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Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Sesame Street farewells its kindest, grouchiest star

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Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppeteer — the “most unknown famous person” – has died after 50 years creating joy on Sesame Street

A long line of reasons to leave halftime alone

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers the downsides to a reduced halftime break at AFL matches — and they quickly started to line up

Elijah Lewis with his Peace on Earth mural. Picture: World Vision

Student uses art in fight for peace on Earth

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After reading about the experiences of child soldiers in Africa, student Elijah Lewis created a unique art piece to highlight that war is wrong and all children should be able to grow up in peace

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Row, row, row your boat to a better world

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew young climate change activist Greta Thunberg rowing rock band Coldplay to their next world gig

15 amazing sculptures around the world

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
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Earth is so big and so filled with things to see it’s hard to know where to start looking. To help you out, we’ve compiled this collection of incredible sculptures to look at and learn about

Frozen II will melt most kids’ hearts again

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If you are worried that Frozen II won’t live up to the hype of the original movie five years ago, you’ll be pleased to learn it is a confident and funny movie that will melt most children’s hearts

Aussie boys dancing onto global stage

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Two Australian teenagers have danced their way into the finals of the world’s largest ballet competition, the famous Youth America Grand Prix in New York

Banning dogs makes Aussies barking mad

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why banning dogs in Aussie pubs and bars is a backward step and a chance to draw a bar full of dogs to make his point

Play-Doh’s sticky situation solved

Rapidoh playdough guessing game - play-doh toy sculpture face 10 Jul 2001. /Toys Play-Doh
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By the 1950s, no one wanted to buy a special sort of dough to clean wallpaper. But some creative thinking saved the failing dough company and we all got to play with Play-Doh

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires

An Aussie Cup win … I’ll drink to that!

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he added an Aussie tradition to his Melbourne Cup drawing after local horse Vow and Declare finished first past the post

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

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Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology

Dreaming of an Uluru without climbers

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew Uluru as an indigenous character dreaming of a life without interference on spiritual land

Abuse of ex-racehorses is a crying shame

Mark Knight cartoon on Phar Lap crying
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains his moving cartoon about the cruel abuse of ex-racehorses and why it’s a topic he feels deeply saddened by

Six clever rules to help you write a top short story

Kids News Short Story writing competition closes next week artwork
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With the Kids News short story writing competition closing on October 31, we asked children’s author Jackie French for tips on adding colour and imagination into stories. So … get writing!

The most amazing wildlife photos of the year

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A gripping action shot that captures “the perfect moment” between a Tibetan fox and a marmot has won its photographer the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Swapping footballers is a game for all ages

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight remembers the joys of footy swap cards in the schoolyard and how it mirrors the competitiveness of AFL trade week

Grab some popcorn, it’s school holiday movie time

Artwork for Kids News school holiday guide
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It’s school holiday time which means Kids News is taking a short break. But you should grab some popcorn and see one of the great movies on the big screen. Here’s our guide to the best

Ancient stories brought to life in 3D

The tongue of the Rainbow Serpent flashes like lightning in the story of the
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There were once at least 250 indigenous Australian languages — now, there are just a few. A project combining cutting-edge technology with ancient stories aims to stop the decline

Dr Seuss’s top-secret Aussie book revealed

Dr Seuss
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In an incredible, top-secret adventure like something out of a storybook, an Australian illustrator was picked from all the illustrators in the world to complete an unfinished Dr Seuss book

Meet the honourable Hugh or is it Wolverine?

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight shows some sharp wit when deciding how to draw Hugh Jackman receiving his Order of Australia medal

Wise words from a circus star

Jillibalu Riley learned breakdancing and other contemporary dance at high school. Picture: supplied
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Jillibalu Riley does incredible acrobatics as a performer with Circus Oz, tricks he started practising as a little daredevil kid mucking around with his cousins

Modern take on The Four Seasons of Australia

Mark Knight's Four Seasons cartoon
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In our weekly series, Mark Knight explains why he used classic composer Vivaldi as inspiration for how different the four seasons and the weather is becoming in Australia

Tayla Harris ‘The Kick’ statue unveiled

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It was the kick that triggered a turning point in sport and had an impact far beyond the AFLW. And now, the iconic Tayla Harris moment has been immortalised with a life-size statue

Boris rocks to a new anthem on Brexit

Mark Knight cartoon on the Brexit situation
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight reveals why he drew British PM Boris Johnson as a punk rocker to help explain Brexit and whether the UK should stay or go

Chocolate can inspire a great short story

Broken chocolate bar left position isolated top view
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Award-winning children’s author Jackie French gives her top tips on how to write a winning tale for the Kids News short story writing competition — and it involves eating chocolate

Smith is Aussie cricket’s knight in shining armour

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he just had to draw a concussed Steve Smith as Aussie cricket’s knight in shining armour

Winners have their own tale published into a book!

Kids News Short Story writing competition, supported by HarperCollins
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It’s Book Week and what better way to get involved than with the Kids News short story writing competition. Winners will have their own story published into a real book and take home an iPad and book pack

50 years after Abbey Road, there’s a new Fab Four

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover, but his tribute has a twist with a new Fab Four

Fight to free Aboriginal flag from restrictions

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Australian Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is leading the fight against a clothing company that bought the copyright to the Aboriginal flag from the artist who designed it

Reimagining the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Goat Island would have been turned into a massive ANZAC memorial. Picture: Budget Direct Travel Insurance
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Incredible new images reveal what Sydney would look like today had some of the alternative harbour bridge designs been given the green light instead of the now-famous coathanger

Historic Dog on the Tuckerbox statue damaged

CIRCA 1971 : The Dog on the Tuckerbox statue at Gundagai in a circa 1971 photo. pic News Ltd.
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UPDATED A little bronze statue of a loyal dog has been damaged, upsetting locals who regard it as an icon of Australia’s pioneering heritage. We look at the history of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

Photos of the world at work in 2019

Workers sort chillies in Bangladesh
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We look at some of the best contributions to an international photography competition about how we work now and wonder which of these jobs will still be done by humans in 2100

Deadly curse fears as King Tut’s coffin is moved

The funerary mask of King Tutankhamun.
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King Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus has been moved for the first time in 100 years but many believe shifting the royal remains could unleash a deadly curse

What the moon landing and Trump have in common

Mark Knight cartoon on Moon Landing and Donald Trump for kids News
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In the first of a new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains to Kids News what inspired him to draw a cartoon comparing the moon landing and US President Donald Trump

The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50

Children Meet Hungry Caterpillar
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Eric Carle’s story about a caterpillar that eats its way through the pages of the book before becoming a beautiful butterfly is one of the most popular children’s books ever

Incredible nature photos are a call to action

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It’s a photography contest that aims to inspire the viewer to protect life on Earth and the winning entries are nothing short of breathtaking

How to rebuild Notre Dame after the fire

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The world’s top architects and stonemasons are trying to figure out how to fix Paris’s fire-damaged cathedral, including two experts 16,000km away in Australia

Famous Terracotta Army marches into Australia

Chinese Tomb Warriors
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Warriors from China’s world-famous Terracotta Army — which is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World — have arrived in Australia for a unique arts exhibition

Angry Birds ruffle feathers at film festival

The Birds And Pigs From "The Angry Birds Movie 2" Unite Against A New Common Foe On The Eve Of The 72nd Cannes Film Festival
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The Angry Birds flew into the Cannes Film Festival this week to launch their fun movie sequel. This time the birds and green pigs have to become frenemies to save their homes from a new threat

New brick buddies crowned Lego Masters

** UNDER STRICT EMBARGO. NOT TO BE PUBLISHED BEFORE 15TH MAY ** LEGO Masters - Grand Finale Winners, Henry (NSW) & Cade (QLD) win this series of LEGO Masters Australia. Supplied
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They had never met before the show but Henry Pinto and Cade Franklin have built a solid friendship and some amazing creations to win the first Lego Masters title

Costa’s historic Archibald Prize win

Supplied Editorial 2019 Archibald Prize winner Tony Costa's portrait of Lindy Lee. Photo: AGNSW
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Tony Costa has taken out the 2019 Archibald Prize with the art exhibition’s first winning portrait to feature an Asian-Australian subject

World’s longest dragon lands in Australia

Giant Dragon
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Dai Gum Loong, 125m long and with 7000 scales, has flown to Australia to take over from an old dragon called Sun Loong that is ready to retire

Weird, wacky, wonderful nature photos

Australian huntsman spider aren't very dangerous to humans
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We’ve compiled an incredible collection of photographs of creatures big and small interacting with the world in amazing ways. Which photo do you like best?

Toy Story 4 is an adventure of discovery

A scene from Toy Story 4.
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New friends, old friends, daring rescues and what it means to be a child’s toy are all part of the storyline for the new Toy Story 4 movie. Watch the full-length trailer

Hip hop makes cheese taste great

Swiss cheesemaker Beat Wampfler smells a piece of cheese that has been matured for 6 month with hip-hop music on the final day of an experiment conducted by the University of the Arts in Bern on March 14, 2019 in Berthoud, in the Emmental region, central Switzerland. - Beat Wampfler, a Swiss veterinarian by day, but consumate apron-wearing cheese enthusiast at night, has embarked on an experiment to test the impact of music on Emmental. Since last September, the cheeses have each been blasted with sonic masterpieces from the likes of rock gods Led Zeppelin or hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest to techno beats, ambient choirs and Mozart's classic Magic Flute. A jury of expert tasted the cheeses on March 14, 2019 and the tasty winner the cheese matured with the hip-hop album. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
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Playing music to cheese improves its flavour, according to a Swiss study. But not just any music will do. Hip hop is where it’s at if you want really fruity cheese

Fearless Girls for International Women’s Day

A replica of New York's famous "Fearless Girl" statue is seen at Melbourne's Federation Square, Melbourne, February 28, 2019. The replica was unveiled by artist Kristen Visbal ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. The original Fearless Girl rose to global attention when she was installed in front of the "Charging Bull" on Wall Street for International Women's Day in 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross) NO ARCHIVING
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Australian girls and women have a new figure of hope and inspiration, with the unveiling of a Fearless Girl statue in time for International Women’s Day

Push for breakdancing at 2024 Olympics

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 21, 2010 members of Mortal Kombat crew from Japan perform during the first part of the "Battle of the Year", an international competition of breakdance (Boty), at Arena in Montpellier. - Breakdancing, skateboarding, climbing and surfing have been invited to join the 2024 Paris Olympics, the head of the local organising committee said on February 21, 2019. Tony Estanguet said the inclusion of the sports responded to a need to make the Olympics "more urban" and "more artistic". (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)
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Breakdancing, skateboarding, climbing and surfing are the most likely new sports for the 2024 Paris Olympics in a move to make the global sporting event more urban and artistic

Kids on front line in fight against graffiti

Graffiti in Moreland
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The cost of removing graffiti is so high that governments are spending up big trying to teach kids not to do it in the first place

How the Opera House could have looked

A man takes a photograph of a woman front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. NSW's net debt will be wiped out following a bumper budget surplus of $4.7 billion for the last financial year, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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It’s one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, but the Sydney Opera House could have looked very, very different if any of the other ideas submitted were built instead

King Arthur and Merlin story found

Historians still can't agree on whether King Arthur was a real person
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Historians have stumbled across 13th-century parchment pieces about King Arthur, which could lead them to the location of the legendary Holy Grail

Amazing photos of ancient cultures

The Wodaabe in Chad make for a striking look with their make-up and highly crafted clothes. Picture: Jimmy Nelson
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  Jimmy Nelson has created an extraordinary photographic record of some of the world’s last indigenous peoples living traditionally in a bid to to save these cultures

Street artist hits the big time

PRIMARY SCHOOL'S PUBLIC ARTWORK
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Julian Clavijo’s art transforms public spaces. His best-known painting is 28m high and has been seen by millions of Australians. And now he has a massive international award, too

Early version of Mickey Mouse found after 70 years

Oswald which was a precursor to Mickey Mouse
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A 1920s film by Walt Disney lost for 70 years has been unearthed in Japan, showing an early character that led to the development of Mickey Mouse, who turned 90 on Sunday

World-famous Sydney Opera House turns 45

Maintenance men Tim Womack (front) and Flipe Flores (back), are pictured abseiling down the sail of the Sydney Opera House today, getting ready for the Opera House open day on the 16th of October.
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It’s one of the most recognised buildings in the world and it just turned 45. We look at its history and how much effort goes into keeping it looking young

Photos capture hidden world of tiny life forms

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Nikon’s 2018 photomicrography competition — photos taken through a microscope — offers a glimpse into the fascinating and unseen world of tiny life forms

Aussie straw art given a Japanese twist

York festival director with bilby sculpture
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Australian wheat is prized in Japan for noodles and now the two countries have teamed up to create art from the stalks left after harvest. What would you sculpt from wheat stalks?

$1.7m Banksy painting self-destructs at auction

Banksy's Girl With Balloon (2006) mysteriously self-destructed at the end of a Sotheby's auction - Instagram Banksy
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Going, going, gone . . .. art lovers shocked as world famous Banksy painting self-destructs after being sold for $1.7 million at auction

See World War I in 3D

Soldiers go over the top of the trenches in World War I
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Cross your eyes just a little and squint and focus on the middle of the picture and you’ll see these incredible old war scenes in 3D. Can you make this optical illusion work?

Dorothy’s ruby slippers safe

Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' slippers found after 13 years
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Dorothy’s red shoes from the Wizard of Oz – perhaps the world’s most loved costume items – are back in safe hands after a daring robbery

UNESCO bid for ancient art gallery

Burrup peninsula
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The traditional owners of Australia’s largest rock art gallery have fought for years to have this sacred site protected. Finally, it will be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage listing

VR film here at last

VR Film Festival
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Forward thinkers first dreamt of virtual reality more than 100 years ago, but it’s taken a long time for the technology to catch up. Now, VR film is finally becoming an everyday reality

Hi-tech explorers ‘drain the ocean’

Drain the Oceans uncovers the HMAS Sydney
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Imagine if you could explore the bottom of the ocean without water in the way. Groundbreaking filmmaking allows us to do just that. What would you look at if you could drain the ocean?

Murals transform country towns

Silo art. Sheep Hills Victoria, and see the huge mural by Adnate – an internationally renowned artist, famous for his work with Aboriginal communities across Australia
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Many country towns are struggling, with falling populations, few jobs and not many visitors. But amazing murals on disused silos are helping breathe new life into these rural communities

Waltzing Matilda could be on its way home

######SUNDAY MAIL ONLY#######EMBARGOED Banjo Paterson’s great, great grandson and original manuscript of “Waltzing Matilda”
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There were only rumours that Banjo Paterson’s handwritten “Waltzing Matilda”still existed. But it’s safe and sound and Queensland’s Premier is trying to bring it home

TV star one day, student the next

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Inez Curro is one of the stars of a big new TV series, but she still has to do her homework, manage nerves and find the best way to make friends. How does she do it?

Funny food hats will have you in stitches

Phil Ferguson in the burger hat
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Crochet artist Phil Ferguson creates funny food hats that will have you in stitches.

Amazing crop art tribute to Aussie cyclist

Richie Porte maze at Rupertswood Farm at Hagley in Tasmania's north. Picture: Facebook
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Tasmanian cycling star Richie Porte has been honoured with some amazing crop art by a farmer in his home state.

300-year-old violin is worth millions

Satu Vanska with her 1726 "Belgiorno Stradivarius"
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra has been gifted a famous 300-year-old Stradivarius violin worth many millions of dollars

Building creative confidence in your classroom

Kyah Cockburn and Jayde Feldman discovering what makes a computer tick in the Queens Beach State School’s Makerspace room.
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Five easy steps for teachers to create a Makerspace and nurture students’ creative confidence in the classroom

Australian Eurovision star shines

Isabella representing AUS in jnr Eurovision awards
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UPDATE: Melbourne teenager Isabella Clarke has taken out third place at the Junior Eurovision international song contest

Da Vinci painting sells for $592m

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi,’ which was painted around 1500, will go up for sale at Christie’s.   Photo:  CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017
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A 500-year-old masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci sells for $592 million, breaking the world record. VIDEO

Ned Kelly still fascinates Aussies

Ned Kelly Oval Portrait
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Bushranger Ned Kelly will be portrayed in yet another feature film about his life next year. We look at the legend of Ned Kelly and why the outlaw is still the subject of fascination. 

Nursery rhymes in decline

2 year olds Alyse Thorton, Molly Murphy and Hayley Carson read Old McDonald at Amaze Childcare in Silkstone. Photo Lachie Millard
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Generations of Aussie kids have grown up with nursery rhymes but there are growing fears they are disappearing in a world of hi-tech toys and gadgets

Monster mural moves with AR

English street artist Phlegm's mural commissioned by Chapel Street Precinct Association for the Provocaré Arts Festival. Picture: Phlegm
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A huge robot has invaded a suburban shopping strip and is coming to life with augmented reality technology. VIDEO

Isabella to rock Junior Eurovision

Isabella representing AUS in jnr Eurovision awards
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A 13-year-old Australian schoolgirl is ready to take centre stage at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. VIDEO

Slam dunk for young poet

Solli Raphael from Coffs Harbour, NSW has been crowned the youngest ever winner of the Australian Poetry Slam National Final. Picture: Clare Hawley
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This young poet has taken on and beaten adults to snatch top spot in the Australian Poetry Slam National Final. VIDEO

Capturing our wonderful, wild world

Arctic treasure Sergey Gorshkov, Russia Finalist 2017, Animal Portraits Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot. This is June and bonanza time for the foxes of Wrangel Island in the Russian Far East. Lemmings are the basic diet for Arctic foxes, but Wrangel suffers long, harsh winters and is ice‑bound for much of the year, making it a permanent source of stored food for these opportunist animals. The food convoys arrive at the end of May. Over just a few days, vast flocks of snow geese descend on the tundra of this remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, travelling from wintering grounds some 4,800 kilometres (3,000 miles) away in British Columbia and California. Not only is this the biggest breeding colony of snow geese in the world, and the only remaining one in Asia, but it is also growing: from 160,000 geese in 2011 to about 300,000 by 2016. The Arctic foxes catch any weak or sick birds, but what they feast on are the goose eggs, laid in early June in open nests on the tundra. Though the pairs of snow geese actively defend their nests, a fox may still manage to steal up to 40 eggs a day, harassing the geese until there’s a chance to nip in and grab an egg. Most of the eggs are then cached, buried in shallow holes in the tundra, where the soil stays as cold as a refrigerator. These eggs will remain edible long after the brief Arctic summer is over and the geese have migrated south again. And when the new generation of young foxes begins to explore, they too will benefit from the hidden treasures.
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Who do you think should win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award? GALLERY

Park rock craze carries on

This undated photo provided by Wendy Gallacher shows a selection of painted kindness rocks in Fayette County, Ga., which are part of the local Fayette Rocks Kindness Project. (Wendy Gallacher via AP)
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A low-tech rock painting trend has proven popular for months, with kids and adults alike getting creative

301 boys paint Archibald portrait

Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Preparatory School students (L-R) Savvas Kritharides, 11, Matthew Scolyer, 11,and Thomas Mansour, 5, pose for a photograph with teacher Janna Tess, in their art classroom in Paddington, Sydney, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. An artwork by 301 boys from Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Prep School has been named as a finalist in this year's Archibald Prize. The work, titled 'Goodbye, Sir!' is a portrait of retiring school headmaster Dr John Vallance. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING
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A group of primary school students have honoured their outgoing principal with a portrait short-listed for the Archibald Prize

Discover the power of words

Discover the power of words
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The Melbourne Writers Festival invites kids to get involved at Federation Square

Metal art on show

Metal art on show
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Melbourne metal artists are set to fire up a Footscray blacksmithing festival

Van Gogh coup for Melbourne

Van Gogh coup for Melbourne
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A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria sheds new light on famous artist Vincent van Gogh

Eye spy graffiti, or is it art?

Eye spy graffiti, or is it art?
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One Melbourne council wants to introduce a law to help decide when graffiti becomes public art

Films put autism in focus

Films put autism in focus
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Spectrospective campaign is offering insight into what it’s like to live on the spectrum. VIDEO