A new 50c coin has been released in Australia and it features a historic design element never seen before to highlight the uniqueness of our country and our cultural heritage
Dai Gum Loong, 125m long and with 7000 scales, has flown to Australia to take over from an old dragon called Sun Loong that is ready to retire
The much-loved, world-famous symbol of Paris has turned 130, after surviving fierce early criticism and an original plan to take it down after just 20 years
Scientists have discovered a fossilised snapshot of the day a huge asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, clearing the way for humans to thrive
A massive, fierce dinosaur nicknamed Scotty has been dug from sandstone. Its leg bones are so big it is thought to have weighed 8800kg when it roamed the Earth
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
Experiments on the cells of a woolly mammoth found preserved in frozen ground has brought scientists a step closer to bringing the prehistoric creatures back to life
Scientists have discovered humans may have been living in Australia for 120,000 years. If proven right, the discovery could rewrite the indigenous history of our nation
A Japanese woman has been honoured as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records. She took time out from studying maths to celebrate by eating chocolate
Australia has won the Ashes 33 times in 137 years, yet the famous Ashes urn stays locked in a cabinet at Lord’s in London. Later this year, it will visit Australia for fans to see
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, celebrates and reflects on the achievements and challenges for the future, 30 years on from the internet’s beginnings
Millions of years before wallabies, a wallaby-sized dinosaur was running around a long-vanished valley between the continents we call Australia and Antarctica
Researchers from several Australian universities have determined the dingo is not a dog but a unique native species of its own
Hedi Fried was 19 when she was captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp during WWII. She survived and now, at 94, still uses her story to teach students about the Holocaust
Researchers have uncovered the world’s oldest known tattoo kit, some of which is made from human bone and believed to be 2700 years old
A mysterious potion discovered in an ancient Han Dynasty tomb in China was brewed to allow whoever drank it to live forever. Unfortunately, it is full of toxic ingredients
Sydney’s new international airport is being named after Nancy-Bird Walton, Australia’s first female pilot, known as the “Angel of the Outback”
Scientists who rearranged the bones of a famous Neanderthal skeleton discovered that much of what we believed about this species was based on a century-old mistake
The face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed without any deals on nuclear weapons, trade bans or a peace deal being signed.
February 29 is missing from 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
The PM has announced a massive expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme to start within a week, promising cheaper and more reliable electricity
Explorers have lost their hi-tech autonomous submarine under the ice in the Weddell Sea, forcing them to call off their search for Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance
Detailed sauropod, ornithopod and theropod tracks 95 million years old have been discovered in a Queensland creekbed and will soon be safe from floods and on show to the public
Scientists have discovered what could be the earliest signs of movement on Earth by a living thing, beating the previous oldest find by 1.5 billion years
It’s one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, but the Sydney Opera House could have looked very, very different if any of the other ideas submitted were built instead
Historians have stumbled across 13th-century parchment pieces about King Arthur, which could lead them to the location of the legendary Holy Grail
Australian researchers are helping solve the mystery of an ancient tribe that once walked the Earth alongside Neanderthals and early humans
The missing remains of the first person to circumnavigate Australia — who also popularised the name Australia — have been found
A 4400-year-old tomb from the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt has been discovered in Egypt after 4400 years, filled with colourful statues, carved pictures and hieroglyphic writing
Stories about Ned Kelly and his gang often portray the famous bushrangers as heroes. A new memorial unveiled 140 years later honours the police they murdered at Stringybark Creek
An island off the coast of Australia that was first mapped by Captain Cook has disappeared. No one knows where it went, though it still exists on Google Maps. It has everyone puzzled
Archaeologists have unearthed eight mummies in painted coffins in a former king’s pyramid in Egypt
Scientists know for sure that unicorns did exist. Advanced testing of a complete unicorn skull has provided a new understanding of why they became extinct, and it wasn’t humans’ fault
Two decades of restoration works have reduced the tilt on the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, making it safe for tourists and securing its long-term future
Archaeologists have found rare Viking artefacts lost for 1000 years on a farm in Iceland. We look at who the Vikings were and why they carved tiny hammers from stone
There are ghost towns all over Australia, but one once-busy settlement is coming back to life more than 50 years after its residents fled in a hurry one hot December afternoon
Archaeologists have accidentally discovered steep ramps and the remains of a pulley system that finally explain how ancient Egyptians built their massive pyramids
Sunday marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed declaring World War I would end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. We look at what happened on that historic day
With the 2018 Melbourne Cup upon us, we look back at the history of Phar Lap — one of the greatest winners of the Cup and a horse that captured the imagination of the nation
Do you think Vegemite is disgusting? The Australian favourite is one of the displays at an international museum specially for disgusting foods.
Australia’s most recognisable bridge is 95 years old, yet it looks as good as new. Meet part of the team that works to repair and repaint “the coathanger”. Have you ever been there?
As the world prepares to mark 100 years since the end of World War I next month, Australians are invited to collect special coins that celebrate the true spirit of the Anzacs
An ambitious project to make another Titanic is underway, with a 2022 maiden voyage announced. Would you take a ticket to travel on this replica ship?
Explorers have discovered the world’s oldest intact shipwreck, a 2400-year-old ship of a design only ever seen on Ancient Greek pottery from the time of Homer’s epic poem Odyssey
It’s one of the most recognised buildings in the world and it just turned 45. We look at its history and how much effort goes into keeping it looking young
The massive machines that will tunnel under Melbourne have been named after two important Australian women who helped shape our country
After its population was almost wiped out in the 1800s, no one had the answer to the question of how and why Easter Island’s giant statues were made and moved, until now. Can you guess?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested adding a new national day to our calendar to celebrate indigenous Australians
Modern construction of train tunnels, stations and new public squares is helping dig up the historical past beneath our cities
Cross your eyes just a little and squint and focus on the middle of the picture and you’ll see these incredible old war scenes in 3D. Can you make this optical illusion work?
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s famous moon landing, a former NASA investigator is hunting for several missing lunar rocks donated to US states
The government tried to fill Australia with immigrants from the UK after World War II. Old photos of this time are a fascinating snapshot of one chapter of our history
A treasure trove of 5600 historic Australian coins — including silver florins and others from the 1800s — has been uncovered on a construction site
The traditional owners of Australia’s largest rock art gallery have fought for years to have this sacred site protected. Finally, it will be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage listing
Pyramids aren’t just in Egypt. These massive structures are all over the world. Archaeologists have just dug up another one in China, at the centre of a huge lost city
It’s 73 years since World War II ended and 28 Australian soldiers are now being recognised for their bravery
The centuries-old mystery of the sinking of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour could be solved, exactly 250 years since it set sail to claim Australia for England.
It’s International Lighthouse Weekend, a great time to learn about the important role lighthouses have played through history and today to keep sailors and ships safe
Scientists have uncovered incredibly intact pterosaur remains. It had spiky fangs and a wingspan of 1.5m. Scary! Don’t worry, it died out around 65 million years ago
Teacher finds rare fossilised teeth from 25 million-year-old prehistoric mega-shark at the beach
Imagine if you could explore the bottom of the ocean without water in the way. Groundbreaking filmmaking allows us to do just that. What would you look at if you could drain the ocean?
Indian judges have threatened to close the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as it turns green, yellow and black because of environmental damage and neglect
A special gathering of French, Australians and Americans remembers the bravery of thousands of people 100 years ago this week
Every farmer once had one. But now these horse-drawn water carts are collectors’ items that tell us many stories about Australia’s history
Writing scrawled on stone that could be more than 1400 years old has been found at a castle linked to the legend of King Arthur
Champion cyclist Mark Beaumont broke the round-the-world cycling record last year by 44 days. But even he wasn’t fast enough to break the world penny farthing record
The man who found the Titanic 33 years ago was sworn to secrecy over the real reason for his mission. A new exhibition tells the true story
The skeleton of a 35-year-old killed by a boulder thrown down from Mount Vesuvius is the latest incredible find at the World Heritage archaeological site of Pompeii
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre today offered the Hobart City Council the use of the city’s traditional Aboriginal name to mark National Reconciliation Week
A ship that sank more than 300 years ago carrying $22 billion of treasure has been found. But its exact location is top secret
How did the big bluestone blocks of Stonehenge move 225km from Wales? A Welsh scientist believes he has the answer.
There were only rumours that Banjo Paterson’s handwritten “Waltzing Matilda”still existed. But it’s safe and sound and Queensland’s Premier is trying to bring it home
Next time you look at a $20 note you’ll see John Flynn. He set up the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which helps save a life every two minutes.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to end the war and give up nuclear weapons at a historic meeting. Now the world is waiting to see if he can keep his promises for peace.
The great-great-grandson of a famous Australian soldier, who played a vital role in the Villers-Bretonneux victory in WWI, is travelling to France to honour him in a much friendlier battle
Japan's Nabi Tajima, the world’s oldest person, has died at the grand age of 117. But she’s not the only Japanese person living longer than most — take a look at the reasons why
Home phone use could be extinct in Australia in 20 years as residents switch to mobiles and internet devices
How a book saved the life of Australian soldier Albert Lightfoot in the 1918 battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the Western Front during World War I.
Autistic teen’s Lego Titanic replica finds a permanent home in top US museum honouring the doomed ocean liner
The opening of the Sir John Monash Centre on the Western Front on the eve of Anzac Day will recognise the enormous sacrifices of our Australian soldiers during World War I.
It’s the end of an era as CUB’s famous Clydesdale horses hang up their reins. The much-loved retiring ambassadors gave Australians 65 years of joy
The Great Air Race of 1919 from London to Darwin will be recreated — but this time the innovative pilots will have to use electric planes and finish in less than 30 days.
World’s oldest message in a bottle found on a West Australian beach almost 132 years after being thrown overboard in the Indian ocean
For the first time in history, the public has been given the chance to explore a sunken Japanese mini-submarine which attacked Sydney during the Second World War.
Is it a boat? Is it a car? Is it both? Onlookers were shocked to see this bright yellow vintage car driving down a boat ramp and out onto the water
Fifty years ago this weekend, Australia’s most powerful man, Prime Minster Harold Holt, went missing during a lunchtime swim. He was never seen again
Who sent the very first text message to a mobile phone? And what did it say?
A 500-year-old masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci sells for $592 million, breaking the world record. VIDEO
A gold nugget worth $63,000 has been found by a prospector in North Queensland
Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I. VIDEO
Bushranger Ned Kelly will be portrayed in yet another feature film about his life next year. We look at the legend of Ned Kelly and why the outlaw is still the subject of fascination.
A rare map of Australia — believed to have been lost forever — has been restored after years in an attic
The Melbourne Cup is the biggest event on the racing calendar. We look at the history of the famous race and who is likely to win it this year. VIDEO
Technology has changed almost everything about the way we live. VIDEO
An almost complete 150-million-year-old fossil of a giant Ichthyosaur ‘lizard fish’ has been unearthed in India
Ghost, ghouls, witches and wizards haunt Aussie streets for Halloween festivities. VIDEO
Hundreds of Australians are in Israel to mark the 100-year anniversary of one of the Anzacs’ greatest victories at the Battle of Beersheba
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the remains of an ancient temple belonging to King Ramses II
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