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‘Spider-Man’ identifies seven new peacock spiders

animals

They’re the hit spiders of the internet, with their fancy colouring and cool courtship dancing. And now there are seven new peacock spider species to get to know

Breaking the rules is no laughing matter

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why it’s impossible to laugh off the foolish behaviour of beachgoers who break social distancing rules

Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour around the world

technology

Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

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Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort in California
just for fun

Disney is giving fans take a sneak peek behind its famous walls and letting children discover how rollercoasters and rides are made and how its special “lands” are created

Big old meteorite rediscovered in basement

Meteorite removalists
space

The massive 4.5 billion-year-old Huckitta meteorite from the NT, hidden from the public in a basement in SA for more than 20 years, is about to be rediscovered by a new generation

Keeping tigers happy without visitors

Dreamworld Tigers
animals

A small team of wildlife carers in Queensland is spending the COVID-19 disruption playing and swimming with tigers to keep the animals happy and prevent them from becoming lonely

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

April 1 is April Fools' Day.
explainers

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

Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

Sign Home, Key, Judges Gavel And Book On Wood Table
health

Sunday update: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has limited outside gatherings to just two people and  encouraged the elderly to not leave home  as the nation continues to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus

Scar found on fossil of feisty dinosaur with feathers

animals

Scientists have unearthed the fossils of a fearsome feathered dinosaur with sharp claws and a telltale scar. It lived 67 million years ago and proves dinosaurs continued to evolve until their end

Why drawing is a monster cure for boredom

Author and illustrator Matt Stanton's drawing for Monster Monday.
arts

Best-selling children’s author and illustrator Matt Stanton has declared the first day of every working week Monster Monday. Here he explains why drawing monsters is a cure for boredom

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re not scared!

Teddy Bear hunt
humanities

Australian children are joining a global bear hunt inspired by the popular storybook, making walks around the neighbourhood lots of fun during the COVID-19 disruption

Leaders have different schools of thought

Mark Knight cartoon about covid-19 school closure confusion.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew the Prime Minister and two state leaders as musicians playing to a different beat on schools closures

Twin polar bear cubs venture out in empty zoo

animals

Three-and-a-half-month-old twin polar bear cubs have made their public debut at a zoo in the Netherlands, but without the public because of coronavirus restrictions

Mars InSight lander hits itself with shovel

space

NASA engineers are confident they’ve fixed the Mars InSight lander by telling it to hit itself with its shovel after its 38cm digging mole became stuck in the soil on the Martian surface

Big COVID-19 questions and simple answers

explainers

Using World Health Organisation information, we answer important questions about COVID-19, such as: "What is a virus?"  and "Why are there new rules for everyday life?"

Aussie-made food on the menu for astronauts

Space food research
space

Australian scientists are cooking up astronaut food to send to space for a year before testing how tasty it is using an electronic nose and tongue in preparation for Moon and Mars missions

Shutdowns across Australia to slow Covid-19

Sydneysiders Adjust To New Social Distancing Rules Introduced To Restrict Coronavirus Spread
health

PM Scott Morrison has urged Australians to take social distancing seriously as he announced tough restrictions on how we live and closed non-essential businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus

Early humans ‘ate no meat, swung in trees’

history

The careful scanning of a 3.6 million year old skull belonging to a fossil named ‘Little Foot’ has proven that early humans had small brains, swung between trees like monkeys and ate vegan diets

NASA wants your help to dig on the Moon

Partial Lunar Eclipse Canberra
space

NASA has challenged the public to design a better robot to dig on the Moon. The space agency has been working on a model but believes it can be improved and wants bright citizens to help them

Aussies want mass light salute on Anzac Day

civics

A proposal to replace cancelled Anzac Day services with a massive nationwide “light salute” from the safety of Australians’ driveways is attracting huge support

Lego lost at sea could survive 1300 years

environment

Scientists studying plastic Lego blocks lost in a storm then washed up on the coast of southwest England find they could survive in the ocean for 1300 years

Learning at home with daily Kids News activities

Kids News
news

From Monday, Kids News will provide education tasks and fun activities for children in Prep to Year 9 who are home from school due to the coronavirus

Protect yourselves, we’re living in strange times

Mark Knight cartoon on the craziness at supermarkets during the coronavirus crisis
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew a cricketer protected by pads and a helmet heading off to buy toilet paper at the supermarket

World’s wonderful wildlife on show

arts

Photos of a giraffe’s bottom, a monkey deep in thought, a hunting eagle and a kookaburra surveying burned forest have each taken out prizes in the Sony World Photography Awards 2020

AFL and NRL clubs vote to play on despite virus

sport

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has declared the footy season will kick off tomorrow night as NRL clubs also voted to play on during the coronavirus crisis

Clam tells story of prehistoric Earth and moon

The fossilised mollusc from the Cretaceous period
history

A fossilised mollusc alive alongside the last of the dinosaurs 70 million years ago has shown scientists that a day on Earth once lasted only 23-and-a-half hours

Hand washing: How does soap work?

Washing hands - Coronavirus
explainers

As people around the world work to slow the spread of the virus called COVID-19, everyone is telling us to wash our hands with soap. Kids News explains how soap works

It’s not all bad news; there is good news too

Two little girls in pink running toward their mom
humanities

Australian Childhood Foundation’s Dr Joe Tucci has a positive message for children about worry and bad news, and a reminder that there is still a lot of good news around if we look for it

Curious case of great white sharks passing by

animals

Human holiday-makers love the beautiful seaside town of Port Macquarie but great white sharks refuse to stay there, though scientists know a record number swim right past

Rae is a ‘unicorn puppy’ with a miracle ear

Rae as an older 12 week old puppy. Picture: goldenunicornrae
animals

A one-eared puppy that looks like a unicorn is capturing hearts around the world. Rae lost one ear at birth but its how the other ear came to look like a unicorn horn that is truly miraculous

World’s smallest dinosaur found embedded in amber

animals

The world’s smallest dinosaur has been discovered embedded in amber. The 100 million-year-old bird, just 5cm long, had bulging lizard-like eyes and a beak packed with 100 sharp teeth

Big dig begins at Port Arthur convict site

history

Archaeologists are digging up the site of former convict-period workshops at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania so we can better understand what everyday convict life was like

Prince Harry and Meghan lose their royal touch

Mark Knight on Harry and Meghan's final royal appearance.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to split ranks with the royal family has meant losing some luxuries in life

Komodo dragon mum has three sons, solo

The Komodo dragon
animals

A female komodo dragon has produced three baby dragons without a male mate through a rare process called parthenogenesis

Has Yoshi the turtle swum home to Australia?

Yoshi the turtle when she was still in the aquarium. Picture: Two Oceans Aquarium
animals

An endangered turtle has reached WA after a two-year, 37,000km swim, possibly the longest animal journey recorded by a satellite tag, which has scientists wondering if she was born here

Why do leaves change colour and fall in autumn?

Autumn leaves
explainers

The leaves on deciduous trees turn forests, parks and gardens a rainbow of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Why do leaves change colour? And why do the trees let them fall?

Australia smashes India to win 5th World Cup

sport

Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have dominated with the bat to power Australia to its fifth women’s Twenty20 World Cup title. The Aussies won by 85 runs against India at the MCG

Daredevil walks tightrope over active volcano

humanities

An American daredevil has successfully walked a tightrope thousands of metres in the air above the crater of an active volcano

Aussie Violet Crumble hits purple patch

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just for fun

The factory that makes Violet Crumble is working 24 hours a day to keep up with incredible demand for the historic, purple-wrapped chocolate honeycomb bar

Very hungry caterpillar eats Earth’s plastic pollution

science

Scientists have been feeding waxworms polyethylene — one of the most common plastics used in shopping bags — and found that just 60 little caterpillars can eat more than 30 sqcm in a week

Toilet paper now worth its weight in gold

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains how coronavirus fears across Australia have sparked panic buying and turned toilet paper into a rare gem

Underwater Photographer of the Year

arts

Five Australian photographers have blitzed the international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with their incredible pictures of life under the sea

Hi-tech masked owl fights money fakers

The new $100 note
money

Australia’s new $100 note has been unveiled, featuring a little owl that makes it almost impossible to counterfeit. It’s the final denomination of the Next Generation Banknote Program

Would you eat butter made from maggots?

environment

Scientists in Belgium are experimenting with larva fat to replace butter in waffles, cakes and cookies, saying using grease from insects is more sustainable than dairy produce

Life on remote Goudier Island, Antarctica

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geography

As a post office worker at Port Lockroy, one of the main tasks is cleaning up penguin poo, the toilet is a bucket with a lid and though you get one day off every 14, there’s nowhere to go

Biggest explosion ever seen in universe

space

Australian scientists have helped US astronomers discover the biggest explosion ever seen in the universe — and it came from a supermassive black hole

Australia’s biggest dog helping kids read

Australia's biggest dog Baron
animals

At 130kg and 2m tall, Baron is a very big dog. But he’s also a very big softie, patiently helping kids learn to read and visiting elderly people in his therapy-dog job

What is a leap year? Why is there one this year?

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration.
explainers

There is a February 29 on this year’s calendar. We explain why and what it has to do with the Sun, the Earth and a calendar created way back in 1582

It’s peak-hour traffic to put the bins out

Mark Knight cartoon on bin night.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at how waste management has become a major issue in Australia and why it’s soon to create peak-hour traffic on bin night

Three baboons on the loose in Sydney

Baboon
animals

A large male and two smaller female baboons broke free from a truck at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, sparking a baboon hunt through the inner western suburbs

Incredible new planking world record

George Hood attempting his world record
sport

A 62-year-old man has set an astonishing Guinness World Record, planking for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, suggesting that “Anybody can do what I do”

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday Pancake preview
explainers

Australians are becoming world leaders at cooking and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, a fun food day that has its origins as a religious festival

‘Pink Panther’ manta ray spotted off Qld

Pink manta ray Inspector Clouseau
animals

Scientists are studying an ultra-rare pink manta ray — maybe the only one in the world — that has been photographed during a dive on the Great Barrier Reef

Aussie spirit front and centre at rock concert

Mark Knight's cartoon about the Fire Fight Concert.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Fire Fight Australia concert which raised $9 million to help bushfire victims and he imagined two new faces in the crowd

Why do we cry and what are tears?

explainers

Crocodile tears are real – though humans are the only animals that cry emotional tears – and babies don’t cry tears at all. Kids News explains tears and crying

Tapestries finally complete Sistine Chapel

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arts

For the first time in more than 400 years, all 12 precious gold and silver tapestries designed by Renaissance artist Raphael have been hung in the Sistine Chapel, making it complete at last

New $2 coin celebrates women’s cricket

money

The Royal Australian Mint and International Cricket Council are releasing two million $2 coins into general circulation that feature a picture of a female cricketer on it for the first time

Bird’s-eye view of our beautiful planet Earth

Google Earth satellite images from space
geography

Google has added 1000 new images to Earth View – a collection of the most beautiful landscapes from Google Earth. And a farmer’s marriage proposal makes it onto Google Maps

‘Snowman’ space rock may have sparked life

space

Scientists believe a space rock shaped like a snowman that formed 4.6 billion years ago may have sparked life on Earth. It is the farthest, most primitive object we’ve ever explored in the solar system

Siba the standard poodle named best in show

animals

Though the crowd cheered for a golden retriever, a fluffy, puffed-up poodle has been named top dog for 2020 at the world-famous Westminster Dog Show

Tyrannosaur found hiding in museum drawer

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animals

A new and very scary species of dinosaur related to T-Rex and known as the Reaper of Death has been identified after pieces of its skull were rediscovered in a museum drawer

Sad love story behind Valentine’s Day

history

There are several stories about who Valentine was, but the most popular one is that he was a doctor and priest from Rome in the third century who lived and died in the pursuit of love

Hero nippers save tourists from dangerous rip

Glenelg SLSC nippers Angus Ganley, 11, Astin Rouvray, 11, Charlie Crowe, 11 and Lachlan Larven, 12, helped save two tourists from drowning off Glenelg beach. Picture: AAP/ Keryn Stevens
humanities

Young nippers have been hailed as heroes after spotting two tourists caught in a dangerous rip and immediately jumping into the ocean to save them

Antarctica’s hottest day ever recorded

SINGLE PENGUIN ON ICE
weather

The temperature in northern Antarctica has hit 18.3C, thought to be a heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins

Children race llamas to save World Heritage park

environment

Risking injury and braving the cold, children as young as four race llamas across a high-altitude region of Ecuador each year to help save one of the most important wetlands on Earth

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

Mother with slightly concerned look on her face watching boys using the internet on a phone
safe kids

How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

Warner, Perry win cricket’s top awards

2020 Australian Cricket Awards
sport

An emotional David Warner has completed a stunning return to international cricket by claiming his third Allan Border Medal while Ellyse Perry took out the top female honour

Flooding and evacuations as storm chaos hits NSW

Rain
weather

Sydney has been plunged into chaos after the biggest rain event in 30 years sparked floods, home evacuations, traffic delays, power outages and landslides

Record set for longest stay in space by a woman

space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch has landed safely back on Earth after setting a new record for the longest stay in space by a woman

Puss fitted with 3D-printed metal paws

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animals

After losing four paws to frostbite, vets have performed surgery to replace this Russian cat’s front and back-leg paws with 3D-printed prosthetics made from titanium

Not even Ash can drag ScoMo out of strife

news

Award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight returns in our weekly series and looks at how not even tennis golden girl Ash Barty could change PM Scott Morrison’s run of bad luck

NASA animation shows Earth without oceans

The NASA animation simulates would the Earth would look like if the oceans dried up. Picture: NASA
geography

Travel back in time thousands of years through this NASA animation to look at Earth without oceans, when vast lands allowed ancient people to roam the world

Celebrating once-in-a-lifetime palindrome day

Baby Alex born 02/02/202
mathematics

When the calendar clicked over to 02/02/2020 on Sunday, few people realised it was a universal palindrome, a momentous date that hasn’t happened since 11/11/1111

Out-of-control bushfire burns one-fifth of ACT

Rainbow Flat Fire
environment

A raging megablaze has burnt one-fifth of the Australian Capital Territory as out-of-control bushfires also continue to threaten homes in NSW and Victoria

Dylan Alcott wins sixth straight Open title

sport

Wheelchair athlete Dylan Alcott has won his sixth straight Australian Open tennis title while Novak Djokovic has survived a five-set thriller to win his eighth men’s crown at Melbourne Park

Barty’s dream ends after sizzling defeat

sport

Ashleigh Barty was carrying the hopes of a nation in her Australian Open semi-final, but her quest for history has been crushed by young American Sofia Kenin

Pigs are here to help

LiLou the therapy pig stands in front of a departures board at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California
animals

Therapy dogs have been helping calm people’s nerves for several years. Now pigs are lining up to be loved by people all over the world who need some extra emotional support

Space inventions for Earthlings

space

Many of the inventions that make modern life on Earth safer, more efficient and more fun come from NASA or from a company helping NASA solve a space problem

Found! Four walking shark species

Walking shark hemiscyllium galei. Picture: Mark ErdmannSource:Supplied
animals

Scientists have discovered four new species of walking sharks near northern Australia and New Guinea that could have evolved because they got separated from their original population

Ash Barty storms into Open semi-final

Aus Open Day 9
sport

Queenslander Ashleigh Barty has become the first Australian woman to reach a semi-final at the Australian Open in 36 years and tennis greats are hoping she can go all the way

World mourns NBA star Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
news

Celebrities and sports fans have united to pay tribute to US basketball legend Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his daughter and seven others

Ancient Egyptian mummy speaks

The mummy entering a scanner. Picture: Scientific Reports
history

Scientists have recreated the voice of a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy using 3D printing and an electronic larynx, producing a sound between the vowels in ‘bed’ and ‘bad’

Oz Open hopes rest on Barty as Kyrgios loses

sport

Ashleigh Barty is the only Australian singles tennis player to make the finals of the Australian Open after a brave Nick Kyrgios bowed out in a four-set thriller against Rafael Nadal

Making magic for sick kids at Christmas

The Heart Project by Archie Cronk
humanities

In hospitals all around the world each Christmas, The Heart Project creates incredible photo artworks for kids too sick to go home, making memories that families treasure forever

Greta named Person of the Year for 2019

humanities

Swedish schoolgirl activist Greta Thunberg who became a household name after encouraging 4 million people to strike over climate change is named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

World’s best wildlife photos of 2019

animals

One of these incredible photos will be the winning entry in the 2019 Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. Which would you vote for?

Banksy’s touching Christmas reindeer mural

Banksy's mural, including a man named Ryan asleep. Picture: Instagram
humanities

World-famous artist Banksy has painted reindeer pulling a street-bench sleigh, aiming to highlight the plight of people sleeping rough. The public’s reaction was heartwarming

Volunteers rescue stranded baby minke whale

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animals

A baby minke whale beached in South Australia has been saved by volunteers and rangers. Kids News investigates what is known about why whales become stranded on beaches

Worms and mice at International Space Station

Astronauts working on the ISS. Picture: NASA
space

Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken delivery of super-muscled mice, pest-killing worms and a robot that can sense how the astronauts are feeling

Woman trapped in mountain of ‘cornflake’ algae

weather

Seaweed piled high on Queensland beaches has trapped at least one runner, who had to be rescued from the algae. While seaweed is not unusual, people have never seen so much at once

Piece of Jesus’ manger home for Christmas

history

A tiny piece of wood that some Christians believe to be part of the baby Jesus’ manger has returned to Bethlehem just in time for Christmas after 1400 years in Rome

A long line of reasons to leave halftime alone

arts

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers the downsides to a reduced halftime break at AFL matches — and they quickly started to line up

50 fun activities on the history of Christmas

Artwork for Kids News kit on How the World Celebrates Christmas
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Our feature series and 50-activity workbook will help students understand the history and evolution of Christmas, the religious and cultural aspects of its celebration and how traditions vary across the world

‘Tis the season for customs and traditions

25/11/2002. Adam Schwarz gets ready for Hanukkah at the Jewish Museum.
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PART 1: It’s an exciting time of year — school’s almost over, holidays are about to begin and kids around the world are preparing to celebrate Christmas or other cultural festivals

The history behind our decorations

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PART 2: The reasons why we hang tinsel, stars and baubles on our trees at Christmas stem back hundreds of years. Discover the stories behind our favourite decorations, characters and traditions

Festive foods and where they come from

Christmas Pudding
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PART 3: Ham, plum pudding and prawns on the BBQ are all traditional Christmas foods in Australia, but how did these festive delicacies originally make their way to the Christmas table?

Interesting tales behind our popular carols

Christmas Time
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PART 4: Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sounds of Christmas in song. There are many interesting stories behind some of our most popular carols — one is even written in code!

Santa films you can watch over and over

christmas

PART: 5: Here’s our guide to the best Christmas movies for children. But watch out, their storylines offer a mix of laughs, wishes, hope and most feature the jolly man in the red suit

How to have a greener and cleaner Christmas

christmas gift wrap
christmas

PART 6: This time of year shouldn't be about buying things we don’t need and sending rubbish and unwanted gifts to landfill. Here are 10 tips on how to have a sustainable Christmas

Anyway you say it, it’s a merry greeting

Merry Christmas in different languages
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PART 7: Learn how to say Merry Christmas in 20 different languages and discover 10 amazing festive facts and some of the strangest yuletide world records