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Pictured in Cronulla is a socially distanced Santa with local girl Edie Docherty (7).
Children have had their minds eased knowing that Santa will go about his Christmas 2020 duties in a socially distanced fashion.
Picture: Richard Dobson

Santa gets special permission to travel at Christmas

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt travel around the world but the Prime Minister has confirmed that no matter what happens to Australia’s borders Santa will be able to do his job

The Bermuda Triangle is said to have claimed more than 1000 lives over the past 100 years.

Solving the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

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Ships and planes have disappeared without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. But is there really anything strange going on? Kids News looks at the history of this fascinating phenomenon

A woman walks past a sign urging people to stay home in Melbourne on August 14, 2020 as the city battles an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - The state remains effectively sealed off from the rest of the country, with other regions so far largely spared from new infections. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

‘Iso’ declared Australia’s word of the year

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The Australian National Dictionary Centre has named ‘iso’ — slang for self-isolation — as the word of 2020 from both a year and a shortlist of words dominated by the coronavirus pandemic

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At work with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climber

Nick on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: BridgeClimb
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Could Nick Hayes have the best job in the world? Or perhaps you think it would be the worst job. Find out what happens on a typical day for a climb leader on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

US election: How does it work? What could happen?

(FILES) (COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden leads in the national polls and most of the battleground states going into Election Day but President Donald Trump is insisting they're wrong and he'll repeat his upset victory of 2016. Biden, the 77-year-old former vice president, has enjoyed a solid lead over Trump, 74, in the national polls for months, at times reaching double digits. (Photos by Brendan Smialowski and JIM WATSON / AFP)
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This year’s presidential election is one of the most watched in US election history – regardless of whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden is the winner. Here’s a guide to what will and could happen

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

What is dyslexia? Is there a cure?

Composition with books on the table.
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Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. But the good news is dyslexia is not a disease and you can have dyslexia and be really good at lots of things

How do birds fly? Why can’t humans fly?

Taronga Zoo keepers are training one of their wedge tail eagles 'Reggie' at Athol Hall to be part of the Free Flight Bird Show. Picture: Toby Zerna
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It’s spring and that means there are soon to be a lot of baby birds learning to fly. They look awkward first go, but they soon work it out. How do they do it? And why can’t humans fly too?

How do bees make honey?

Close-up of a honey bee for Cameron England SAWeekend story. Picture: iStock
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It’s spring! Plants everywhere are springing to life and flowering after winter. Bees are pretty excited, too, because flowers are vital for honey making. Kids News researched how bees make honey

Hope for diabetics in three-minute thesis

University of Adelaide PhD candidate Khalia Primer, 23 originally from Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula, in the laboratory at SAHMRI. She working on gene therapy to treat diabetic ulcers. 14 September 2020. Picture Dean Martin
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Scientist Khalia Primer’s award-winning video cleverly explains years of complex gene therapy research that could help solve some of the serious health problems faced by people with diabetes

Two giant pythons drop in for a visit

In this photo provided by Steven Brown, a snake slithers out the door of a home at Laceys Creek, Australia, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. David Tait returned home and was surprised to discover that his kitchen ceiling had collapsed under the weight of two large pythons apparently fighting over a mate. (Steven Brown/Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation via AP)
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A Queensland man came home to a collapsed kitchen ceiling and two massive snakes making themselves comfortable elsewhere in the house. Kids News looks at how to keep safe around snakes

Human-sized wormholes are possible

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Scientists have used quantum mechanics and maths to show that gateways connecting two points in space and time and big enough and stable enough for human travel are theoretically possible

Brain holds key to Antarctic ice ship mystery

A strange 'ice ship' has been spotted on Google Earth by eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists Credit: YOUTUBE/MRMBBB333
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Conspiracy theorists claim they’ve found a huge capsized ship about 160km off the coast of Antarctica but the mystery is most likely solved by looking at how human brains work

How cold was it in the coldest part of the Ice Age?

Two mammoth in a field covered of snow, with some bushes and a few bisons. Blue sky with clouds in the background.
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Scientists have calculated just how cold it got on Earth during the coldest part of the last Ice Age, using ocean plankton fossils and climate models

Human blood is warm, but cool too!

3D render blood cells.
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Kids News is celebrating National Science Week by taking a look at the approximately five litres of hardworking red blood pumping around a person’s body that gives us our get up and go

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
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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

Kids urged to get real on fake news

Red Computer Keyboard with balloons showing Fake News or Facts.
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You might have heard US President Donald Trump use these words, but what exactly is fake news and how do you spot it?

Simple steps to ease your worries in tough times

Beautiful, fit young family walking and jogging together outdoors along a paved sidewalk in a park pushing a stroller at sunset
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There are things you can do to keep up your spirits and maintain a sense of hope if you feel worried about the coronavirus pandemic, writes Beyond Blue’s Dr Grant Blashki

Do you recognise this face?

LIBRARY: Image of early convict Mary Reibey, who came to Australia with the First Fleet.
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Most Australians will have seen her face but few would know the remarkable story of Mary Reibey and how she came to be on our $20 banknote

Volcano on Pacific Ring of Fire erupts

TOPSHOT - Mount Sinabung spews thick ash and smoke into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra on August 10, 2020. (Photo by Anto Sembiring / AFP)
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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted, sending ash 5km into the sky. It’s the latest eruption along the 40,000km-long line of volcanoes, faults and trenches called the Pacific Ring of Fire

The history of the Olympic Games

TOPSHOT - Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou dressed as an ancient Greek high priestess holds the olympic torch during the olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, on March 19, 2020 in Athens. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / various sources / AFP)
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We should have been cheering on our Olympic heroes in Tokyo right now. But with coronavirus putting the Games on hold for another year, it’s a chance to take a look at where the magnificent sporting tradition started

Australia, the land of great ideas

Amy Beard from Wongawallan is throwing a "retirement party" for her Hills Hoist after upgrading to a better clothesline. Amy and her girls Etta 4 and Millys 2 still love the old clothes line. Pics Adam Head
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Whether you’re in your classroom or reading this story on Kids News from home, you’re most likely using Wi-Fi, an Australian invention and one of a long list of smart ideas we’ve had so far

Why do we get wrinkly skin as we age?

Senior woman with wrinkles, posing in studio, close-up, portrait
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Wrinkles are a normal part of ageing, except for the wrinkly fingers and toes people of any age can get when they’ve been in the bath or pool for too long. Kids News researched wrinkles

Why don’t you sink in the Dead Sea?

ESCAPE:  Woman with sun hat holding and reading a newspaper while lying on back with crossed feet, floating in salty water of Dead Sea, Israel, Middle East.  Picture: Istock
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Ask people what they know about the Dead Sea and most will tell you that it’s impossible to sink when you’re swimming in it, but not everyone knows why. Kids News did some research

How your brain plays tricks on you

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman. The concept of the business idea.
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Optical illusions show us that a picture or an object in front of our eyes is only part of what we “see”. Our brain makes up the rest. Test yourself on these cool illusions to find out for yourself

What it takes to become an astronaut

This undated photo made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronaut Bob Behnkin during training exercises in Hawthorne, Calif. (Ashish Sharma via AP)
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The SpaceX launch of two NASA astronauts is getting a lot of people excited about space travel. But becoming an astronaut requires much more than just enthusiasm. Here’s how to succeed

Why are there big protests around the world?

TOPSHOT - Protestors gather near the makeshift memorial in honour of George Floyd marking one week anniversary of his death, on June 1, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Major US cities -- convulsed by protests, clashes with police and looting since the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd a week ago -- braced Monday for another night of unrest. More than 40 cities have imposed curfews after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)
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Protests — some peaceful and some violent — continue across the US and elsewhere around the world over police treatment of black people. Kids News explains why people are protesting

Caring for the billions of microbes in your mouth

All sugary drinks are being banned at Melbourne museum to improve the health of visitors. 

Charlie, 9, says 'no' to sugary drinks.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Donations of spit from about 1500 people are helping scientists understand how the billions of microbes in our mouths work to keep us healthy and what you can do to keep them healthy too

What makes eyes different colours?

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Do you have brown eyes? If that’s a yes, you’re in the majority. In fact, it’s thought that 10,000 years ago, every human had brown eyes. Kids News researched the science of eye colour

Coronavirus restrictions to ease across Australia

Parents pictured dropping off their kids to Milton State School, Brisbane 11th of May 2020.  Milton State School's first day back after Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions have been eased.   (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
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A visit with grandma and grandpa, a return to school or a kick of the footy with friends? What do the easing of coronavirus lockdown rules mean for you?

Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth

This illustration provided by the European Southern Observatory in May 2020 shows the orbits of the objects in the HR 6819 triple system. The group is made up of an inner binary with one star, orbit in blue, and a newly discovered black hole, orbit in red, as well as a third star in a wider orbit, blue. The team originally believed there were only two objects, the two stars, in the system. However, as they analysed their observations, they revealed a third, previously undiscovered body in HR 6819: a black hole, the closest ever found to Earth, about 1000 light years away. The black hole is invisible, but it makes its presence known by its gravitational pull, which forces the luminous inner star into an orbit. The objects in this inner pair have roughly the same mass and circular orbits. (L. Calçada/ESO via AP)
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Two stars dancing in the night sky and visible without a telescope have led astronomers to find a black hole so close to Earth it’s “just around the corner” in space terms

How the tradition of Mother’s Day was born

Happy mothers day
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Celebrating mothers on a special day of the year isn’t a modern idea. Kids News researched the history of honouring and thanking mothers across Australia and around the world

Dolphins dance through glowing algal bloom

Glowing dolphins swim through algae
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A pod of dolphins has been filmed dancing and surfing through waves full of bioluminescent plankton. Kids News looks at the science behind the living things that glow

Exploring the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. We explore why Cook came to Australia and why some celebrate and some lament this day

Anzac Day explainer: the dawn of the legend

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)
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Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means, how it is observed and how this year’s Anzac Day will be different

Easter eggs, bunnies and traditions around the world

Isla Smith 5 of Hobart is ready for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Easter egg hunt at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
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For many, Easter means chocolate eggs, bunnies, hot cross buns and church services. Kids News researched why we celebrate Easter, when it will be and how common traditions began

Why do grey seals clap like humans?

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

Exploring the lost city of Pompeii

ESCAPE: DOC HOLIDAY May 29  ..  Apollo statue in Pompeii, Italy (apollo temple). Picture: Supplied
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On April 1, 1748, a Spanish engineer rediscovered Pompeii, changing the way we thought about historical artefacts and beginning the longest archaeological dig in the world

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

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

What and where is the equator?

Picture supplied by Joel Selwood.   Joel Selwood and his dad at the Equator
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Parachutists have set a world record for crossing the equator 12 times in a single jump, which got us wondering what the equator is, where it is and why do they launch space rockets there?

Big COVID-19 questions and simple answers

Coronavirus outbreak isolated on white and coronaviruses influenza background as dangerous flu strain cases as a pandemic medical health risk concept with disease cells as a 3D render.
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Using World Health Organisation information, we answer important questions about COVID-19, such as: "What is a virus?"  and "Why are there new rules for everyday life?"

Hand washing: How does soap work?

Stuart Park Primary student Abigail Samuels 7 washing hands to beat Corona Virus .
Picture GLENN CAMPBELL
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As people around the world work to slow the spread of the virus called COVID-19, everyone is telling us to wash our hands with soap. Kids News explains how soap works

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

Two cheerful little girls running in their mother's hug.
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Australian Childhood Foundation’s Dr Joe Tucci has a positive message for children about worry and bad news, and a reminder that there is still a lot of good news around if we look for it

Komodo dragon mum has three sons, solo

ESCAPE: Komodo Island, Koren Helbig.  The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) with an open mouth. It is the biggest living lizard in the world, Indonesia. Rinca island. Picture: istock
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A female komodo dragon has produced three baby dragons without a male mate through a rare process called parthenogenesis

WHO officially declares COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic

A masked reveller walks on San Marco square in Venice on February 25, 2020, during the usual period of the Carnival festivities which have been cancelled following an outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in northern Italy. - Italy's new coronavirus spread south on February 25 to Tuscany and Sicily, as the civil protection agency reported a surge in the number of infected people and Rome convened emergency talks. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
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As WHO officially declares the global coronavirus crisis a pandemic, PM Scott Morrison announces a $2.4 billion package for Australia’s health system to help it respond to the crisis

Why do leaves change colour and fall in autumn?

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN. CONTACT PIC DESK BEFORE USING Sarah (10) and Charlotte (7) Williams enjoying the Autumn leaves in Honour Avenue, Macedon.
Picture: Jay Town
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The leaves on deciduous trees turn forests, parks and gardens a rainbow of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Why do leaves change colour? And why do the trees let them fall?

What is a leap year? Why is there one this year?

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration. istock image
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There is a February 29 on this year’s calendar. We explain why and what it has to do with the Sun, the Earth and a calendar created way back in 1582

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

L-R Siblings Tristan Shaw 6, Imogen Shaw 4 and William Shaw 8 the children of Rev. Victor Shaw are ready with some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  St George's church in Battery Point is holding a pancake and soup night on Shrove Tuesday.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
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Australians are becoming world leaders at cooking and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, a fun food day that has its origins as a religious festival

Why do we cry and what are tears?

drama concept - upset young blond woman crying with big tears expressing her disappointment and sadness, grey background studio
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Crocodile tears are real – though humans are the only animals that cry emotional tears – and babies don’t cry tears at all. Kids News explains tears and crying

Sad love story behind Valentine’s Day

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There are several stories about who Valentine was, but the most popular one is that he was a doctor and priest from Rome in the third century who lived and died in the pursuit of love

Hero nippers save tourists from dangerous rip

Glenelg SLSC nippers Angus Ganley, 11, Astin Rouvray, 11, Charlie Crowe, 11 and Lachlan Larven, 12, helped save two tourists from drowning off Glenelg beach. Picture: AAP/ Keryn Stevens
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Young nippers have been hailed as heroes after spotting two tourists caught in a dangerous rip and immediately jumping into the ocean to save them

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

A mother looks on from the kitchen as two pre-teen boys use a smartphone in the living room.  She is out of focus but it is clear to see her sense of discomfort with what they are doing on the internet.
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How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

Impeachment: Trump not guilty on both charges

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump arrives for a "Keep America Great" campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 14, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
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US President Donald Trump has been acquitted of the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, paving the way for his campaign for re-election

Keeping drinking water safe after fires

South Burnett Regional Council will be isolating the Wooroolin water supply for required maintenance today.
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Water experts are preparing to keep Australia’s drinking water clean after bushfires, including installing huge fabric curtains across Sydney’s main dam

Celebrating once-in-a-lifetime palindrome day

3/2/2020 -  Baby Alex Duncan was born at the WCH on 02/02/2020, a date that is not only a palindrome, meaning it reads the same backwards and forwards, but it is also the only time such a sequence will occur this century. Mum Kasia with baby Alex. - Kasia, her husband Chris and daughter Jessica with Alex. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe
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When the calendar clicked over to 02/02/2020 on Sunday, few people realised it was a universal palindrome, a momentous date that hasn’t happened since 11/11/1111

WHO names coronavirus COVID-19

General photographs of passengers at Brisbane International Airport during Coronavirus outbreak, Monday, January 27, 2020 (AAP Image/Richard Walker)
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The World Health Organisation now officially has a name for the coronavirus that has infected more than 40,000 people around the world 

Lunch box sweet treats too salty

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Kids and parents planning back-to-school lunches are warned to avoid unhealthy salty treats that contain almost the entire day’s salt allowance recommended for a child

Volunteers rescue stranded baby minke whale

Undated. Minke whale. Whales.
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A baby minke whale beached in South Australia has been saved by volunteers and rangers. Kids News investigates what is known about why whales become stranded on beaches

Woman trapped in mountain of ‘cornflake’ algae

Kai, 13, Cruz, 10, Beau, 8 and Lola Colless, 5, playing in the mass of seaweed which washed up on Palm Beach. Photo: Brooke Colless
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Seaweed piled high on Queensland beaches has trapped at least one runner, who had to be rescued from the algae. While seaweed is not unusual, people have never seen so much at once

Energy drinks robbing teens of sleep

Aussie teens are being deprived of sleep in a major new survey that found teens who consumed energy drinks at least once a week were twice as likely to get less than eight hours sleep on a school night than those who didn't. Jett Jones-Czechowski (C) with mates Luan O'Connor (L) and Taj Burns (R) pictured at Bondi Skate Park. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Energy drinks loaded with caffeine are depriving Aussie teens of sleep, a major new survey shows. Experts want advertising of the drinks banned on public transport

National gun amnesty to keep us safe

An assortment of hand guns and rifles handed in during the Federal Government Gun Amnesty in 2017 on display as  the New South Wales Government announce a state gun amnesty in Sydney, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Following the success of the Federal Government gun amnesty in 2017 the NSW Government will conduct a state wide gun amnesty beginning from July 1, 2018 (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
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Australian firearm owners will be able to hand in guns with no questions asked next year as part of a national gun amnesty designed to keep us safe and weapons away from criminals

Get ready for a jellyfish boom!

A sea nettle jellyfish. Picture: Sea Life
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Jellyfish populations are booming and blooming all over the world. We asked a jellyfish expert to share 10 fascinating facts to know before you head to the beach or aquarium this summer

Bushfires: Sydney’s hazardous air quality

Smoke haze over Sydney Harbour this morning has lead to a poor air quality warning. Picture: David Swift.,
health

As people in Sydney are being warned to stay inside due to “hazardous” air quality from bushfire smoke blanketing the city, we look at why it’s bad for your health to breathe in smoke

Love animals? Here’s what a zookeeper does in a day

Danielle Ridgway checking a parrot at the zoo.
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Danielle Ridgway has only been a zookeeper for just over a year but she has already coached a lazy, cheating cheetah to sprint and worked towards saving critically endangered native species

Media unites in fight against secrecy

The frontage of the Australian newspaper 'The Australian' shows a 'Your right to know' ads as part of a campaign calling on the Australian Parliament to enshrine press freedom and protect whistleblowers at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, October 21, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
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Australia’s major media organisations have taken the unprecedented step of uniting to fight for press freedoms and the public’s right to know what’s going on in this country

The mystery of the human belly button

healthy woman doing heart symbol on her belly button at outdoor
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There are more than 7.7 billion human belly buttons on Earth, yet few of us know much at all about this funny-looking squiggle on the middle of our middle. Kids News explains belly buttons

How long do Aussie banknotes last?

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What is the lifespan of Australian banknotes? Like most things, our polymer money has a use-by date and the answers for how long each note lasts might surprise you

Magical moonbows explained

A moonbow over Mt Gambier airport
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A rare moonbow has appeared in the South Australian sky in the middle of the night and been caught on camera. We look at how they form and why seeing one is very special

Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian

Garrett Black, who according to his Twitter profile is a “Meteorologist” and “Air Force Hurricane Hunter” posted this image to Twitter - "The eye of #Dorian" and later posted "Credit to Jordan Sun and 
@McAlisterHunter
 on board with us today for their great camera work!"

Picture: Garrett Black/Jordan Sun/Hunter McAlister/US Air Force/Twitter
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‘Hurricane Hunters’ have taken an incredible photo from inside the eye of Dorian, which has hit the Bahamas and is now heading for the US, where people are doing their best to prepare

Amazon fires: Who will help save the rainforest?

TOPSHOT - A protester  holds a placard  in front of the Brazilan Embassy during a demonstration organised by Extinction Rebellion activists in Brussels, August 26, 2019, calling on Brazil to act to protect the Amazon rainforest from deforestation and fire. - The Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of wildfires this year, which have triggered a global outcry. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
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Some world leaders have agreed to help fight fires in the Amazon and try to repair the damage once the fires are out. We look at why the so-called ‘lungs of the world’ is so important

Concussion: what is it and how does it happen?

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Steve Smith of Australia is struck by a delivery from Jofra Archer of England during day four of the 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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As cricketer Steve Smith recovers from a hit to the neck, we look at what concussion is, how it happens and how to stay safe in light of new research about kids, concussion and sport

Homeless Australians out in the cold need our help

Students from Bellerive Primary School (front) Tom Wightman, 9 and Evelyn McPherson, 9 and (rear) Grace Hughes, 9 and Douglas McPherson, 12 will be taking part in the Homeless Experience this week. Picture: Zak Simmonds
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On any night across the country, one in every 200 people is homeless despite the hard work of many community organisations. We look at what homelessness means and what you can do to help

Brush more and eat less sugar for healthier teeth

3 year old Gracie Buckett at the in Logan Village. 

Gracie Buckett with Oral health therapist/owner Paris Williams.

Wednesday March 6, 2019. (AAP image, John Gass)
health

It’s Dental Health Week in Australia, but recent research shows too many children’s teeth are decayed and we need to take better care of our dental health all year. Here’s how

Michael celebrates birthday with the gift of life

Michael Theobald, with his Mother Sashi. He is about to turn 1 after having a liver transplant at the Royal Chhildren's Hospital earlier this year.
Picture: Jay Town
explainers

As Australians are asked to talk about organ donation during Donate Life week, we meet tiny Michael Theobald who celebrated his first birthday with the gift of life after a liver transplant

Why Mack’s small gesture had a giant impact

Mark Knight cartoon on swimmer mack Horton refusing to stand on podium with drug cheat
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In our new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains the message he was giving readers when drawing Aussie swimmer Mack Horton refusing to stand on the winners’ podium

Celebrating World Emoji Day with Tears of Joy

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World Emoji Day on July 17 is a fun, annual celebration of one of the world’s newest ways of communicating. We look at what emojis are, who invented them and if they are a real language

What is ear wax and how big can it grow?

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explainers

A revolting ear wax chunk so big it made international news got us wondering what ear wax is, what it’s for and whether we should clean it out, eat it or leave the inside of our ears alone

Freak summer hailstorm buries city in ice

After hot days, the icy storm provided a few hours of fun. Picture: AFP
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After several warm days with temperatures above 30C, residents of this Mexican city woke up to a winter wonderland and then set about trying to find their cars under all that ice

Massive Indonesian earthquake rocks Darwin

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A 7.2-magnitude Indonesian earthquake — the largest in a decade — has rocked Darwin and forced residents to flee office buildings and hospitals

All you need to know about hair

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The longest arm hair ever recorded was 21.7cm, but that’s not the norm. Though human head hair keeps growing, human body hair doesn’t. We look at how and why there’s a difference

How to become your own snot detective

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Winter is here and that means a lot of noticeable snot being sneezed, blown and dripped from noses all around us. We look at what snot is and what it can tell us about our health

The moon, its history, and impact on our lives

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The moon is our nearest neighbour in space. We look at its birth, its surface, its history, its eight phases and how it has helped keep our daily lives on track since ancient times

What happens on election day and why?

PENRITH PRESS/AAP. 4 year old Lucas Adams waits for his grandparents to cast their vote at Emu Plains Public School in Emu Plains. Emu Plains, Saturday 23 March, 2019. Coverage of election day in Penrith. I have booked the photo at a polling booth with candidate Stuart Ayres. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
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On May 18 more than 16 million Australians will vote in the 2019 federal election. We’ve compiled the answers to 10 of the most common questions about what happens and why

What causes hail and is it dangerous?

MUST CREDIT: Sandy Robinson Cricket ball-sized hail fell at Athol, near Toowoomba, this afternoon about 2.38pm. The storm lasted about 20-30 minutes.
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After a freak hailstorm turned a sandy beach into a sea of white, we look at what causes hail and if it’s dangerous for humans to get caught in it

Costa’s historic Archibald Prize win

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

What is cryptocurrency and how does it work?

Beijing, China - December 29, 2017: Two months after the closure of Chinese exchanges, Bitcoin price broke $11000 in December 2, 2017, and some new forks of Bitcoin were launched: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Btcoin Gold (BTG), Bitcoin Diamond (BCD). Photos of cryptocyrrencies Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, dogecoin with trditional money, new currency system, full  depth of focus istock image
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Bitcoin, Litecoin and Etherium are three examples of cryptocurrencies being used to buy goods online. We explain what cryptocurrency is, how it works and if it is here to stay

Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest hits

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Five centuries since he lived, people still can’t believe how smart inventor, artist, scientist, mathematician, thinker and tech whiz Leonardo da Vinci was

Kids News explainer: What is drought?

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May is likely to be drier than average for most of eastern Australia, which is bad news for the large parts of the country in drought

Why does lightning strike the same place twice?

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Using a special telescope invented by an Australian, scientists have looked inside thunderclouds to understand how and why lightning often strikes a place twice

Beware of wild mushrooms

NEWS: Toadstools Red toadstools with white spots in the pine plantation on Cloverdale farm where Zoe lives. Pictured: Fairy toadstools. PICTURE: ZOE PHILLIPS
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Autumn weather means more mushrooms and other fungi growing in the wild, but as it’s almost impossible to tell which ones are deadly, avoid them all to stay safe

The World Wide Web turns 30

30 years since the world wide web. Tim Berners-Lee
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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, celebrates and reflects on the achievements and challenges for the future, 30 years on from the internet’s beginnings

Why do we need sleep?

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Scientists know that we need sleep to survive but until now they didn’t know why. New research suggests it’s all to do with keeping up essential repairs

Scientists discover why zebras have stripes

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The 2018 National Geographic Photo contest is accepting entries in one or all of three categories: Wildlife, People and Places. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000 (USD) with their winning image featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

 These zebras were part of the great migration. we saw them in the serengeti, tanzania, as they were running towards greener pastures. I love using the panning technique when i see animals running - It makes them run forever in the picture .

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It’s a question everyone asks — why do zebras have black-and-white stripes? Now scientists have found the answer and it’s all about blood-sucking insects and protection from diseases

What is International Mother Language Day?

The community of Hermannsburg located 130 km from Alice Springs held a White Ribbon day to raise awareness of stopping violence against women.Local school children sing the national anthem in their native language.Picture Justin Brierty
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Every two weeks a language becomes extinct. To try to preserve indigenous languages, the United Nations observes International Mother Language Day every year on February 21

Why is our blood red?

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Ever wondered why blood is always red? Kids News explains why this important liquid pumping through humans is always red but why, through white skin, it sometimes looks blue

Collision creates supermassive black hole

A supplied undated artist's impression obtained Monday, December 3, 2018 of the biggest known black-hole collision. An international team, including Australian scientists, have discovered wrinkles in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known collision of binary black holes that has formed a new black-hole about 80 times larger than the sun. (AAP Image/Supplied by the Australian National University, SXS) NO ARCHIVING
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Scientists have detected the biggest known collision between black holes, creating a new, supermassive black hole. We look at what a black hole is, how they are made and if Earth is in danger

Now is the time to learn about fire safety

Waterbombers work late in the day to save properties along Arcoona Road Yandina Creek as bushfires march across the Sunshine Coast. Photo Lachie Millard
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More than 130 dangerous bushfires are burning across Queensland, reminding everyone of the importance of knowing how to call for help and stay safe in case of fire

What is at the centre of the Earth?

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We know if we dig a hole we won’t fall through to the other side of the world. Why? We explain what is deep, deep down below the ground and how that causes earthquakes and volcanoes

Why is the sky blue?

Ayers Rock under a blue sky Uluru National Park, Australia.
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Lots of us think the sky is blue because it’s a reflection of the ocean or moisture in the air, but it’s not. Next time someone asks, you’ll be able to give the right answer

How Aussie coins are made

Inside The Vault by Peter Rees : Horst Hahne's palster cast for the $2 coin . The Royal Australian Mint Collection : Photo by Steve Keough.
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Australian circulating coins are made at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. It takes much longer to make a coin than it does to spend one. PLUS: Check out our Money page