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Meteor shower lights up the night sky

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Fireballs from Halley’s comet are lighting up the Australian night sky this week as the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak, putting on a show we can see without a telescope

Saharan silver ants are very fast

Quick steps for world’s fastest ant

animals

Scientists have found the fastest ant in the world — the Saharan silver — which takes 47 steps a second to cover about 90cm, the equivalent of a human running 579kmh

Mysterious creature called The Blob unveiled

science

A Paris zoo has unveiled a mysterious new organism, nicknamed The Blob, that looks like a fungus, acts like an animal, eats porridge, can move and can heal itself if cut in half

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Female astronauts make “herstory” on a spacewalk

space

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have completed a seven-hour spacewalk to do important repairs, leaving the four male astronauts back in the ISS

The most amazing wildlife photos of the year

animals

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

Swapping footballers is a game for all ages

sport

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

Wanted: a real human face for robots

Flirting female humanoid robot
technology

A technology company has begun a global search for a real face to replicate on its personal assistant robots, offering the chosen human a payment of $190,000

Banish mould lurking in lunch boxes

Mould
health

A child health specialist is urging parents and kids to properly clean and inspect lunch boxes, drink bottles and toys for hidden mould after the revolting results of a parent survey

Meet Australia’s real Willy Wonka

Macpherson Robertson being welcomed home by staff at his Fitzroy factory for MacRobertson's chocolate in 1935. Picture: State Library of Victoria.
history

Australia had its own Willy Wonka long before Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the real one every bit as eccentric and a genius as the fictional version

Mystery of the 7m python skin in the park

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Wildlife officials believe a giant python skin may have been smuggled into Australia after it was found in a Queensland park, while in NSW the search is on for a boa constrictor on the loose 

Astronomers find 20 new Saturn moons

A MONTAGE of planet Saturn and some of its moons. planets space astronomy
space

Scientists have found 20 new moons around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. The finds put Saturn ahead of Jupiter’s 79 moons — though none as massive as Ganymede

Space burgers coming right up!

burger on wax paper with beer in background
science

Astronauts have grown beef in a laboratory up on the International Space Station by 3D printing meat from cells harvested on Earth and sent up into orbit on a rocket

The mystery of the human belly button

explainers

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

Gender-neutral friends for Barbie and Ken

humanities

Barbie and Ken have new friends, but, unlike feminine Barbie and masculine Ken, these dolls are gender neutral and are “designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in”

Rare orange monkey born at Australian zoo

animals

One of the world’s rarest and most endangered monkeys has been born in Australia. The baby’s distinctive bright orange hair is making him a standout at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Hunt for $1 coins with pies, footy and boomerangs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Australia Post is launching a ground breaking campaign for new collectable coinsrepresenting 26 classic Aussie icons from A-Z which will be released progressively each week from Monday 30 September to Monday October 21. These photographs will accompany the release of different coins throughout the campaign and will support various PR activities on September 04, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
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The biggest release of $1 coins will feature 26 Australian animals, food and cultural items including meat pies, didgeridoos, Weet-Bix and thongs. Can you find them all in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt?

Fossilised ‘Iron Dragon’ found in the outback

The ancient flying reptile known as the Iron Dragon, discovered in Qld. Supplied: Travis R. Tischler
history

The fossilised bones of a winged reptile — nicknamed the Iron Dragon — which flew above Queensland during the age of dinosaurs has been uncovered in the outback

Roosters win back-to-back NRL premierships

NRL Grand Final
sport

The Sydney Roosters have held off an attacking Canberra Raiders to win historic back-to-back NRL titles, but the referees are copping criticism over a mistake just before the winning try

Colourful dreams of a sleeping octopus

A sleeping octopus changing colour. Picture: PBS
animals

Filmmakers have recorded the dramatic colour changes of a sleeping octopus, suggesting it is dreaming about preying on a crab, catching it and then settling down to eat it

Grab some popcorn, it’s school holiday movie time

Artwork for Kids News school holiday guide
just for fun

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

Harriet the monkey visits the Queen

just for fun

A toy monkey from an Australian kindergarten has had an unexpected big adventure at Buckingham Palace, getting lost, then found, then going to work with palace staff

How long do Aussie banknotes last?

Cost of Electricity
money

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

Teens guzzling too much soft drink

Teenagers and Sugar
health

One in six Australian teenagers consumes at least 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks, according to a new health survey. Though that’s an improvement, it’s still too much sugar

Ancient stories brought to life in 3D

The tongue of the Rainbow Serpent flashes like lightning in the story of the
humanities

There were once at least 250 indigenous Australian languages — now, there are just a few. A project combining cutting-edge technology with ancient stories aims to stop the decline

Nat Fyfe wins second Brownlow Medal

2019 Brownlow Medal
sport

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe has become the 15th player to win multiple Brownlow Medals after taking home the AFL’s best and fairest award

Dr Seuss’s top-secret Aussie book revealed

Dr Seuss
arts

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

Rare polka-dot zebra foal spotted

The spotted zebra foal was seen at Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Picture: Maasai Mara
animals

There’s a saying that a tiger never changes its stripes but it seems zebras can — a dotted zebra foal has been photographed for the first time at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

Meet the honourable Hugh or is it Wolverine?

news

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

Where have all the Bogong moths gone?

Animals at Gumbuya World
animals

Critically endangered mountain pygmy-possums need your help to solve the mystery of the missing Bogong moths that have disappeared somewhere between Queensland and Victoria

Pick up a book for Australian Reading Hour today

Australian Reading Hour
book club

Australian Reading Hour is today, so get involved! Pick up a book or check out one of six great book extracts in this article. Or watch our video with four top authors reading their books aloud

School visit inspires reporters of the future

Sara Rogozinski from Derinya Primary School
just for fun

When Kids News recently visited Derinya Primary School in Victoria to talk about the media, fake news and how to become a reporter, it had an inspirational effect on the students

Wise words from a circus star

Jillibalu Riley learned breakdancing and other contemporary dance at high school. Picture: supplied
arts

Jillibalu Riley does incredible acrobatics as a performer with Circus Oz, tricks he started practising as a little daredevil kid mucking around with his cousins

First robotic shop open for business

Australia's First Robot Store
technology

Robots served ice cream to excited kids on day one at Australia’s first robotic shop, in a move said to be about enhancing the customer experience rather than taking humans’ jobs

Hide and seek with giggling rats

Rat
science

If you see a rat disappearing around a corner one day, try not to freak out — scientists have discovered it may just want to play and could even be laughing at the fun of it all

Eels smash Broncos 58-0 and NRL finals record

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sport

The Eels have smashed the Broncos 58-0 and broken a 75-year-old NRL finals record as two AFL stars sweat on tribunal results and the Boomers finished fourth in the basketball world cup

Shock find: superpowered Amazon eel

animals

For more than 250 years, we thought there was only one species of electric eel on Earth. Scientists have discovered two more species, one of which can shock its prey with 860 volts

Modern take on The Four Seasons of Australia

Mark Knight's Four Seasons cartoon
news

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

Tayla Harris ‘The Kick’ statue unveiled

sport

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

Secret code hidden in new 50 cent coin

The Royal Australian Mint's top secret coin
money

The Royal Australian Mint has made history after releasing the first Australian coin featuring a secret code. The new 50 cent coin has been launched to mark the 70th anniversary of ASIO

Magical moonbows explained

A moonbow over Mt Gambier airport
weather

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

Hungry? Order a drone to bring lunch

Alphabet has been testing its Project Wing drone deliveries in areas around Canberra, ACT. Picture: supplied
technology

Flying roast chickens, hot coffee, milk, bread and hardware will drop from the air into Australian backyards in a world-first drone delivery trial expected to launch within weeks

Breakthrough in Loch Ness mystery

science

Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur

Girl wins big as 1 billionth plane passenger

history

A 10-year-old Australian girl has been met from her flight by crowds and an orchestra after becoming the one billionth passenger at Sydney Airport, which turns 100 this year.

Australia wins fourth Test and retains the Ashes

*** BESTPIX *** England v Australia - 4th Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Five
sport

For the first time in 18 years, the Ashes are coming home from the UK after the Aussies pulled off a miraculous win in the final hour of play in the fourth Test against England

Australia’s amazing new world records

just for fun

A pizza with 154 varieties of cheese and a man pulling a massive army tank 10m are two of the incredible Australian achievements just announced by Guinness World Records

Smith fires with double century in fourth Test

England v Australia - 4th Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Two
sport

Australian batsman Steve Smith took his run-spree to a new level after returning from concussion to score 211 in the fourth Ashes Test against England

Welcome to the valley of the scarecrow dolls

Life-size dolls looking on from a bus stop in the tiny village of Nagoro in western Japan. Photo: AFP
humanities

The streets of Nagoro appear busy, dotted with people going about day-to-day life at school, at shops and in gardens. But they’re not people, they’re life-size dolls

Pack your bags for a space holiday

The Gateway Foundatio's space hotel
space

Designs have been revealed for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, a low-orbit, wheel-shaped hotel for 100 space tourists a week that could be open for guests by 2025

Chocolate can inspire a great short story

Broken chocolate bar left position isolated top view
book club

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

Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian

weather

‘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

Double cuddle: twin panda cubs born

animals

Meng Meng placed the pink panda cub gently on her belly and warmed it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath and the soft fur of her cheeks. An hour later, its twin was born

Teaching bees to save lives

science

Honeybees are being trained to do jobs too dangerous for humans and too difficult for sniffer dogs, detecting the smell of bombs and chemicals and helping test for life-threatening radioactivity

Meet MRD, humans’ oldest cousin

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in August 2019 shows a facial reconstruction model by John Gurche made from a fossilized cranium of Australopithecus anamensis. The species is considered to be an ancestor of A. afarensis, represented by “Lucy” found in 1974. From 3.8 million years ago, the ancestral species is the oldest known member of Australopithecus, the grouping of creatures that preceded our own branch of the family tree, called Homo. (Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History via AP)
science

Scientists have reconstructed the face of our earliest known ancestor from a fossilised skull belonging to a male who lived 3.8 million years ago in the mountains of Ethiopia

Dayleni is Australia’s best kids’ newsreader

Australia's Best Kids Newsreader
just for fun

In breaking news ..... eight-year-old Dayleni Drike Sanchez has been named Australia’s best kids’ newsreader and is making her live TV debut. Watch her in action

Innocent victims of the Amazon fires

Mark Knight's cartoon on the Amazon fires
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he used the faces of innocent animals to measure the destruction of the Amazon fires

Extra, extra! It’s a Kids News mini newspaper

Coles Mini Newspaper Giveaway in Weekend Papers
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Read all about it … Kids News is now a mini newspaper. Pick up your copy full of fun stories and facts this weekend at Coles to complete your Little Shop 2 collection

Baby hope for last northern white rhinos

animals

Seven eggs from the world’s last two northern white rhinos have been successfully fertilised artificially, giving hope for a future baby rhino that could save the species from extinction

Yippee! The future is bright for optimists

Happy Senior Couple Riding a Motor Scooter
health

Scientists believe optimists — people who feel hopeful and are confident about the future — are more likely to live longer and that we may be able to learn to be optimists

JT: The Making Of A Total Legend

JT: The Making of a Total Legend book cover from HarperCollins
book club

Read an extract from the inspirational autobiography of Johnathan Thurston — the story of one of rugby league’s greatest modern-day players. He is legendary. He is JT

Aussie cricket stars’ big tips for kids

World cup cricket exclusive
health

Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, top cricketers are sharing what they’ve learned about success with Australian kids, but it’s not about how to hold a bat, bowl a ball or take a catch

Holey moley! Australia’s first minted coins on show

A holey dollar and a dump from a 1788 Charles III Spanish silver dollar from a Private Collection in Queensland. Photos: Supplied.
money

Colonial Australia’s first minted coins — the holey dollar and the dump — have gone on show at the Royal Australian Mint. The coins were made by destroying Spanish currency to create our own

Huge volcanic island floating towards Australia

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science

A city-sized, floating island spewed from an undersea volcano is heading for Australia’s coast. Rather than causing a disastrous collision, its arrival could help heal the Great Barrier Reef

Australian eSports teen wins almost $5 million

Anathan Pham during Dota 2’s The International. Picture: Twitter
just for fun

A young Melbourne champ has won the world’s richest eSports prize for the second year in a row, putting his earnings way ahead of those of many of Australia’s most famous sports stars

Sky-high Aussie cliff diver wins 4th world title

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2019
sport

Sky-high Aussie cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland has buried her fears to leap from a 21m-high bridge to win her fourth world championship in a row

Move to add giraffes to endangered list

Giraffes in Kruger park
animals

World nations have called for giraffes to be added to the endangered species list as numbers in the wild continue to drop because of loss of habitat, drought and hunting

Stokes leads England to miracle 3rd Test win

*** BESTPIX *** England v Australia - 3rd Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Four
sport

All-rounder Ben Stokes has single-handedly led England to a miracle 3rd Ashes Test win while the Boomers think big for the basketball World Cup and Scott McLaughlin equals a V8s record

New, much older stegosaurus species found

1999 : Stegosaurus dinosaur featured in 1999 ABC fantasy TV documentary "Walking With Dinosaurs". Pic BBC.
Animal / Extinct
animals

Fossil hunters have found a new species of the ferocious-looking, armour-plated stegosaurus, much older than previous finds and in a location that could lead palaeontologists to rewrite history

Lasers uncover secrets of Don Bradman’s first bat

02/03/2001 LIBRARY: 1948 : Retired Australian captain Don (later Sir Donald) Bradman walking out to bat at his testimonial match at MCG in Melbourne in 1948. Cricket Historical
history

Laser and sonar technology has revealed hand-etched scores on the back of Sir Donald Bradman’s first cricket bat that are invisible to the naked eye

Smith is Aussie cricket’s knight in shining armour

news

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

Iceland’s funeral for its melted glacier

Monument unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change
environment

With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier

Are you Australia’s best kids’ newsreader?

Smart little businesswoman taking notes.
just for fun

Here is the latest news ..... Kids News and Studio 10 are searching for Australia’s best kids’ newsreader. Could it be you? Put on your best TV voice and find out

Fremantle sacks coach Ross Lyon

Fremantle Dockers Training Session
sport

Fremantle has dumped coach Ross Lyon in a sensational sacking today. The Dockers have told Lyon to leave immediately despite him having a year left on his contract

Happy or sad? Students send teachers emojis

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technology

School kids will soon be able to use emojis to instantly tell their teachers whether they’re feeling happy, confident, overwhelmed, bored or confused by what’s going on in the classroom

Cyclist’s super fast ride sets world record

Neil Campbell during his world-record ride. Picture: SkyNews
sport

A man has set a new world record by riding a bike at just over 280kmh, but he still couldn’t beat female cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek, who is the fastest ever

Winners have their own tale published into a book!

Kids News Short Story writing competition, supported by HarperCollins
book club

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

100 years since Qantas was born on a long drive

George Gorham, Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh before departing Longreach on their air service survey of northern Australia on August 19, 1919. Picture: suppied
history

Bouncing across northern Australia in a Model T Ford on rough tracks made for wagons led these WWI pilots to dream of setting up the outback airline we know as Qantas

Aussie sub saves the day with Ashes draw

sport

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne made history as international cricket’s first concussion substitute before his half century helped Australia draw the second Ashes Test against England

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

news

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

Volcano discovery named after Shane Warne

science

Around 100 volcanoes have been discovered in Central Australia and named the “Warnie Volcanic Province” after the Australian cricketer widely considered the greatest spin bowler of all time

Bancroft magic puts Aussies in perfect position

England v Australia - 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Two
sport

A stunning catch and batting performance from Cameron Bancroft has the Aussies in a perfect Ashes position. But things are not so good for Nick Kyrgios, fined for poor behaviour again

512-year-old shark is oldest living vertebrate

animals

Scientists believe they have found the world’s oldest living vertebrate, a massive Greenland shark estimated to be up to 512 years old and described as a living time capsule

Scientists recreate Cleopatra’s perfume

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history

Using traces of ingredients found in ancient perfumer’s bottles, scientists have recreated the perfume worn by Cleopatra, the glamorous last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Teague to officially take reins as Carlton coach

Carlton Blues Training Session
sport

David Teague will officially take on the Carlton coaching role today as the AFL world mourns legendary Cats player Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer and day one of the Ashes is rained out

Space telescope spies massive storm on Jupiter

This stunning image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
space

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken an amazing new photo of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a massive storm wider than the Earth, with furious winds reaching speeds of up to 684kmh

Pattinson dropped from second Test squad

England & Australia Net Sessions
sport

James Pattinson has been dropped from Australia’s second Test squad as quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood push for a team recall to take on England at Lord’s

Gymnast nails two never-before-seen moves

sport

US gymnast Simone Biles has been nicknamed the Greatest Of All Time after performing two never-before-seen moves this week including a somersault with two flips and three twists

Meet the minibeasts crawling all over Earth

Springtails such as this one jump to avoid predators. They are the most abundant micro-creatures on Earth, so it must work. Credit: EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
animals

Microscopic tardigrades made the news for crash-landing on the Moon. Earth is teeming with other tiny creatures just as fascinating. Here are a few you won’t be able to stop looking at

Herd of Earth’s toughest animals left on Moon

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
space

Thousands of cuddly looking animals called tardigrades — sometimes called “moss pigs” or “water bears” — have been left on the Moon by a lunar lander that crashed on impact

Gravestone of the real Snow White on display

history

The gravestone of a woman whose real life story is believed to have inspired the Snow White fairytale has been rediscovered and is now on display in a German museum

Giant parrot nicknamed ‘Squawkzilla’ found

Supplied Editorial Giant parrot story
animals

Australian palaeontologists have discovered a toddler-sized parrot so tall it could poke an adult in the belly button and at least twice as big as the largest parrot alive today

Homeless Australians out in the cold need our help

Kids sleep out
humanities

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

Counting penguins and trying not to get blown away

geography

The wind is ferocious and the temperature hovers close to zero, but Andrea Turbett has only warm words to describe her job on the remote, sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island as Australia's southernmost ranger

Meet Tallow, Australia’s cutest koala joey

animals

A tiny, wide-eyed koala has been named Australia’s cutest koala joey. And now she’s out of her mother’s pouch, her important work as an ambassador for her species’ conservation really begins

Let’s go into the garden for stamp collecting month

Stamp Collecting month
environment

Worms, bees, birds, flowers and veggies are the stars of Australia’s stamp collecting month, when sustainable gardening and stamp collecting get together to grow something great

Lyon helps spin Aussies to Ashes Test win

sport

Nathan Lyon has taken 6-49 to spin Australia to a long-awaited Ashes Test win at Edgbaston while Sally Pearson, Australia’s queen of the track, announces her immediate retirement

First known case of dolphin adopting whale calf

A female bottlenose dolphin with her female calf and adopted male whale calf. Picture: GEMM
animals

In a real-life version of the fairytale “The Ugly Duckling”, scientists have filmed a three-year relationship between a bottlenose dolphin mum and its adopted orphan whale calf

Why Barnaby Joyce crying poor was a bit rich

Mark Knight's cartoon on Barnaby Joyce crying poor on $200K a year
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at why Barnaby Joyce crying poor over having to support two families was a bit rich and a cartoonist’s dream

Is your brain playing tricks on you?

All is not as it seems with this mind-boggling optical illusion
just for fun

This mind-boggling, spinning optical illusion is actually completely still and completely flat but our brains don’t see it that way. Scientists are studying whether that’s a weakness or a strength

Smith smashes century in Ashes Test return

sport

Steve Smith returns to Test cricket with a century for Australia in the Ashes, while Rhyce Shaw is appointed Kangas coach, West Tigers defeat North Queensland and it’s D-Day for swimmer Shayna Jack

Reimagining the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Goat Island would have been turned into a massive ANZAC memorial. Picture: Budget Direct Travel Insurance
history

Incredible new images reveal what Sydney would look like today had some of the alternative harbour bridge designs been given the green light instead of the now-famous coathanger