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TOPSHOT - A photo handout on February 27, 2021 by the archaeological park of Pompeii shows a detail of a large Roman four-wheeled ceremonial chariot after it was discovered near the The archaeological park of Pompeii. - The chariot was discovered in a porch in front of a stable where, already in 2018, the remains of 3 equids, including a harnessed horse, had been found. (Photo by Handout / POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEII ARCHAELOGICAL PARK / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Archaeologists find ancient chariot near Pompeii

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A 2000-year-old ceremonial carriage made of iron, bronze and tin has been unearthed from the outskirts of Pompeii, the city buried in the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD

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David and Candice Warner at home with their daughters Ivy, 6, and Indi, 5, who are taking part in the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee editorial initiative being run by Kids News.
Picture:Justin Lloyd.

Warners are good sports with spelling

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Sport isn’t the only thing going on in the Warner household. Reading, writing and spelling are right up there. Watch the family have some fun in one of our celebrity spelling bee videos

The largest and arguably most successful great ape conservation program in the world, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) “rehab and release” program has forged a major breakthrough in the fight to save the endangered orangutans of Borneo.

Orang-utans get helicopter ride back to the wild

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Five males, a mother with two babies and two other female critically endangered orang-utans have been released into the wild in the Indonesian part of Borneo island

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Mars rover’s parachute carried secret message

This NASA video frame grab photo released on February 22, 2021 shows what NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured in footage of its rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, the real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover's entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft's descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface. - The US space agency NASA on February 22, 2021 released the first video of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars. The video clip, lasting three minutes and 25 seconds, showed the deployment of the parachute and the rover's touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet. "These are really amazing videos," said Michael Watkins, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This is the first time we've ever been able to capture an event like the landing on Mars." (Photo by Lizabeth MENZIES / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The huge parachute used by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message in binary code, thanks to a crossword lover on the spacecraft team having fun

PM urges kids to sign up to Spelling Bee

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with sisters Charlotte Maher (blue dress), 9,  and Lily Maher, 7, with Tom Panozzo, 9, prepare for the Kids News Prime Minister's Spelling Bee. Picture: Adam Taylor
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison knows spelling isn’t always easy — just watch him try to spell hippopotamus — but it can be lots of fun, especially with competitions like the Spelling Bee

Olympics 2032: Dream is on for young and old

Brisbane athletes Will Curran 14, Sophie Burger 15, Ned Curran 14 and Gretta Johnson 14 are all extremely excited about the prospect of the Olympics coming to their home city in 2032. Pics Adam Head
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Brisbane has been named preferred candidate by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2032 Olympic Games, great news for Australian Olympians of the past, present and future

Mount Etna’s spectacular volcanic eruption

CATANIA, ITALY FEBRUARY 21, 2021: Mount Etna erupts in Sicily sending plumes of ash and spewing lava into air - PHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Restivo / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has awed even experienced volcanologists, pumping out spectacular displays of lava, ash and volcanic rocks for more than a week

Plastic Bag Store opens as plastics ban begins

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

Make some noise Mars, we’re listening

This image provides a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across Mars. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded for the first time the sound of another planet. It’s hoped there will be more to hear from Mars soon as the rover gets to work

Animals lend a helping hand at the zoo

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Training Melbourne Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo’s oldest residents have shown no one’s ever too old to learn. Elephant Mek Kapah and tortoises Wilbur, Little John and Jean are all involved in their own health checks

Space capsule reveals its treasures in Aussie outback

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission images showing recovery of the re-entry space capsule following its landing near Woomera, South Australia on December 6, 2020. The capsule carrying samples from a distant asteroid (Ryugu) was dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Some images show the heat shield, which has detached from the capsule on release of the parachute. The capsule had a soft landing in a bush. JAXA expedition’s photographer Anthony Gordon. Picture: Anthony Gordon for JAXA
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Australia is set to play a bigger part in international space missions as scientists reveal the treasures collected from a Japanese capsule that returned to Earth near Woomera

NASA rover touches down on Mars

This NASA handout illustration obtained February 16, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. - After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on TFebruary 18, 2021 after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.The Mars 2020 mission, which set off late from Florida in late July, includes the largest ever vehicle to be dispatched to the Red Planet. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars in its mission to look for signs of ancient life on the red planet

Koala teeth used to create archaeology map

Great Australian Wildlife Collection by Discovery channel. Koala bear eats leaves in tree. Phascolarctos cinereus. South Australia.
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Australian archaeologists are studying ancient koala teeth and bones to create a map that will show how people and animals moved across the continent through history

Big thrill when coronavirus vaccine arrived

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

The search for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox

Healthy Harold from Life Education with his healthy lunchbox. For Kids News
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Healthy Harold has been looking for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox and he’s found some pretty impressive options. Check out the winning lunches

Cruising sharks photo wins best underwater award

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A stunning image of sharks and seagulls at sunset has won the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 award from 4500 images entered by photographers from 68 countries

COVID maths: All the world’s virus in a drink can

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All the COVID-19-causing virus in the world right now could easily fit inside a single soft drink can, according to a fascinating calculation by a mathematician

Calling all kids: our wildlife needs your help

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News
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Wildlife warrior Robert Irwin talks to Kids News about how kids can be community leaders in protecting the environment and wildlife and how every little thing we do helps

Chinese and UAE spacecrafts enter Mars orbit

Artist’s depiction of the Hope spacecraft travelling to Mars. Credit: UAE
space

It’s getting busy around Mars, with two spacecraft recently entering the red planet’s orbit and another about to arrive

Welcome to the Year of the Ox

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

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

How to be a junior wildlife photographer

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

When a wombat on the tennis court is normal

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

Big roos to help Kangaroo Island bounce back

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

Huge discovery of tiny chameleon

This undated handout photo released on February 5, 2021, by the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (Zoologische Staatssammlung Munchen) shows the chameleon "Brookesia nana", identified as Earth's smallest known reptile, in Madagascar. - Scientists have identified Earth's smallest known reptile in Madagascar, warning at the same time that sustained destruction of forests the north of the island threatens its survival. Tiny enough to perch comfortably on a fingertip, the ultra-compact chameleon -- dubbed Brookesia nana -- has the same proportions and world-weary expression as its larger cousins around the world. A joint expedition in 2012 of German and Malagasy scientists did not know whether the two specimens they collected -- one female and one male -- were adults until much later, Frank Glaw, curator of herpetology at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, told AFP. The male's body -- about the size of a peanut -- was 13.5 millimetres long, with the tail adding another nine millimetres. The female measured 29 mm from its nose to the tip of its tail. (Photo by Frank GLAW / Zoologische Staatssammlung Munchen / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BAVARIAN STATE COLLECTION OF ZOOLOGY (ZOOLOGISCHE STAATSSAMMLUNG MUNCHEN) / FRANK GLAW - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Scientists from Madagascar and Germany say a newly discovered species of chameleon that fits on a human fingertip is a contender for the title of world’s smallest reptile

Warner girls are great all rounders

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Candice Warner and kids Ivy (6yrs old on right) and Indi (4yrs old) at Kensington Oval this morning playing some cricket. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
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Star batsman David Warner’s girls love cricket — and quite a few other sports too. And their mum, Candice, wouldn’t have it any other way

Robert Irwin urges kids to go wild in their own backyard

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News
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You don’t need to go to the outback to see animals in their natural habitat. Take a look in your own backyard

Friends first for young Aussies in Kids News survey

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Aussie kids are most looking forward to spending time with their friends this year after an interrupted 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the results of a survey by Kids News

Do you have a question for Healthy Harold?

Healthy Harold from Life Education in a face mask. For Kids News
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Have you ever wondered how your body makes your heart beat or why face masks help protect us from COVID-19? Healthy Harold has the answers. Send him your questions

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

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

Australia’s ‘word of the decade’ revealed

President Donald Trump's favored term of 'fake news' has made its way to the Southern Downs.
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A phrase that was widely used in 2016 when Donald Trump first became US President has been crowned the “word of the decade”, outperforming “Karen”, the people’s choice winner last year

Bushfire Poetry Comp: have your poem published

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

Hanging out with Smudge at Antarctica

Antarctic expeditioner Matthew Williams and his mate Smudge the Emperor Penguin at the Auster rookery. Pictures: Matthew Williams and Guy Edgar
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A curious emperor penguin nicknamed Smudge has made friends with an Australian Antarctic expeditioner undertaking the annual penguin census at the Auster and Taylor rookeries

Queensland schoolgirl gets special 3D-printed ear

Grace Smart with mum Debbie Smart pose for a photograph in a park in Goodna. Grace Smart was born a non-identical twin at 29 weeks with right sided anotia (absent external ear). Friday January 22, 2021. Picture, John Gass
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A 10-year-old girl has become the first person to receive a patient-matched 3D-printed ear in groundbreaking surgery just in time for the start of the new school year

Seahorse dad gives birth

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is leading a unique breeding project designed to save the endangered White's Seahorse species. The baby sea horses will be released into an existing colony of seahorses at Clifton Gardens when they reach full maturity. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Rare footage has been captured of a male seahorse giving birth to dozens of offspring — yes, that’s right, a male having babies!

A year of wonderful news at our zoos

Female Koala, Annie, with bandaged paws, sitting amongst gum leaves, near vet clinic at Melbourne Zoo. Bushfire affected Koala. Picture: Zoos Victoria
animals

Zoos were closed for much of 2020 but the animals’ carers continued their important conservation work around Australia. Here are some of the year’s memorable moments

Saving the day with a gorilla named Gertrude

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

Kids News launches Bushfire Poetry Competition

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

Steve Smith shares his inside tips on batting and slips catching

Australia's batsman Steve Smith drives a ball from the New Zealand bowling on the second day of their second cricket Test match at the MCG in Melbourne on December 27, 2019. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
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Aussie cricket champ Steve Smith knows a thing or two about hitting a great cover drive and taking a spectacular catch. Watch his tips in our special How To video series

Guardian dogs saving bandicoots from extinction

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Guardian dog at Skipton release site. Lying in grass looking at camera with sheep in background
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Two very special dogs have a very special job as guardians of some critically endangered eastern barred bandicoots just released into a conservation reserve in western Victoria

How to talk to your parents about money

Kids get most of their money knowledge from their parents so it pays to start talking money matters early. For Kids News
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While some money lessons come from school, most kids get their financial knowledge from their parents. So it’s a good idea to start talking. Here are some conversation starters

How much sleep do I need?

Healthy Harold from Life Education. For Ask Healthy Harold column on Kids News
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Healthy Harold has lots of advice to help keep kids safe, happy and healthy. See his tips for getting a good night’s sleep and his answers to some of your great questions

‘Bat woman’ and other incredible wildlife pics

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

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

US election, coronavirus top 2020 Google searches

(COMBO) This combination of files pictures created on November 4, 2020, shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after speaking during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware; and US President Donald Trump on election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. - Twitter confirmed on November 21, 2020, it will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss. (Photos by ANGELA  WEISS and MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
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It has been a year dominated by crises, from bushfires to coronavirus, yet neither were the most Google-searched terms in Australia. Instead, ‘US election’ was the most searched-for term

Breakdancing added to 2024 Paris Olympics

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

Library book returned after 33-year voyage

Librarian Julie Zacchei. A booked loaned out by Townsville Library in 1987 has been around the world, before being returned to it's rightful owner. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.
geography

A book that has travelled the world on yachts with sailors since 1987 has finally been returned to the Townsville library with a note that reads “we are sorry that this book is a little overdue”

BBL return marks summer of cricket fun

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Mohammad Nabi of the Renegades bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder at Marvel Stadium on January 30, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Big Bash cricket is back — but it will look a bit different this summer. Check out the new rules and download our fun activity sheets and BBL scoreboard

Asteroid sample lands safely in South Australia

This handout photograph taken and released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on December 6, 2020 shows recovery operations of the re-entry capsule, carrying samples collected from a distant asteroid after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2, following its landing in South Australia. (Photo by Handout / JAXA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JAXA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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In a mission described as perfect, a capsule containing a sample of an asteroid that could help unlock some of the mysteries about life on Earth has landed in the South Australian outback

Healthy Harold is here to answer your questions

Healthy Harold with blue balloon background. For Kids News
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Do you have a question about health and safety? Healthy Harold is here to help. Send him your question now.

Great summer reading with our December book of the month

The Odds by Matt Stanton. Book cover image for Kids News.
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Top-selling children’s author Matt Stanton is back with a new book just in time for some summer holiday reading. Take a free sneak peek of The Odds

Triceratops coming to live in Australia

Dr Erich Fitzgerald holding a 3D replica of the Triceratops mandible (jaw bone). Photographer - Benj
animals

A very special dinosaur that roamed Earth 67 million years ago is moving to Melbourne. The one-tonne triceratops skeleton has been described as one of the most complete dinosaur fossils ever found

During fire season, we are all in this together

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

Meet Baby Charlie, the doll with Down syndrome

Kmart has launched two new Down Syndrome dolls and disability advocates are delighted by the news as it marks greater representation for people with disabilities. Paddington mum Gemma Namey with her daughters Evie Netto, 2, and Isabelle Netto, 6, who has Down Syndrome with one of the new dolls. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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Kmart has added to its range of inclusive toys with the Baby Charlie with Down Syndrome dolls, just in time for International Day of People with Disability on December 3

Shiny metal thing disappears, another appears

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

Dinosaurs’ ferocious fight to the death

Duelling Dinosaurs
Picture: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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An Australian geologist is working to uncover the fossilised scene of a T-rex and a triceratops apparently locked in a ferocious duel, the teeth of the T-rex embedded in the other’s spine

Santa gets special permission to travel at Christmas

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
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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

Rare baby earless dragons ready for visitors

One of the grasssland earless dragons at Melbourne Zoo. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Keepers at Melbourne Zoo have proudly introduced to visitors some baby grassland earless dragons. It’s been 50 years since the last confirmed Victorian sighting of the species in the wild

Young fundraisers’ crafty idea to save koalas

Pictured at Woollahra Public School are year 5 students Nina Vujovic , Alyla Browne and Tea McDrury.
The children at Woollahra Public School have been making pompoms for Christmas decorations to raise money fro the hundreds of koalas impacted by last summers bushfires.
Picture:Richard Dobson
humanities

Watching the devastation of Australia’s koalas during last summer’s bushfires was too much to bear for these nature-loving kids — so they are doing something about it

Big idea kickstarts Grace’s future career

Young inventor Grace Howard who won a huge grant for her invention "kick me pedestrian button".Picture:Rob Leeson.
technology

A young inventor can now bring her idea to life after it caught the attention of some of Australia’s brightest minds and scored her a big cash prize to help make it happen

Mystery shiny metal thing appears in desert

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

Unmasked! Aussies’ great effort in the pandemic

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

Australian towns star in Monopoly special edition

Bundaberg features on a new Monopoly board game which also comes in puzzle form.
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Instead of famous streets in far-off London, a new Monopoly board features 22 Australian towns and regions to raise funds for communities impacted by bushfires, floods and COVID-19

Fast bowler Brown named WBBL Young Gun

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Darcie Brown of the Strikers celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Jess Jonassen of the Heat during the Women's Big Bash League WBBL match between the Brisbane Heat and the Adelaide Strikers at North Sydney Oval, on November 07, 2020, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Adelaide Strikers’ super-fast bowler Darcie Brown has been named Young Gun of the WBBL as she completes her year 12 exams from inside a Cricket Australia player hub

Census to count every koala in bid to save species

Archer the Koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Picture: Dylan Robinson
animals

The Environment Minister unveiled a $2 million koala count as part of government’s commitment to protect the endangered species, while scientists call for threatened status for the platypus

Study using AI to make scents of history

Prof Matija Strlic smells a historical book in the National Archives of the Netherlands. Photograph: Matija Strlic
history

Scientists and historians will use AI to study and recreate what the world smelled like hundreds of years ago. Called Odeuropa, the pioneering study will build an online smell encyclopaedia

Predator-proof fence to create native wildlife haven

Moonlit Sanctuary Pearcedale.

'Quinnie' the 2 year old female 'Spot Tailed Quoll' who was hand reared after being abandoned by its mother at 2 months of age. 'Quinnie' is one of the animals involved in the sanctuary's 'Conservation in Action' show.

Picture: Jason Sammon

Monday 20 June 2016
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A 10km fence will be built at a Victorian national park to protect endangered species from predatory pests

Kids News kids’ survey: tell us about your year

Kids News 2020 kids' survey by Andrew Belousoff
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The first ever Kids News kids’ survey is here! We want students to share their thoughts on 2020, a year like we’ve never seen before

Kids News teachers’ survey: tell us about your year

Kids News 2020 teachers' survey by Andrew Belousoff
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Because we can’t let the kids have all the fun, here’s the Kids News teachers’ survey so educators can have their say on 2020 too

Queensland wins Origin series

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Maroons celebrate winning game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Underdog Queensland has scored one of its greatest State of Origin series wins after taking the decider in a 20-14 upset

Broomsticks for Muggles glide through the streets

Child actors (L-R) Rupert Grint, David Radcliffe & actress Emma Watson in 2001 film "Harry Potter & The Philosophers' Stone",   Watson/Actor movies scene broomstick
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Two men have been seen whizzing on broomsticks along the famously traffic-choked streets of Brazilian megacity Sao Paulo. The inventors’ goal is to create a new version of Quidditch

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

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

First-ever Aussie sighting of bigfin squid

One of the Bigfin Squid found in the Great Australian Bight. The size of this squid coud not be determined due to poor visibilty. Picture: CSIRO
animals

Australian scientists have filmed five bigfin squid in the Great Australian Bight, the first time they’ve been seen in Australian waters. Little is known about these creatures of the deep

Indigenous design first for our men’s cricket team

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc shows off the indigenous playing shirt the Australians will wear in the T20 international series against India. For Kids News
sport

Australia’s indigenous culture will be celebrated when the men’s cricket team takes to the field in the coming T20 series. Discover what the design represents

At work with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climber

Nick on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: BridgeClimb
explainers

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

Time to wave goodbye to the peregrine chicks

The peregrine falcon chicks on November 12
animals

As Melburnians stretch their wings after the lockdown, the city’s famous peregrine falcon chicks are also stretching theirs, hopping and flying backwards and forwards along their home ledge

Kids urged to open a favourite book for Australian Reading Hour

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

Hyperloop rockets passengers in levitating pod

All aboard the Virgin Hyperloop, a pod or capsule that travels very fast through a tube using electromagnets. Picture: Virgin Hyperloop
technology

The world’s first passengers have ridden a futuristic high-speed transport system known as a hyperloop. The technology uses electromagnets to push pods through a tube at up to 1000kmh

Gene study finds two new glider species

MUST CREDIT WWF AND PHOTOGRAPHER. Greater glider in a patch of old growth forest south of Brisbane. The light greater glider and dark greater glider that are filmed separately sticking their heads out of the same hollow are a breeding pair. Picture: Josh Bowell
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Australian scientists have discovered two new species of one of our cutest and most-loved native animals, the greater glider. What we previously thought was one species is actually three

Step up and step out for a kinder world

Happy family walking around public park during sunny day - Parents and children having fun with their dog in summer time - Vacation, holiday, positive mood concept - Focus on faces
humanities

It’s World Kindness Day on November 13 and Fly High Billie — a charity to empower children to make a difference through kindness — is setting a challenge called Walk for a Kinder World

World unites for Remembrance Day

DON'T USE BEFORE CONTACTING HERALD SUN PIC DESK---ON HOLD---99 year old WWII POW Jack Bell at The Shrine of Remembrance, with the wall of poppies for Remembrance Day.  [please credit www.poppyappeal.com.au] 
Picture: Alex Coppel.
civics

Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I

Asteroid could be Moon’s long-lost twin

Asteroid Vesta orbiting in the outer space as it passes through Mars. 3d render
space

A huge space rock hidden behind Mars could be a chunk of the Moon, broken off in a cosmic collision

Aussies are living longer as boys close the gap on girls

Life expectancy has increased to 85 for females and 80.9 years for males born in Australia today. iStock image. For Kids News
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A girl born today can expect to live to 85, while boys can expect to live to almost 81. But males are slowly closing the life expectancy gap on females

Gigantic iceberg on collision course with island

Adolescent elephant seals are exceptionally engaging subjects. Elephant seals are found on many subantarctic islands such as South Georgia, as well as along parts of the Argentine coast. While the island supports limited vegetation and terrestrial life (75 percent of the island is under snow and ice), marine life is abundant.
environment

An iceberg the size of a small country is floating toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, raising fears seal and penguin parents won’t be able to access food or get back to their young

Horse in a face mask another COVID normal?

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

Bookings open for Titanic submarine tour

MUST CREDIT Anton Logvynenko/TITANIC-IN-COLOUR.COM Inking of The Titanic: Photographer colours black and white pictures of world's most famous ship with extraordinary results 
Russian photo editor Anton Logvynenko has coloured in original black and white images of The Titanic
 Mr Logvynenko's project shows off the luxury and opulence of the iconic passenger liner Picture: Notes) Other (see
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You can now explore the wreckage of the famous Titanic ship on a submarine tour, helping experts survey the site. The eight-day trip departing from Canada will set you back $175,000

Mystery of the mass butterfly invasion

Butterflies A Caper White butterfly feeding on lantana flowers, Glasshouse Mountains,QLD
by Paul Francis,
Indooroopilly,
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Hundreds of thousands of caper white butterflies have blown into Southeast Queensland in a phenomenon that only happens about every six to 10 years. Scientists can only speculate why

Tell us about your favourite family holiday

ESCAPE: Northern Territory, Sarah Nicholson -  Cycling - Uluru (Ayers Rock). Picture: Sarena Hyland/Tourism NT
just-for-fun

Thanks to the kids who shared their family holiday memories with us as part of the Australia Go Get It campaign. Read our top picks

Special ‘covid stamp’ printed on toilet paper

A customer puts a so-called "corona stamp" on a letter in a post office, as the 2.75 euro "corona stamp" is printed on three-ply toilet paper and sold individually as part of a 10 cm wide sheet, in Vienna, Austria October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
humanities

A European postal service has printed a stamp on toilet paper to reinforce an important coronavirus message — as Australia releases its own pandemic-related stamp

First for top dog handler

For the first time ever (since 1949), a woman has won the Tasmanian Working Sheep Dog State Championships. Carmen Blyth took out first place with her dog Somerville Spec. Camen with her sheep dogs Somerville Spec and Somerville Poppy. Picture: RICHARD JUPE
just-for-fun

Carmen Blyth — along with trusty dog Spec — has become the first female to win Tasmania’s Working Sheep Dog State Championships since the competition began in the 1940s

Found! New reef taller than a skyscraper

geography

A new coral reef like an underwater mountain and taller than any building in Australia has been discovered in remote waters off Cape York, Queensland, its pinnacle about 40m below the surface

Relishing a delicious double-doughnut dinner

Mark Knight cartoon - for Kids News 29 Oct 2020
arts

There were joyous scenes as Melburnians ate out at their favourite restaurants and cafes again after the long lockdown. Mark Knight could easily imagine what the Premier would order

A typical day in the life of a ballet dancer

Naomi Hibberd Picture: Prudence Upton
arts

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

Echidna puggle in good hands after bumpy start

Taronga Wildlife Hospital senior keeper Sarah Male is hand-raising a pint-sized echidna puggle, rescued after being dropped from the sky by birds which snatched it from its burrow. For Kids News,
animals

Snatched from its burrow and dropped from the sky by a hungry bird, this little guy had a rough start to life. But things are looking up at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Winners are grinners in Grand Final showdowns

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 24: The Tigers pose for their team photograph during the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on October 24, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
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Richmond and Melbourne Storm were crowned the 2020 AFL and NRL premiers in a historic weekend of Grand Final footy

Artist’s illusions transforming the streets

Odeith's mural creates illusions. Picture: Odeith/Instagram
arts

A self-taught graffiti artist is becoming famous around the world for his ultra-realistic murals that transform the mundane into the magnificent, earning him the nickname “The Illusionist”

Fox without socks takes a liking to shoes

Looking to hunt down a feral pest before it takes a greater toll on our local wildlife.
animals

In a twist on the Dr Seuss story, a cunning fox is collecting shoes — but not socks — from front verandas in Adelaide, spreading them around the streets and hoarding them in its den

2000-year-old cat found carved in desert

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

What type of saver are you?

What type of saver are you. For Kids News. iStock image
money

Learning to save is a vital life skill and can help you get the things you want. Knowing what type of saver you are can help you reach your savings goals

Tree-hugging tiger photo wins wildlife award

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

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

Nikon Z-7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250; Cognisys camera-trap system.
animals

Judges called this photo of a Siberian tiger a “scene like no other” and declared it the overall winning entry in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition. See all the winning photos

Tardigrades found with glowing blue UV shield

A species of tardigrade that glows blue in UV light. Picture: Suma et al/Biology Letters
science

Scientists have discovered a new species of tardigrade with a new superpower — a blue fluorescent coating — that protects them and other living things it is painted onto against extreme UV light

World Lego honour for Aussie schoolboy

Pictured at his home in Curl Curl in Sydney is Jack Berne ,12, founder of A Fiver for a Farmer. Jack has been selected as the Australian contributor to a global campaign for LEGO called Rebuild the World.  LEGO has unveiled an awe-inspiring installation Ð a 13ft globe Ð which showcases a build created by Jack. 
Picture: Richard Dobson
humanities

Jack Berne is the boy who made news after launching fundraiser A fiver for a Farmer. Now, the 12 year old has been picked to contribute to a global Lego project called Rebuild the World