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Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton. For Kids News book club

Author Matt Stanton answers reader questions

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Well done to all the kids who sent in great questions for Funny Kids author Matt. Check out his answers to 10 of the best

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Image Finalists 2020 - Photo by Tim Hearn. Caption: Hide and Seek. Animal: Azure Damselfly. Location: Devon, UK.

Meet the comedians in the animal kingdom

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We won’t ever know if these animals are trying to be funny but we do know they’re giving us lots of laughs. Meet the stars of the finalist entries in the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Cafe Mama at Windsor : Fairy bread.

Fight over what’s right with fairy bread

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Fairy bread is an Aussie party icon — a simple, old-fashioned treat that helps make a table of party food look good and feel fun, except there’s a lot of disagreement about how to make it

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Dad and daughter make a winning ballet combination

Melbourne stonemason John Sione and daughter Zi, 12, won Queensland Ballet's online dance competition, Ballet Beat Drop Challenge. For Kids News
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A rugby-loving dad has teamed with his ballet-loving daughter to take out top prize in a global dance challenge. Check out their moves

Brain holds key to Antarctic ice ship mystery

A strange 'ice ship' has been spotted on Google Earth by eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists Credit: YOUTUBE/MRMBBB333
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Conspiracy theorists claim they’ve found a huge capsized ship about 160km off the coast of Antarctica but the mystery is most likely solved by looking at how human brains work

Another crazy year of Guinness World Records

Ayanna Williams - Longest Fingernails
Guinness World Records 2017
Photo Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records
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If you thought a pandemic would hold back world-record wannabes, think again. The latest Guinness World Records Book includes as many weird and wonderful achievements as ever

Vegemite needs you to sing its jingle

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Happy Little Vegemites Lotus O'Brien (4) and Sophia Trengove (3)
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We know Vegemite tastes like Australia, but the company that makes it wants to find out what Australia sounds like, calling on the nation to give the spread’s classic theme song a new life

See the sights on a holiday to nowhere

ESCAPE: How I travel, Celeste Mitchell -  Italian ice - cream cone held in hand on the background of Piazza Navona in Rome , Italy  Picture: Istock
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Business is booming during coronavirus-related restrictions for a virtual travel company that helps you have a holiday without going anywhere

Whose big AFL grab will we sing about?

Knight cartoon for 10/8/20 on QLD looking to hold the AFL Grand Final
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The AFL Grand Final is one of the major sporting events of the year but everything about the 2020 season is different. Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could take the mark of the year

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic obtained July 28, 2020 shows the Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin design and seats. - Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin interior of its first SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity in a virtual livestreamed event on Tuesday. Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism, optimally positions astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximize an unrestricted astronaut float zone when in zero gravity. (Photo by Handout / Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES
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For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

Dog becomes essential worker during pandemic

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)
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A chocolate Labrador has been doing an important job to help people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering food in a straw basket around his neighbourhood

Old video game sells for $164,000

Super Mario
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A 35-year-old Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for more than $164,000, but the very high price still doesn’t beat the recent sale of an expensive Star Wars Boba Fett action figure

Yay! It’s time for school holiday fun

Kids News is on holidays!
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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

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
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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

Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

Grace Holiday, 11 and Chloe Moore, 12 have made ISO cuddle bears to give to people with disability and illness who are still in isolating because they are at increased risk of COVID-19.Picture: RICHARD JUPE
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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

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

Author Matt Stanton. For Kids News Hibernation
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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

St Monicas student 12-year-old Amaeh Reed, who won the Kids News Short Story competition in the age 11+ category last year. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
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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

KIDS NEWS LEGO Master Builder Kieran Jiwa with 'Joey'. Picture: supplied.
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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

Winner of last  years Kids News Short Story Competition, Rose Pullinger, 10 of Hobart. Picture: Zak Simmonds
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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

Elliot, 9, Lucinda, 11, and Lincoln Gabb, 9, posing at their home in Alexandra Hill, Brisbane 10th of June 2020.  They run Kids Rock the Kitchen, a cooking business.  (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
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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. The concept of the business idea.
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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

In this photo provided by Lucas Carberry, Jed Hockin poses in front of recycling cans and a basketball hoop in  Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Records are still being set even with many sports on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. There's a chance to be crowned world’s best in categories such as most soccer touches with a roll of toilet paper in a 30-second span (winner: Jed Hockin with 84) or by simply putting on socks in a timely manner. (Lucas Carberry via AP)
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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

The team from Illumination, the animation studio behind movies including Despicable Me, The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, show kids how to draw and animate a minion. For Kids News Hibernation ONLY
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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

SA Home and LIfe mag . My Place with Trent Cucchiarelli from Lego Masters show at his home in Burnside. Photo : Nick Clayton.
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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!

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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

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 4, 1997 former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan sticks out his tongue as he goes past Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz during game two of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. - Michael Jordan believes the Chicago Bulls 1990s NBA dynasty would have stayed together for at least one more season if team chiefs had backed coach Phil Jackson.  The retired legend made his comments in the last chapter of hit documentary "The Last Dance", saying he would have re-signed a one-year deal had management kept the team together, including Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Jackson. (Photo by VINCENT LAFORET / AFP)
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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

Justyn Wood and Susan Chenoweth with Riley Wood 11. Justin and Susan are the owners of a luxury home in Hamilton that has a skate bowl in it goes on sale tonight. Pics Adam Head
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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
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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

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Photo courtesy Visit Victoria
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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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Entries for the 2020 Kids News Short Story competition have now closed. We look forward to announcing the winning stories soon

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

Hafthor Bjornsson, who played “The Mountain” in The Game of Thrones medieval fantasy series has set a world record by deadlifting 501 kilograms
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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

EXCLUSIVE NEWS360 PREMIUM LOCKED CONTENT, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS - Chalk Art: "T H A N K Y O U to our healthcare heroes and all essential workers helping us through this pandemic! Sending so much love and light your way." Picture: @karabellaa/Instagram

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-967TrHCAT/
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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

The US navy has officially released three videos showing unidentified flying objects that sparked a resurgence in UFO research and speculation. (U.S. NAVY)
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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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Adorable Phoenix the lion cub at Mogo Wildlife Park. Picture: Supplied/ Chad Staples
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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

Isla Smith 5 of Hobart is ready for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Easter egg hunt at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
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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

Walk the Great Wall of China without moving a muscle. PHOTO: Istock
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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

ESCAPE:  Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, the Disneyland Resort is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
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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. People are putting bears in windows and creating teddy bear hunts to entertain kids. Teddy meet Teddy! Three year old Teddy looks into a house window at the Teddy sitting inside.      Picture: David Caird
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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

In this image released by Ouwehands Zoo Rhenen on Wednesday March 18, 2020, a pair of polar bear twins make their public debut at a Dutch zoo, without public because of coronavirus restrictions. The two youngsters cautiously ventured out of the maternity den at the Ouwehands Zoo on Wednesday morning, sticking close to their mother, called Freedom, as they explored their outdoor enclosure for the first time since they were born on Nov. 27.  (Tonny Hoevers, Ouwehands Zoo Rhenen via AP)
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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

Handout picture released on March 5, 2020 by American Broadcasting Companies (ABC) showing US acrobat Nik Wallenda as he crosses the 1,800 foot high wire walk over the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, on March 4, 2020. - Wallenda became the first person to complete the full crossing. (Photo by Jeff Daly / American Broadcasting Companies / AFP) / TABLOIDS OUT; NO BOOK PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. NO ARCHIVE. NO RESALE. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /ABC-JEFF DALY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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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

MENZ VIOLET CRUMBLE. New Robern Menz Innovations Manager Naureen Ahmed (who looks after their new product concept and sales). STORY: The successful comeback of Violet Crumble has seen a 24-hr run of choc coated honeycomb at the Glynde factory, creating a new shift and extra jobs.. Picture: Tricia Watkinson
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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

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Credit name: Alex Kydd/UPY 2019
Nationality: Australia
Image caption: A Fever of Cownose Rays
Country taken: Australia
Location: Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Camera make: NikonD810
Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens
ISO: 320
Aperture: f/9
Shutter: 1/250
Lighting used: Natural light
Housing: Aquatica Digital

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A rare encounter with a fever of cownose rays on the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. This was a once in a lifetime encounter with a species that is rarely documented in this region. We unexpectedly came across the rays whilst searching for whale sharks. The rays were spiralling up and down the water column from the surface to 20 meters for a brief moment until they disappeared into the deep. The images were taken whilst freediving to approximately 6 metres. The rays were circling and rubbing together in a behaviour that is still not clearly understood. It may have been possible mating or a social behaviour. The exact species of ray is still debated, it is either Rhinoptera javanica or Rhinoptera neglecta. 

Judge's comments: 
A top down camera angle on the rays has captured the behaviour perfectly.  The balance of all four sides keeps the eye of the viewer contained within the frame.  It's not too tight either, just the right amount of space to admire the spectacle. - Martin Edge
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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?

buttering toast with knife
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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

A male baboon is opening his mouth and showing his teeth istock image
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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

L-R Siblings Tristan Shaw 6, Imogen Shaw 4 and William Shaw 8 the children of Rev. Victor Shaw are ready with some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  St George's church in Battery Point is holding a pancake and soup night on Shrove Tuesday.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
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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

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 2, 2019 SpaceX chief Elon Musk speaks during a press conference after the launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. - SpaceX announced a new partnership February 18, 2020, to send four tourists deeper into orbit than any private citizen before them, in a mission that could take place by 2022 and easily cost more than $100 million. The company signed the deal with Space Adventures, which is based in Washington and served as an intermediary to send eight space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) via Russian Soyuz rockets. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)
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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?

drama concept - upset young blond woman crying with big tears expressing her disappointment and sadness, grey background studio
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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

Siba, the standard poodle, competes for Best in Show during the 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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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

Sweet Photo
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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

3/2/2020 -  Baby Alex Duncan was born at the WCH on 02/02/2020, a date that is not only a palindrome, meaning it reads the same backwards and forwards, but it is also the only time such a sequence will occur this century. Mum Kasia with baby Alex. - Kasia, her husband Chris and daughter Jessica with Alex. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe
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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

A supplied undated image obtained Wednesday, December 4, 2019 shows an image shortlisted for the the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lumix People's Choice Award. (AAP Image/Supplied by Wildlife Photographer of the Year/Natural History Museum, Clement Mwangi) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT
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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
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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

A still from the upcoming animated Disney film Frozen II.
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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

Personalised jars of Vegemite are being offered again this year. Picture: Supplied
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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

Blank Recycled Paper on an Old Wooden Desk -Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera
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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 McDonald's burger and fries 10 years after they were made. Picture: Central European News
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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

HOLD FOR THE HERALD SUN PIC DESK-----Two great nations with a fierce sporting rivalry head to head in the original extreme sport of jousting at the inaugural Australia vs England Jousting Tournament, held  at Kryal Castle near Ballarat. The competition runs over two days in November 2-3.  Phillip Leitch riding 'Valiant' [left] and Cliff Marisma riding 'Paco' [right].  
Picture: Alex Coppel.
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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

In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo released by NASA, active regions on the sun combine to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face. The image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun at all times from its orbit in space. (NASA via AP)
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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

A glass jar full of Australian coins. Potential concept for savings, holiday fund, donations, charity, generosity. Money generic, Copy space.
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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

Harriet the toy monkey at Buckingham palace . Picture: Supplied
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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
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

First robotic shop open for business

L-R Harry Brunne, 7
Millie Baker, 7
Kibunja Kiarie ,8. Australia's first robot retail store is opening on Tuesday at Federation Square. Three robots take your order, scoop the ice cream and serve you. Picture: Jason Edwards
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

Photo composite of Loch Ness Monster
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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Eddie Williams - Fastest time to pull a tank over 10 meters.
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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
space

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 on white table. Horizontal composition. Top view
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book club

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

Pictured at Channel 10 in Pyrmont in Sydney . is Dayleni Drike Sanchez. Dayleni is the winner of Australia's Best Kids Newsreader competition.
Picture: Richard Dobson
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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

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

Taylor Krieger 8 and Atticus Jenkins 4. Coles and Kidsnews.com.au are giving families a bonus limited-edition mini newspaper filled with interesting tidbits when they buy the newspaper at any Coles supermarket this weekend. The 12-page newspaper mini contains news stories and fun facts from flying cars and new planets to the highest motorbike backflip ever recorded.
Photo brief: Kids (Atticus,4, Iggy,9, and Taylor,8) each holding the mini newspaper
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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 newsreader 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
sport

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
book club

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

Mark Knight cartoon on 50th anniversary of Abbey Rd album
news

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

SUNDAY ESCAPE. PAUL EWART WISHLIST. SECRET WAYS TO SEE ICONIC ATTRACTIONS. Nomad on camel near pyramids in egyptian desert. Picture: iStock
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
animals

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

Mark Knight cartoon about Ben Simmons and Crown Casino
news

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

An eight-month-old koala joey from the Gold Coast has been crowned the country’s cutest following
a nation-wide search by Tourism Australia.
More than seventy cute and cuddly snaps of koala joeys were submitted by wildlife parks and
photographers from around the country, with Tourism Australia’s social media team shortlisting its
favourite 13 before putting it to a public vote on Facebook.
The album of shortlisted entries reached over 1 million people and received thousands of comments
and shares. After 24 hours of voting, koala joey Tallow from Paradise Country on the Gold Coast was
named the winner, securing the most likes in the period. Picture Tourism Australia
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

Students from Princes Street Primary School Zara Bury, 11, Tom Mansfield, 12 and Didi Walker, 11 in the schools garden as Stamp Collecting month is all about sustainable gardening. Picture: Zak Simmonds
environment

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
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