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The breeding ground of a herd of the Jurassic Period Patagonian plant-eating dinosaur Mussaurus patagonicus is seen in an undated artist's rendition.  Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS

Earliest evidence dinos lived in herds

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An extraordinary fossil site in ­the South American region of Patagonia has provided the earliest evidence of dinosaurs living in herds

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 26th of October Herald Sun Newspaper

‘Novax’ will need special passport to play

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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic might need a special vaccine passport to defend his Australian Open title

Kids trick or treat in Halloween costume and face mask. Children in dress up with candy bucket in coronavirus pandemic. Little boy and girl trick or treating with pumpkin lantern. Autumn holiday fun.

Tips for a Covid-safe Halloween

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Halloween fun might look a bit different this year. Take a look at our tips for safe trick-or-treating and find out where this spooky tradition came from

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Get our free Climate Change Education Kit

Kids News climate change education kit - website artwork
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As the Glasgow summit gets the world talking ‘net zero 2050’, students can learn all about climate change – from the causes and impacts to what we’re doing to about it – in our new education kit

Top price of $10 million paid for triceratops

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 31, 2021 shows a triceratops exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. - "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, will be auctioned on October 21, 2021 at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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The preserved skeleton of a 66-million-year-old herbivore has set a new record price for triceratops sales, after a private American collector paid big bucks for ‘Big John’

Outback town’s free land offer to lure new residents

Quilpie Show. (L-R) Clay Egan, his sister Gabby Egan and the neighbour Lachlan Heinemann who helps with feeding the mini bulls each night.
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The Queensland outback town of Quilpie is known for dino fossils and opals, but now it’s on the map as a new frontier after offering free land to Aussie workers and families

Case of mistaken dino identity

New vego dino from University of Queensland. For Kids News
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A dinosaur thought to be the biggest meat eater of its time has been reclassified as a timid vegetarian after a footprint found in Queensland was re-examined

Turn climate fears into positive actions

Little blond Girl Holding blue Recycling Bin
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Positive actions are a great way to combat concerns about climate change. Send us a video of what you’re doing to help tackle the climate problem

Fifth grader wins global photo prize

Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 by Britain's Natural History Museum. For Kids News
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A 10-year-old boy from India has won a prestigious wildlife photography award. See his winning photo and other shots from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Sword from Crusades salvaged at sea

A picture taken on October 19, 2021, shows an ancient one-meter-long sword that experts say dates back to the Crusader-era and is believed to have belonged to a Crusader, displayed at the beach in the Israeli seaport of Caesarea, some days after being discovered by a local diver. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)
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Diver recovers a stunningly preserved ancient relic off the coast of Israel, from the dangerous days of knights, armour and swords

Patty Mills’ towering praise from Gaze

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Patty Mills #8 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center on October 08, 2021 in New York City. The Nets defeated the Bucks 119-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Boomers basketball great Andrew Gaze has predicted NBA star Patty Mills will take the top spot as Australia’s best ever player

Teen dancing queen joins The Wiggles

Embargoed for The Daily Telegraph. Tsehay Hawkins has been named as the new member of The Wiggles, to replace Emma Watkins, Yellow Wiggle who is departing the group.
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Year 10 student Tsehay Hawkins isn’t much older than the kids she will entertain after being named the new Yellow Wiggle

Tips for calming a busy brain

Healthy Harold practises mindfulness by getting out in nature. For Kids News
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Have you ever felt like your mind is so busy you can’t concentrate? Healthy Harold has some great advice for how to calm a busy brain

Gaps in childhood tooth brushing

7 year old Ella Kosinski brushing her teeth at home. 
Two-thirds of Australian children brushed twice or more times a day and the mean age of starting toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste was 24 months. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Only two-thirds of Australian children brush their teeth twice a day, with experts calling for a fresh national review of children’s oral health habits

Dino demise was good news for snakes

Sydney Zoo will re-open to the public on Friday 15th October after Greater Sydney was placed into a Covid lockdown for 15 weeks. The Carpet Python is looking forward to crowds coming again. Picture: Toby Zerna
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The asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago was bad news for dinosaurs, but not for snakes that dined out on the mammals and birds that thrived after the removal of dino predators

Chloe McCardel breaks English Channel record

TOPSHOT - Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel celebrates following her 10-hour swim across the English Channel for a world record-breaking 44th time, after landing on Wissant Beach, France on October 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
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Aussie marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel is the queen of the English Channel after making a record 44th crossing

Dogs learn words as quickly as toddlers

Funny portrait of cute puppy dog border collie holding toy ball in mouth isolated on white background. Purebred pet dog with tennis ball wants to playing with owner. Pet activity and animals concept
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Most dogs know words like “sit” and “walkies” but new research shows smart pooches can also learn the names of toys as quickly as a one-year-old child

Even premiers must follow the rules

Mark Knight cartoon on Dan Andrews not wearing a mask
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Victorian kids are packing face masks into their school bags along with their books and lunch because no-one wants to find themselves in the naughty corner, cartoonist Mark Knight says

Australia’s historic first moon mission

An artist’s impression showcasing how an Australian made rover could contribute to a bigger international exploration program on the Moon. Picture: Supplied
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Australia is headed to space, signing a NASA deal to deliver a rover that will collect soil samples from the surface of the moon

Life on Mars simulated in Israeli desert

A couple of astronauts from a team from Europe and Israel walk in spacesuits during a training mission for planet Mars at a site that simulates an off-site station at the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon in Israel's southern Negev desert on October 10, 2021. - Six astronauts from Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Israel will be cut off from the world for a month, from October 4-31, only able leave their habitat in spacesuits as if they were on Mars. Their mission, the AMADEE-20 Mars simulation, will be carried out in a Martian terrestrial analog and directed by a dedicated Mission Support Center in Austria, to conduct experiments ahead of future human and robotic Mars exploration missions. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
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A team of scientists and astronauts have created conditions in the Israeli desert to simulate a month-long mission to Mars as part of training for the real thing

Animal numbers up in Africa

African elephants walking in the Savannah, Mount Kilimanjaro on the background, southern Kenya, Africa
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The first wildlife census in Kenya has found an encouraging rise in the African elephant population after important gains in the ongoing fight against poachers

Meet Queensland’s 15-year-old millionaire

UNA Brands shoot October 6, 2021- Sam Richard with parents Phil and Michelle at their home on the Gold Coast. UNA purchased Sam’s Amazon-based business Bellaforte. 

Photo by Dan Peled 0414 904 550
www.danpeled.com.au
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Queensland teenager Sam Richards is still at school, but he is also a biz whiz who has just sold the glassware company he started two years ago in a million-dollar deal

Classic vampire tale gets a reboot

Curse of the Vampire Robot by Graeme Base - book cover
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Find out how Graeme Base combines vampires and computers in his latest book, The Curse of the Vampire Robot, and get a sneak peek of the story and his amazing illustrations

Drones to patrol beaches and bush

Little Ripper Lifesaver drones  flying simultaneously along the coast of Australia from the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Newcastle to Little Manly Point on Sydney Habour to show their versatility. A little Ripper drone flying at Burleigh Heads in front of pilots Joe Urli, Michael Povey, Will Harvey and Nige Austin. Picture Glenn Hampson
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A fleet of up to 1000 drones linked to a central command hub will be used to keep swimmers and wildlife safe along the east coast of Australia over summer

Archaeologists find ancient toilet

A handout picture made available through the Israeli Antiquities Authority on October 5, 2021, shows a find of a 2700-year-old private toilet cubicle that was part of an ancient royal estate operating at the end of the Kings of Judean period (7th century BC), near the Beit Shatz tourist complex on the Armon Hanatziv promenade of Jerusalem. (Photo by Yoli SCHWARTZ / Israeli Antiquities Authority / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / XGTY
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The discovery of an ancient loo in Israel has lifted the lid on what life was like for the rich 2700 years ago

Singing sisters set world record

21/09-2021 Brisbane sisters Teresa and Augnes Joy sing the national anthems of all the countries in the United Nations at St John's Cathedral. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
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A Queensland sister act has set a new world record for singing, after learning nearly 200 national anthems by heart

First fly-by for Mercury mission

A handout photo made available by the European Space Agency on October 2, 2021 shows a view of Mercury captured on October 1, 2021 by the joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission as the spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity assist manoeuvre. (Photo by - / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A joint European-Japanese spacecraft has completed the first of six planned fly-bys of Mercury, using the planet’s gravity to start slowing itself down

Panthers pounce on historic NRL premiership

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03:  The Panthers celebrate with the Premiership Trophy after winning the 2021 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on October 03, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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The Penrith Panthers are celebrating victory over South Sydney in the first NRL Grand Final held in Brisbane, following an AFL decider also played away from its traditional home

Kid poets published in bushfire book

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires.
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The winners of the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition have had their poems included in the book Fighting Spirit: A tribute to the bushfire-affected communities of Australia’s Black Summer

The amazing kids setting world records

Guinness World Records 2022 - Zaila Avant-garde - Most bounce juggles in on minute, most bounces in 30 seconds and most basketballs dribbled at once
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From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people

Thai taxis become bonnet and rooftop gardens

Vegetable gardens are seen on the roofs of vehicles of a taxi rental garage firm, whose cars are currently out of service due to the downturn in business as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Bangkok on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
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Without tourist trade keeping taxi fares ticking over in the Thai capital, one Bangkok cab company has devised a novel solution to help feed its unemployed drivers

Stepping up to fight hunger

Prep student Emma Reade is taking part in the FareShare FootSteps Challenge, promising to walk 100km to raise money to feed people in need.
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Inspirational Prep student Emma Reade is stepping up her efforts to help feed people in need by joining the FareShare FootSteps Challenge

Port Adelaide star wins Brownlow Medal

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines of the Power poses for a photograph following the 2021 Brownlow Medal Count at Optus Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines outlasted Bulldogs champ Marcus Bontempelli to be crowned the 2021 Brownlow medallist, the first time a Port player has taken the honour

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.
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Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

Perth Grand Final has a blockbuster feel

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 13th of September 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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The AFL’s biggest game of the year has plenty in common with a movie blockbuster, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.
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There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

Alcott claims historic Golden Slam

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Alcott of Australia celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Niels Vink of the Netherlands to complete a 'Golden Slam' during their Wheelchair Quad Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Wheelchair tennis champ Dylan Alcott has achieved what no other man has – a Golden Slam – after his latest victory in the US on what was a big day for Aussie sports stars

What stories really matter to you?

Parents can help their child with reading and to develop their literacy skills. For Kids News and Hibernation
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Grab your favourite book for Australian Reading Hour as children’s authors invite kids to consider their own stories of family and belonging during Australia Reads this week

Understanding climate change

3D rendered model of the effects of extreme climate change on the earth. Centred on Australasia.Click below for related images from my portfolio:
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PART 1: People talk about climate change a lot. It’s good to know what it is and why it’s a big issue

How climate change affects Australia

An undated handout photo taken by Greg Torda and released ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 10, 2017 shows a diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island.   Coral has been bleached for two consecutive years by warming sea temperatures on Australia's Great Barrier Reef with "zero prospect" of recovery, scientists said on April 10, 2017, blaming climate change for the large-scale destruction. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / Greg Torda / --EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREG TORDA  / ARC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIEVE
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PART 2: Just like other places in the world, Australia is counting the cost of climate change. Bushfires, droughts, floods and coral bleaching on the Barrier Reef are all part of the toll

Meet the greenhouse gas makers

Close-up view of a huge coal-fired power station
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PART 3: Human activity is warming our planet. We look at where greenhouse gases come from and which countries are the biggest emitters

How the world is working as one

Child hands holding planet earth over sky background with copy space. World map used to create the globe furnished by NASA: https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/57752/blue-marble-land-surface-shallow-water-and-shaded-topography/57759
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PART 4: The Paris Agreement was a turning point in bringing countries together to fight climate change. How we’re doing will be in the spotlight at a conference in Glasgow in November

Australia’s climate plans and promises

Student activists from School Strike for Climate Australia (SS4C) hold a 'Solidarity Sit-down' outside the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne, Friday, November 29, 2019. (AAP Image/Erik Anderson) NO ARCHIVING
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PART 5: As a party to the Paris Agreement, Australia has agreed to join the fight against climate change. But just how are we doing?

Towards net zero 2050

Vestas V112 installation at AGL's Macarthur wind farm in Victoria, Australia: Photo courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S
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PART 6: Fixing climate change might not be as simple as doing better in the future. We also need to repair the damage we’ve already done. This is what achieving net zero 2050 is all about

How to tackle the climate challenge

NORTHERN DISTRICT TIMES/AAP. 7 year old Miranda Xu prepares the trees to be planted at Carlingford Public School in Carlingford. Carlingford, Friday 26 July, 2019. Children are getting involved in National Tree Day. Pic of some youngsters planting trees. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
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PART 7: Cutting greenhouse gas emissions is key to tackling climate change. While this requires some big solutions, there are many little changes we can all be making

How kids can make a difference

DAILY TELEGRAPH/AAP. Climate Emergency Student Activists Jasmine Vogel 12 and Olivia Mountain 12 from Faulconbridge Public School, protest at the climate emergency student strike in Springwood on Friday 20 September, 2019. The Macquarie Electorate Student Activists (MESCA) are leading students of the Blue
Mountain and Hawkesbury area to strike for the Climate Emergency. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
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PART 8: Young people are making a big difference when it comes to tackling climate change. You can too. Here’s how

When nature plays a part

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
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PART 9: Did you know that Earth has experienced at least five major ice ages? Climate change isn’t only caused by humans, it occurs naturally too. Let’s look at some of the natural causes

How to cope with climate worries

Sad cute girl holding planet model - climate change anxiety
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PART 10: Climate change can be a pretty scary topic. It’s understandable that kids might feel worried. But three are tools and strategies that can help you cope with climate concerns

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

The Royal ChildrenÕs Hospital will trial a new coronavirus testing method for kids over the coming weeks.
ItÕs a much less invasive but an equally effective test. 
The new device will sit at the base of a childÕs nose and collect any virus particles. Harry, 7, with the device.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Getting a Covid-19 test is no joke, but it could become a lot more fun for kids thanks to a new Australian made testing device in the shape of moustaches and cat noses

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
copyright Estelle Smalberger (Schoeman) NOT FOR SALE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Cheeky duck learns human insult

Rare and protected: The distinctive musk duck is a protected waterbird species in Victoria. Picture: supplied.
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Researchers got more than they bargained for when it came to studying old recordings of Ripper the Australian musk duck, who had learned to mimic a human in need of a swear jar

Stunt pilot’s daring world-first tunnel flight

The plane flew through the road tunnels.
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Flying at an average speed of 245km/h, there was no room for error when Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa became the first person to fly a plane through a road tunnel. Watch the video

Do you know your vegetables?

Woolworths announces return of  Fresh Foods for Kids Discovery Program for 2022. after research found almost 50 per cent of Aussie kids can't recognise a beetroot or leek. Pictured is Jennifer Young  and Lucy Young. Picture: Adam Dormand
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Aussie kids are becoming less knowledgeable about where their food comes from and many can’t identify common vegetables, according to new research

Healthy Harold wants to know RU OK?

news smaller image of healthy harold for RU OK? Day
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It’s RU OK? Day and Healthy Harold wants to check in with kids around Australia. Here’s his advice for looking after yourself and each other

Why Aussie kids love audio books

SMART Kids News Short Story Competition: audiobooks can rescue reluctant readers. Jeremy Cole's daughter Naava, 10, loves writing stories and says listening to audiobooks makes her feel calm and gives her ideas. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s audio books are gaining in popularity in Australia, rescuing some reluctant readers and even creating a few budding young authors along the way

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

The hunt begins for sunken ships

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge
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Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

‘Scooter’ our hero of Tokyo Games

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: Grant Patterson of Team Australia celebrates with the silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50m Breaststroke - SB2 Final on day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Australia has fallen in love with Paralympic swimmer Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson and not just because he was one of 12 Aussies to score medals in one big day in Tokyo

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

AFL Grand Final is heading west

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: A general view of play during the round one AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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It’s official, the AFL Grand Final will not be played at the MCG for the second year in a row, this time heading to Perth

Find the 2021 Short Story Comp entry form here

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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021. Get our online entry form and more information here

Whale mums tour coast with calves

Southern  right whales, photographed in Fowlers bay on the Great Australian Bight over the period 21st -23 August 2021. There are 20 mother and calf pairs in the area, the calving season is in full spring. MUST CREDIT: EP Cruises- Fowlers Bay Whale Tours,
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Mother Nature keeps delivering gifts through lockdowns and restrictions, lifting spirits coast to coast with these whale wanderers

Author’s golden rules of story planning

How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition
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Planning only adds to the fun and creativity of writing, according to Australian author Katrina Nannestad. Follow her five steps to planning a brilliant story for the Kids News Short Story Comp

China’s Mars rover keeps roaming

This illustration shows what the rover should look like on Mars Credit: CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
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After successfully completing its first 90-day program, China’s red planet rover Zhurong is fully charged and ready to keep rolling

Cyclists score first of six Aussie golds

(L-R) Australia’s latest Gold Medalists Emily Petricola and Paige Greco. Day 01of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Paralympics Australia / Day1  Tokyo Japan :  Wednesday 25th Aug 2021 © Sport the library / Greg Smith / PA
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Australia’s cyclists started a gold rush on a spectacular first day of Paralympic competition which saw Australia scoop six gold medals and soar to the top of the medal table

More Aussie kids need glasses

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured is Georgie Payne and Clementine Schofield, both 7yo, who wear glasses. For a story on the increasing number of youngsters needing glasses due to heightened screen time in lockdown. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Digital technology is here to stay, but rising numbers of Australian students are copping the impact of screens right between the eyes

Paralympics kick off in blaze of colour

Opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
For Kids News
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A spectacular opening ceremony has marked the start of the Tokyo Paralympics. Now get ready for another medal rush for Australia

Teen takes flight in world record bid

British-Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford, 19, waves before taking off for a round-the-world trip in a light aircraft, in bid to become the youngest to fly solo round-the-world in Wevelgem on August 18, 2021. - Rutherford will fly a Shark ultralight, the world’s fastest light sport aircraf during her circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)
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Teenage pilot Zara Rutherford has taken to the skies to inspire women of tomorrow to study STEM subjects today

Milk is cream of the crop for bones

Teddy 7, and Millie Hawkins, 9 drinking milk for Healthy Bones week. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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It’s Healthy Bones Action Week and Healthy Harold is encouraging kids to think about their bones. Find out more about bone health and send your questions to Healthy Harold

Bear attack survivor going for Tokyo gold

Australia's Table Tennis Team new addition Lin Ma practicing prior to the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Paralympics Australia / Day -4 Tokyo Japan :  Friday 20th Aug 2021 © Sport the library / Greg Smith / PA
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Like many Paralympians about to compete in Tokyo, Ma Lin has faced many challenges. But few have a story as unique as this table tennis player who lost an arm in a bear attack as a child

Famous authors urge kids to get writing

Grade 4 student Olivia Green, 9yo, pictured in Eureka Stockade Gardens, Ballarat East is preparing to enter the Kids News Short Story Competition again this year after scoring a Highly Commended for her story, Covid Cooking, last year. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Thinking of entering our Short Story Competition like student Olivia Green? Check out these words of wisdom from one of the world’s great storytellers and some of our leading local authors

Olympian sells medal to save baby’s life

Silver medallist Poland's Maria Andrejczyk celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for  the women's javelin throw event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)
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Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has a heart of gold, selling her Tokyo Olympics silver medal to fund lifesaving surgery for a sick baby she has never met

Find your perfect book for Book Week

The Travelling Bookshop - Mim and the Baffling Bully by Katrina Nannestad. Book cover image. For Kids News
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Books can change your life. Just ask the characters in Katrina Nannestad’s newest series, The Travelling Bookshop. Celebrate Book Week and start reading the first story in the series here

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Giant panda delivers tiny cub

This handout photograph made available by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on August 15, 2021 shows female giant panda Jia Jia hodling her first panda cub, born on August 14, 2021 at an off-exhibit at River Safari in Singapore. (Photo by Handout / WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT “ AFP PHOTO / Wildlife Reserves Singapore” - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Chinese giant panda Kai Kai has become a mum in Singapore after a seven year effort, giving birth to the country’s first ever cub

The Big Pineapple’s Brisbane Olympics bid

Sunshine Coast local and Olympic Champion Clint Robinson at the Big Pineapple. Picture Lachie Millard
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Some Olympic mascots have completely missed the mark – but the Big Pineapple’s birthday bid to become the Brisbane 2032 mascot is a green and gold Queensland dream

The power of puppy love

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN, Speak to Manny before using Pebbles the cavoodle and Onni the parrot are great friends and hang out together.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Aussies have been feeling the love from the nation’s pets throughout the pandemic, a new study shows

Teens share golden rules of gaming

Parents sharing video gaming with their children is not only fun but can help keep them safe online. For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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A new gaming safety guide for kids and their parents has some real expert input – a group of teenage gamers

Six secrets of a winning short story

Amaeh Reed, 13yrs, Brisbane school girl, has won the Kids News short story competition two years in a row, on Thursday 12th August 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021! Check out reigning champ Amaeh Reed’s top writing tips and get your story in with our online entry form

Tusk tests reveal mammoth’s life journey

An illustration of an adult male woolly mammoth navigates a mountain pass in Arctic Alaska, 17,100 years ago. The image is produced from an original, life-size painting by paleo artist James Havens, which is housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
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A woolly mammoth’s life and travels 17,000 years ago have been detailed for the first time after a study of one of its well preserved tusks. Welcome to Science Week!

Sunny enjoys sweet taste of success

Burnie teenager Sunny Beatson opened his own doughnut business, BeaDoughs, during COVID pandemic. Started in his family kitchen, expanded to a proper shopfront and business is booming.
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Sunny Beatson, 17, started making doughnuts to beat lockdown boredom, now he’s about to open his second shop

China’s wandering elephants head home

PU'ER, CHINA - AUGUST 07: A herd of wild Asian elephants strolls through a village at Ning'er Hani and Yi Autonomous County on August 7, 2021 in Pu'er, Yunnan Province of China. (Photo by Wang Zhengpeng/VCG via Getty Images)
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After an epic journey followed by millions of fans around the world, China’s weary herd of wandering elephants is homeward bound ahead of World Elephant Day

Biggest Aussie pterosaur was a ‘fearsome beast’

Australia’s largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-metre wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland., , University of Queensland PhD candidate Tim Richards, from the Dinosaur Lab in UQ’s School of Biological Sciences, led a research team that analysed a fossil of the creature’s jaw, discovered on Wanamara Country, near Richmond in North West Queensland. Picture University of Queensland
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Queensland palaeontologists say Australia’s largest flying reptile was a savage pterosaur with a taste – and the jaws – for the catch of the day

Wanted: people to live like Martians

This photo provided by ICON and NASA in August 2021 shows a proposal for the Mars Dune Alpha habitat on Mars. To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha - a 1,700-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D-printer, and inside a building at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications back home, restricted food and resources and equipment failures. Image: ICON/NASA
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NASA is looking for four people to spend a year in a Mars habitat created by a 3D printer here on Earth to help it understand the challenges astronauts will face when they blast off to the red planet

Kindness shone through competition in Tokyo

Isaiah Jewett L of the United States and Nijel Amos of Botswana fall down during the Men's 800m Semi-Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 1, 2021. (Photo by Jia Yuchen/Xinhua via Getty Images)
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Wow, what a Games! The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics were certainly worth the wait, with countless golden moments, epic sporting feats and some heartwarming acts of kindness

Skateboarder lands record-equalling gold

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Keegan Palmer of Team Australia competes during the Men's Park Final on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Teenager Keegan Palmer has won Australia’s first Olympic skateboarding medal and our 17th gold at the Tokyo Games, equalling our record set in Athens in 2004

Meet Australia’s youngest First Nations filmmaker

KIDS NEWS: Penelope Towney is a seven-year-old Wiradjuri girl who has made her first short film to celebrate First Nations culture. Picture: Katelyn Slyer.
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Wiradjuri girl Penelope Towney is just seven-years-old, but the Year 2 student from the Illawarra region of NSW has already made a short film celebrating her family’s country and culture

Peter Bol’s inspiring Olympic run

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 12. 04/08/21.  Athletics Finals and Semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Australias Peter Bol in the Final of the Mens 800m.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
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He might not have won a medal, but Peter Bol won the admiration of the nation with his daring run in the men’s 800m final in a day of highs and lows for Aussie athletes at the Tokyo Olympics 

Dumped food costing Aussies the Earth

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A new study has lifted the bin lid on how much food we’re throwing away, as researchers call on Australians to stop the waste and stop destroying the planet

Australian turtles in serious peril from plastics

Sea turtles often confuse plastic with their usual foods, causing them to ingest the man-made material. Picture: Paulo Oliveira
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A worrying new study has found that the vast majority of turtles found off the east and west coasts of Australia have swallowed plastics – with juveniles most at risk

Dutch runner was down but not out

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Sifan Hassan of Team Netherlands gets back up after falling over Edinah Jebitok of Team Kenya in round one of the Women's 1500m heats on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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A fall in her 1500m heat did not stop Dutch runner Sifan Hassan fighting her way back to victory in a mighty display of Olympic determination

Olympic high jump heroes strike a chord

TOPSHOT - Gold medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim (L) of Team Qatar and silver medalist Gianmarco Tamberi of Team Italy celebrate on the track following the Men's High Jump Final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (Photo by Christian Petersen / POOL / AFP)
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Olympic sportsmanship was on full display when two high jumpers decided to share gold rather than have a 'jump-off' to split their tie in the final

Our greatest Olympic day ever

Emma McKeon wins Gold during the finals of the Womens 50m Freestyle at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Pics Adam Head
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Four gold medals – two in the pool and one each on the BMX track and in sailing – delivered Australia its best day in Olympic history and a new Olympic queen in Emma McKeon

Jessica Fox takes gold in historic win

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Gold medalist Jessica Fox of Team Australia celebrates during the medal ceremony following the Women's Canoe Slalom Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It’s the first time women have been allowed to compete in the women’s C1 canoe slalom at the Olympics and Aussie paddler Jessica Fox has become the event’s very worthy first winner

This cliffhanger has a happy ending

Shelby the Rescued Rescue dog. Dalmation x heeler dog Shelby who was rescued by The SES Portland Unit  from a cliff face

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Shelby the rescue dog needed saving again when she found herself clinging to a tiny dirt ledge high above rocks and waves

The world’s biggest sporting event

Kids News Olympics Education Kit artwork for intro story and education kits home page.
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Celebrate the Tokyo Games with 25 fun activities to help kids learn all about Olympic history, traditions, sports and athletes

Coach Dean Boxall deserves a gold too

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 27th of July 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Ariarne Titmus wasn’t the only one to put in a gold medal performance in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Awesome foursomes start Olympic gold rush

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 04. 28/07/21. Rowing Finals at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan.  Australias Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre win Gold in the final of the Womens Four.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Both the women’s and men’s fours started strong and held on, taking rowing gold in two heart-stopping races – and that was before Ariarne Titmus’ late-run triumph in the pool