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Wild beasts come out to play as humans stay in

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

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Muggles invited free into Harry Potter world

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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

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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

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Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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:
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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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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

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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

All you need to know about hair

Two smiling chimpanzees sitting on a tree with arms crossed
explainers

The longest arm hair ever recorded was 21.7cm, but that’s not the norm. Though human head hair keeps growing, human body hair doesn’t. We look at how and why there’s a difference

How to become your own snot detective

explainers

Winter is here and that means a lot of noticeable snot being sneezed, blown and dripped from noses all around us. We look at what snot is and what it can tell us about our health

World Environment Day: reasons to care about air

Heavy Smog Hits East China
environment

This year’s World Environment Day theme is air pollution, which is causing ill health and shortening the lives of millions. There are simple things we can all do to help clean up our air

Feed Appeal to help hungry Australians

Croydon Hills PS Makes Sandwitches
humanities

More than four million ordinary Australians couldn’t afford to feed themselves or their families at some point last year so Kids News is stepping up to help launch the Feed Appeal

Video game addiction officially a disease

Gamer boy
health

A small number of people are developing a big problem with gaming. The World Health Organisation has just officially declared this addiction to games a disease

Remarkable traffic jam atop Mount Everest

health

An incredible photo of climbers queuing to reach the summit of Mount Everest has drawn attention to the crowded and dangerous conditions on the world’s highest mountain

Australian teen inventor stars in YouTube Story

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YouTube has chosen an Australian teenage inventor to feature in a special documentary about her work and her potentially lifesaving creation and now the whole world is watching

How and why do onions make us cry?

explainers

There are thousands of so-called solutions for crying over onions, from wearing goggles to sucking a spoon. Do any work? How and why do onions make us teary?

Superheroes here to save you from your fears

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.
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Spider-Man and Ant-man to the rescue! Scientists have discovered that watching superhero movies could help cure people of their phobias of spiders and ants

Harry cooks up good idea with his classmates

ADOPT a FARMER
humanities

Harry Chase and his classmates have cooked up a good idea to help his school raise much needed funding in the middle of a tough drought

Scurvy making a comeback due to poor diets

Scurvy
health

A serious but easily preventable disease we associate with sailors on long voyages hundreds of years ago is making people sick in modern-day Australia

Big Ben runner has bad time at end of marathon

Lukas Bates
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After running 42km in a massive costume, one athlete couldn’t fit under the finish line to the London marathon. Watch the funny video of the end of the race

3D printer making recycled plastic fantastic

This is one of the prosthetic hands that will be 3D printed using waste plastic.
technology

An Australian hairdresser is turning plastic shampoo bottles into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, helping repurpose waste and giving a hand to those who need one

What is chocolate and is it good for you?

Delicious chocolate Easter bunny, eggs and sweets on rustic backgroundDelicious chocolate Easter bunny and eggs on rustic background
just for fun

Almost everyone is mad about chocolate and not just at Easter. Ahead of the annual chocolate feast, we set out to answer some of the most asked questions about this special treat

Mind-control brain implant trials to begin

Generic image of human brain at work. Picture: Thinkstock
health

An Australian hospital has approved a world-first human trial of a brain implant to help people with advanced diseases of the nervous system communicate via mind control

Beware of wild mushrooms

NEWS: Toadstools
health

Autumn weather means more mushrooms and other fungi growing in the wild, but as it’s almost impossible to tell which ones are deadly, avoid them all to stay safe

Daylight saving on way out

Daylight Saving
mathematics

As Australians in four states grope around in the darkness of the last daylight saving mornings of the season, Europe has voted to cancel this clock-changing practice

Compulsive phone use affects wellbeing

Parents Monitoring Kids
technology

Port Adelaide AFL players are putting away their phones and a new study has found we might all feel better about ourselves if we follow their lead

Australian ‘outback air’ for sale

Selling Canned Air to China
environment

Canned air from a remote, secret location in South Australia is for sale to anyone who wants to pay $24 for 10 minutes of breathing free of pollution

Aussie vaccine a step closer to erasing malaria

SUNDAY MAIL ONLY : Malaria Vaccine Project. Malaria Vaccine
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A world-first malaria vaccine made in Australia will be clinically* tested on humans in the hope it can erase the deadly disease and save millions of lives

Why do we need sleep?

happy kid girl waking up in the morning in her bedroom with dog in bed
explainers

Scientists know that we need sleep to survive but until now they didn’t know why. New research suggests it’s all to do with keeping up essential repairs

Twins Nima and Dawa flying home to Bhutan

Bhutan Twins Nima and Dawa
health

Formerly conjoined twins Nima and Dawa Pelden are flying home to Bhutan today after their successful surgery in Australia to allow them to live separate lives

Superhero night vision for humans

Humans could one day have a superpower like X-men, Spiderman or Batman
science

Like Spider-Man and Batman, humans could one day have the power to see in the dark after scientists successfully tried their idea on mice

Australia’s record heat

SCORCHER: It's going to get hot in Mackay over the weekend, with a heatwave expected for the region.
weather

It’s been a blistering start to autumn with another heatwave across three states, just as we get through what has officially been the hottest summer on record

Tiny baby boy goes home

A baby boy weighing 268 grams when born in August 2018, the hospital claims is the smallest baby to survive and be sent home healthy, is seen five days after his birth in Tokyo, Japan, in this undated handout photo released by Keio University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and obtained Reuters on February 27, 2019. Mandatory credit Keio University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics/Handout via Reuters
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The world’s smallest baby boy has gone home from hospital, six months after being born weighing only 268g, one-thirteenth the weight of an average Australian baby

Five stars for fruit and vegies

Obesity
health

Australians need fruit and vegetables to have a five-star label to encourage us to eat more of them, according to a review of the Health Star Rating system

Scientists discover cure for fear

Little boy afraid hiding behind his bed sheets and screaming
health

Australian researchers have discovered how to change parts of our DNA to help us switch off extreme fears and switch on more positive memories

Young people need to turn down the music

Young people around the world are risking deafness by listening to loud noise through headphones.
health

More than 1 billion young people around the world are risking deafness by listening to loud noise through headphones, prompting the UN to issue international safe-volume standards

Why is our blood red?

hand in protective glove holding a blood sample
explainers

Ever wondered why blood is always red? Kids News explains why this important liquid pumping through humans is always red but why, through white skin, it sometimes looks blue

Apple’s iSheet invention for a better night’s sleep

Tranquil scene of a woman sleeping on cloud
technology

The technology company that brought us the iPhone has a new invention that watches us as we sleep, helping keep us healthy but not, Apple promises, invading our privacy

Doctors swallow Lego heads in name of science

Tambov, Russian Federation - July 24, 2016: Two Lego minifigures - one scared and one happy. Blue background. Studio shot.
health

Six Australian doctors have swallowed Lego heads to understand how long it takes to pass through the human digestive system

Mozzie bite breakthrough

A mosquito feeding on an unlucky person’s finger.Source:News Corp Australia
health

Scientists in Queensland have helped discover a gene that makes some people more likely to be bitten by a mosquito than others, bringing us a big step closer to knowing why

Nima and Dawa’s separation surgery a success

Bhutanese Twins dishcharged from hospital
health

UPDATE: Twins Nima and Dawa left hospital yesterday after their successful separation surgery at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital earlier this month

Teens given stern tan danger warning

Tanning danger - LAuriston Girls School
health

Skin cancer doctors are alarmed that many teenagers incorrectly believe that getting a tan is healthy. As summer approaches, it’s time to remember why we should all slip, slop, slap

Human brain and memory enhancement possible soon

Human Internal Organic - Brain.
technology

Researchers are already working on changing, improving and rewriting humans’ memories, which means they also have to find ways to keep our brains safe from hackers

Letters cheer up twins ahead of surgery

Conjoined Twins
health

Doctors will perform separation surgery on conjoined twins Nima and Dawa on Friday. Their spirits were lifted when they received hundreds of letters of support from Kids News readers

Push to scrap compulsory helmets

Children learning to drive a bicycle on a driveway outside.
health

Many cyclists now believe bike helmet laws should be relaxed to allow riding without a helmet on footpaths and bike trails. Do you agree? Or should we keep wearing helmets everywhere we ride?