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Massive Indonesian earthquake rocks Darwin

science

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

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All you need to know about hair

explainers

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

explainers

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

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Where is Migaloo, the famous white whale?

animals

As whale watching season begins in Australia, everyone is on the lookout for a very special white humpback whale who has been cruising the east coast every year for up to 30 years

How and why do onions make us cry?

explainers

There are thousands of so-called solutions for crying over onions, from wearing goggles to sucking a spoon. Do any work? How and why do onions make us teary?

What happens on election day and why?

Penrith Polling
civics

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.
explainers

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

Supplied Editorial 2019 Archibald Prize winner Tony Costa's portrait of Lindy Lee. Photo: AGNSW
arts

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?

Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin Litecoin Ethereum
money

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

Supplied Editorial
history

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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explainers

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?

Bright lightning illuminates dark cloudy sky during a thunderstorm. Natural dangers and majestic beauty. Real cloudscape with computer generated lightning. Copy space on image side.
explainers

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
health

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

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

April 1 is April Fools' Day.
explainers

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

The World Wide Web turns 30

30 years since the world wide web. Tim Berners-Lee
technology

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?

happy kid girl waking up in the morning in her bedroom with dog in bed
explainers

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

What is a leap year?

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration.
explainers

February 29 is missing from 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

Scientists discover why zebras have stripes

RACING STRIPES
animals

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?

Anti violence march
explainers

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?

hand in protective glove holding a blood sample
explainers

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
space

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

Coolum Fire Day 2
safe kids

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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explainers

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.
explainers

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.
money

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

How does the Australian dollar get its value?

Australian one dollar coin over blurred golden background.
money

The value of the Australian dollar goes up and down on a daily basis. We look at the reasons why and how it affects what you buy

What is a hiccup?

Closeup portrait unsure hesitant anxious woman biting her fingernails isolated on gray wall background. Negative human emotions feeling
explainers

Hiccups happen to us all, causing no more than perhaps a few minutes’ embarrassment. But what are they? And can you “cure” yourself? Kids News explains

Why do volcanoes take so long to erupt?

Mount Agung volcano spews steam and smoke into the air as seen from Bangli on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 23, 2017. Thousands of residents who fled a rumbling volcano on the island of Bali are refusing to leave evacuation centres after being told to return to their homes outside of the immediate danger zone. / AFP PHOTO / AGUS RANU
explainers

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano finally erupted this week after months of rumbles. We look at why it takes so long for some volcanoes to erupt