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Last week to enter Kids News Cartoon Contest

Kids News Cartoon Contest artwork by Mark Knight.
arts

Time is running out to enter the Kids News Cartoon Contest, so get drawing and upload your entry here

Spelling Bee champs blitz PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor
spelling bee

Third time proved a charm for winners of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, who finally met the man himself after several Covid cancellations – and Kids News was there

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
history

Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Wild horses to be reined in

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.
animals

Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Who is this cricket star?

Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne as a young cricket player. Picture: Cricket Australia
sport

Do you recognise this young cricketer? He’s all grown up now and a key member of the Australian cricket team. Find out who he is and how he turned his love of the game as a little kid into an impressive career

Risk plus adventure equals fun at the park

Research from Deakin Uni about the things kids, young people and oldies want from Victorian and Melbourne parks.
Kids - flying foxes and trees to climb
Teens - basketball courts and places to hang out
Oldies - places to walk and birdwatching places.
Yumi and Coco playing up a tree. Picture: Tim Carrafa
just for fun

Flying foxes, trees for climbing, swings and obstacle courses are on the park wishlist for Aussie kids, new research reveals

Cheetah Kulinda is just wild for zoo life

Cheetah lure at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
animals

Life is never boring for cheetah Kulinda thanks to special enrichment programs designed to keep animals healthy and happy at our zoos

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.
environment

Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
animals

Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Should have called in an expert

Mark Knight cartoon for tuesday 23rd of November 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper
arts

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons a teenage fangirl would have been the perfect option to pull off Channel 7’s botched interview with singing megastar Adele

Enter the Kids News Cartoon Contest

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight at his home studio following a the viral and negative reaction to his cartoon which depicted Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka during the U.S. Open. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
arts

Sharpen your pencils, we want budding cartoonists to create a cartoon about a news event that matters to them. Get tips from some of Australia’s best cartoonists and find the Kids News Cartoon Contest entry form here

Cold, wet summer Down Under

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng
weather

Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold

Girls more active in PE without boys

MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 11, 2021: Rowers at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, L to R Alexandra Williams, Georgie Gough, Amelia Kogler. Picture: Mark Stewart
sport

Girls get a bigger workout in single-sex school sports than they do playing on mixed teams with boys

Fibs all over your face

Pinocchio holding sheet of paper. ISTOCK
science

A new device for catching liars in the act has picked up facial signals that might prove to be more accurate than polygraphs

Assassin spiders dodge death

Kangaroo Island fire. The view back towards Kingscote along the Playford Hwy. Picture: Brad Fleet
animals

Kangaroo Island assassin spiders have been found alive almost two years after bushfires were feared to have wiped them out

Mystery of maritime disaster solved

12/01/2009 NEWS: Artist's impression of 150 mm shell damage to the port side of HMAS Sydney. On 19 November 1941, the Royal Australian Navy Modified Leander Class light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY II, en route to Fremantle, intercepted the German raider the HSK KORMORAN about 100 nautical miles west of Steep Point off the coast of Western Australia. In the ensuing battle, HMAS SYDNEY was sunk with the loss of her entire crew of 645 men. The HSK KORMORAN was subsequently scuttled with the loss of 81 lives. Following the discovery of the wrecks of HMAS SYDNEY and HSK KORMORAN by The Finding Sydney Foundation in March 2008, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal A.G. Houston AC, AFC, established a Commission of Inquiry, charged with the followi
history

Australia’s worst maritime tragedy created an 80-year mystery – but after 15 years of DNA testing, the Unknown Sailor has been identified at last

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16th NOVEMBER 2021 - EMBARGOED - MUST TALK TO JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE USE.
Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson
animals

A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

How to stay healthy and happy during Covid

Life Education's Healthy Harold has some advice on staying healthy and happy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
ask healthy harold

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant big changes for people around the world – kids included. It’s been tough at times but Healthy Harold has some great advice for getting through the pandemic

Russia admits space missile strike

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)
space

Russia’s missile strike on one of its ageing satellites provokes outcry as debris causes concern for International Space Station

What is World Children’s Day all about?

KIDS NEWS World Children's Day UNICEF
explainers

Celebrated November 20 each year, World Children’s Day is the ideal time to think about other children, their lives and challenges. Find out about World Children’s Day and its history

Schools shut as smog smothers Indian capital

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 5, 2021, commuters make their way along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi. - Even as its capital was blanketed by toxic smog, India led the charge to weaken anti-coal pledges at the COP26 summit, with experts saying it is prioritising its economic growth over the planet's future. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-Environment-climate-coal,FOCUS by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA
environment

Authorities in the Indian capital of New Delhi have ordered the closure of schools and coal-burning power plants after air pollution reached more than 30 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended maximum

Snap! Fingertips set speed record

KIDS NEWS: clicking fingers/snapping fingers. Picture: iStock
science

A simple click of the fingers has been shown to be the fastest human body movement by snap-happy physicists inspired by Avengers villain Thanos 

It’s out with the old, in with the new

Mark Knight cartoon on electric cars. For Kids News
environment

He had his doubts a few years back, but PM Scott Morrison is now charging into the electric vehicle era in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Aussie codes unite against racism

RAMPANT racism at elite and junior sports events has been uncovered in ÒstartlingÓ new research. Western Bulldogs VFL footballer Reuben William is leading the push against racism in sport. Reuben is joined by Jay Knol, 7, Jackson Ramantanis, 8, Hugo Wallert, 7 and Imani, 10. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
sport

Australia’s biggest sporting codes have called time on racist conduct with new guidelines to hold offenders to account

Tiny puggle recovers at Taronga

Taronga Zoo keeper Liz McConnell is hand raising Weja the 75-day-old echidna puggle that was found orphaned in the far western NSW town of Weja. Liz and her team will raise the puggle to be released back into the wild when it gets to around 10 months old. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

A perfect little puggle abandoned on a NSW property is loving life with its ‘surrogate mum’ at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Power up with healthy foods

Healthy Harold and a family enjoy a picnic of healthy food.
ask healthy harold

The right foods not only help to keep you healthy and strong, they also power your body through the day. Read Healthy Harold’s advice on the foods you need for energy

Aussie rocket blasts off

The Black Sky Aerospace rocket launched from a site on the NSW-Queensland border on Monday which reached 30,000ft before parachuting successfully back to Earth. Picture: Supplied via NCA NewsWire
space

Australia’s emerging space program has had an exciting win with the successful launch of Black Sky Aerospace’s first rocket

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation
animals

After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

Call for more inclusive sports terms

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are playing a soccer game outside on a sunny day at the park.
humanities

Whether terms like ‘sportsmanship’ and ‘man on’ are discriminatory has sparked gender debate in physical education

Original Apple-1 computer sells for $545,000

This handout photo provided by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. on November 9, 2021 shows the Chaffey College Apple-1 computer. - An original Apple computer, hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, sold for $400,000 at auction in the United States on Tuesday. The functioning Apple-1, the great-great-grandfather of today's sleek chrome-and-glass Macbooks, had been expected to fetch up to $600,000 when it went under the hammer in California. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  Keith Berson / John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
technology

An original Apple-1 computer hand-built by the company founders has sold for over half a million Aussie dollars – but that's not even close to the record for these 45 year old tech relics

Aussie’s make cricket T20 World Cup history

Australia's Glenn Maxwell (L) and Mitchell Marsh celebrate their win in the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 14, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)
sport

Few rated the Aussies a chance, but batsmen Mitch Marsh and David Warner had other ideas, leading Australia to its first T20 World Cup title

Teen friendships move online

Teen girl lying on bed making a video call with laptop
technology

Half of Australian teens spend at least as much time online with their friends as seeing them face-to-face, a new study has found

Record ride on top of hot-air balloon

This selfie picture taken on November 10, 2021, shows French balloonist Remi Ouvrard attempting to set a world record by standing on the top of a hot air balloon for the Telethon at an altitude of over 3637 meters, in Chatellerault, western France. (Photo by REMI OUVRARD / AFP)
just for fun

A French daredevil has set a world record for standing on top of a hot-air balloon higher above the ground than ever before – and has this breathtaking selfie to prove it

Tiny frog species found in NSW

A new frog species has been discovered in Wollumbin National Park in northern New South Wales,The new species has been named Assa wollumbin sp.nov.
animals

A new species of ‘hip pocket’ frog discovered in NSW has been granted immediate habitat protection – its rare features including males that carry tadpoles in pouches

Big Bird ruffles feathers after Covid shot

Sesame Street brings its Kindness stage show to Adelaide this
weekend, Nov 25 and 26.
health

Not even Sesame Street’s fictional feathered friends are safe on social media, as Big Bird’s Covid jab sets off US Senator Ted Cruz

VIPs leave their mark on climate summit

Mark Knight cartoon on the end of climate summit
environment

The irony of world leaders and other VIPs arriving at a climate change conference in carbon-emitting jets is highlighted in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

What is Remembrance Day all about?

Remembrance Day at the Shrine of Remembrance. Riley Gilbert 7yrs in a field of poppies. Picture : Ian Currie
explainers

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is a special time to remember those who have fought and died for our country. Find out more about Remembrance Day and what it signifies

Tennis legend Dylan Alcott to retire

MELBOURNE. Tennis Announcement. 09/11/2021.  Australian wheelchair tennis player announces that the 2022 Australian Open will be his last and he will retire from the sport     .  Photo by Michael Klein.
sport

The world's most successful quad tennis player is set to retire, with Golden Slam champion Dylan Alcott confirming next year’s Australian Open will be his last

Monster appetite of whales boosts ocean health

In this undated handout picture realeased on November 3, 2021 by Standford University humpback whale feeds on sand lance in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. - The Earth's largest whales may eat up to three times more than previously thought with crucial benefits for the ecosystems they inhabit, a study said on November 3, 2021. The largest creatures ever to live on Earth, baleen whales including blue whales, humpback whales and other species use filter feeding to consume krill and small fish. (Photo by Elliott Hazen / Standford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  STANDFORD UNIVERSITY / Elliott Hazen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
animals

Baleen whales are gigantic climate change crusaders, thanks to their huge hunger for krill – now they just need their own natural environment restored

Males close life expectancy gap on females

One year old twin brothers wearing diapers and eating their birthday cake. Shot in the studio with large, white balloons in the background.
humanities

Babies born today in Australia can expect to live longer than ever before, with males steadily making up ground on females

Slave room found at Pompeii

A photo handout on November 6, 2021 by the Pompeii Archaeological Parkp shows "The room of Slaves", an exceptionally well-preserved room for the slaves who worked in Villa Civita Giuliana in Pompeii, a villa where a ceremonial chariot and a stable with a harnessed horses were earlier unearthed. - Pompeii archaeologists said on November 6, 2021 they have unearthed the remains of a "slave room" in an exceptionally rare find at a Roman villa destroyed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. The little room with three beds, a chamber pot and a wooden chest was discovered during a dig at the villa of Civita Giuliana, a suburban villa just a few hundred metres from the rest of the ancient city. (Photo by Handout / POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEII ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
history

Pompeii archaeologists have found a ‘slave room’ that they believe housed chariot handlers in the ancient city, before Mt Vesuvius erupted nearly 2000 years ago

Covid jab for younger kids delayed

A multi-ethnic group of four children, 5 to 7 years old, playing together on a playground during school recess. They are sitting side by side on two slides, looking at the camera. They are all wearing masks, back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
health

A decision on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine for younger kids is coming soon – but the delay likely means most primary aged children won’t have access to the jab until next year

Space nappies solve leaky toilet problem

The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the (ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
space

Astronauts will head home to Earth in special ‘undergarments’ after the toilet on their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule sprung a leak and was ruled out of order

Farewell to penguin protector Tula

COUNTRY LIVING: Maremma at Warrnambool
The Maremma dogs who guard the penguins at Warrnambool. Handler Phil Root is in charge of the dogs, while Peter Abbott is the manager of tourism services, running tours to the island and overseeing the Oddball Club (which is the name of the movie Oddball, which details the story of the Maremmas and penguins, due for release this year).
Pictured: Tula the Maremma DOGS CALENDAR 2016.
PICTURE: ZOE PHILLIPS
animals

One of the first maremma sheepdogs specially trained to watch over the penguins of Middle Island – just like in the movie Oddball – has died at the age of 13

Lion cubs make their zoo debut

EMBARGOED UNTIL THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER, DO NOT PUBLISH UNTIL THEN
DAILY TELEGRAPH - 3 NOVEMBER, 2021.

Taronga Zoo's 5 lion cubs head out onto display for the first time to the public since being born in August with mum Maya keeping a close eye on her pride. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

These cute cubs are sure to grab the lion’s share of the attention when they say hello to the world for the first time at Taronga Zoo

‘Ridiculous’ bikini rule scrapped in women’s handball

The Norway’s women’s beach handball team.
sport

A controversial, outdated rule for women’s uniforms in beach handball has finally been changed following a wave of bikini backlash

Cartoon celebrates a Verry Elleegant winner

Mark Knight cartoon for Wednesday
sport

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons Verry Elleegant won the race and the fashion stakes at this year’s Melbourne Cup

Get our free Climate Change Education Kit

Kids News climate change education kit - website artwork
climate change

As the Glasgow summit gets the world talking ‘net zero 2050’, students can learn all about climate change – from the causes and impacts to what we’re doing to about it – in our new education kit

Raven attacks delivery drone in Aussie capital

A PIONEERING drone delivery programme in Australia’s capital has been suspended after coming under attack by ravens., Picture: Benjamin Anthony Roberts via Storyful
technology

A battle of nature against the machine saw one riled up raven attempt to rumble a delivery drone in the skies above Canberra

Aurora Australis puts on a stunning southern show

Aurora Australis photos taken on the 31/10/21 from Mt Bishop - Tidal River.
picture taken by Luke Rasmussen 0431 625918
environment

Keen photographers made the most of Aurora Australis in the night skies over Victoria – a rare, beautiful sight invisible to the naked eye

Get in the mood to move

Healthy Harold on a scooter for Mood to Move story for Kids News
ask healthy harold

Moving is not only great for our bodies, but also our minds. Read Healthy Harold’s tips for getting in the mood to move

Bully laws beefed up for better online safety

Generic photo of a young boy using a digital tablet   - iPad
safe kids

Australia’s cyber bullying laws are to be expanded to offer better protection and more help for kids

World’s word of the year revealed

12-year-olds are getting vaccinated today at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Archer Miller 12, all OK getting his Pfizer vaccination.                       Picture: David Caird
humanities

Covid-19 has dominated our conversations for the past year but one pandemic-related word has come out of nowhere to be declared the 2021 word of the year

Jupiter’s gigantic storm captured in infra-red

KIDS NEWS: JUPITER: Jupiter’s banded appearance is created by the cloud-forming “weather layer.” This composite image shows views of Jupiter in (left to right) infrared and visible light taken by the Gemini North telescope and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, respectively.
Credits: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/NASA/ESA, M.H. Wong and I. de Pater (UC Berkeley) et al.
space

Spectacular infra-red images of Jupiter’s atmosphere taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have been revealed as fresh data shows the Great Red Spot storm extends hundreds of kilometres below its clouds

Child soldier’s tale is our book of the month

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad. For Kids News
book club

Imagine finding yourself alone in a war at the age of six. Author Katrina Nannestad transports us to Russia in 1942 and into the life of Sasha. Start reading Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief here

Cricket star backflips on taking the knee

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 23: Players of South Africa take the knee ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between Australia and SA at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
sport

South African cricketer Quinton de Kock has changed his mind about taking the knee against racism and apologised for walking out on a T20 World Cup match

Brave teens applauded for rescue

Three heroes from Mornington Lifesaving club recieve award. 15 yr old girls Remme Mason and Jess Shrimpton and the club captain Terry Shrimpton performed a life saving rescue to save a drowning person's life.
Picture by Wayne Taylor 22nd October 2021
humanities

Teenage lifesavers Remme Mason and Jess Shrimpton weren’t on duty but that didn’t stop their training kicking in to save a struggling kayaker

Earliest evidence dinos lived in herds

The breeding ground of a herd of the Jurassic Period Patagonian plant-eating dinosaur Mussaurus patagonicus is seen in an undated artist's rendition.  Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS
animals

An extraordinary fossil site in ­the South American region of Patagonia has provided the earliest evidence of dinosaurs living in herds

‘Weird’ signal excites alien hunters

The CSIRO Parkes Observatory is seen ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, 380km west of Sydney, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish" is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20 1969. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
space

The world’s extraterrestrial search community was sent into a frenzy when Australia’s famous Parkes radio telescope picked up a surprise signal from beyond our solar system

‘Novax’ will need special passport to play

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 26th of October Herald Sun Newspaper
sport

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic might need a special vaccine passport to defend his Australian Open title

Ivory trade leads to tuskless elephants

Tuskless elephants in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Source: ElephantVoices
animals

Humans have sped up evolution in Mozambique where ivory hunters have caused an increase in the proportion of female elephants born without tusks

Tips for a Covid-safe Halloween

Kids trick or treat in Halloween costume and face mask. Children in dress up with candy bucket in coronavirus pandemic. Little boy and girl trick or treating with pumpkin lantern. Autumn holiday fun.
just for fun

Halloween fun might look a bit different this year. Take a look at our tips for safe trick-or-treating and find out where this spooky tradition came from

Billionaire’s plan to build new space station

This artist's illustration courtesy of Blue Origin obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on October 25, 2021 announced it wants to launch a space station that will house up to 10 people in the second half of the decade, as the race to commercialize the cosmos heats up. "Orbital Reef," described in a press statement as a mixed use business park in space that will support microgravity research and manufacturing, is a joint venture with Sierra Space and has the support of Boeing and Arizona State University. (Photo by Handout / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Blue Origin " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

As the International Space Station heads towards retirement age, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has announced its hopes of building a futuristic space station for business

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 23, 2017 a Ford Bronco rests in floodwaters on February 22, 2017, in the Rock Springs area of San Jose, California. - Rising global temperature, rising sea levels, intensification of extreme events... The publication of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled on August 9. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)
environment

The UN has issued a strong challenge to global leaders ahead of the COP26 summit, warning that greenhouse gas levels remain too high to meet temperature targets

Top price of $10 million paid for triceratops

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 31, 2021 shows a triceratops exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. - "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, will be auctioned on October 21, 2021 at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
animals

The preserved skeleton of a 66-million-year-old herbivore has set a new record price for triceratops sales, after a private American collector paid big bucks for ‘Big John’

Outback town’s free land offer to lure new residents

Quilpie Show. (L-R) Clay Egan, his sister Gabby Egan and the neighbour Lachlan Heinemann who helps with feeding the mini bulls each night.
money

The Queensland outback town of Quilpie is known for dino fossils and opals, but now it’s on the map as a new frontier after offering free land to Aussie workers and families

Case of mistaken dino identity

New vego dino from University of Queensland. For Kids News
animals

A dinosaur thought to be the biggest meat eater of its time has been reclassified as a timid vegetarian after a footprint found in Queensland was re-examined

Keeping the world safe from Covid

HOLD FOR SATURDAY, 6TH JUNE, 2021
On 5 March 2021, porters carrying COVID-19 vaccines to health facilities in Jumla District in Nepal’s remote far-west region. The Government of Nepal has launched the second phase of the vaccination campaign targeting those who are most vulnerable to developing severe illness from COVID-19 including the elderly and people with comorbidities. UNICEF has supported the assessment and strengthening of vaccine cold-chain systems in many health facilities around the country, including in Jumla, and much of this equipment – which includes refrigerators and vaccine cold boxes and carriers - is now being used in the storage and transport of COVID-19 vaccines. UNICEF has also procured and supplied safer auto-disabled syringes for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
health

Getting a Covid-19 jab is a lot harder in some parts of the world than it is in Australia. UNICEF health workers are going to extraordinary lengths to get lifesaving vaccines to hard-to-reach places

Turn climate fears into positive actions

Little blond Girl Holding blue Recycling Bin
environment

Positive actions are a great way to combat concerns about climate change. Send us a video of what you’re doing to help tackle the climate problem

Fifth grader wins global photo prize

Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 by Britain's Natural History Museum. For Kids News
arts

A 10-year-old boy from India has won a prestigious wildlife photography award. See his winning photo and other shots from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Play influences kids’ career choices

Five kids standing with hands together, each one with a unique profession: policeman, sailor, firefighter, nurse and builder. Studio shot, isolated on white.
humanities

An Australian researcher wants toy shops to go gender neutral to help girls and boys break free of traditional gender roles when choosing jobs as adults

Greta comes to the rescue again

Mark Knight cartoon on Scott Morrison and climate change summit. For Kids News
environment

Young people are not only coming to the rescue of our climate but also our prime minister in the latest cartoon from Mark Knight

Sword from Crusades salvaged at sea

A picture taken on October 19, 2021, shows an ancient one-meter-long sword that experts say dates back to the Crusader-era and is believed to have belonged to a Crusader, displayed at the beach in the Israeli seaport of Caesarea, some days after being discovered by a local diver. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)
history

Diver recovers a stunningly preserved ancient relic off the coast of Israel, from the dangerous days of knights, armour and swords

Patty Mills’ towering praise from Gaze

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Patty Mills #8 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center on October 08, 2021 in New York City. The Nets defeated the Bucks 119-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
sport

Boomers basketball great Andrew Gaze has predicted NBA star Patty Mills will take the top spot as Australia’s best ever player

Teen dancing queen joins The Wiggles

Embargoed for The Daily Telegraph. Tsehay Hawkins has been named as the new member of The Wiggles, to replace Emma Watkins, Yellow Wiggle who is departing the group.
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Year 10 student Tsehay Hawkins isn’t much older than the kids she will entertain after being named the new Yellow Wiggle

Lava flow makes Spanish island bigger

TOPSHOT - In this handout photograph taken and released by the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) on October 16, 2021, members of the GIETMA (Technological and Environmental Emergencies Intervention Group) of the UME monitor the evolution of a new lava flow, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary island of La Palma. - There is no prospect of the volcanic eruption in Spain's Canary Islands ending "in the short or medium term", experts said on October 13, 2021 after three-and-a-half weeks of activity. (Photo by Luismi Ortiz / UME / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LUISMI ORTIZ  / SPANISH MILITARY UNIT (UME) " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Satellite imagery shows molten rock has extended the size of La Palma’s western shore as volcanic eruptions continue

Tips for calming a busy brain

Healthy Harold practises mindfulness by getting out in nature. For Kids News
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Have you ever felt like your mind is so busy you can’t concentrate? Healthy Harold has some great advice for how to calm a busy brain

School votes to dump Batman house name

John Batman depicted negotiating what is known as Batman's Treaty with the Kulin people in 1835.
history

An elite Victorian girls’ school has voted to drop the name of Melbourne founder John Batman from one of its houses

Gaps in childhood tooth brushing

7 year old Ella Kosinski brushing her teeth at home. 
Two-thirds of Australian children brushed twice or more times a day and the mean age of starting toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste was 24 months. Picture: Jason Edwards
health

Only two-thirds of Australian children brush their teeth twice a day, with experts calling for a fresh national review of children’s oral health habits

Golden girls could finally get Olympic due

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Australian athletes robbed of Olympic medals during a notorious period of cheating may finally be given their rightful place in sporting history after a 40-year fight for justice

How rising sea levels could impact landmarks

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Climate Central have released a new study along with a set of visual materials about the long-term impacts of sea-level rise, including a collection of simulations and photo renderings of the impact of sea-level rise on iconic locations across the world.
Pictured Sydney Harbour after waters rise.
environment

Scientists have illustrated the possible impact of global warming in a series of digital images that show how rising sea levels could affect world landmarks including the Sydney Opera House 

Dino demise was good news for snakes

Sydney Zoo will re-open to the public on Friday 15th October after Greater Sydney was placed into a Covid lockdown for 15 weeks. The Carpet Python is looking forward to crowds coming again. Picture: Toby Zerna
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The asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago was bad news for dinosaurs, but not for snakes that dined out on the mammals and birds that thrived after the removal of dino predators

Chloe McCardel breaks English Channel record

TOPSHOT - Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel celebrates following her 10-hour swim across the English Channel for a world record-breaking 44th time, after landing on Wissant Beach, France on October 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
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Aussie marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel is the queen of the English Channel after making a record 44th crossing

Dogs learn words as quickly as toddlers

Funny portrait of cute puppy dog border collie holding toy ball in mouth isolated on white background. Purebred pet dog with tennis ball wants to playing with owner. Pet activity and animals concept
animals

Most dogs know words like “sit” and “walkies” but new research shows smart pooches can also learn the names of toys as quickly as a one-year-old child

Even premiers must follow the rules

Mark Knight cartoon on Dan Andrews not wearing a mask
health

Victorian kids are packing face masks into their school bags along with their books and lunch because no-one wants to find themselves in the naughty corner, cartoonist Mark Knight says

Australia’s historic first moon mission

An artist’s impression showcasing how an Australian made rover could contribute to a bigger international exploration program on the Moon. Picture: Supplied
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Australia is headed to space, signing a NASA deal to deliver a rover that will collect soil samples from the surface of the moon

Lego to build blocks without bias

Child playing with colorful toys. Little girl and funny curly baby boy with educational toy blocks. Children play at day care or preschool. Mess in kids room. Toddlers build a tower in kindergarten. Picture: iStock
humanities

Lego has pledged to remove gender bias from its product range after an international study finds stereotypes persist

Life on Mars simulated in Israeli desert

A couple of astronauts from a team from Europe and Israel walk in spacesuits during a training mission for planet Mars at a site that simulates an off-site station at the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon in Israel's southern Negev desert on October 10, 2021. - Six astronauts from Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Israel will be cut off from the world for a month, from October 4-31, only able leave their habitat in spacesuits as if they were on Mars. Their mission, the AMADEE-20 Mars simulation, will be carried out in a Martian terrestrial analog and directed by a dedicated Mission Support Center in Austria, to conduct experiments ahead of future human and robotic Mars exploration missions. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
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A team of scientists and astronauts have created conditions in the Israeli desert to simulate a month-long mission to Mars as part of training for the real thing

Animal numbers up in Africa

African elephants walking in the Savannah, Mount Kilimanjaro on the background, southern Kenya, Africa
animals

The first wildlife census in Kenya has found an encouraging rise in the African elephant population after important gains in the ongoing fight against poachers

NASA to shoot rocket at asteroid

Artist’s illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube before the DART impact. CREDITS: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben. For MARTIN GEORGE'S col for the Mercury.
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A spacecraft will deliberately collide with an asteroid in space as part of a NASA defence technique to protect Earth from impact

Meet Queensland’s 15-year-old millionaire

UNA Brands shoot October 6, 2021- Sam Richard with parents Phil and Michelle at their home on the Gold Coast. UNA purchased Sam’s Amazon-based business Bellaforte. 

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money

Queensland teenager Sam Richards is still at school, but he is also a biz whiz who has just sold the glassware company he started two years ago in a million-dollar deal

Walk to the moon for kindness

Along the Coogee Beach esplanade messages of kindness and hope from community members has popped up on the fencing. Picture: David Swift
civics

Kids, schools and communities are being challenged to spread small acts of kindness while walking 382,000km – the distance from Earth to the moon – between now and World Kindness Day

Classic vampire tale gets a reboot

Curse of the Vampire Robot by Graeme Base - book cover
book club

Find out how Graeme Base combines vampires and computers in his latest book, The Curse of the Vampire Robot, and get a sneak peek of the story and his amazing illustrations

Drones to patrol beaches and bush

Little Ripper Lifesaver drones  flying simultaneously along the coast of Australia from the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Newcastle to Little Manly Point on Sydney Habour to show their versatility. A little Ripper drone flying at Burleigh Heads in front of pilots Joe Urli, Michael Povey, Will Harvey and Nige Austin. Picture Glenn Hampson
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A fleet of up to 1000 drones linked to a central command hub will be used to keep swimmers and wildlife safe along the east coast of Australia over summer

Archaeologists find ancient toilet

A handout picture made available through the Israeli Antiquities Authority on October 5, 2021, shows a find of a 2700-year-old private toilet cubicle that was part of an ancient royal estate operating at the end of the Kings of Judean period (7th century BC), near the Beit Shatz tourist complex on the Armon Hanatziv promenade of Jerusalem. (Photo by Yoli SCHWARTZ / Israeli Antiquities Authority / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / XGTY
history

The discovery of an ancient loo in Israel has lifted the lid on what life was like for the rich 2700 years ago

Film crew to make first movie in space

This handout photo taken and released on October 5, 2021 by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos shows Russian crew members, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (L) and film director Klim Shipenko, shaking hands as their spacesuits are tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. - A Russian actress and director arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on October 5, 2021 to begin a 12-day mission to make the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY ROSCOSMOS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Russian movie star Yulia Peresild has beaten Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise into orbit, safely docking at the International Space Station to star in the first film shot in space

Fluffy clouds to help save Great Barrier Reef

Plume from sprayer jets Cloud Brightening project
environment

Cloud cover generated by a turbine is helping cool conditions and reduce coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef