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Covid Sniffer Dogs

Aussie dogs to train as pandemic sniffer force

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

‘Karen’s’ mask fight not just about her rights

civics

Like a school essay, a cartoon is a way to compare and contrast two sides to an issue. In this case it’s about someone demanding their rights but forgetting their responsibilities to the vulnerable

Solved: the mystery of smelly armpits

science

Scientists now understand the substances that make armpits smell, that they predate Homo sapiens and they may have had an important role in communication between our ancestors

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Aussie invents paint to beat coronavirus

science

In what may be one of the biggest breakthroughs yet in combating COVID-19, a scientist has invented a surface coating that wipes out the virus and may continue working for years

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

KFC plans to 3D print chicken nuggets

science

A fast-food chicken chain is creating lab-grown meat made from stem cells to create a “meat for the future”, as a burger chain feeds cattle lemongrass to try to cut methane emissions

Uncomfortable uniforms could force girls out of sport

Teens in Sports Uniforms
sport

Girls are dropping out of sport at high rates as they move from tweens to teens and a new study is looking to see if uniforms are part of the problem

Calls to change cheese health star rating

Dairy case study
health

Despite more than 90 per cent of Australians not eating enough dairy, cheese is being overlooked as a source of calcium and “good” fats, with some cheeses only rating 1.5 health stars

Roadblock stops Premier’s getaway

news

Cartoonist Mark Knight discusses Victoria’s change of circumstances as coronavirus case numbers increase, and whether Premier Daniel Andrews is running away from responsibility

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

Virus spread leads to remote learning return

COVID-19 Testing Increases As More Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Victoria
news

Melbourne students have an extra week of holidays as schools face a return to remote learning while the city battles a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Why do we get wrinkly skin as we age?

explainers

Wrinkles are a normal part of ageing, except for the wrinkly fingers and toes people of any age can get when they’ve been in the bath or pool for too long. Kids News researched wrinkles

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

Concerns over spike in Victorian COVID-19 cases

health

Victoria’s new coronavirus cases — including AFL player Conor McKenna — are causing concern about how this could impact Australia’s economic recovery, reopening borders and sport

Vitamin D could help fight food allergies in kids

Allergies case study
health

Australia has the world’s highest rate of childhood food allergies but researchers hope a simple vitamin supplement could help change that.

Teens making music about COVID-19

A singer shares COVID-19 messages
humanities

June 20 is World Refugee Day. Kids News shares a film by a teenager at Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda about young people making music to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Call to ban junk food on kids’ social media

Junk Food adverts for Teens
health

Fast-food companies are bombarding children and teenagers on social media with ads for unhealthy junk food and drinks, according to a new study. Researchers want the ads banned

Trial to ‘switch off’ severe allergies in kids

Egg Allergy treatment
health

Kids could live free of life-threatening egg allergies thanks to a treatment being trialled by Australian researchers in Melbourne after the success of a similar trial for peanuts allergies

Goalkicking yips could be in players’ heads

sport

Have you ever wondered why footballers struggle to convert set shots for goal? Australian sports scientists believe the answer could be all in the mind

Young minds rise to the challenge

little student
humanities

They might be young but they’re thinking big. Find out how the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is inspiring kid entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place

Search for solutions to sports’ COVID-19 problems

Sports Ball Suitable Sanitiser Spray
sport

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

Molly’s on the run for good cause

Molly's Run
sport

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.

Insulin that mimics venom of deep-sea snail

Insulin Case Study
science

Scientists in Australia have described as possibly life changing the invention of human insulin that mimics cone snail venom insulin, working almost instantly to lower blood sugar levels

Dusty models COVID-safe return to AFL season

Mark Knight on Dusty return to AFL
sport

There’s a small light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel with the AFL’s announcement of a restart to the footy season. Mark Knight imagines how Tigers star Dustin Martin could help

Caring for the billions of microbes in your mouth

Museum sugar drink ban
health

Donations of spit from about 1500 people are helping scientists understand how the billions of microbes in our mouths work to keep us healthy and what you can do to keep them healthy too

What makes eyes different colours?

explainers

Do you have brown eyes? If that’s a yes, you’re in the majority. In fact, it’s thought that 10,000 years ago, every human had brown eyes. Kids News researched the science of eye colour

Coughing over the health of Australia’s piggy bank

Mark Knight's cartoon on Josh Frydenberg
civics

When Mark Knight tuned in to watch Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talk about the economy in federal parliament, he saw him coughing uncontrollably. What was the cause?

Coronavirus restrictions to ease across Australia

School Drop Off
news

A visit with grandma and grandpa, a return to school or a kick of the footy with friends? What do the easing of coronavirus lockdown rules mean for you?

Human urine could help make concrete on Moon

space

Scientists have found that urea, the main chemical ingredient in urine, would make a good lunar concrete for building a Moon base, reducing the need to launch supplies from Earth

PM’s cabinet chat becomes a stop-work meeting

Mark Knight's National Cabinet cartoon
civics

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores the PM’s National Cabinet meeting where one leader is pulling out all the stops to protect his citizens from coronavirus

Sea turtles thrive as humans stay off our beaches

A tiny olive ridley sea turtle crawling on sand
animals

Sea turtles are nesting in record numbers across the world as humans stay inside to stop the spread of COVID-19. The turtles are thriving with crowd-free beaches and less pollution

Kids get creative at school to keep COVID-19 away

Students in China go back to school wearing 1m wide hats. (Photos courtesy of Zhejiang Daily). Twitter: @SixthTone
health

Children in China are finally returning to classrooms after months of online learning, using creative thinking to find fun ways to keep their distance to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

Toy Story star surprises bullied Aussie boy

Tom Hanks arrives at the world premiere of Toy Story 3 on Sunday June 13, 2010 at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
humanities

A Gold Coast boy named Corona has received a heartfelt letter and special gift from Hollywood actor Tom Hanks after revealing he had been bullied at school

Making music in times of trouble

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arts

A Queensland music shop expected tough times during COVID-19 restrictions but it’s been “busier than Christmas” as people turn to playing musical instruments for pleasure and comfort

Drones delivering COVID-19 test kits

technology

Aussies could soon be self-testing for COVID-19 with the help of a fleet of drones. A Melbourne-based drone company is already using tiny aircraft in Africa to deliver and return test kits

Home learning enough to make parents scream

Mark Knight cartoon on parents coping with home schooling.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores how parents are coping — or not — with the need to support their children’s education from home

Rice ATM helps feed jobless during pandemic

humanities

A businessman in Vietnam has invented a rice ATM to help people who can’t afford to buy food because of the shutdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Wild beasts come out to play as humans stay in

BESTPIX - Goats Roam Welsh Town As Coronavirus Lockdown Empties Its Streets
animals

Wild animals including jaguars, goats and boars have started exploring quiet city streets across the world as humans stay inside during the coronavirus lockdown

Muggles invited free into Harry Potter world

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just for fun

JK Rowling and Harry Potter are casting a spell to banish coronavirus boredom for children around the world after launching a free website for fans of the boy wizard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ban on indoor gatherings to limit spread of Covid-19

NBL Grand Final: Game 2 - Perth v Sydney
health

For the first time in history, Australians are being told not to travel overseas and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in an effort to keep people safe from COVID-19

Miracle change after double hand transplant

Shreya Siddanagowder gestures during an interview with AFP at her home in Pune, more than two years after she had both hands transplanted
health

A woman who received two hands from a male donor has found her new hands have transformed to be slimmer and like her own skin tone, in an incredible development that has pleased doctors

WHO officially declares COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic

health

As WHO officially declares the global coronavirus crisis a pandemic, PM Scott Morrison announces a $2.4 billion package for Australia’s health system to help it respond to the crisis

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

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

Violinist plays during her own brain surgery

health

A musician has played her violin during a six-hour, lifesaving operation to remove a brain tumour, helping calm the woman’s fears the surgery would ruin her ability to play

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

Doctors keep heart alive in jar for 24 hours

Stethoscope and heart
health

Doctors have kept a heart beating for 24 hours in a jar with the new life-changing ULiSSES device, bringing hope to thousands of patients needing the lifesaving treatment

Mammoth funnel-web stuns zoo

Massive funnel-web spider at Australian Reptile Park.
animals

Look away if you hate spiders, because this story is about a huge funnel-web called Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s so big he can produce enough venom to save many human lives

Keeping drinking water safe after fires

environment

Water experts are preparing to keep Australia’s drinking water clean after bushfires, including installing huge fabric curtains across Sydney’s main dam

WHO names coronavirus COVID-19

Airport
health

The World Health Organisation now officially has a name for the coronavirus that has infected more than 40,000 people around the world 

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

Lunch box sweet treats too salty

health

Kids and parents planning back-to-school lunches are warned to avoid unhealthy salty treats that contain almost the entire day’s salt allowance recommended for a child

Growing ‘mini brains’ and zapping them to life

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman.
science

In a world first, Australian scientists are zapping balls of brain cells they are growing in a laboratory to make them come to life in a real-life, good-news version of Frankenstein

Energy drinks robbing teens of sleep

Energy Drinks Case Study
health

Energy drinks loaded with caffeine are depriving Aussie teens of sleep, a major new survey shows. Experts want advertising of the drinks banned on public transport

Junk food tells lies to your brain

Chubby boy is looking at junk food plate
health

Sugary and fatty foods have the power to change how your brain works and stop you knowing when you’re full, but scientists believe you can retrain your brain to beat junk food addiction

Operating on Obama’s 3D-printed brain

Brain surgery
science

In a world-first, Australian doctors have operated on a 3D-printed brain to rehearse for a real brain operation. Up next, 40 brain surgeons operating on 3D printed brains all at once

Astronauts’ blood flows backwards in space

space

NASA doctors have made the surprising discovery that astronauts’ blood sometimes flows in reverse, with major implications for space tourism and trips to Mars

Australia on high fire alert

weather

A Code Red fire danger day has been declared in Victoria for the first time in 10 years as the entire country swelters through heatwave conditions and fires continue to burn

Bushfires: Sydney’s hazardous air quality

Smokey Sydney
health

As people in Sydney are being warned to stay inside due to “hazardous” air quality from bushfire smoke blanketing the city, we look at why it’s bad for your health to breathe in smoke

Blood donors lifeblood of Australia

Joel Mason pics Nambucca heads
health

Lifesaving blood transfusions helped Joel Mason survive a shark attack. Now he’s telling his story to help us all understand how donating blood saves lives

Macca’s burger still ‘fresh’ after 10 years

The burger and fries 10 years after they were made. Picture:
health

There’s a story that McDonald’s burgers last forever, so one fan kept a burger and fries from 2009 to see if it was true. Today, they still look fine to eat, with no sign of mould or decay

Life-changing day for man with 14 toes

The man's foot before surgery
humanities

A fortune teller said this man’s extra toes were a gift from heaven, but after a lifetime of coping with this rare condition called polydactyly, he has had them surgically removed

Too many dirty hands to be healthy

Keep clean and safe from germs
health

New research has exposed the “gross” hygiene habits of some Australians, with some admitting they don’t always wash their hands after going to the toilet or before touching food

Sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep in a carpark

Beddown volunteers make up beds in the recent Brisbane carpark trial. Picture: supplied
humanities

One man’s big plan to help Australia’s homeless people have a good night’s sleep is a step closer to becoming a reality after a trial turned an empty carpark into pop-up accommodation

Quest to end child poverty wins Nobel Prize

humanities

The Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to three people working on solving child poverty. One of the winners is the youngest ever and only the second woman ever

Banish mould lurking in lunch boxes

Mould
health

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

Scientist becomes world’s first full cyborg

Dr Scott-Morgan’s avatar. Picture: Youtube, Embody DigitalSource:Supplied
technology

A world-renowned roboticist with motor neurone disease is transforming himself into a robot to extend his life, with plenty more upgrades and updates planned for the future

Paralysed man walks with exoskeleton

technology

A man paralysed from the shoulders down has walked using a four-limb robotic exoskeleton controlled by signals sent from sensors implanted in his brain

The mystery of the human belly button

explainers

There are more than 7.7 billion human belly buttons on Earth, yet few of us know much at all about this funny-looking squiggle on the middle of our middle. Kids News explains belly buttons

Head outdoors for ‘playlight savings’ fun

Happy child on a jungle gym
health

Even families in states without daylight savings need to adopt “playlight savings” to make the most of summer’s longer days and improve their health by being outside

Teens guzzling too much soft drink

Teenagers and Sugar
health

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

Kids feeling eco-anxiety about plastic waste

environment

Australian doctors have declared climate change a health emergency and children admit feeling anxious about the environment, some blaming adults for plastic waste

Yippee! The future is bright for optimists

Happy Senior Couple Riding a Motor Scooter
health

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

Aussie cricket stars’ big tips for kids

World cup cricket exclusive
health

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

Concussion: what is it and how does it happen?

England v Australia - 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Four
explainers

As cricketer Steve Smith recovers from a hit to the neck, we look at what concussion is, how it happens and how to stay safe in light of new research about kids, concussion and sport

Happy or sad? Students send teachers emojis

EMOJI
technology

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

Australian scientists lead world stuttering study

Boys are more likely to stutter than girls.
science

A massive international effort involving scanning the genes of 10,000 stutterers worldwide hopes to uncover the cause of stuttering rather than just treat its symptoms

Building designer mozzies to do good not harm

Feeding mosquito
science

Australian scientists are creating genetically modified mosquitoes that could wipe out deadly viruses in Queensland and popular overseas holiday spots

Feeling sick? Pepper the robot is here to help

The International Consumer Electronics Show
technology

Get ready for robots offering health advice and even criticising your bad health habits. In fact, humanoid robots have already been on the job in Australian hospitals and clinics

Brush more and eat less sugar for healthier teeth

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health

It’s Dental Health Week in Australia, but recent research shows too many children’s teeth are decayed and we need to take better care of our dental health all year. Here’s how

Outdoor smoking ban a first for a major CBD

health

North Sydney Council has decided to ban smoking outdoors in its CBD, a move it said is about “nonsmokers claiming back the streets”. The ban has overwhelming public support

Michael celebrates birthday with the gift of life

Liver transplant boy turns one
explainers

As Australians are asked to talk about organ donation during Donate Life week, we meet tiny Michael Theobald who celebrated his first birthday with the gift of life after a liver transplant

Tiger iceblocks and other heat hacks for a hot Earth

weather

Earth had its hottest June on record and it’s predicted July will be even hotter, with zookeepers resorting to feeding tigers dinner frozen into giant ice blocks, while NSW is put on bushfire alert

Chatty family dinners at risk of dying out

Conflict in a family
technology

Few Australian families sit down together for dinner every night and many use their phones, watch TV or sit in silence or argue while they eat, according to new research

Study links soft drink to increased cancer risk

health

New research shows that drinking just a third of a can of soft drink a day greatly increases your risk of cancer, leading a health expert to call for sugary drinks to be treated like cigarettes

What is ear wax and how big can it grow?

Young having his ears checked
explainers

A revolting ear wax chunk so big it made international news got us wondering what ear wax is, what it’s for and whether we should clean it out, eat it or leave the inside of our ears alone

Victoria bans student phones at schools

Mobile phone ban at all public schools
safe kids

Students at all Victorian government schools will be banned from using or carrying phones from first to last bell from next year in an attempt to reduce distraction and cyber bullying

Amputee footballer having a ‘red-hot crack’

Aldinga junior footballer plays with stumps after having feet amputated
humanities

Feet might seem essential to play footy, but a double amputation before his first birthday couldn’t keep 11-year-old Jett out of the team or off the field

Australian man’s world-first skin transplant

World First Burns Treatment
health

South Australian burns survivor Glenn Ogg owes his renewed life to a world-first skin transplant technique developed in Adelaide that involves “farming” new skin from his own skin

Weird ways tech could be changing our skeletons

Teenager boy outdoors using mobile phone
health

Modern life could be causing big changes to our bodies. Not all the possible changes are desirable and some of them are alarming, from spiky skull growths to narrower elbows