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Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton. For Kids News book club

Author Matt Stanton answers reader questions

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Well done to all the kids who sent in great questions for Funny Kids author Matt. Check out his answers to 10 of the best

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 15th of September herald sun Newspaper .

No one wants to fall onto the snapping crocodiles

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There were whoops of joy across Melbourne when playgrounds reopened this week, but faced with falling popularity and a hotel quarantine inquiry, it’s not all fun and games for Premier Dan

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Image Finalists 2020 - Photo by Tim Hearn. Caption: Hide and Seek. Animal: Azure Damselfly. Location: Devon, UK.

Meet the comedians in the animal kingdom

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We won’t ever know if these animals are trying to be funny but we do know they’re giving us lots of laughs. Meet the stars of the finalist entries in the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

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Show must go on for young talents

Tracy Zhao performing violin on stage. Picture: supplied
arts

The Crowd Favourite competition of the Sydney Eisteddfod has moved online to help young performers like 10-year-old Tracy Zhao continue passing the joy of music to their audience

Very rare ‘walking’ scorpion fish spotted on Reef

Scientists have viewed the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
science

On an expedition by a robot to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have found new species of black coral, sponges and a rare and awkward-looking “walking” scorpion fish

Aussie teen driver wins F3 world champs

SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Oscar Piastri of Australia and Prema Racing (1) drives during practice ahead of the Formula 3 Championship at Mugello Circuit on September 11, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
sport

The future of Australian motorsport looks bright after 19-year-old Oscar Piastri claimed the 2020 FIA Formula 3 championship season after a thrilling final race in Italy

How Australia’s money has changed

The evolution of Australian money. For Kids News. iStock image.
money

From “holey dollars” and handwritten banknotes, Australia’s money has seen some big changes. With more people going digital, could the next step be the end of cash?

The moment Djokovic stared into the void

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday  8th of September 2020 Herald Sun newspaper .
sport

It is big news for the world’s best tennis player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam, so Mark Knight wanted to draw a cartoon to show Novak’s shock and realisation of what he had done

Famous aquanaut plans undersea human habitat

Proteus artist's illustration side view
environment

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the great oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is building an underwater living and working space for humans to help us better understand oceans and climate change

Fight over what’s right with fairy bread

Cafe Mama at Windsor : Fairy bread.
just for fun

Fairy bread is an Aussie party icon — a simple, old-fashioned treat that helps make a table of party food look good and feel fun, except there’s a lot of disagreement about how to make it

Dad and daughter make a winning ballet combination

Melbourne stonemason John Sione and daughter Zi, 12, won Queensland Ballet's online dance competition, Ballet Beat Drop Challenge. For Kids News
just for fun

A rugby-loving dad has teamed with his ballet-loving daughter to take out top prize in a global dance challenge. Check out their moves

World’s loneliest elephant free to find friends

Veterinarians of Four Paws International, examine and take blood samples from Kavaan, the elephant slated to be moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia after it became the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by music star Cher, at the Marghazar Zoo, in Islamabad on September 4, 2020. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)
animals

An elephant famous for being called the ‘world’s loneliest’ has been cleared by vets to leave the Pakistani zoo where he has lived in terrible conditions for more than 35 years

T-rex maybe not so mighty after all

The new estimate is far smaller than the size of the T-Rex portrayed in the Jurassic Park films Credit: �2018 UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS PRODUCTIONS LLLP AND AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT, INC
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An international team of scientists — led by a palaeontologist at the University of New England in New South Wales — have re-examined 100 years of dinosaur research to look afresh at T-rex

Here comes the AFL Batmobile, bound for glory

Mark Knight cartoon on AFL Grand Final
sport

There were so many ways to draw a cartoon on the AFL Grand Final heading to Qld. Mark Knight decided to ignore all the obvious ways and resurrect a special vehicle for one more drive

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)
animals

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

AFL Grand Final heads to Queensland

Ryden Clarke, 10, from the Jimboomba RedBacks Aussie rules club, Brisbane 1st of September 2020.  Ryden featured in the Queensland governments video trying to win the AFL grand final.  (Image/Josh Woning)
sport

The 2020 AFL Grand Final will be played in Queensland at Brisbane’s Gabba on October 24, the first time in history it has been played outside Victoria 

How giving a little makes a big difference

There are many ways kids can get involved in fundraising and donating to charity. For Kids News
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Australians have a strong tradition of donating to important causes, from bushfire recovery to emergency services that keep us safe. And there are lots of ways kids can pitch in

World waits for peregrine falcon eggs to hatch

A peregrine falcon living on the edge of a Melbourne skyrise building has hatched an egg.. Frame grab from 367 Collins Street Falcons Live Stream
animals

Via a live webcam, the eyes of the world are on a peregrine falcon nesting on the side of a Melbourne skyscraper who has laid at least three eggs, which are expected to hatch in about 32 days

Flying car takes off with passenger

Flying car test in Japan. Picture: AP
technology

Dreams of zipping around the sky in a flying car are one step closer to becoming reality after a successful test flight with a person in a vehicle that looks like a motorbike with propellers

Nature’s fury and beauty captured in winning photos

7PM, 27TH AUGUST 2020 EMBARGO FOR ONLINE, EMBARGO FOR PRINT 28TH AUGUST 2020, PREMIUM NETWORK CONTENT, NO AUSTRALIAN, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, *ONLY FOR NEWS CORP MASTHEAD PAPERS*,  Overall Winner (originally Landscape) Ben Blanche.
A fire caused by a lightning strike in Mount Barney National Park.
It slowly marched over the peak as it moved around the border area of Queensland and New South Wales.
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A snap of a Black Summer bushfire has been named Australia’s best nature photograph in a competition that celebrates the country’s wild side

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.
weather

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

Another crazy year of Guinness World Records

Ayanna Williams - Longest Fingernails
Guinness World Records 2017
Photo Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records
For Kids News and Hibernation
just for fun

If you thought a pandemic would hold back world-record wannabes, think again. The latest Guinness World Records Book includes as many weird and wonderful achievements as ever

World-first parachute jump from solar plane

TOPSHOT - Initiator of sun-powered stratospheric SolarStratos plane project Raphael Domjan jumps during a successful world record attempt by jumping with a parachute from a solar-powered plane on August 25, 2020 in Payerne, western Switzerland. - The SolarStratos, a sleek, white, two-seater aircraft with long wings, covered with 22 square metres (237 square feet) of solar panels is set to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight, according to Raphael Domjan, who is behind the project. (Photo by LAURENT GILLIERON / AFP)
environment

Inventors working to one day fly a solar-powered plane to the edge of space have performed the first jump and free fall from an electric aircraft

Vegemite needs you to sing its jingle

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Happy Little Vegemites Lotus O'Brien (4) and Sophia Trengove (3)
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We know Vegemite tastes like Australia, but the company that makes it wants to find out what Australia sounds like, calling on the nation to give the spread’s classic theme song a new life

School drops old uniform in favour of activewear

Kingswood College students Will, Kai and Ava  in the school's new active wear.
health

A Victorian school has decided to ditch its traditional school uniform, hoping new activewear will helps students be happier and healthier and take part in more physical activity

Big welcome for endangered baby animals

Kala with her newborn infant gorilla. Picture: Bristol ZooSource:Supplied
animals

Zookeepers announce the arrival of a baby critically endangered western lowland gorilla, twin golden lion tamarins and a giant panda as big as a chocolate bar in a great week for conservation

Animals with superpowers need your help

Finley (11) and Cohen (9) Howland playing the ANiMOZ Trading Card Game with Kinta the Quokka on August 11, 2020 at the Adelaide Zoo. Picture Matt Turner.
animals

Did you know that Australia’s critically endangered animals each have a superpower? Nominate your favourite animal to appear on a trading card that could help save them from extinction

Game on in the US presidential election

Mark Knight's cartoon of Trump, Biden and Harris
civics

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew Donald Trump in a baseball match against his US presidential challengers

Is my pet happy, angry, scared or sad?

Tabby  and white cat and Happy Border Collie crossbreed dog with smiling expression looking at camera. picture iStock
technology

In a first for animals, researchers in Australia have invented an app that uses AI to tell you what breed your dog or cat is and how it is feeling — happy, angry, neutral, sad and scared

Winning photos focus on wonders of science

2020 Beaker Street Science Photo Prize finalists. Tasmanian devil joeys being checked by researcher in mothers pouch.Picture: Heath Holden
science

An image of tiny Tasmanian devil joeys inside their mother’s pouch is a finalist in a photo competition shining a light on the importance of science for National Science Week

Spaceship heading for Australian Outback

The Hayabusa2 will land in the South Australian outback in December 2020. Picture: Akihiro Ikeshita
space

Japan’s space agency will land a capsule carrying samples from a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid called Ryugu in the South Australian Outback later this year

World temperature record set at Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 17: Visitors walk near a sign warning of extreme heat danger on August 17, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Park visitors have been warned, ‘Travel prepared to survive.’   Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on Earth in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached on Sunday afternoon at Death Valley in the US, where it soared to 54.4C

Seed bank saving rare native plants from bushfire threat

Seed Vault at Australian PlantBank. The Australian PlantBank is located at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and is the largest native seed bank in Australia and one of the largest in the world, helping to protect Australia’s precious 25,000 native plant species from the threats of extinction. The goal of PlantBank is to collect store and study viable seeds or live tissue specimens of all plant species in Australia.  Photo:The Australian PlantBank.
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The race is on to collect rare plant seeds and protect species from extinction at Australia’s own version of the “doomsday vault”. It’s one way science is helping our environment this National Science Week

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
health

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

See the sights on a holiday to nowhere

ESCAPE: How I travel, Celeste Mitchell -  Italian ice - cream cone held in hand on the background of Piazza Navona in Rome , Italy  Picture: Istock
just for fun

Business is booming during coronavirus-related restrictions for a virtual travel company that helps you have a holiday without going anywhere

Meet ‘terror croc’ with banana-sized teeth

Illustration of Deinosuchus catching prey Credit: GETTY IMAGES - GETTY
animals

Deinosuchus was a giant reptile that terrorised dinosaurs that came to the water’s edge to drink, according to a new study of fossils that also uncovered a third species of these scary beasts

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)
geography

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

Penguin poop images from space reveal new Antarctic colonies

The smudges on the ice show the existence of an emperor penguin colony. Image taken from the European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite
animals

New satellite images of emperor penguin droppings have revealed a surprising number of colonies in Antarctica, where the flightless birds are under threat from global warming

Australia’s famous tree-kangaroo becomes a dad

Nupela gave birth earlier this year on 4 February and her care team witnessed the baby crawl into the safety of mum’s pouch. Although a first-time mother, Nupela is a natural and her instincts see her regularly cleaning her pouch and grooming her little one who is growing fast. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
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Makaia, an endangered Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo, made news as a tiny orphaned joey when he was kept alive in the pouch of another species. He’s now all grown up and has become a dad

Gut play: look inside your insides in real time

Small intestine anatomy of male - Stock image Small intestine anatomy of male - Stock image
technology

Ever wondered what the inside of your stomach looks like? Now you can see for yourself with new Australian technology to give patients real-time vision of their insides

Star Wars-inspired AI skin passes touch tests

Dr. Benjamin Tee, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), demonstrates how his device can detect the texture of a soft stress ball at a lab in NUS, Singapore July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell
technology

Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand in Star Wars has inspired scientists to develop “electronic skin” that could allow people with prosthetic limbs to feel texture, temperature and pain

Aussie giraffe takes world height record

Australia Zoo giraffe, Forest, has officially made it into the Guinness World Records for being the tallest living giraffe. Photo: Australia Zoo
animals

After a tricky time measuring him, a 12-year-old giraffe called Forest – who lives at Australia Zoo in Queensland – has been confirmed as the world’s tallest giraffe, standing at 5.7m

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

Aussie dogs to train as pandemic sniffer force

University of Adelaide researchers Dr Anne-Lise Chaber and Dr Susan Hazel with a pet dog (black labrador), which is one of the breeds that will be trained to sniff out COVID-19 in people.
health

The first COVID-sniffing dogs could be on patrol in airports, hospitals or quarantine within months as Australian scientists work to deploy puppy power in the hunt for unidentified patients

Reindeer herders find woolly mammoth

In this handout released by Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region Press Office, people carry a mammoth bone fragment in the Pechevalavato Lake in the Yamalo-Nenets region, Russia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Fragments of a mammoth skeleton have been found by local reindeer herders in the lake a few days ago, and scientists hope to retrieve the entire skeleton - a rare find that could help deepen the knowledge about mammoths that have died out around 10,000 years ago. (Artem Cheremisov/Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia Press Office via AP)
animals

Scientists are working to retrieve the skeleton of a woolly mammoth from the shallows of a lake in northern Siberia where reindeer herders discovered it in recent days

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic obtained July 28, 2020 shows the Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin design and seats. - Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin interior of its first SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity in a virtual livestreamed event on Tuesday. Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism, optimally positions astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximize an unrestricted astronaut float zone when in zero gravity. (Photo by Handout / Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES
space

For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

Hole in dam wall saves epic eel journey

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environment

Eels in Tasmania can now swim through a hole drilled in a dam wall to help them begin their incredible 3000km migration north to breeding grounds in the Coral Sea around New Caledonia

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
history

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

Zoo welcomes southern white rhino calf

Monarto Safari Park is celebrating the safe arrival of an incredibly cute newborn rhino calf. , Mum Umqali gave birth to the youngster on Wednesday  at 7.10pm within one of the Boma. Picture: Geoff Brooks/ZoosSA
animals

Umqali the southern white rhino has given birth to a healthy calf at Monarto Safari Park in South Australia in great news for the efforts to save the species from extinction

China’s Mars mission blasts off

TOPSHOT - A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China's Hainan Province on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)
space

It’s getting busy on the way to Mars, with China joining the United Arab Emirates to launch a mission to the red planet and NASA preparing to send off its Perseverance rover

Plan to save Australian honey bees

Generic image of a Australian native honey bee seen at Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, with news scientists have worked out how bees fly.
technology

New Aussie technology could halt one of the 21st century’s most troubling trends: the sudden decline in bee populations around the world

Last 747 flying kangaroo in the sky

From Flight radar
The pilots on Australia's last QANTAS 747 (QF7474) to leave Australia decided to make the QANTAS logo via GPS on their way to the plane graveyard in LA.
history

After 50 years of service, the Qantas 747s — nicknamed the Queen of the Skies — are retiring and the last plane on its last flight traced the shape of a kangaroo in the sky

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

Category winners in iphone photography contest
arts

It’s hard to believe the winners from the annual iPhone Photo Awards — described as the ‘Oscars of mobile photography’ — were taken with an iPhone or iPad. Which is your favourite?

Cartoonist says sorry for taking the mickey

Mark Knight's cartoon on Greg Hunt
news

We all know when you try to do something in front of a camera, things don’t turn out quite as you would like them to. This was the case with the Health Minister and his face mask

Scientists find active volcanoes on Venus

A FALSE colour image of planet Venus, without cloud cover, as mapped by radar by the US Magellan spacecraft. planets space astronomy
space

New research has discovered 37 active or recently active volcanic structures on Venus, evidence that our hot, toxic neighbour isn’t the dormant planet we thought it was

‘Whisper-quiet’ hybrid jet design revealed

British inventors have unveiled a hybrid airplane that can be used for commercial passenger or cargo flights Credit: EAG
technology

Aeroplane designers are working on projects that could have us flying around in eco-friendly, almost-silent, battery-powered jets or sleek blended-wing aircraft like military stealth bombers

Qld set to be Australia’s sporting capital

AFL fans Matilda Mooney 5, Amelia Shelton 7, Bronte Mooney 7 and Harley Shelton 5 will get plenty of footy to watch with all the Melbourne clubs in Qld as well as having their own clubs the Suns and Lions at home all the time. Pics Adam Head
sport

All Victorian AFL clubs and Victorian and NSW-based Supercars racing teams will move to Qld in a big win for the Sunshine State, with the location of the 2020 AFL Grand Final to be confirmed

Tassie time lapse of our Milky Way galaxy

Fergus Gregory's photo of Ben Lomond, Tasmania and the Milky Way. Picture: Instagram/@fergtas
space

A beginner astrophotographer has braved Tasmania’s freezing winter nights to capture the Milky Way’s dance across the night sky in some of the state’s most picturesque locations

Dog becomes essential worker during pandemic

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)
animals

A chocolate Labrador has been doing an important job to help people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering food in a straw basket around his neighbourhood

Big bird flies without flapping

In this undated photo provided by Alvaro Moya Riffo in July 2020, an Andean condor soars above the Patagonian steppe in Argentina. For the first time, a team of scientists strapped recording equipment they called “daily diaries” to eight condors in Patagonia, to record each wingbeat over more than 250 hours of flight time. Incredibly, the birds spent just 1% of their time aloft flapping their wings, mostly during take-off. One bird flew more than five hours, covering more than 100 miles (160 km), without flapping its wings. (Alvaro Moya Riffo via AP)
animals

Scientists have observed an Andean condor — the world’s largest soaring bird — riding air currents to fly more than 160km over five hours without flapping its wings

Old video game sells for $164,000

Super Mario
just for fun

A 35-year-old Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for more than $164,000, but the very high price still doesn’t beat the recent sale of an expensive Star Wars Boba Fett action figure

Yay! It’s time for school holiday fun

Kids News is on holidays!
just for fun

Kids News is taking a little break to enjoy the school holidays. In the meantime, try these Dr Seuss-themed activities. Enjoy! Have a great break and stay safe

Debate over new Australian logo with no roo

For Miranda column. A proposed logo for brand, Australian Made.  Supplied
civics

A new logo developed to promote Australia to the world has been criticised as confusing by advertising experts who say the wattle design looks more like a luxury perfume label

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
technology

Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

NASA needs inventors to design a new space toilet

NASA wants someone to design a space toilet for use in lunar gravity. Picture: NASA/HeroX
space

As part of its planning for a 2024 mission to the Moon, NASA has launched a competition offering almost $30,000 for the design of a space toilet that works in lunar gravity

Scientists rethink ancient wombat in new study

A supplied image shows an artist's reconstruction of a giant wombat-like marsupial Mukupirna nambensis. The unique remains of a prehistoric, giant wombat-like marsupial –Mukupirna nambensis –  that was unearthed in central Australia are so different from all other previously known extinct animals that it has been placed in a whole new family of marsupials. (AAP Image/Supplied by Peter Schouten) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A giant wombat the size of a black bear that roamed Australia 25 million years ago has been classified as a new category of marsupial after almost 50 years of study

Huge outback station to become national park

This undated handout from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services released on June 27, 2020 shows a grey grasswren at Narriearra Station, a 153,415-hectare (379,000 acres) property in Australia's far northwest New South Wales. - A slice of Australian outback almost the size of greater London will be turned into a national park to help protect threatened species after authorities bought the land on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff HARDY / NSW NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICES / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NSW NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICES/JEFF HARDY " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVE
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The NSW government has bought more than 1500 square kilometres of the state for a new national park to protect 25 threatened animal species and important habitat

Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

Grace Holiday, 11 and Chloe Moore, 12 have made ISO cuddle bears to give to people with disability and illness who are still in isolating because they are at increased risk of COVID-19.Picture: RICHARD JUPE
humanities

Grace and Chloe knew how much comfort a cuddly toy could be during the stressful times of social isolation, so they decided to spread the joy and make ISO bears for people to adopt

Celebrations as Women’s World Cup heads our way

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Lights are projected on the Sydney Opera House on June 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Australia along with New Zealand are predicted to be announced as the hosts of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, announced early on Friday Sydney local time. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
sport

Soccer stars and fans are celebrating after Australia and New Zealand were chosen as joint hosts of one of the globe’s biggest sporting events, the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Kids’ author Matt Stanton’s tips for writing a great story

Author Matt Stanton. For Kids News Hibernation
arts

Are you struggling to come up with an idea for the Kids News Short Story competition? Don’t worry, these tips from Matt Stanton will get your imagination flowing. But hurry, time is running out to enter.

Could this be the Loch Ness monster?

Steve Challice's photo at Loch Ness sparked speculation of the famous Loch Ness monster. Picture: Steve ChalliceSource:Facebook
animals

A tourist’s accidental photo of a strange aquatic creature about 2.5m long has sparked new excitement about Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, the mysterious creature people love wondering about

Getting used to our strange ‘new normal’

Part of Mark Knight's cartoon.
news

A WWII Lancaster bomber aeroplane in the COVID-test queue? Our lives have changed so much in recent months not much surprises us any more, writes cartoonist Mark Knight

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
explainers

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

‘Astonishing’ monument found next to Stonehenge

Historical monument Stonehenge in night,England, UK
history

Archaeologists have discovered a major prehistoric monument of 20 or more massive shafts arranged in a perfect circle more than 2km wide, suggesting ancient people could measure and count

Writing yourself into someone else’s shoes

St Monicas student 12-year-old Amaeh Reed, who won the Kids News Short Story competition in the age 11+ category last year. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
arts

Keeping up with world news gave author Amaeh Reed an idea for her winning 2019 Kids News short story competition entry. Amaeh explains how she got from the idea to the finished story

Get set for a ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse

An annular solar eclipse creates a "ring of fire" in the skies over China in 2010. Picture: Getty
space

Northern Australia is about to be treated to a special kind of solar eclipse, when the Moon moves in front of the Sun and blocks our view of the centre of our star. Here’s how to see it happen

Endangered dunnart found alive after fires

animals

A tiny, critically endangered marsupial has amazed conservationists on Kangaroo Island, after being spotted scampering in bushland destroyed in bushfires

Sheet-weaver spider swarm spins huge web

Ostearius melanopygius sheet-weaver spider webs at Lochiel Park, Campbelltown. Source: by Rusty Ryder
animals

Thousands of spiders are busily creating a rare natural silk sculpture in an Adelaide park. The social sheet-weaver spiders are working together like a community of ants to trap their prey

Dream job of Lego master builder

KIDS NEWS LEGO Master Builder Kieran Jiwa with 'Joey'. Picture: supplied.
humanities

Lego master builder Kieran Jiwa — whose job it is to play and create with Lego for most of every day — has known he wanted this career since he was six years old

Characters’ stinky start to a winning story

Winner of last  years Kids News Short Story Competition, Rose Pullinger, 10 of Hobart. Picture: Zak Simmonds
arts

Rose Pullinger’s Emily to the Rescue was a winning entry in the Kids News 2019 Short Story Competition. She’s keen to enter the 2020 competition and shares some tips about story writing

These kids rock their kitchen

Elliot, 9, Lucinda, 11, and Lincoln Gabb, 9, posing at their home in Alexandra Hill, Brisbane 10th of June 2020.  They run Kids Rock the Kitchen, a cooking business.  (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
humanities

Three young Brisbane siblings are turning a passion for baking into a sellout success, barely keeping up with demand for their scrumptious creations.

AFL season 2020 on again after long wait

AFL Round 2. Collingwood v Richmond at the MCG. 11/06/2020.  Taylor Adams of the Magpies tackles Trent Cotchin of the Tigers q4    . Pic: Michael Klein
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Collingwood and Richmond rebooted the 2020 footy season after a two-month break, with a bizarre low-scoring draw to kick off the most long-awaited round 2 in the history of the game

Found: dinosaur’s tummy full of food

The Cretaceous Period armoured dinosaur Borealopelta markmitchelli, which lived 110 million years ago in what is now the Canadian province of Alberta, eats ferns in an illustration released on June 2, 2020. Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology/Julius Csotonyi/Handout via REUTERS
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For the first time, scientists have found a beautifully preserved, fossilised meal inside the skeleton of a dinosaur, including fern fronds and spores, leaves and even charcoal from a bushfire

Collingwood fans react to big AFL news

Mark Knight's collingwood fan cartoon
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In this weekly series for Kids News, Mark Knight explains the news and the creative process behind one of his latest cartoons. Mark imagines Pies fans would have been outraged!

Origami-inspired home for life on the Moon

This origami-inspired moon home is set to be tested later this year.   The Lunark is a compact habitat designed to fold down to a size that allows easy transportation.   The idea is the brainchild of two Danish space architects who say they have "a dream of making outer space accessible for everyone.”   Sebastian Aristotelis and Karl-Johan Sørensen are currently crowdfunding to carry out a 3-month simulated moon mission in the harsh climate of Northern Greenland.   They explain: “Small and compact habitats are critical both for future Moon missions and for Greenland, however, people need space to live. We have spent over 12 months developing this unique expanding design to save space during transport and maximize space after deployment.   “With thousands of hours spent designing, researching, and prototyping, we are now ready to build our LUNARK Habitat - a simulated Moon habitat for research, with the aim that it one day can sustain life on the Moon. Isolated and confined in one of the harshest climates on Earth, we will test our Habitat, enduring -30°C, hurricane winds, and hungry polar bears when we venture on our most extreme project to date.    “In the fall of 2020, we will embark on a journey to Northern Greenland to carry out a 3-month simulated Moon mission. We will live in complete solitude, cut off from the rest of the world, to test the architecture, ourselves, and technologies for future Moon missions.   They say the test will be valuable as it will provide “real stress”. They explain: “Current analogue missions carried out by the space industry often have a major limitation - they do not involve real danger. Arctic Greenland is one of the most Moon-like places on Earth. A strange, desolate white planet. By going there we don't have to pretend. It will feel real.”   Crowdfund link: https://bit.ly/3bg9yPT  When: 06 May 2019 Credit: SAGA Space Architects/Cover Images  **Editorial use only VIDEO AVAILABLE: info@cover-images.com**
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Architects who designed a foldable origami habitat called Lunark for humans for living on the Moon and other harsh environments are preparing to test it out later this year

Happy day as Bear the turtle swims home

Sea Life Sydney welcome three turtles to the Darling Harbour aquarium for the first time after the closure of Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Green Sea Turtle Myrtle was rescued Sea Life in 2013 and has been fitted with metal plates to help her swim following a boat accident that left her with cracks in her shell. Supplied
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Carers at a Queensland aquarium waved a happy goodbye this week to a precious green sea turtle, who swam back to freedom after recovering in captivity from injury

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

Coral transplants to boost reef health

Emma Camp, Project area: Australia. Reef recovery: pioneering new hope for the world's fast-vanishing corals
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Divers are using the quiet pandemic period to grow and replant coral at popular tourist diving and snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef.

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

Big asteroids zooming ‘close’ by Earth

asteroid 2000 QW7, a diameter twice the height of the Eureka Tower will make a 'near pass' by Earth tomorrow (Saturday).
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Four asteroids have zoomed past Earth this week at 80,000kmh, one thought to be about 44m wide. NASA had put them all on its ‘close approach’ list, but there’s no risk they’ll crash into us

Search for solutions to sports’ COVID-19 problems

Eane Whitton from Buffalo Sports and Andrew Fitzgerald, MD of Gospel Whiskey have
made some sports ball suitable sanitiser spray. Picture: Mark Stewart
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As clubs and players prepare to return to training and playing sport, people are working to find solutions to COVID-19-related challenges, including how to legally sanitise a cricket ball

Checking cheetah poo at the zoo

Animals and their poo, for Chill section, Sunday Mail May 31, 2020.

Cheetah from Monarto Safari Park. Picture: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA
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One of the important roles of zookeepers, vets and scientists is looking at animal poo as an indicator of health. Monarto Safari Park keepers share some of their poo knowledge with Kids News

Molly’s on the run for good cause

Molly Bremner is a very small 9yo but loves running 10km every day and also runs marathons. In September she will be running from Melbourne to Canberra for Children's Cancer Institute, with her mum Angela Bremner riding beside her on her bike.  Picture: David Caird
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Pint-sized Molly loves to run — and she’s planning to do it all the way from her Melbourne home to Canberra to raise money for children’s brain cancer.

Astronauts into orbit on history-making space flight

TOPSHOT - This handout photo released by NASA shows NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Demo-2 mission launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. - NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test flight serves as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. (Photo by Bill INGALLS / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/Bill Ingalls  " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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UPDATED Two NASA astronauts have launched in a SpaceX rocket and arrived safely at the ISS, the first time in nearly a decade that the US has launched astronauts into orbit from the US

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
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Kids are returning to school as COVID-19 restrictions ease. After working from home with his kids, Mark Knight wonders who in each household is most looking forward to getting back to normal

NRL restart to attract massive TV audience

APAC Sports Pictures of the Week - 2019, September 16 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Maika Sivo of the Eels scores a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos at Bankwest Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Footy is finally back, with millions of sports-starved viewers around the globe expected to watch the return round of rugby league.

How to draw and animate your own minion

The team from Illumination, the animation studio behind movies including Despicable Me, The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, show kids how to draw and animate a minion. For Kids News Hibernation ONLY
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They’re cute and very cheeky. And now you can create your own, with this step-by-step guide to drawing and animating a minion – just like in the movies

Australian megafauna died out with climate change

Megafauna , Billabong scene
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Giant kangaroos, enormous crocodiles, massive wombats and a marsupial “lion” that lived 40,000 years ago in tropical Northern Australia died out because of climate change, a study has found

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Australia Post is launching Dear Australia, an initiative encouraging Australians to share hand-written letters of hope and inspiration with the nation about their COVID-19 experience with all letters to be sent to a national letterbox.  At the end of the campaign, eligible letters will be archived for posterity at The National Archives of Australia in Canberra.   Abbey Winiarski, 9 has written a letter and doing a drawing for the Campaign. Picture: Sarah Matray
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Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

AFL announces next rounds in restarted 2020 season

A general view is seen during an AFL Tigers training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AAP Image/Michael Dodge) NO ARCHIVING
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The wait is over for footy fans desperate to know who, when and where their beloved club will play as the league announces the fixture for rounds two to five, including several blockbusters