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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

Dreamworld Tigers

Keeping tigers happy without visitors

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

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

Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Footy legend learns of his grandfather’s great escape

The Australians trapped behind enemy lines
history

AFL legend Tom Harley grew up hearing bits of the story of his grandfather’s WWII escape. Now, for the first time, he’s learning the full details of an extraordinary adventure that is barely known

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

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

Generation Equality for International Women’s Day

March to Mourn All Women Murdered
humanities

Half a billion women around the world can’t read and write — that’s just one of the important topics people are talking about this week to mark International Women’s Day

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

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

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

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

Boy’s traditional hairstyle banned by school

Hair
humanities

A Queensland boy could be being discriminated against on the basis of race because he has been told to cut his long hair for school, even though he wears it tied in a bun

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

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

Impeachment: Trump not guilty on both charges

civics

US President Donald Trump has been acquitted of the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, paving the way for his campaign for re-election

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

Tribute for Holocaust 75th anniversary

Auschwitz Memorial Commemorates 75th Anniversary Since Liberation
humanities

The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of Holocaust survivors in a moving tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of World War II concentration camp Auschwitz

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

What we searched for on Google 2010-2020

history

This year’s bushfires prompted a bigger spike in Australian Google search queries than any other news event this decade, with floods and Cyclone Yasi also making the top-topics list

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

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

Sesame Street farewells its kindest, grouchiest star

Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
arts

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppeteer — the “most unknown famous person” – has died after 50 years creating joy on Sesame Street

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

First Aussie reaches heart of Antarctica

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humanities

An adventurer from Queensland has become the first Australian to reach Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility, just one leg of an epic journey to help men and women experiencing breast cancer

World map of most common last names

The world map of names
geography

A fascinating new map has plotted out the most common surnames in every country in the world. Can you guess the most common last name in Australia?

Student uses art in fight for peace on Earth

Elijah Lewis with his Peace on Earth mural. Picture: World Vision
humanities

After reading about the experiences of child soldiers in Africa, student Elijah Lewis created a unique art piece to highlight that war is wrong and all children should be able to grow up in peace

Farewell good boy, Sergeant Ridgleigh Blue III

Dog
animals

The Australian Army has said goodbye to their much-loved retiring blue heeler mascot, who makes way for two-month-old pup Private Ridgley Blue IV

Treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies

Mummified cats found in Egypt.
history

Mummified crocodiles, a mongoose, birds, cats and lion cubs are among an incredible discovery uncovered by archaeologists at Egypt’s “City of the Dead”

15 amazing sculptures around the world

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
arts

Earth is so big and so filled with things to see it’s hard to know where to start looking. To help you out, we’ve compiled this collection of incredible sculptures to look at and learn about

Aussie boys dancing onto global stage

arts

Two Australian teenagers have danced their way into the finals of the world’s largest ballet competition, the famous Youth America Grand Prix in New York

Posties using whistles to keep dogs away

Posties under attack from dogs
humanities

As posties get busy delivering millions of presents for Christmas, Australia Post is considering giving out hi-tech whistles to help keep staff safe from overly enthusiastic and unsafe dogs

Hindenburg Zeppelin, end of the airship era

In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last survivor of the disaster, died Nov. 8, 2019 at age 90 in Laconia, N.H. Doehner was 8-years old when he boarded the zeppelin in Germany with his parents and older siblings to return from a vacation. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)
history

The last remaining survivor of the famous 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster has died, aged 90. We look back at the invention of Zeppelins and the era of luxury international airship travel

Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn

Narwhal has not yet been put up for adoption
animals

UPDATE An abandoned puppy with a tail on his head is being called a “magical unicorn”. He will continue to live with the rescue group and he’s not having the tail removed any time soon as being different is okay

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

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

arts

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

humanities

As several states prepare for increasing fire danger in coming days, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night 

Koala Anwen’s lucky-unlucky day

Koala Hospital
animals

With bandaged paws, singed ears and scorched fur, Anwen is one very lucky koala, receiving good care and on the mend after her home was burned in bushfires

Epic flight Australia almost forgot

Supplied Editorial The Vickers Vimy crew, from left, Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, with their plane at the start, in England, in 1919, for the race from England to Australia. Source: State Library of SA PRG18-9-1-3a
history

One hundreds years ago, two Adelaide brothers made history with their world-first flight from England to Australia in a cloth-covered, open cockpit, two-engine biplane

Veterans go ‘back to Hell’ through VR films

An incident on the Sandakan Death March. From a painting at Borneo's Kundasang War Memorial, courtesy of Lynette Silver.
history

As we mark Remembrance Day today, stunning new virtual reality films are allowing all Australians to learn about some of the forgotten and darkest chapters of our World War II history

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.
humanities

The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

World’s scientists unite on climate

Protest against Exxon Mobil
environment

More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration warning of a climate emergency and offered six clear measures they believe could avoid “untold human suffering”

Matildas and Socceroos to get equal pay

The Matildas have been rewarded for their success. Picture: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
sport

In what’s believed to be a world-first deal, Australia’s two national soccer teams will be paid equally and all income from both teams will be split 50/50

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

Mountaineer smashes world record by seven years

humanities

A Nepalese mountaineer has climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks in just 189 days, his incredible feat smashing the previous record by more than seven years

Love animals? Here’s what a zookeeper does in a day

Danielle Ridgway checking a parrot at the zoo.
explainers

Danielle Ridgway has only been a zookeeper for just over a year but she has already coached a lazy, cheating cheetah to sprint and worked towards saving critically endangered native species

End of an era as Uluru climb closes

civics

Parks Australia plans to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26, despite pressure to reconsider the climbing ban

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

Meet a champion racehorse and his best friend

Redzel Strapper Lauren Smyth
animals

It’s a lot of work to ready a horse for Australia’s richest race, The Everest. We explore the special bond between two-time winner Redzel and his strapper ahead of his attempt to win again

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

Meet Australia’s real Willy Wonka

Macpherson Robertson being welcomed home by staff at his Fitzroy factory for MacRobertson's chocolate in 1935. Picture: State Library of Victoria.
history

Australia had its own Willy Wonka long before Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the real one every bit as eccentric and a genius as the fictional version

Australian soldiers leave their mark in graffiti

Inside the Naours Caves in France where Australians left graffiti on the walls during the First World War. Supplied: DVA
history

Graffiti scrawled by Australian soldiers on underground cave walls in France more than 100 years ago has been preserved as a time capsule of life in the First World War

Gender-neutral friends for Barbie and Ken

humanities

Barbie and Ken have new friends, but, unlike feminine Barbie and masculine Ken, these dolls are gender neutral and are “designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in”

Ancient stories brought to life in 3D

The tongue of the Rainbow Serpent flashes like lightning in the story of the
humanities

There were once at least 250 indigenous Australian languages — now, there are just a few. A project combining cutting-edge technology with ancient stories aims to stop the decline

Wise words from a circus star

Jillibalu Riley learned breakdancing and other contemporary dance at high school. Picture: supplied
arts

Jillibalu Riley does incredible acrobatics as a performer with Circus Oz, tricks he started practising as a little daredevil kid mucking around with his cousins

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100

geography

It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN

civics

A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Tayla Harris ‘The Kick’ statue unveiled

sport

It was the kick that triggered a turning point in sport and had an impact far beyond the AFLW. And now, the iconic Tayla Harris moment has been immortalised with a life-size statue

Welcome to the valley of the scarecrow dolls

Life-size dolls looking on from a bus stop in the tiny village of Nagoro in western Japan. Photo: AFP
humanities

The streets of Nagoro appear busy, dotted with people going about day-to-day life at school, at shops and in gardens. But they’re not people, they’re life-size dolls

Are parents ignoring kids’ rights?

Upset
safe kids

As the UN reviews the rights of children in the digital age, it has found parents who share online their children’s pictures or personal information may be violating their human rights

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

Amazon fires: Who will help save the rainforest?

environment

Some world leaders have agreed to help fight fires in the Amazon and try to repair the damage once the fires are out. We look at why the so-called ‘lungs of the world’ is so important

Solving the mystery of convicts’ secret language

Convict slang book
history

If you don’t know what a fibbing gloak, a milling cove or a brisket beater are and you’re planning to time travel to 1819 you’d better study Australia’s best-selling, first dictionary

Cook’s Endeavour a vehicle for reflection

Endeavour Arrival
history

Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia will be commemorated in a major project exploring the lasting impact it had on First Peoples, with hopes it could promote reconciliation

Iceland’s funeral for its melted glacier

Monument unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change
environment

With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier

Kids witness racist attacks at sports events

Racism report
safe kids

A World Vision survey shows nine in 10 children know someone close to them who has been the target of a racist attack at a professional sporting event

Homeless Australians out in the cold need our help

Kids sleep out
humanities

On any night across the country, one in every 200 people is homeless despite the hard work of many community organisations. We look at what homelessness means and what you can do to help

Fight to free Aboriginal flag from restrictions

civics

Australian Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is leading the fight against a clothing company that bought the copyright to the Aboriginal flag from the artist who designed it

Why Barnaby Joyce crying poor was a bit rich

Mark Knight's cartoon on Barnaby Joyce crying poor on $200K a year
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at why Barnaby Joyce crying poor over having to support two families was a bit rich and a cartoonist’s dream

Three pink seesaws unite children across divide

humanities

Children and their parents on either side of a high fence at the US-Mexico border are playing and having fun together on three bright pink seesaws

Climate activist Greta Thunberg sailing to America

Greta Thunberg
environment

The Swedish teenager who has inspired tens of thousands of students to protest for faster action against climate change is taking her message to America by boat

Historic Dog on the Tuckerbox statue damaged

CIRCA 1971 : The Dog on the Tuckerbox statue at Gundagai in a circa 1971 photo. pic News Ltd.
NSW / Travel
Australia's First Century [Used for 1932 story]
Historical
history

UPDATED A little bronze statue of a loyal dog has been damaged, upsetting locals who regard it as an icon of Australia’s pioneering heritage. We look at the history of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

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

Man who found Titanic is out to find Earhart

AMELIA  MARY EARHART - American pioneer woman aviator (1897-1937)
history

The deep-sea explorer who discovered the Titanic and many other shipwrecks is on a quest to solve the 80-year-old mystery of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart’s disappearance

Photos of the world at work in 2019

Workers sort chillies in Bangladesh
humanities

We look at some of the best contributions to an international photography competition about how we work now and wonder which of these jobs will still be done by humans in 2100

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

Goodes film on racism sparks strong emotions

The Final Quarter
humanities

Former AFL footballer Adam Goodes’ documentary, in which he addressed bullying and racism he faced while playing, has led to expressions of strong emotion and support for the Swans star

Message in a bottle found after 50 years

A message inside of a bottle floating in the water
history

In 1969 a boy dropped a message in a bottle into the ocean from a ship off the Australian coast and now another boy has found the bottle and the message’s author has been located

Moon landing remembered on rare 50c coin

Fifty years since Moon landing celebrated with Royal Australian Mint’s first dome-shaped coloured nickel plated coin.
money

The Royal Australian Mint has released a special coin series to celebrate 50 years since Neil Armstrong took “one giant leap for mankind” onto the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969

Queues of climbers spoil Uluru and parklands

Supplied Editorial Uluru
environment

A rush of tourists trying to climb Uluru before it is banned is causing traffic jams on the historic rock and polluting its surrounding parklands with rubbish and human waste

Dying was not Armstrong’s biggest fear

Portrait of astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, 16/07/1969.
space

Never-before-heard audio tapes reveal Neil Armstrong’s biggest fear ahead of the Apollo 11 trip wasn’t dying on the moon. It was failure to complete the mission and damaging the US’s reputation

Lost wallet study finds people care about others

Close-up Of Woman Losing His Wallet
humanities

Researchers “lost” 17,000 wallets across 355 cities in 40 countries in a social experiment that showed people are more likely to return it if it contains money

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

Girl, 10, youngest ever to climb El Capitan

sport

Over five days, including nights sleeping in a tent slung from the rock face, a 10-year-old girl has become the youngest person to climb the world’s most famous rock wall

Bullying a growing problem in our schools

Bullying at school
safe kids

An international teacher survey has found bullying, intimidation and cyber-harassment are common in Australian schools, with the problem worse than five years ago

The islanders who want to officially scrap time

The island of Sommaroy has days where the sun doesn't set
geography

Residents of an island near the Arctic Circle are working on a plan to officially ignore time for two months each summer when the sun doesn’t set for 69 days and it doesn’t get dark at all

Humans can’t resist those sad, puppy dog eyes

Teckel puppy dog portrait
animals

New research shows dogs have special muscles above their eyes that have developed over thousands of years of humans domesticating dogs. Wolves can’t make the same sad-eye face

Families in feud about footies over fence

Footballs kicked over the neighbours' fence are causing problems.
civics

A man and woman “annoyed” at finding their neighbours’ kids’ footballs in their backyard have begun legal action, claiming the children have ruined their “enjoyment” of their Perth home