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Space junk has been found in paddocks near Dalgety on the banks of the Snowy River in NSW. Pictures: Monaro Police District/Facebook

SpaceX junk crashes into Aussie farm at speed

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An extraterrestrial torpedo travelling at around 25,000km/h, the trunk of the SpaceX Crew-1 craft, has surprised Snowy Mountains farmers by crashing back to Earth with a mighty bang

EAST ARNHEM, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese with Yolngu men during Garma Festival 2022 at Gulkula on July 29, 2022 in East Arnhem, Australia. The annual Garma festival is held at Gulkula, a significant ceremonial site for the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land about 40km from Nhulunbuy on the Gove peninsula in East Arnhem. The festival is a celebration of Yolngu culture aimed at sharing culture and knowledge which also brings politicians and Indigenous leaders together to discuss issues facing Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year is the first time the festival has been held since 2019 following a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Tamati Smith/Getty Images)

PM paves way for Voice to Parliament vote

explainers

Australians voters could soon decide in a referendum whether to change the Australian Constitution to include a First Nations Voice to Parliament

MELBOURNE, JULY 15, 2022: A tribe of goats has landed in MelbourneÕs Royal Park as part of a City of Melbourne trial to regenerate the habitat of the WhiteÕs Skink, a regionally significant species of lizard. Picture: Mark Stewart

Grazing goats called in to save little lizard

animals

An ingenious trial is underway using grazing goats to munch on grasses threatening the habitat of long-term resident skinks

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School’s back at Canberra High

Mark Knight cartoon - back to school. For Kids News
civics

Our federal politicians returned to the nation’s capital this week, a bit like kids on the first day back at school, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

TikTok feeding kids junk diet challenges

Companies such as Pepsi and McDonalds are turning kids into unofficial brand ambassadors for unhealth foods by getting them to post clips of them eating and drinking products. Research from Deakin Uni suggests kids are following challenges by companies to post clips of them eating a burger or drinking soft drink with hashtags and special effects. O'BRIEN With examples.**8.30am embargo**
technology

Hashtag challenges have junior TikTok users becoming unwitting junk ambassadors, as experts say the world’s biggest fast-food names use the platform to bait kids into building their brands

Vic zoos cancel close encounters

MELBOURNE, MAY 2, 2022: Melbourne Zoo has welcomed a gorgeous new 18-month-old Giraffe named Iris. Picture: Mark Stewart
animals

Indonesia’s outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease prompts Victorian zoos to cancel visitor encounters with animals at risk of catching the virus, as politicians debate border and airport security

Organ transplants save Aussie kids’ lives

HOLD FOR SUNDAY HERALD SUNÑÑChristine Cherry and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis, who were part of a national kidney exchange program when she was just three years old. It's for a story set to run nationally this Sunday as part of our ongoing DonateLife organ and tissue donation campaign.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
health

Transplants have saved the lives of children across Australia. Read their stories and find out how you and your families can help others

PM spells out importance of the Bee

Anthony Albanese with last years Prime Minister's Spelling Bee winners Theekshitha Karthik, 12, and Arielle Wong, 11, to launch this year's competition.                     Picture: David Caird
spelling bee

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants more buzz around spelling – so he’s urging kids to take on this year’s Spelling Bee

Australia’s environment report reveals ‘crisis’

Koalas chilling out at Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Supplied
environment

Extreme weather events are having a compounding effect on Australia’s native plant and animal species, as latest five-yearly report reveals the nation’s natural environment is struggling

Census reveals changing shape of Australia

Waving Australia flag in the air.
humanities

The 2021 Census data reveals a nation of 25.5 million people of diverse backgrounds, speaking a number of languages, practising different religious faiths and living in a mix of dwellings

Aussie cities fall in world liveability ranks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: People get their morning exercise walking alongside the Yarra River on May 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Lockdown restrictions remain in place across Victoria in response to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's northern suburbs. During the seven-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, residents can only leave home for five reasons: care and caregiving, exercise, work and to buy groceries, or to get vaccinated. The lockdown is effective from 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
geography

The world’s best cities to live in have been revealed and there are some surprising results as we learn to live with Covid-19. Guess which Australian city finished the highest

What do I have to do to pester Putin?

mark knight toon for shs june 19 2022
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Cartoonist Mark Knight feels a bit left out not making Russian President Vladimir Putin’s list of banned Aussies

Last days to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS 2022 Short Story Competition: SMARTdaily - Freja Lee, 9, grandma Patricia Lee and brother Oskar Lee, 11. Picture: supplied
short story competition

There’s still two days to enter the Kids News 2022 Short Story Competition – prime time to forage through your family’s stories and give your favourite a fictional makeover before entries close

Elephant ‘Happy’ … but not a person

Female Asian elephant Happy looking at herself in mirror at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Happy showed researchers that pachyderms can recognize themselves in a mirror _ a highly complex behavior previously known in only a few other species. (AP Photo/National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of Joshua Plotnik, Frans de Waal, and Diana Reiss.)
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animals

The US Court of Appeals has closed the gate on the question of whether Happy the elephant has the same rights under the law as a human being, ruling the ‘magnificent creature’ is not a person

Biloela family home at last

BILOELA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12:  Tharnicaa Nadesalingam celebrates her fifth birthday with her parents Priya and Nades and her sister Kopika on June 12, 2022 in Biloela, Australia. Four years ago, the Nadesalingam family, a Sri Lankan couple seeking asylum and their two Australian-born children, were removed from their home in central Queensland by the Australian Border Force and taken to immigration detention when their immigration protection visas expired. After a multi-year campaign led by members of the central Queensland community of Biloela, the incoming Labor government has released the family from detention, permitting them to return to live and work and Biloela on a bridging visa.  (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
humanities

The Nadesalingam family is back home in the Queensland town of Biloela after four years in immigration detention – just in time for a very special birthday party

Louis’ antics steal the show at Jubilee party

Mark Knight cartoon for SHS
civics

Young Prince Louis calls an end to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as only a child can in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Traffic noise spells trouble for school learning

Pagewood Public school's Lollipop Lady , Denise Page at work , guiding students and parents over the crossing to school. Denise is retiring after 13 years helping children across the road in Page Street, Outside the school. Picture: John Appleyard
environment

Noise pollution policymakers may need to listen up, as a European study shows students need a little bit of shush around their school in order to develop working memory and improved attentiveness

Party time to mark Queen’s historic reign

Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (R) holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. - Huge crowds converged on central London in bright sunshine on Thursday for the start of four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP)
civics

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 70 years, longer than any other British monarch before her. You’ll never guess how Australia celebrated the milestone

‘Voldemort’ sledge backfires

Mark Knight - Voldemort cartoon for Kids News.
civics

New government minister Tanya Plibersek has learnt the hard way that name calling is not on in federal politics any more, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Funny photos focus on serious pothole problem

Alex Dyson has collaborated with Fix our rural roads to draw attention to the fact that South-West Victoria has some of the worst bits of bitumen in the country. , Picture: Facebook
civics

Alex Dyson looks like he’s having a laugh but his funny photographs aim to highlight a serious problem on rural roads

Young Aussies quite keen on Queen

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the 'A Gallop Through History' performance, part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 15, 2022 in Windsor, England. The Royal Windsor Horse Show continued the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the 'A Gallop Through History' event. Each evening, the Platinum Jubilee celebration saw over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute production that took the audience on a 'gallop through history' from Elizabeth I to the present day. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
civics

An unusual poll that floats the idea of Australia inventing its own royal family finds a surprising number of young adult Australians are in favour of being ruled by the British one

Cartoon captures election outcome

Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, May 23, 2022
civics

Cartoonist Mark Knight has summed up the federal election result in his latest drawing for Kids News

Meet Australia’s new prime minister

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Labor Leader Anthony Albanese delivers his victory speech alongside his partner Jodie Haydon during the Labor Party election night event at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club on May 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Labor leader Anthony Albanese has claimed victory over Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison to become Australia's 31st Prime Minister. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
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Labor leader Anthony Albanese is to be sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister after his party won the federal election at the weekend

Bulldozer PM crashes into young soccer player

ELECTION TEAM 2022 
LIBERAL BUS TOUR  18/5/2022  

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends training night at the Devonport Strikers Soccer Club following the recent announcement by Gavin Pearce to upgrade ground facilities if re elected. This event is located in the electorate of BRADDON.  
 
ATTENDING:
The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister
Mr Gavin Pearce MP, Federal Member for Braddon
Mr Drew Smith, President, Devonport Strikers
Mr Chris McKenna, Vice President, Devonport Strikers
Mr Malcolm Gory, Coach WomenÕs Super League

Picture: Jason Edwards
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Under-8s soccer player Luca Fauvette has become the unexpected star of the federal election campaign after his tangle with the PM on the pitch

Australia ranks second for child cyber-bullying

Female student sitting on her own at school. She has a smartphone in her hand and a stressed expression on her face. generic
safe kids

With nearly one in four Aussie kids experiencing cyber-bullying, but only 20 per cent of parents aware their child is being exposed to online abuse, experts say gap must close to help combat crisis

Ban on Nazi swastika symbol

A man walks next to a logo of Nazi swastika during an anti-fascist rally outside the Court of Appeal during the testify of former MP and leader of Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos, on November 6, 2019, in Athens. - The 61-year-old Holocaust denier is one of nearly 70 defendants facing sentences of five to 20 years in prison. The main charge against them is participation in a criminal organisation, in addition to a host of other indictments related to murder and assault. (Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP)
civics

Victoria has become the first state or territory in Australia to introduce a ban on the Nazi swastika, a symbol of racism and hate since World War II and the Holocaust

Footy ump would have been great in debate

Mark Knight political leaders debate for Kids News.
news

The Great Debate between our political leaders was more like a contact sport, according to cartoonist Mark Knight. If only there had been a football umpire to pull them into line

Ms Pac-Man enters Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man cosplayers attend Comic-Con International on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
technology

An early trailblazer in the gender debate, Ms Pac-Man has chomped her way into history after popularising female video characters and proving girl gamers were ready to play

Inflation dragon turns up the heat

Mark Knight cartoon for Thursday April 28th
news

Economics might sound boring, but not when cartoonist Mark Knight conjures up a fire-breathing dragon and a postman PM to illustrate the challenges of rising prices

Bol’s belonging boost for youth

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 12. 04/08/21.  Athletics Finals and Semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Australias Peter Bol in the Final of the Mens 800m.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
civics

Peter Bol became Australia’s fastest ever 800m athlete at the Tokyo Games, now the Sudanese-born sensation is racing toward a new goal: supporting troubled youths in juvenile justice centres

Covid kids can’t throw or catch

Pictured at Lilli Pilli Oval in Caringbah is Finn Thearle, Lily Thearle and Hugh Thearle.
They are looking forward to an undisrupted season winter sport that hopefully wont be affected by cover restrictions.
Picture: Richard Dobson
sport

The last two years of cancelled club sport and PE classes have left a large number of Australian children without sporting skills, as experts call for a rethink so Covid-impacted kids can catch up

World’s oldest person dies at 119

This picture taken on March 9, 2019 and received by Jiji Press on April 25, 2022 shows the world's oldest person, Japanese woman Kane Tanaka who was born on January 2, 1903, and died at the age of 119 on April 19, 2022. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT
humanities

Born in 1903, married a century ago and recognised by Guinness World Records as the planet’s oldest person, Kane Tataka has passed away peacefully in her home country Japan

What does Anzac Day mean?

WW11 Airforce Digger 94yo Vince O'Sullivan d pictured at home Friday 17th April 2020.Vince will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway due to covid-19 restrictions. (AAP Image/Sue Graham)
history

Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means and how there’ll be a return to tradition after two years of Covid-19 disruptions

Political leaders ready for election showdown

mark Knight cartoon on Albo's budget reply speech
civics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to call a federal election at any moment, but cartoonist Mark Knight reckons the leaders have had their fingers on the trigger for a while now

Why do we have daylight saving?

a girl sets many clocks to daylight saving time
explainers

As many Australians prepare to wind back their clocks to regular time this weekend, let’s take a look at where daylight saving came from and why some states have it and others don’t

Buddy Franklin gets his ball back

Lance Franklin back at the SCG where the match ball he kicked his 1000th AFL career goal was returned to him by fan Alex Wheeler. Buddy signed a jumper, boots and ball for him and as well Alex received a five year membership from the Swans and an SCG membership for his gesture of returning the ball. Photo by Phil Hillyard (**NO ON SALES**- ©Phil Hillyard)
sport

Buddy Franklin’s 1000th goal marked a great moment in AFL history and kicked off some high drama when the Sydney Swans forward’s fabled footy went home with a fan

Fortnite profit to fund Ukraine aid

This illustration picture shows a person logging into Epic Games' Fortnite on their smartphone in Los Angeles on August 14, 2020. - Apple and Google on August 13, 2020 pulled video game sensation Fortnite from their mobile app shops after its maker Epic Games released an update that dodges revenue sharing with the tech giants. (Photo by Chris DELMAS / AFP)
humanities

Epic Games to donate two weeks of proceeds from the game Fortnite to support Ukrainian relief efforts in response to the Russian invasion

Blow to student climate activists

13-year-old protester Izzy Raj-Seppings with a placard demanding climate action outside of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Thursday, December 19, 2019. (AAP Image/Steven Saphore) NO ARCHIVING
environment

A court has thrown out a legal ruling in a climate change case brought by a group of high school students against Australia’s environment minister

Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 90

New Years Eve 2020 midnight fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to usher in 2021. Picture: Toby Zerna
history

The iconic and beloved Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 90 on Saturday, March 19, and the NSW capital plans to party like it’s 1932

Fans unite to make Warnie a knight

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on December 28, 2006, Australian spinner Shane Warne waves to the crowd after playing his last Test Match on his home ground, the MCG, on the third day of the fourth cricket Test played in Melbourne. - Australia cricket great Shane Warne, widely regarded as the greatest leg-spinner of all time, has died aged 52 according to a statement issued by his management company on March 4, 2022. Warne's management said he died in Koh Samui, Thailand, of a suspected heart attack. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)
sport

A constitutional change – plus bringing back knight and dame titles – could be all that’s needed to declare Aussie great Sir Shane

Olympic hero honoured after Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05:  Cedric Dubler and Ashley Moloney of Team Australia compete in the Men's Decathlon 1500m on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
sport

Cedric Dubler’s memorable sacrifice motivating teammate Ash Moloney to a decathlon Olympic bronze medal has won a sportsmanship award

No more McDonald’s for Moscow

Women walk in front of a McDonald's restaurant in central Moscow on March 9, 2022. - McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Starbucks on March 8, 2022 bowed to public pressure and suspended their operations in Russia, joining the international corporate chorus of outrage over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Several of these companies, symbols of American cultural influence in the world, have been the subject of boycott calls on social media as investors have also begun to ask questions about their presence. (Photo by AFP)
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McDonald's is closing its doors in Russia, joining other big businesses in pulling out as a protest against the country’s invasion of Ukraine

Students protest school’s personal grooming policy

Students from Elisabeth Murdoch College wear the 2022 school uniform.
civics

The grooming and appearance policy of a Victorian high school has caused controversy after a dozen senior students were denied a spot in their year group photo

Celebrating our female sporting champs

MELBOURNE, JANUARY 29, 2021: Australian Open Tennis 2022. Ashleigh Barty in action against Danielle Collins during the womens singles final on Rod Laver Arena. Picture: Mark Stewart
sport

Let’s celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with a look at eight inspirational Australian female athletes

Tech exists to resurrect Tassie tiger

Professor Andrew Pask is launching a project to bring the Tassie Tiger back to life. Involves the surrogate uterus of another animal. Professor Pask holds a skull of a Tasmanian tiger and a test tube containing DNA.                      Picture: David Caird
animals

A bold plan to bring back the Tasmanian tiger in just 10 years is fuelling the scientific race to restore the lost species to life

PM Scott Morrison has Covid-19

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
NewsWire Photos MARCH 01, 2022: 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Peter Dutton met with the national security committee of cabinet on Ukraine and the Australian floods, and then spoke to media at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
health

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will isolate for a week after developing a fever and testing positive to Covid-19, while it’s back to work for the Queen

Global warming threat to outdoor sport

Courier-Mail real estate, Home, advertising feature - Ausbuild - The Sanctuary at Warner.



Cropped portrait of cheerful little girl playing football with her family in the park on a sunny day. She is having fun while passing the ball. Family, kids and nature concept. Horizontal shot.
environment

The Australian way of life will have to change unless leaders take greater action now to address climate change

School’s out as Qld floods cause havoc

Bradman Avenue remains closed as residents prepare for more rain and heavy flooding to hit the Sunshine Coast. Making the most of it are Blake and Jack Emerson-Currell. Picture: Patrick Woods.
weather

A deadly eastern brown snake became an unlikely saviour to mice and frogs during severe flooding, as Queensland closed nearly 1000 schools and the storms headed south to northern NSW

Sportsmanship makes a comeback in cricket

There was a touching act of sportsmanship in the Ireland vs Nepal game.
sport

Cricket fans around the world have praised a gracious act of sportsmanship that shows the spirit of cricket is alive and well. WATCH THE VIDEO

What is happening between Ukraine and Russia?

A protester holds up a poster reading "Hands Off Ukraine" and depicting the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin covered with a map of Ukraine in the colors of the Ukrainian flag during a peace demonstration in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin on February 19, 2022. (Photo by STEFANIE LOOS / AFP)
explainers

The situation between Russia and Ukraine is tense and a little scary – but it helps to understand what is going on and what other leaders are doing in response

Are Putin and Xi on similar paths?

Mark Knight cartoon on Russian invasion of Ukraine. For Kids News
humanities

The tough guys of international politics, Russian president Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping, share similar leadership styles and ambitions in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon

Why kids are better at fighting Covid

Generic photo of happy students in their classroom wearing their school uniform
health

Children’s "innate" immune systems are better at overcoming Covid-19 than adults’ – and another factor stalling the spread in schools is really something to sing about

Ukulele a dangerous weapon in PM’s hands

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 14th of February  2022 herald Sun Newspaper
civics

Who’d have thought a ukulele could be such a dangerous weapon? Cartoonist Mark Knight says not even the Prime Minister’s security team could protect him from the damage

Musos join push for Indigenous lessons

Australia Day Live Isaiah Firebrace
indigenous news

Singer Isaiah Firebrace’s petition for Indigenous languages and cultural lessons in schools is gaining momentum and could lead to changes in the teaching of First Nations history

Teens hailed for brave surf rescue

Lachlan Larven (L), and Toby Sutton, both 14, who sprang into action to save a drowning woman's life, 300m south of the Broadway Kiosk at Glenelg on Thursday, Jan 20. The pair have been nominated for a Surf bravery award. 29 January 2022. Picture Dean Martin
civics

A training drill turned into a real-life rescue when these quick thinking teen lifesavers sprung into action to save a struggling swimmer

Face mask litter a major problem

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)
environment

Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

Bird sounds set for ARIA success

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo
animals

Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10

Covid jabs for kids by January

A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP)
health

Primary school kids are on track to receive their first jabs before school returns next year, with the Pfizer vaccine cleared for use

Barbados breaks from Britain and becomes republic

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 30: President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square on November 30, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Prince of Wales arrived in the country ahead of its transition to a republic within the Commonwealth. This week, it formally removes Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and the current governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, will be sworn in as president. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)
history

Prince Charles won’t be head of state in Barbados when he succeeds Queen Elizabeth II – but he was on hand at the historic inauguration of the first president to wish the nation well

Spelling Bee champs blitz PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor
spelling bee

Third time proved a charm for winners of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, who finally met the man himself after several Covid cancellations – and Kids News was there

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
history

Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Wild horses to be reined in

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.
animals

Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
animals

Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Girls more active in PE without boys

MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 11, 2021: Rowers at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, L to R Alexandra Williams, Georgie Gough, Amelia Kogler. Picture: Mark Stewart
sport

Girls get a bigger workout in single-sex school sports than they do playing on mixed teams with boys

Fibs all over your face

Pinocchio holding sheet of paper. ISTOCK
science

A new device for catching liars in the act has picked up facial signals that might prove to be more accurate than polygraphs

Mystery of maritime disaster solved

12/01/2009 NEWS: Artist's impression of 150 mm shell damage to the port side of HMAS Sydney. On 19 November 1941, the Royal Australian Navy Modified Leander Class light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY II, en route to Fremantle, intercepted the German raider the HSK KORMORAN about 100 nautical miles west of Steep Point off the coast of Western Australia. In the ensuing battle, HMAS SYDNEY was sunk with the loss of her entire crew of 645 men. The HSK KORMORAN was subsequently scuttled with the loss of 81 lives. Following the discovery of the wrecks of HMAS SYDNEY and HSK KORMORAN by The Finding Sydney Foundation in March 2008, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal A.G. Houston AC, AFC, established a Commission of Inquiry, charged with the followi
history

Australia’s worst maritime tragedy created an 80-year mystery – but after 15 years of DNA testing, the Unknown Sailor has been identified at last

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16th NOVEMBER 2021 - EMBARGOED - MUST TALK TO JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE USE.
Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson
animals

A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

Russia admits space missile strike

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)
space

Russia’s missile strike on one of its ageing satellites provokes outcry as debris causes concern for International Space Station

What is World Children’s Day all about?

KIDS NEWS World Children's Day UNICEF
explainers

Celebrated November 20 each year, World Children’s Day is the ideal time to think about other children, their lives and challenges. Find out about World Children’s Day and its history

Aussie codes unite against racism

RAMPANT racism at elite and junior sports events has been uncovered in ÒstartlingÓ new research. Western Bulldogs VFL footballer Reuben William is leading the push against racism in sport. Reuben is joined by Jay Knol, 7, Jackson Ramantanis, 8, Hugo Wallert, 7 and Imani, 10. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
sport

Australia’s biggest sporting codes have called time on racist conduct with new guidelines to hold offenders to account

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation
animals

After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

Call for more inclusive sports terms

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are playing a soccer game outside on a sunny day at the park.
humanities

Whether terms like ‘sportsmanship’ and ‘man on’ are discriminatory has sparked gender debate in physical education

Big Bird ruffles feathers after Covid shot

Sesame Street brings its Kindness stage show to Adelaide this
weekend, Nov 25 and 26.
health

Not even Sesame Street’s fictional feathered friends are safe on social media, as Big Bird’s Covid jab sets off US Senator Ted Cruz

Tennis legend Dylan Alcott to retire

MELBOURNE. Tennis Announcement. 09/11/2021.  Australian wheelchair tennis player announces that the 2022 Australian Open will be his last and he will retire from the sport     .  Photo by Michael Klein.
sport

The world's most successful quad tennis player is set to retire, with Golden Slam champion Dylan Alcott confirming next year’s Australian Open will be his last

Slave room found at Pompeii

A photo handout on November 6, 2021 by the Pompeii Archaeological Parkp shows "The room of Slaves", an exceptionally well-preserved room for the slaves who worked in Villa Civita Giuliana in Pompeii, a villa where a ceremonial chariot and a stable with a harnessed horses were earlier unearthed. - Pompeii archaeologists said on November 6, 2021 they have unearthed the remains of a "slave room" in an exceptionally rare find at a Roman villa destroyed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. The little room with three beds, a chamber pot and a wooden chest was discovered during a dig at the villa of Civita Giuliana, a suburban villa just a few hundred metres from the rest of the ancient city. (Photo by Handout / POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEII ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Pompeii archaeologists have found a ‘slave room’ that they believe housed chariot handlers in the ancient city, before Mt Vesuvius erupted nearly 2000 years ago

Covid jab for younger kids delayed

A multi-ethnic group of four children, 5 to 7 years old, playing together on a playground during school recess. They are sitting side by side on two slides, looking at the camera. They are all wearing masks, back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
health

A decision on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine for younger kids is coming soon – but the delay likely means most primary aged children won’t have access to the jab until next year

‘Ridiculous’ bikini rule scrapped in women’s handball

The Norway’s women’s beach handball team.
sport

A controversial, outdated rule for women’s uniforms in beach handball has finally been changed following a wave of bikini backlash

Bully laws beefed up for better online safety

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safe kids

Australia’s cyber bullying laws are to be expanded to offer better protection and more help for kids

Billionaire’s plan to build new space station

This artist's illustration courtesy of Blue Origin obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on October 25, 2021 announced it wants to launch a space station that will house up to 10 people in the second half of the decade, as the race to commercialize the cosmos heats up. "Orbital Reef," described in a press statement as a mixed use business park in space that will support microgravity research and manufacturing, is a joint venture with Sierra Space and has the support of Boeing and Arizona State University. (Photo by Handout / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Blue Origin " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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As the International Space Station heads towards retirement age, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has announced its hopes of building a futuristic space station for business

Outback town’s free land offer to lure new residents

Quilpie Show. (L-R) Clay Egan, his sister Gabby Egan and the neighbour Lachlan Heinemann who helps with feeding the mini bulls each night.
money

The Queensland outback town of Quilpie is known for dino fossils and opals, but now it’s on the map as a new frontier after offering free land to Aussie workers and families

Golden girls could finally get Olympic due

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sport

Australian athletes robbed of Olympic medals during a notorious period of cheating may finally be given their rightful place in sporting history after a 40-year fight for justice

How rising sea levels could impact landmarks

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Climate Central have released a new study along with a set of visual materials about the long-term impacts of sea-level rise, including a collection of simulations and photo renderings of the impact of sea-level rise on iconic locations across the world.
Pictured Sydney Harbour after waters rise.
environment

Scientists have illustrated the possible impact of global warming in a series of digital images that show how rising sea levels could affect world landmarks including the Sydney Opera House 

Lego to build blocks without bias

Child playing with colorful toys. Little girl and funny curly baby boy with educational toy blocks. Children play at day care or preschool. Mess in kids room. Toddlers build a tower in kindergarten. Picture: iStock
humanities

Lego has pledged to remove gender bias from its product range after an international study finds stereotypes persist

Walk to the moon for kindness

Along the Coogee Beach esplanade messages of kindness and hope from community members has popped up on the fencing. Picture: David Swift
civics

Kids, schools and communities are being challenged to spread small acts of kindness while walking 382,000km – the distance from Earth to the moon – between now and World Kindness Day

Film crew to make first movie in space

This handout photo taken and released on October 5, 2021 by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos shows Russian crew members, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (L) and film director Klim Shipenko, shaking hands as their spacesuits are tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. - A Russian actress and director arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on October 5, 2021 to begin a 12-day mission to make the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY ROSCOSMOS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Russian movie star Yulia Peresild has beaten Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise into orbit, safely docking at the International Space Station to star in the first film shot in space

Singing sisters set world record

21/09-2021 Brisbane sisters Teresa and Augnes Joy sing the national anthems of all the countries in the United Nations at St John's Cathedral. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
arts

A Queensland sister act has set a new world record for singing, after learning nearly 200 national anthems by heart

Kid poets published in bushfire book

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires.
arts

The winners of the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition have had their poems included in the book Fighting Spirit: A tribute to the bushfire-affected communities of Australia’s Black Summer

Thai taxis become bonnet and rooftop gardens

Vegetable gardens are seen on the roofs of vehicles of a taxi rental garage firm, whose cars are currently out of service due to the downturn in business as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Bangkok on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
geography

Without tourist trade keeping taxi fares ticking over in the Thai capital, one Bangkok cab company has devised a novel solution to help feed its unemployed drivers

Fraser Island to be renamed ‘paradise’

Camping on Fraser Island (K'gari)

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indigenous news

Queensland’s spectacular Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is to be renamed K’gari, the word for “paradise” in the language of the area’s traditional owners

SpaceX tourists orbit without astronauts

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

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

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

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

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

MooLoo to the rescue

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

Aussie watchdog probes Facebook smart glasses

This undated image recived by AFP on Septemner 8, 2021, courtesy of Ray-Ban and Facebook, shows a model wearing smart glasses by Facebook and Ray Ban. - Facebook and iconic eyewear brand Ray-Ban launched their new smart glasses, the latest effort in a tricky, niche market but which the social media giant sees as a step toward its future. The "Ray-Ban Stories" shades can take pictures and video upon the wearer's voice commands, and the frames can connect wirelessly to Facebook's platform through an app. (Photo by Handout / Ray-Ban and Facebook / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ray-Ban and Facebook" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Australia’s privacy watchdog is investigating whether Facebook’s hidden-camera sunglasses could be used to spy on people without their knowledge or consent

What stories really matter to you?

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

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

Cheeky duck learns human insult

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

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

Space race continues on Mars

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

The hunt begins for sunken ships

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

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

Good moods from fresh foods

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

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

Mini-horse breeds happiness

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

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

China cuts video gaming for kids

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

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