap works

Two little girls in pink running toward their mom

It’s not all bad news; there is good news too

humanities

Australian Childhood Foundation’s Dr Joe Tucci has a positive message for children about worry and bad news, and a reminder that there is still a lot of good news around if we look for it

NBL Grand Final: Game 2 - Perth v Sydney

Ban on indoor gatherings to limit spread of Covid-19

health

For the first time in history, Australians are being told not to travel overseas and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in an effort to keep people safe from COVID-19