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Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 19th of April 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .

Drawing the Queen and Prince Philip

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Mark Knight reflects on choosing to depict the Queen accompanied yet again by her husband, so that despite her being seated away from others, she is not totally alone

Alyssa Elnekave, 13, using the new app 1Question, at home in Rozelle, today.
Her parents, Ann and Issac Elnekave, have invented an app called 1Question and
1Questian Parent.
The app forces kids to answer maths questions to unlock apps and games on their phones. 
Picture:Justin Lloyd

Kids quizzed by app to gain phone access

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Two Australian parents have invented an app that asks kids a maths or English problem before they can unlock their phones.

(GERMANY OUT) Gartenkreuzspinne (Araneus diadematus) - European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) (Photo by Alfred Schauhuber/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

This is what a spider web sounds like

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Scientists have used artificial intelligence to study spiders and their webs to create eerie music from the vibrations. Listen to what a spider web sounds like

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Crayola launches inclusive crayons

Child drawing top view. Artwork workplace with creative accessories. Flat lay art tools for painting.
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Crayola has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to create a range of racially inclusive crayons, pencils and textas.

Meet the Bee’s perfect score kids

KIDS NEWS: Prime Minister's Spelling Bee - Coraline Cook scored 30/30 in the school round of the Bee, level Green, Yrs 3-4. Picture: supplied.
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As top scoring students nationally advance to the state and territory round, Kids News speaks to 10 of Australia’s perfect score kids. Discover their spelling secrets and how they are tackling the next stage of the competition.

Robot Sophia’s artwork sells for $900,000

Sophia has created a digital artwork. Picture: AP
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Artwork created by a robot called Sophia has sold at auction for an amount equivalent to more than $900,000, paid in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT

Volcanic eruption photo wins top prize

This startling picture of a volcanic eruption captured first prize in the competition Credit: FRANCISCO NEGRONI/PHOTO IS LIGHT/TNG
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A photo titled The Landscape of Fear and showing a volcano erupting within an incredible electrical storm has won first prize in a global photography contest. See some of our favourite photos

Aussie athletes dressing for Olympic success

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Australian athletes pose during the Australian Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 uniform unveiling at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on March 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)
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Members of the Australian Olympic Team have revealed the Tokyo 2021 Games uniform. Meanwhile, FIFA has announced nine Australian cities will host Women’s World Cup matches in 2023

Captain Underpants author sorry for spin-off book

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by
 Dav Pilkey
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A graphic novel spin-off of the Captain Underpants series is being pulled from libraries and bookstores after its publisher and author apologise

Of droughts and flooding rains

Mark Knight's flood cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
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Australian poet Dorothea MacKellar surely nailed it when she wrote her classic poem My Country in 1904. Mark Knight reflects on how it sums up this land of amazing contrasts

Photos to celebrate the spirit of adventure

Jason Gulley's underwater photo which took out the Frank Hurley Award
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A new photography competition named for famous Australian photographer, adventurer and explorer Frank Hurley has attracted more than 1200 entries from 26 countries

Being fed to the Tigers at the home of footy

Mark Knight's cartoon for the return of AFL to the MCG. Picture: Mark Knight
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Cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the return of AFL to Victoria and the MCG and draws comparisons with the gladiatorial battles of Ancient Rome

Digital artwork snapped up for $90 million

CORRECTION / This undated handout image obtained March 10, 2021, courtesy of Christie's shows a digital art collage by Beeple, for sale in New York. - The digital collage by the American artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann, a pioneer of the exploding virtual art market, sold for a record $69.3 million, Christie's announced on March 11, 2021. "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" is now the most expensive NFT -- non-fungible token, or collectible digital asset transformed using blockchain into something ownable -- ever sold. (Photo by Handout / CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Handout has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [American artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann] instead of [American artist Beeple, also known as Scott Winkelmann]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”
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A digital collage by an artist named Beeple has sold for a record price far higher than that paid for traditional works by many well known artists

Idyllic setting for an interview about hard times

Mark Knight cartoon Tuesday  9th March 2021.
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Mark Knight wonders what others think about Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah at a time when the world is fighting a once-in-a-hundred-year pandemic

‘Hurtful’ Dr Seuss books will no longer be printed

Embargoed until Sunday Feb 7 for The Sunday Papers ONLY:  Kids with Dr Suess books for Sunday Herald Sun giveaway. Chloe Sherar (6).
Picture Jay Town.
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Six Dr Seuss books that ‘portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong’ will no longer be printed as part of a commitment to represent and support all communities and families

No shortcuts for Sir Tom, a hero of the pandemic

Mark Knight cartoon on funeral of Sir Tom Moore
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While editorial cartoons are generally designed to give their readers a laugh (usually at a politician’s expense), it’s not always the case. Mark Knight pays tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Author Matt Stanton’s top tips for spelling

Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton with Prime Minister's Spelling Bee logo. For Kids News.
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As a best-selling children’s author Matt Stanton is a pretty good speller. But there are still some words that stump him and some tricks he uses to tackle the difficult ones

How Lucy’s drawing became big AFL news

Port Player Xavier Duursma and Lucy Burford, who was just seven years old when her guernsey design won a Port Adelaide Football Club competition and was adopted to be its home guernsey Alberton 12 years ago. Adelaide, Tuesday March 2, 2021. (The Advertiser/ Morgan Sette)
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Lucy Burford was just seven when she restyled Port Adelaide’s AFL guernsey. Eleven years later she reflects on her achievement and the inspiration behind the design

Plastic Bag Store opens as plastics ban begins

New York artist Robin Frohardt in her Plastic Bag Store at Rundle
 Mall. Picture: Tony Lewis
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On March 1, South Australia will become the first state to ban single-use plastic, less than a week after the opening of a shop in Adelaide in which everything is made out of single-use plastic

Breakthrough in dating our oldest rock art

A two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has been identified as Australia’s oldest intact rock painting. 

Traditional owner, Ian Waina, recording the 17,300 year old painting of a kangaroo. Peter Veth, Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation
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Australia’s oldest painting has been identified as a kangaroo-like image created more than 17,000 years ago in the Kimberley region of WA, a big step forward in creating an accurate art timeline

Big thrill when coronavirus vaccine arrived

Mark Knight's Pfizer vaccine cartoon. Right-click on the image to open in a new tab.
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Health Minister Greg Hunt was so excited when Australia’s first vaccine delivery arrived he was doing cartwheels — at least in cartoonist Mark Knight’s imagination

Cruising sharks photo wins best underwater award

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES MAY APPLY FOR REUSE - MUST CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHER DIRECTLY FOR REUSE - Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 MUST CREDIT -
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A stunning image of sharks and seagulls at sunset has won the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 award from 4500 images entered by photographers from 68 countries

Bushfire Poetry Comp: smoky skies, burnt leaves

Daily Telegraph. An out of control bushfire threatens Johns River on the NSW mid north coast.    Picture Nathan Edwards.
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It’s the last week to get your Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition entry in. Looking for some inspiration? Read 12-year-old Kirra Dangerfield’s poem, “The ash black land”

Welcome to the Year of the Ox

ItÕs the year of the Ox and with the Chinese New Year approaching, Lion Dancers are doing their thing in Chinatown. 5 February 2021. Picture Dean Martin

Dancers - Raymond Nguyen (guy on right with Lion head), Long Taing (guy with glasses with lion head), Dung Huynh (ail on left ) and Dean Coleman (tail on right )
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Millions — perhaps billions — of people around the world are preparing for a very important annual celebration — Chinese or Lunar New Year. Here’s what you need to know to join the fun

How to be a junior wildlife photographer

McKinley Moens. Supplied
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Teenager McKinley Moens knows a thing or two about taking great shots of wildlife in their natural habitat. Here are her tips

When a wombat on the tennis court is normal

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 8th February 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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In a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, we have to expect the unexpected, even when the unexpected comes in the form of Ash Barty’s wooden wombat tennis trophy

Big roos to help Kangaroo Island bounce back

5/2/2021. St John's Grammar School commissioned SA artists to be involved with the "Trooper Project", where designer Kangaroo's will be auction off to raise money for the 2020 bushfire animals on KI. (The Glossy Black Cockatoo's project and Kangala Rescue). Students  Jiayi - 18 , Eddie - 13yrs and Millie - 15 yrs. 
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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A mob of roos is about to be moved off the front lawn of an Adelaide school, but it’s not because they’re eating too much grass. It’s all to help raise money for bushfire recovery

Young fire survivor pens poem about a day he’ll never forget

Year 5 student James Fielding has entered the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition. His poem recalls his fear as the Black Summer fires approached his home in Nowra South, NSW.
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Memories of the Black Summer fires come back every time James smells smoke. Read the moving poem he has entered in the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition

Hard work ahead to clean up at Collingwood

Mark Knight's cartoon about Collingwood's report on racism.
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Racism is something we should all seek to bring to an end, whether it be in our daily lives, politics or in sport, writes Mark Knight in his column explaining the story behind this cartoon

Bushfire Poetry Comp: have your poem published

Trent Dalton, is writing the forward for a book that is being produced by News Corp, Harper Collins and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to commemorate one year since the Black Summer bushfires, on Thursday January 21st 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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Best-selling author Trent Dalton wants kids to help him tell the story of the Black Summer bushfires — and maybe have their poem published in a special book

Bushfire Poetry Comp: author Jackie French’s five rules for writing a poem

Children's author Jackie French., Picture: Kelly Sturgis, For Kids News
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Award-winning author Jackie French wants kids to discover the healing power of poetry. See her tips for writing a great poem

Saving the day with a gorilla named Gertrude

Cover image for Code Name Bananas by David Walliams. Picture: Harper Collins
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David Walliams introduces Code Name Bananas, in which an orphaned boy named Eric makes friends with a gorilla named Gertrude and they save the day! With activity sheets to download

Kids News launches Bushfire Poetry Competition

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Share your experiences of last summer’s bushfires for a chance to have your poem published in a special book commemorating the Black Summer fires

Listen to the sounds and music of space

This NASA composite image received 22 August 2006, shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the |bullet cluster.| A huge collision between two clusters of galaxies has provided the first direct evidence of the existence of the universe's mysterious dark matter, researchers said 22 August.|This is the most energetic cosmic event, besides the Big Bang, which we know about,| said Maxim Markevitch of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This cluster was formed after the collision of two large clusters of galaxies, the most energetic event known in the universe since the Big Bang. Hot gas detected by Chandra in X-rays is seen as two pink clumps in the image and contains most of the |normal,| or b
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You can now hear the sounds of space, according to a NASA project that has assigned musical notes and instruments to the goings-on of two supernovas and a colliding cluster of galaxies

‘Bat woman’ and other incredible wildlife pics

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Bat woman by Douglas Gimesy, Australia

Wildlife rescuer and carer Julie Malherbe takes a call to assist the next animal rescue while looking after three recently orphaned grey-headed flying-foxes. This megabat is native to Australia and is endemic to the southeastern forested areas, playing a vital role in seed dispersal and the pollination of more than 100 native species of flowering and fruit bearing trees. Sadly, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction because of the destruction of foraging and roosting habitats and, more frequently, mass die-offs caused by heat-stress events.
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The Natural History Museum is inviting you to vote for your favourite among the finalist entries in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award

Peace and goodwill enduring themes of Christmas

Mark Knight's Christmas cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
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Mark Knight wonders how Santa’s operations might look in the 21st century with social media, job cuts, mass manufacturing and low-cost couriers. At least we can still aim for peace and goodwill

Breakdancing added to 2024 Paris Olympics

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 9, 2016 Sofiane, or B-boy Soso, from Melting Force dance crew poses in front of the Eiffel Tower on Bir-Hakeim bridge in Paris. - Breakdancing, surfing, climbing and skateboarding : the Olympic Games Organizing Committee (COJO) for Paris-2024 will unveil on February 21, 2019 a list of "guest sports" for the Paris-2024, which still needs to be validated by the International Olympic Committee (CIO), it was announced on February 20. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)
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Breakdancing, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing have been approved for inclusion at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in a bid to include sports popular among young people

Snapshots capture happy quokkas

‘Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is’
MAXIM GORKY


Quokkas are the happiest creatures on Earth, according to Aussie animal photographer Alex Cearns.
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Quokkas are the happiest creatures on Earth, according to animal photographer Alex Cearns, who has captured the loveable marsupials on camera for a new picture book.

During fire season, we are all in this together

Mark Knight Cartoon Herald Sun 30th Birthday special.
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Mark Knight chooses a favourite cartoon from 2020 and explains the process of starting with a news event, gathering ideas and working towards a drawing to tell even more of the story

Shiny metal thing disappears, another appears

An handout picture taken in November 2020 and released by www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro on December 1, 2020 shows a metal pillar on Batca Doamnei hill in Piatra Neamt, Romania. - A metal monolith which mysteriously appeared on a hilltop in northern Romania has sparked curiosity -- and mockery -- online, coming just days after a similar object was found in the Utah desert. (Photo by Handout / www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Another mysterious triangular metal pillar has been found next to an ancient fortress in the city of Piatra Neamt, Romania, days after one vanished without a trace in the desert in Utah, US

Mystery shiny metal thing appears in desert

TOPSHOT - This video grab image obtained November 24, 2020 courtesy of the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau shows a mysterious metal monolith that was discovered in Utah after public safety officers spotted the object while conducting a routine wildlife mission. - On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah. While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further.The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock.The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there. (Photo by Handout / Utah Department of Public Safety / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Utah Department of Public Safety /HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Deep in the remote, Mars-like landscape of Utah’s red-rock desert in the US, a helicopter crew counting sheep stumbled on a mystery: A giant, gleaming metal thing embedded in rock

Unmasked! Aussies’ great effort in the pandemic

mark Knight cartoon on Victorians being able to stop wearing masks
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With his relaxation on wearing masks outdoors it seems Premier Dan has saved Victorians yet again, this time not from coronavirus but from weird facial tanning outcomes

Author Katrina Nannestad answers questions from Kids News readers

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad - book cover. For Kids News
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Writing We Are Wolves left Katrina Nannestad in tears at times but also made her happy. We know this thanks to some great questions from Kids News readers. Check out Katrina’s answers to the top 10 questions here

Huge find in Egypt’s ‘City of the Dead’

Archaeologists inspect a mummy, wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials, during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP)
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Archaeologists have unearthed 100 Ancient Egyptian painted coffins — some with mummies inside — plus 40 precious statues at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, Egypt

Indigenous design first for our men’s cricket team

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc shows off the indigenous playing shirt the Australians will wear in the T20 international series against India. For Kids News
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Australia’s indigenous culture will be celebrated when the men’s cricket team takes to the field in the coming T20 series. Discover what the design represents

A Clock of Stars author Francesca Gibbons answers your questions

A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons. For Kids News book club October 2020.
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Thanks to everyone who sent in questions for Francesca Gibbons. Check out her answers to her favourite questions, and while you’re at it you can read the first three chapters of A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth for free

Kids urged to open a favourite book for Australian Reading Hour

Boy reading in library. For Kids News story on Australian Reading Hour. iStock image
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Reading doesn’t have to be a chore. Illustrator and children’s author Beck Feiner recommends trying a picture book or a book about a hobby you love. Also, download her colouring sheet and create your own Australia Reads logo

New push to change Australian anthem lyrics

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: The Wallabies players embrace during the playing of the Australian National Anthem before the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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The NSW Premier has called for a change to the lyrics of the national anthem to better acknowledge Australia’s proud Indigenous history but some say it’s not enough of a change

Horse in a face mask another COVID normal?

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 3rd of November Herald sun Newspaper .
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This year we combined the race that stops the nation with the virus that stopped the world. Mark Knight explains how he came to do a quick sketch of a Melbourne Cup horse in a face mask

Robots get private viewing of art show

A visitor poses a robot that can be digitally controlled to explore the exhibition remotely during next to an art work during the press preview of 'Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis' at the Saatchi Gallery in London on October 29, 2020. - Lobsteropolis gives audiences the opportunity to view artwork in person or digitally via robots from the comfort of their own home in an innovation designed to make the exhibition   'lockdown-proof' during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION
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A gallery is holding a private viewing for robots and humans, allowing people and machines to wander through together. Meanwhile, a stolen robotic lawnmower texts its owner for help

Relishing a delicious double-doughnut dinner

Mark Knight cartoon - for Kids News 29 Oct 2020
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There were joyous scenes as Melburnians ate out at their favourite restaurants and cafes again after the long lockdown. Mark Knight could easily imagine what the Premier would order

A typical day in the life of a ballet dancer

Naomi Hibberd Picture: Prudence Upton
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To celebrate World Ballet Day, Kids News talked to Australian dancer Naomi Hibberd about what she loves and finds challenging about being a dancer, plus what her typical day looks like

Artist’s illusions transforming the streets

Odeith's mural creates illusions. Picture: Odeith/Instagram
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A self-taught graffiti artist is becoming famous around the world for his ultra-realistic murals that transform the mundane into the magnificent, earning him the nickname “The Illusionist”

Looking down on the Grand Final barbie

Mark Knight cartoon - 21 October 2020. For Kids News
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Spare a thought for Victorians and more particularly those poor old Melburnians locked down for so long. At least they have an AFL Grand Final gathering to look forward to … or maybe not

2000-year-old cat found carved in desert

Handout picture released by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and taken on October 15, 2020 showing a giant cat figure etched into a slope at the Unesco world heritage site in the desert near the town of Nasca in southern Peru, after its was discovered by archaeologists and the area was cleaned as the geoglyph was barely visible and about to disappear due to erosion. - The geoglyph measures 37 metres from head to tail and forms part of the Nasca Lines — the hundreds of geoglyphs, including a hummingbird, a monkey and a pelican, carved into a coastal plain about 400 km south of Lima. According to a statement by the Peruvian ministry of culture, after cleaning the area the lines were found to measure between 30 and 40 cm in width. The Nazca Lines date back to between 500 BC and 500 AD, and cover an area of about 450 square km. They were given world heritage status in 1994. (Photo by - / Peruvian Ministry of Culture / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PERU'S CULTURE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A huge cat carving has been unearthed on a hillside in southern Peru and is thought to be a 2000-year-old Nazca Line. Around 1000 have already been discovered

Tree-hugging tiger photo wins wildlife award

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners announced -  The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment, GRAND TITLE WINNER

With an expression of sheer ecstasy, a tigress hugs an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. She is an Amur, or Siberian, tiger, here in the Land of the Leopard National Park, in the Russian Far East. The race – now regarded as the same subspecies as the Bengal tiger – is found only in this region, with a small number surviving over the border in China and possibly a few in North Korea. Hunted almost to extinction in the past century, the population is still threatened by poaching and logging, which also impacts their prey – mostly deer and wild boar, which are also hunted. But recent (unpublished) camera‑trap surveys indicate that greater protection may have resulted in a population of possibly 500–600 – an increase that it is hoped a future formal census may confirm. Low prey densities mean that tiger territories are huge. Sergey knew his chances were slim but was determined to take a picture of the totem animal of his Siberian homeland. Scouring the forest for signs, focusing on trees along regular routes where tigers might have left messages – scent, hairs, urine or scratch marks – he installed his first proper camera trap in January 2019, opposite this grand fir. But it was not until November that he achieved the picture he had planned for, of a magnificent tigress in her Siberian forest environment.  

Nikon Z-7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250; Cognisys camera-trap system.
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Judges called this photo of a Siberian tiger a “scene like no other” and declared it the overall winning entry in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition. See all the winning photos

Wanting the Premier to hit the right target

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 12th of October 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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There are lots of complex numbers in news about the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Knight explains how he created a drawing to show what’s happening in Victoria in a simple way

Short story competition winners revealed

Grade 2 student Ariana Fais has been chosen from almost 3000 entries as the winner of the Kids News short story competition in the kindergarten to year 2 age group. Her story, The Unexpected Friendship, is about a snail called Suzie and a slug called Simon. Please get some shots of Ariana doing some story writing and perhaps holding a snail (apparently there are plenty around her home at the moment). For Herald Sun news and Kids News website.Picture: Tim Carrafa
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Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s short story competition and especially to the amazing young writers who caught the eye of the judges. Read their winning stories here

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

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

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

Author Matt Stanton answers reader questions

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

No one wants to fall onto the snapping crocodiles

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

Meet the comedians in the animal kingdom

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

Show must go on for young talents

Tracy Zhao performing violin on stage. Picture: supplied
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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

The moment Djokovic stared into the void

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

Dad and daughter make a winning ballet combination

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

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

Here comes the AFL Batmobile, bound for glory

Mark Knight cartoon on AFL Grand Final
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There were so many ways to draw a cartoon on the AFL Grand Final heading to Qld. Mark Knight decided to ignore all the obvious ways and resurrect a special vehicle for one more drive

Nature’s fury and beauty captured in winning photos

7PM, 27TH AUGUST 2020 EMBARGO FOR ONLINE, EMBARGO FOR PRINT 28TH AUGUST 2020, PREMIUM NETWORK CONTENT, NO AUSTRALIAN, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, *ONLY FOR NEWS CORP MASTHEAD PAPERS*,  Overall Winner (originally Landscape) Ben Blanche.
A fire caused by a lightning strike in Mount Barney National Park.
It slowly marched over the peak as it moved around the border area of Queensland and New South Wales.
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A snap of a Black Summer bushfire has been named Australia’s best nature photograph in a competition that celebrates the country’s wild side

The day the flag was missing from the big game

Knight cartoon for 22/8/20 on the aboriginal flag ownership rights during the AFL Indigenous round
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What a thrill to see this year’s big AFL Dreamtime game between the Bombers and the Tigers played in Darwin. But what a shock that the Aboriginal flag — an important symbol — was missing

Vegemite needs you to sing its jingle

EXCLUSIVE - EMBARGOED FOR AUGUST 25TH, 2020, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS

Happy Little Vegemites Lotus O'Brien (4) and Sophia Trengove (3)
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We know Vegemite tastes like Australia, but the company that makes it wants to find out what Australia sounds like, calling on the nation to give the spread’s classic theme song a new life

Winning photos focus on wonders of science

2020 Beaker Street Science Photo Prize finalists. Tasmanian devil joeys being checked by researcher in mothers pouch.Picture: Heath Holden
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An image of tiny Tasmanian devil joeys inside their mother’s pouch is a finalist in a photo competition shining a light on the importance of science for National Science Week

How to find your voice and talk to a crowd

Kailash Sarma, 17, is teaching young people how to master public speaking and improve their confidence and self-esteem. His Captivate the Future program is open to secondary students around the country. For Kids News and Hibernation
humanities

A teenage public-speaking whiz is on a mission to help kids reeling from coronavirus disruptions master the art of talking to a crowd, finding their voice and their confidence

Whose big AFL grab will we sing about?

Knight cartoon for 10/8/20 on QLD looking to hold the AFL Grand Final
sport

The AFL Grand Final is one of the major sporting events of the year but everything about the 2020 season is different. Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could take the mark of the year

Tough battle ahead for state of disaster

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of August 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper
news

In a cartoon, using a visual metaphor can help describe another issue we may not have much understanding about. But just like with bushfires, if Australians band together, we can beat this

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

Knight cartoon for 27/7/20  the Karen plague
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

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

Category winners in iphone photography contest
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?

Cartoonist says sorry for taking the mickey

Mark Knight's cartoon on Greg Hunt
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

Roadblock stops Premier’s getaway

Knight cartoon for 14/7/20  on Dan Andrews and roadblocks
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

Tassie time lapse of our Milky Way galaxy

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

Yay! It’s time for school holiday fun

Kids News is on holidays!
just-for-fun

Kids News is taking a little break to enjoy the school holidays. In the meantime, try these Dr Seuss-themed activities. Enjoy! Have a great break and stay safe

Debate over new Australian logo with no roo

For Miranda column. A proposed logo for brand, Australian Made.  Supplied
civics

A new logo developed to promote Australia to the world has been criticised as confusing by advertising experts who say the wattle design looks more like a luxury perfume label

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
technology

Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

Grace Holiday, 11 and Chloe Moore, 12 have made ISO cuddle bears to give to people with disability and illness who are still in isolating because they are at increased risk of COVID-19.Picture: RICHARD JUPE
humanities

Grace and Chloe knew how much comfort a cuddly toy could be during the stressful times of social isolation, so they decided to spread the joy and make ISO bears for people to adopt

Kids’ author Matt Stanton’s tips for writing a great story

Author Matt Stanton. For Kids News Hibernation
arts

Are you struggling to come up with an idea for the Kids News Short Story competition? Don’t worry, these tips from Matt Stanton will get your imagination flowing. But hurry, time is running out to enter.

Getting used to our strange ‘new normal’

Part of Mark Knight's cartoon.
news

A WWII Lancaster bomber aeroplane in the COVID-test queue? Our lives have changed so much in recent months not much surprises us any more, writes cartoonist Mark Knight

Writing yourself into someone else’s shoes

St Monicas student 12-year-old Amaeh Reed, who won the Kids News Short Story competition in the age 11+ category last year. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
arts

Keeping up with world news gave author Amaeh Reed an idea for her winning 2019 Kids News short story competition entry. Amaeh explains how she got from the idea to the finished story

Teens making music about COVID-19

A singer shares COVID-19 messages
humanities

June 20 is World Refugee Day. Kids News shares a film by a teenager at Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda about young people making music to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Around an Aussie campfire of statues

Mark Knight's campfire cartoon for Kids news
civics

Mark Knight explains the issues behind the cartoon of two Aussies sitting by this particular campfire and wonders how Australia will react to this period of self-examination

Dream job of Lego master builder

KIDS NEWS LEGO Master Builder Kieran Jiwa with 'Joey'. Picture: supplied.
humanities

Lego master builder Kieran Jiwa — whose job it is to play and create with Lego for most of every day — has known he wanted this career since he was six years old

Characters’ stinky start to a winning story

Winner of last  years Kids News Short Story Competition, Rose Pullinger, 10 of Hobart. Picture: Zak Simmonds
arts

Rose Pullinger’s Emily to the Rescue was a winning entry in the Kids News 2019 Short Story Competition. She’s keen to enter the 2020 competition and shares some tips about story writing

Collingwood fans react to big AFL news

Mark Knight's collingwood fan cartoon
sport

In this weekly series for Kids News, Mark Knight explains the news and the creative process behind one of his latest cartoons. Mark imagines Pies fans would have been outraged!

Cartoons are not always meant to make you laugh

Mark Knight's cartoon of Donald Trump
civics

Sometimes cartoonists have to cover serious issues, such as war, famine, injustice and even death, about which it’s not appropriate or possible to make people laugh. This was one of those times

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
humanities

Kids are returning to school as COVID-19 restrictions ease. After working from home with his kids, Mark Knight wonders who in each household is most looking forward to getting back to normal

How to draw and animate your own minion

The team from Illumination, the animation studio behind movies including Despicable Me, The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, show kids how to draw and animate a minion. For Kids News Hibernation ONLY
just for fun

They’re cute and very cheeky. And now you can create your own, with this step-by-step guide to drawing and animating a minion – just like in the movies

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Australia Post is launching Dear Australia, an initiative encouraging Australians to share hand-written letters of hope and inspiration with the nation about their COVID-19 experience with all letters to be sent to a national letterbox.  At the end of the campaign, eligible letters will be archived for posterity at The National Archives of Australia in Canberra.   Abbey Winiarski, 9 has written a letter and doing a drawing for the Campaign. Picture: Sarah Matray
civics

Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

Lonely penguins take day trip to art gallery

Lonely Peruvian penguins from the Kansas City Zoo enjoy an outing to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to lift their spirits during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
animals

Life in lockdown can be pretty dull, even for penguins. But the day got a light brighter for these little birds when they had an excursion from their zoo enclosure to an art museum.

No joke! Experts agree laughter is good for us

KIDS NEWS: NIDA's school holiday programs include  comedy. Picture: supplied.
arts

Humour is as ancient as human life itself, but the joys of laughter never grow old and amusement experts believe we’re on the cusp of a COVID-19 comedy revolution

Dusty models COVID-safe return to AFL season

Mark Knight on Dusty return to AFL
sport

There’s a small light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel with the AFL’s announcement of a restart to the footy season. Mark Knight imagines how Tigers star Dustin Martin could help

Lego Masters star’s huge toy collection

SA Home and LIfe mag . My Place with Trent Cucchiarelli from Lego Masters show at his home in Burnside. Photo : Nick Clayton.
just for fun

Lego Masters is over for 2020, but one of the competitors still gets to play with lots of toys. We take a look at Trent Cucchiarelli’s incredible collection of action figures, vehicles and play sets

Last-known film of not-so-fierce thylacine

Still from newly discovered footage of the thylacine in Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo in 1935. It was part of a tourism film made by Sidney Cook in 1935. (National Film and Sound Archives)
animals

Researchers have discovered what is thought to be the last film of a thylacine, taken two years later than any other known record and casting doubt on its reputation as an aggressive animal

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

arts

Beloved Australian children’s author Andrew Daddo says storytelling platform Littlescribe invites kids to imagine breaking all the rules