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Yay! It’s time for school holiday fun

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Kids News is taking a little break to enjoy the school holidays. In the meantime, try these Dr Seuss-themed activities. Enjoy! Have a great break and stay safe

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There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

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Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

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Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

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Grace and Chloe knew how much comfort a cuddly toy could be during the stressful times of social isolation, so they decided to spread the joy and make ISO bears for people to adopt

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Kids’ author Matt Stanton’s tips for writing a great story

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Are you struggling to come up with an idea for the Kids News Short Story competition? Don’t worry, these tips from Matt Stanton will get your imagination flowing. But hurry, time is running out to enter.

Could this be the Loch Ness monster?

Steve Challice's photo at Loch Ness sparked speculation of the famous Loch Ness monster. Picture: Steve ChalliceSource:Facebook
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A tourist’s accidental photo of a strange aquatic creature about 2.5m long has sparked new excitement about Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, the mysterious creature people love wondering about

Writing yourself into someone else’s shoes

Amaeh Reed
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Keeping up with world news gave author Amaeh Reed an idea for her winning 2019 Kids News short story competition entry. Amaeh explains how she got from the idea to the finished story

Dream job of Lego master builder

humanities

Lego master builder Kieran Jiwa — whose job it is to play and create with Lego for most of every day — has known he wanted this career since he was six years old

Characters’ stinky start to a winning story

Short Story comp preview
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Rose Pullinger’s Emily to the Rescue was a winning entry in the Kids News 2019 Short Story Competition. She’s keen to enter the 2020 competition and shares some tips about story writing

These kids rock their kitchen

Kids Cooking
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Three young Brisbane siblings are turning a passion for baking into a sellout success, barely keeping up with demand for their scrumptious creations.

Collingwood fans react to big AFL news

Mark Knight's collingwood fan cartoon
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In this weekly series for Kids News, Mark Knight explains the news and the creative process behind one of his latest cartoons. Mark imagines Pies fans would have been outraged!

How your brain plays tricks on you

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman.
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Optical illusions show us that a picture or an object in front of our eyes is only part of what we “see”. Our brain makes up the rest. Test yourself on these cool illusions to find out for yourself

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
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Kids are returning to school as COVID-19 restrictions ease. After working from home with his kids, Mark Knight wonders who in each household is most looking forward to getting back to normal

Australian man’s new toilet paper world record

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A young Queensland soccer star has claimed his fourth Guinness World Record, despite most sport being cancelled during coronavirus-related restrictions

How to draw and animate your own minion

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They’re cute and very cheeky. And now you can create your own, with this step-by-step guide to drawing and animating a minion – just like in the movies

Lego Masters star’s huge toy collection

for Nick Clayton. Home mag My Place with Trent Cucchiarelli from Lego Masters show
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Lego Masters is over for 2020, but one of the competitors still gets to play with lots of toys. We take a look at Trent Cucchiarelli’s incredible collection of action figures, vehicles and play sets

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

arts

Beloved Australian children’s author Andrew Daddo says storytelling platform Littlescribe invites kids to imagine breaking all the rules

Record price for Michael Jordan’s rookie shoes

sport

Basketball star Michael Jordan’s 35-year-old second-hand shoes that aren’t even a matching pair just sold for $873,000 at auction, but that doesn’t quite make them the most expensive shoes ever

Gnarly home has its own skate bowl

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Imagine the fun you’d have living in this cool house. Pool parties with friends are just the start. How about your own indoor skate bowl?

Ball of cuteness and other winning nature photos

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus A confiding adult, high in the Cairngorms mountains, forms the shape of a ball as it grooms Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
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A photo of a mountain hare in a snowstorm that took the photographer several freezing weeks to capture has won this year’s BigPicture international nature photography competition

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
technology

A three-minute song written by artificial intelligence that turned koala grunts, kookaburra laughs and Tassie devil barks into a kind of instrument has won an international music competition

All the action of the great Aussie penguin race

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A famous UK sports commentator in lockdown at home has narrated Phillip ­Island’s penguin parade 17,000km away to make up for the lack of live sports events

Spooky goings-on at night in the museum

A worker displays the 'Unlucky Mummy', from 945 BC, displayed by the British Museum during a press conference at Taiwan's National Palace Museum in Taipei 24 January 2007. According to the British museum, the 'Unlucky Mummy' is not a mummy at all, but rather a gessoed and painted wooden 'mummy-board' or inner coffin lid, found at Thebes. It is referred to as the 'Unlucky Mummy' as it has acquired a reputation for bringing misfortune. Some 271 pieces of antiques from the British Museum will be exhibited at Taiwan's National Palace Museum betwen 04 Febuary to 27 May 2007. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH
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British Museum guards have reported spooky goings-on including ghostly footsteps, strange lights and mysterious crying among the exhibits, like a real-life version of Night at the Museum

Put your thinking caps on to write a winning story

2020 Kids News Short Story competition logo
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Start thinking and then roll up your sleeves to start working on your winning entry for the 2020 Kids News Short Story competition. First prize winners will have their story turned into a published book

Record history in your COVID-19 time capsule

Oscar has put a lot of effort in gathering informaiton, photos and items for his coronavirus time capsule.
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Kids News has produced a ‘time capsule’ activity book so children can document their time in isolation and how it’s made them feel so they can always remember this unique period in their life

Tassie mayor orders residents to take silly walks

John Cleese in Monty Python skit, 'Ministry of Silly Walks'
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Silly walking is encouraged along the Tasmanian town of Latrobe’s main street after the mayor declared it a jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks during the COVID-19 disruption

World’s strongest man lifts new record

sport

A man known as Thor and The Mountain has broken the world deadlift record after successfully lifting an incredible 501kg, making the polar-bear-sized lift look easy

Aussies spreading joy with sidewalk chalk talk

arts

People everywhere are covering footpaths with beautiful chalk art to spread joy during COVID-19, providing meaning to their lives, connecting communities and keeping children entertained

US military releases UFO videos to prove they’re real

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Three videos of UFOs have been officially released by the US navy, sparking new interest in the hobby of researching sightings of flying objects that can’t be explained by science

Kids get creative at school to keep COVID-19 away

Students in China go back to school wearing 1m wide hats. (Photos courtesy of Zhejiang Daily). Twitter: @SixthTone
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Children in China are finally returning to classrooms after months of online learning, using creative thinking to find fun ways to keep their distance to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

Virtual safaris into the wild, from home

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Zoos and wildlife parks across the country have risen to the COVID-19 challenge with livestreams from inside animal enclosures and broadcasting feedings, tours, talks and shows

Easter eggs, bunnies and traditions around the world

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For many, Easter means chocolate eggs, bunnies, hot cross buns and church services. Kids News researched why we celebrate Easter, when it will be and how common traditions began

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

Take a virtual tour around the world

Great Wall of China
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Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort in California
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Disney is giving fans take a sneak peek behind its famous walls and letting children discover how rollercoasters and rides are made and how its special “lands” are created

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

April 1 is April Fools' Day.
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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

Why drawing is a monster cure for boredom

Author and illustrator Matt Stanton's drawing for Monster Monday.
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Best-selling children’s author and illustrator Matt Stanton has declared the first day of every working week Monster Monday. Here he explains why drawing monsters is a cure for boredom

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

Twin polar bear cubs venture out in empty zoo

animals

Three-and-a-half-month-old twin polar bear cubs have made their public debut at a zoo in the Netherlands, but without the public because of coronavirus restrictions

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

Aussie Violet Crumble hits purple patch

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The factory that makes Violet Crumble is working 24 hours a day to keep up with incredible demand for the historic, purple-wrapped chocolate honeycomb bar

Underwater Photographer of the Year

arts

Five Australian photographers have blitzed the international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with their incredible pictures of life under the sea

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

Three baboons on the loose in Sydney

Baboon
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A large male and two smaller female baboons broke free from a truck at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, sparking a baboon hunt through the inner western suburbs

Incredible new planking world record

George Hood attempting his world record
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A 62-year-old man has set an astonishing Guinness World Record, planking for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, suggesting that “Anybody can do what I do”

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

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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

Space tourists to go into super-high orbit in 2021

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Up to four tourists could launch into a super-high space orbit in an autonomous SpaceX capsule by the end of next year, with ticket prices expected to be in the millions of dollars

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

Siba the standard poodle named best in show

animals

Though the crowd cheered for a golden retriever, a fluffy, puffed-up poodle has been named top dog for 2020 at the world-famous Westminster Dog Show

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

NASA animation shows Earth without oceans

The NASA animation simulates would the Earth would look like if the oceans dried up. Picture: NASA
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Travel back in time thousands of years through this NASA animation to look at Earth without oceans, when vast lands allowed ancient people to roam the world

Celebrating once-in-a-lifetime palindrome day

Baby Alex born 02/02/202
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When the calendar clicked over to 02/02/2020 on Sunday, few people realised it was a universal palindrome, a momentous date that hasn’t happened since 11/11/1111

World’s best wildlife photos of 2019

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One of these incredible photos will be the winning entry in the 2019 Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. Which would you vote for?

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?

15 amazing sculptures around the world

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
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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

Frozen II will melt most kids’ hearts again

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If you are worried that Frozen II won’t live up to the hype of the original movie five years ago, you’ll be pleased to learn it is a confident and funny movie that will melt most children’s hearts

Same old Vegemite goes global

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Vegemite’s recipe and flavour has not changed, according to the makers of the famous Aussie spread, keen to reassure worried local customers ahead of its historic global launch

Meet the hologram you can see, hear, feel

Demonstrations showed a butterfly flapping its wings, a rotating planet Earth and a countdown spelled out by floating numbers
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Researchers have invented a way to create characters that could talk to and interact with us, using speakers that whiz a tiny bead around faster than our brains can track

Play-Doh’s sticky situation solved

Rapidoh playdough guessing game - play-doh toy sculpture face 10 Jul 2001. /Toys Play-Doh
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By the 1950s, no one wanted to buy a special sort of dough to clean wallpaper. But some creative thinking saved the failing dough company and we all got to play with Play-Doh

Revealed: Invisible ink invention

science

Scientists have discovered a new kind of invisible ink that we all use every day that’s virtually free. Unfortunately, to get it to work, you also need a super-hi-tech piece of coated paper

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

Australia’s knight in shining armour

Australia-England jousting tournament
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Phil Leitch lives in a castle, wears a suit of armour and is the current World Jousting Champion. He’s also a real, professional, full-time knight known as Sir Reynard. True story!

Sun goes all spooky for Halloween

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NASA gets into the Halloween spirit by releasing a spooky image of the Sun looking like a jack-o’-lantern PLUS Check out the kooky canines and creepy cats

Little mistakes could make you big money

Jar Full of Coins
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Check your change and empty your money box! You may be the owner of coins that contain minting mistakes or imperfections that makes them worth thousands of dollars

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.
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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

Protesting extinction is as old as the dinosaurs

Mark Knight cartoon on Extinction Rebellion
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought

Hunt for $1 coins with pies, footy and boomerangs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Australia Post is launching a ground breaking campaign for new collectable coinsrepresenting 26 classic Aussie icons from A-Z which will be released progressively each week from Monday 30 September to Monday October 21. These photographs will accompany the release of different coins throughout the campaign and will support various PR activities on September 04, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
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The biggest release of $1 coins will feature 26 Australian animals, food and cultural items including meat pies, didgeridoos, Weet-Bix and thongs. Can you find them all in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt?

Grab some popcorn, it’s school holiday movie time

Artwork for Kids News school holiday guide
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It’s school holiday time which means Kids News is taking a short break. But you should grab some popcorn and see one of the great movies on the big screen. Here’s our guide to the best

Harriet the monkey visits the Queen

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A toy monkey from an Australian kindergarten has had an unexpected big adventure at Buckingham Palace, getting lost, then found, then going to work with palace staff

School visit inspires reporters of the future

Sara Rogozinski from Derinya Primary School
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When Kids News recently visited Derinya Primary School in Victoria to talk about the media, fake news and how to become a reporter, it had an inspirational effect on the students

Wise words from a circus star

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

First robotic shop open for business

Australia's First Robot Store
technology

Robots served ice cream to excited kids on day one at Australia’s first robotic shop, in a move said to be about enhancing the customer experience rather than taking humans’ jobs

Breakthrough in Loch Ness mystery

science

Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur

Australia’s amazing new world records

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A pizza with 154 varieties of cheese and a man pulling a massive army tank 10m are two of the incredible Australian achievements just announced by Guinness World Records

Pack your bags for a space holiday

The Gateway Foundatio's space hotel
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Designs have been revealed for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, a low-orbit, wheel-shaped hotel for 100 space tourists a week that could be open for guests by 2025

Chocolate can inspire a great short story

Broken chocolate bar left position isolated top view
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Award-winning children’s author Jackie French gives her top tips on how to write a winning tale for the Kids News short story writing competition — and it involves eating chocolate

Dayleni is Australia’s best kids’ newsreader

Australia's Best Kids Newsreader
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In breaking news ..... eight-year-old Dayleni Drike Sanchez has been named Australia’s best kids’ newsreader and is making her live TV debut. Watch her in action

Innocent victims of the Amazon fires

Mark Knight's cartoon on the Amazon fires
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he used the faces of innocent animals to measure the destruction of the Amazon fires

Extra, extra! It’s a Kids News mini newspaper

Coles Mini Newspaper Giveaway in Weekend Papers
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Read all about it … Kids News is now a mini newspaper. Pick up your copy full of fun stories and facts this weekend at Coles to complete your Little Shop 2 collection

Australian eSports teen wins almost $5 million

Anathan Pham during Dota 2’s The International. Picture: Twitter
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A young Melbourne champ has won the world’s richest eSports prize for the second year in a row, putting his earnings way ahead of those of many of Australia’s most famous sports stars

Are you Australia’s best kids’ newsreader?

Smart little businesswoman taking notes.
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Here is the latest news ..... Kids News and Studio 10 are searching for Australia’s best kids’ newsreader. Could it be you? Put on your best TV voice and find out

Cyclist’s super fast ride sets world record

Neil Campbell during his world-record ride. Picture: SkyNews
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A man has set a new world record by riding a bike at just over 280kmh, but he still couldn’t beat female cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek, who is the fastest ever

Winners have their own tale published into a book!

Kids News Short Story writing competition, supported by HarperCollins
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It’s Book Week and what better way to get involved than with the Kids News short story writing competition. Winners will have their own story published into a real book and take home an iPad and book pack

50 years after Abbey Road, there’s a new Fab Four

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover, but his tribute has a twist with a new Fab Four

Xbox inventor gets a taste of ancient toast

Nomad near pyramids
science

In an incredible, just-for-fun science experiment, the man who invented Xbox baked a loaf of bread using microscopic yeast spores brought back to life from a 4500-year-old Egyptian pot

Meet the minibeasts crawling all over Earth

Springtails such as this one jump to avoid predators. They are the most abundant micro-creatures on Earth, so it must work. Credit: EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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Microscopic tardigrades made the news for crash-landing on the Moon. Earth is teeming with other tiny creatures just as fascinating. Here are a few you won’t be able to stop looking at

Blocking Simmons at Crown was a big gamble

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight finds the funny side of NBA star basketballer Ben Simmons being denied entry to Crown casino on a trip home to Australia

Meet Tallow, Australia’s cutest koala joey

animals

A tiny, wide-eyed koala has been named Australia’s cutest koala joey. And now she’s out of her mother’s pouch, her important work as an ambassador for her species’ conservation really begins

Let’s go into the garden for stamp collecting month

Stamp Collecting month
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Worms, bees, birds, flowers and veggies are the stars of Australia’s stamp collecting month, when sustainable gardening and stamp collecting get together to grow something great

Why Barnaby Joyce crying poor was a bit rich

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

Is your brain playing tricks on you?

All is not as it seems with this mind-boggling optical illusion
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This mind-boggling, spinning optical illusion is actually completely still and completely flat but our brains don’t see it that way. Scientists are studying whether that’s a weakness or a strength

Reimagining the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Goat Island would have been turned into a massive ANZAC memorial. Picture: Budget Direct Travel Insurance
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Incredible new images reveal what Sydney would look like today had some of the alternative harbour bridge designs been given the green light instead of the now-famous coathanger

Teen Fortnite world champ now a millionaire

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A teenager has collected more than $4.3 million in prizemoney after becoming world champion of the computer game Fortnite, beating 40 million gamers who applied to compete

Great photos of animals interrupting humans’ sports

Sri Lanka's Jehan Mubarak and India's Rohit Sharma watch as a monkey runs past them during the third day of their first test cricket match in Galle, Sri Lanka, August 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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There are 7.7 billion humans on Earth but many, many more animals of other species, so it's no wonder animals sometimes interrupt humans’ sports matches. And that can make for a great photo

Why Mack’s small gesture had a giant impact

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In our new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains the message he was giving readers when drawing Aussie swimmer Mack Horton refusing to stand on the winners’ podium

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

Flying man with jetpack wows Sydney crowds

Jetpack Flight David Mayman
technology

Personal flying devices look closer to becoming a reality after a man wearing a jetpack flew around Sydney Harbour and another man zoomed over Paris on a high-speed hoverboard

What the moon landing and Trump have in common

Mark Knight cartoon on Moon Landing and Donald Trump for kids News
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In the first of a new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains to Kids News what inspired him to draw a cartoon comparing the moon landing and US President Donald Trump

Celebrating World Emoji Day with Tears of Joy

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World Emoji Day on July 17 is a fun, annual celebration of one of the world’s newest ways of communicating. We look at what emojis are, who invented them and if they are a real language

Fun fruit and vegetables strike a pose

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Have you ever moaned that fruit and vegetables are boring? That you’d like something more fun to eat? You’ll never say fruit and vegetables are boring again after seeing these crazy characters

World’s best Rubik’s cubers ready to set records

Jack solving a Rubik's cube blindfold
mathematics

Australia’s champion speedcubers are warming up their fingers and concentrating their minds to take on the rest of the world for the World Rubik’s Cube Championships, July 11-14