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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)
sport

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
space

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)
space

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.
space

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. 

Photo by Dan Peled 0414 904 550
www.danpeled.com.au
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

Students push 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 held a vote on whether to dump Melbourne founder John Batman from the name of one of its houses

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
technology

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
space

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

Singing sisters set world record

21/09-2021 Brisbane sisters Teresa and Augnes Joy sing the national anthems of all the countries in the United Nations at St John's Cathedral. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
arts

A Queensland sister act has set a new world record for singing, after learning nearly 200 national anthems by heart

First fly-by for Mercury mission

A handout photo made available by the European Space Agency on October 2, 2021 shows a view of Mercury captured on October 1, 2021 by the joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission as the spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity assist manoeuvre. (Photo by - / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

A joint European-Japanese spacecraft has completed the first of six planned fly-bys of Mercury, using the planet’s gravity to start slowing itself down

Panthers pounce on historic NRL premiership

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03:  The Panthers celebrate with the Premiership Trophy after winning the 2021 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on October 03, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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The Penrith Panthers are celebrating victory over South Sydney in the first NRL Grand Final held in Brisbane, following an AFL decider also played away from its traditional home

Kid poets published in bushfire book

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires.
arts

The winners of the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition have had their poems included in the book Fighting Spirit: A tribute to the bushfire-affected communities of Australia’s Black Summer

The amazing kids setting world records

Guinness World Records 2022 - Zaila Avant-garde - Most bounce juggles in on minute, most bounces in 30 seconds and most basketballs dribbled at once
just for fun

From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people

Thai taxis become bonnet and rooftop gardens

Vegetable gardens are seen on the roofs of vehicles of a taxi rental garage firm, whose cars are currently out of service due to the downturn in business as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Bangkok on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
geography

Without tourist trade keeping taxi fares ticking over in the Thai capital, one Bangkok cab company has devised a novel solution to help feed its unemployed drivers

Fraser Island to be renamed ‘paradise’

Camping on Fraser Island (K'gari)

credit: Tyson Mahr

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Queensland’s spectacular Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is to be renamed K’gari, the word for “paradise” in the language of the area’s traditional owners

Stepping up to fight hunger

Prep student Emma Reade is taking part in the FareShare FootSteps Challenge, promising to walk 100km to raise money to feed people in need.
humanities

Inspirational Prep student Emma Reade is stepping up her efforts to help feed people in need by joining the FareShare FootSteps Challenge

Giant marine fossil dubbed ‘the mothership’

KIDS NEWS: giant marine fossil. Titanokorys gainesi reconstruction. Picture: supplied. Illustration by Lars Fields, Royal Ontario Museum.
animals

Canadian Palaeontologists have discovered a 506-million-year-old marine fossil – a giant in its day that stalked prey along the ocean floor

Lava slows after volcano erupts

A river of lava approaches houses as Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. - The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Spain's Canary Islands today spewing out lava, ash and a huge column of smoke after days of increased seismic activity, sparking evacuations of people living nearby, authorities said. Cumbre Vieja straddles a ridge in the south of La Palma island and has erupted twice in the 20th century, first in 1949 then again in 1971. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)
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Tourists and residents have been safely evacuated from affected areas of Spain’s Canary Islands after the region’s first volcanic eruption in 50 years

SpaceX tourists orbit without astronauts

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 16, 2021 courtesy of Inspiration4 shows the Inspiration4 crew (L-R) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Sian Proctor in orbit. - The four private space tourists aboard a SpaceX capsule are due to return to Earth on sEPTEMBER 18, 2021, touching down off the coast of Florida after three days of orbiting the planet. (Photo by Handout / Inspiration4 / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Inspiration4" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

A civilian crew has made history in space after successfully orbiting Earth for three days without a single astronaut on board

Port Adelaide star wins Brownlow Medal

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines of the Power poses for a photograph following the 2021 Brownlow Medal Count at Optus Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
sport

Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines outlasted Bulldogs champ Marcus Bontempelli to be crowned the 2021 Brownlow medallist, the first time a Port player has taken the honour

Racism pain inspires song about Eddie Betts

NO INTERNET - EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY - Adelaide Crows Eddie Betts wearing this year's Indigenous Jumper. Photo Sarah Reed
indigenous news

One of Australia’s most respected singers and songwriters has turned AFL legend Eddie Betts’ fight against racism into an emotional song

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.
animals

Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

Perth Grand Final has a blockbuster feel

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 13th of September 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
sport

The AFL’s biggest game of the year has plenty in common with a movie blockbuster, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
animals

Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.
environment

The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

MooLoo to the rescue

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

Aussie watchdog probes Facebook smart glasses

This undated image recived by AFP on Septemner 8, 2021, courtesy of Ray-Ban and Facebook, shows a model wearing smart glasses by Facebook and Ray Ban. - Facebook and iconic eyewear brand Ray-Ban launched their new smart glasses, the latest effort in a tricky, niche market but which the social media giant sees as a step toward its future. The "Ray-Ban Stories" shades can take pictures and video upon the wearer's voice commands, and the frames can connect wirelessly to Facebook's platform through an app. (Photo by Handout / Ray-Ban and Facebook / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ray-Ban and Facebook" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Australia’s privacy watchdog is investigating whether Facebook’s hidden-camera sunglasses could be used to spy on people without their knowledge or consent

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.
short story competition

There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

Alcott claims historic Golden Slam

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Alcott of Australia celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Niels Vink of the Netherlands to complete a 'Golden Slam' during their Wheelchair Quad Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
sport

Wheelchair tennis champ Dylan Alcott has achieved what no other man has – a Golden Slam – after his latest victory in the US on what was a big day for Aussie sports stars

What stories really matter to you?

Parents can help their child with reading and to develop their literacy skills. For Kids News and Hibernation
arts

Grab your favourite book for Australian Reading Hour as children’s authors invite kids to consider their own stories of family and belonging during Australia Reads this week

Understanding climate change

3D rendered model of the effects of extreme climate change on the earth. Centred on Australasia.Click below for related images from my portfolio:
climate change

PART 1: People talk about climate change a lot. It’s good to know what it is and why it’s a big issue

How climate change affects Australia

An undated handout photo taken by Greg Torda and released ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 10, 2017 shows a diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island.   Coral has been bleached for two consecutive years by warming sea temperatures on Australia's Great Barrier Reef with "zero prospect" of recovery, scientists said on April 10, 2017, blaming climate change for the large-scale destruction. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / Greg Torda / --EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREG TORDA  / ARC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIEVE
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PART 2: Just like other places in the world, Australia is counting the cost of climate change. Bushfires, droughts, floods and coral bleaching on the Barrier Reef are all part of the toll

Meet the greenhouse gas makers

Close-up view of a huge coal-fired power station
climate change

PART 3: Human activity is warming our planet. We look at where greenhouse gases come from and which countries are the biggest emitters

How the world is working as one

Child hands holding planet earth over sky background with copy space. World map used to create the globe furnished by NASA: https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/57752/blue-marble-land-surface-shallow-water-and-shaded-topography/57759
climate change

PART 4: The Paris Agreement was a turning point in bringing countries together to fight climate change. How we’re doing will be in the spotlight at a conference in Glasgow in November

Australia’s climate plans and promises

Student activists from School Strike for Climate Australia (SS4C) hold a 'Solidarity Sit-down' outside the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne, Friday, November 29, 2019. (AAP Image/Erik Anderson) NO ARCHIVING
climate change

PART 5: As a party to the Paris Agreement, Australia has agreed to join the fight against climate change. But just how are we doing?

Towards net zero 2050

Vestas V112 installation at AGL's Macarthur wind farm in Victoria, Australia: Photo courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S
climate change

PART 6: Fixing climate change might not be as simple as doing better in the future. We also need to repair the damage we’ve already done. This is what achieving net zero 2050 is all about

How to tackle the climate challenge

NORTHERN DISTRICT TIMES/AAP. 7 year old Miranda Xu prepares the trees to be planted at Carlingford Public School in Carlingford. Carlingford, Friday 26 July, 2019. Children are getting involved in National Tree Day. Pic of some youngsters planting trees. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
climate change

PART 7: Cutting greenhouse gas emissions is key to tackling climate change. While this requires some big solutions, there are many little changes we can all be making

How kids can make a difference

DAILY TELEGRAPH/AAP. Climate Emergency Student Activists Jasmine Vogel 12 and Olivia Mountain 12 from Faulconbridge Public School, protest at the climate emergency student strike in Springwood on Friday 20 September, 2019. The Macquarie Electorate Student Activists (MESCA) are leading students of the Blue
Mountain and Hawkesbury area to strike for the Climate Emergency. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
climate change

PART 8: Young people are making a big difference when it comes to tackling climate change. You can too. Here’s how

When nature plays a part

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
climate change

PART 9: Did you know that Earth has experienced at least five major ice ages? Climate change isn’t only caused by humans, it occurs naturally too. Let’s look at some of the natural causes

How to cope with climate worries

Sad cute girl holding planet model - climate change anxiety
climate change

PART 10: Climate change can be a pretty scary topic. It’s understandable that kids might feel worried. But three are tools and strategies that can help you cope with climate concerns

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

The Royal ChildrenÕs Hospital will trial a new coronavirus testing method for kids over the coming weeks.
ItÕs a much less invasive but an equally effective test. 
The new device will sit at the base of a childÕs nose and collect any virus particles. Harry, 7, with the device.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
health

Getting a Covid-19 test is no joke, but it could become a lot more fun for kids thanks to a new Australian made testing device in the shape of moustaches and cat noses

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
copyright Estelle Smalberger (Schoeman) NOT FOR SALE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Cheeky duck learns human insult

Rare and protected: The distinctive musk duck is a protected waterbird species in Victoria. Picture: supplied.
animals

Researchers got more than they bargained for when it came to studying old recordings of Ripper the Australian musk duck, who had learned to mimic a human in need of a swear jar

Stunt pilot’s daring world-first tunnel flight

The plane flew through the road tunnels.
just for fun

Flying at an average speed of 245km/h, there was no room for error when Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa became the first person to fly a plane through a road tunnel. Watch the video

Covid vaccine race is finally on

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021
health

Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Do you know your vegetables?

Woolworths announces return of  Fresh Foods for Kids Discovery Program for 2022. after research found almost 50 per cent of Aussie kids can't recognise a beetroot or leek. Pictured is Jennifer Young  and Lucy Young. Picture: Adam Dormand
humanities

Aussie kids are becoming less knowledgeable about where their food comes from and many can’t identify common vegetables, according to new research

Space race continues on Mars

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

Healthy Harold wants to know RU OK?

news smaller image of healthy harold for RU OK? Day
ask healthy harold

It’s RU OK? Day and Healthy Harold wants to check in with kids around Australia. Here’s his advice for looking after yourself and each other

New plan to save Aussie animals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

Why Aussie kids love audio books

SMART Kids News Short Story Competition: audiobooks can rescue reluctant readers. Jeremy Cole's daughter Naava, 10, loves writing stories and says listening to audiobooks makes her feel calm and gives her ideas. Picture: supplied.
short story competition

Children’s audio books are gaining in popularity in Australia, rescuing some reluctant readers and even creating a few budding young authors along the way

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

The hunt begins for sunken ships

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge
history

Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
animals

A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

New class of planet could host life

A new type of planet, called hycean planets, has been identified as possible hosts of alien life.
space

They are covered by oceans and much bigger and hotter than Earth, but astronomers believe a new class of planet, called hycean planets, could be the key to finding alien life

Good moods from fresh foods

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird
health

That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Travelling in style all the way to Perth

Mark Knight cartoon - AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan heads west for the Grand Final in the famous batmobile.
sport

If the 2021 Grand Final must go to Perth, the AFL boss and cup might as well travel in style in the famous “batmobile” from 1991, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

‘Scooter’ our hero of Tokyo Games

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: Grant Patterson of Team Australia celebrates with the silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50m Breaststroke - SB2 Final on day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
sport

Australia has fallen in love with Paralympic swimmer Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson and not just because he was one of 12 Aussies to score medals in one big day in Tokyo

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

China cuts video gaming for kids

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.
technology

China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

AFL Grand Final is heading west

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: A general view of play during the round one AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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It’s official, the AFL Grand Final will not be played at the MCG for the second year in a row, this time heading to Perth

Pocket money gender gap

Kristy Bautista, mum to Mila (9) and Evie (7), gives her daughters $2 for emptying the dishwasher and more for helping with other chores. She thinks it is good to teach kids about the value of saving their money.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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When it comes to pocket money, one gender gets more than the other – and the Aussie kids given the most cash are also revealed

Four-legged whale fossil found in Egypt

Paleontologists discover four-legged whale fossil, name it Phiomicetus anubis after Egypt's god of death
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The 43-million-year-old fossil of a fierce, four-legged whale species has been named after the ancient Egyptian god of death

Find the 2021 Short Story Comp entry form here

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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021. Get our online entry form and more information here

Whale mums tour coast with calves

Southern  right whales, photographed in Fowlers bay on the Great Australian Bight over the period 21st -23 August 2021. There are 20 mother and calf pairs in the area, the calving season is in full spring. MUST CREDIT: EP Cruises- Fowlers Bay Whale Tours,
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Mother Nature keeps delivering gifts through lockdowns and restrictions, lifting spirits coast to coast with these whale wanderers

Author’s golden rules of story planning

How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition
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Planning only adds to the fun and creativity of writing, according to Australian author Katrina Nannestad. Follow her five steps to planning a brilliant story for the Kids News Short Story Comp

Vegemite smell a key part of site’s heritage

AUSTRALIA has been surviving lock down by turning to one of its most iconic spreads - VEGEMITE. The brand has seen sales of its products during the lockdown skyrocket by more than 55 per cent across the country compared to the same time last year. Alex 6 enjoying his Vegemite by the spoonful while at home.   Picture: David Caird
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Heritage is more than just buildings and other things we can see from the past, with a local council recognising the heritage value of the smell of Vegemite being made at an old Kraft factory

China’s Mars rover keeps roaming

This illustration shows what the rover should look like on Mars Credit: CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
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After successfully completing its first 90-day program, China’s red planet rover Zhurong is fully charged and ready to keep rolling

Dees win, the sixth reason to leave home

Mark Knight cartoon on Melbourne finishing on top of the ladder during lockdown
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Melbourne footy supporters have had to wait 57 years to see their team finish on top of the ladder. Cartoonist Mark Knight jokes that surely that’s another reason to leave home during lockdown

Cyclists score first of six Aussie golds

(L-R) Australia’s latest Gold Medalists Emily Petricola and Paige Greco. Day 01of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Paralympics Australia / Day1  Tokyo Japan :  Wednesday 25th Aug 2021 © Sport the library / Greg Smith / PA
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Australia’s cyclists started a gold rush on a spectacular first day of Paralympic competition which saw Australia scoop six gold medals and soar to the top of the medal table

More Aussie kids need glasses

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured is Georgie Payne and Clementine Schofield, both 7yo, who wear glasses. For a story on the increasing number of youngsters needing glasses due to heightened screen time in lockdown. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Digital technology is here to stay, but rising numbers of Australian students are copping the impact of screens right between the eyes

Good news in NAPLAN results

Naplan results show vic kids doing best in the country. Family with three kids in primary school, two did naplan. L-R Jude 6, Jasmine 13 and Elijah 10 are very happy with Victorias results at their home in Blackburn North.  Picture Rebecca Michael.
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Australian primary school students should pat themselves on the back, as 2021 NAPLAN results suggest pandemic disruptions have not hampered performance

Paralympics kick off in blaze of colour

Opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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A spectacular opening ceremony has marked the start of the Tokyo Paralympics. Now get ready for another medal rush for Australia

Teen takes flight in world record bid

British-Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford, 19, waves before taking off for a round-the-world trip in a light aircraft, in bid to become the youngest to fly solo round-the-world in Wevelgem on August 18, 2021. - Rutherford will fly a Shark ultralight, the world’s fastest light sport aircraf during her circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)
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Teenage pilot Zara Rutherford has taken to the skies to inspire women of tomorrow to study STEM subjects today

Milk is cream of the crop for bones

Teddy 7, and Millie Hawkins, 9 drinking milk for Healthy Bones week. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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It’s Healthy Bones Action Week and Healthy Harold is encouraging kids to think about their bones. Find out more about bone health and send your questions to Healthy Harold

Bear attack survivor going for Tokyo gold

Australia's Table Tennis Team new addition Lin Ma practicing prior to the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Paralympics Australia / Day -4 Tokyo Japan :  Friday 20th Aug 2021 © Sport the library / Greg Smith / PA
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Like many Paralympians about to compete in Tokyo, Ma Lin has faced many challenges. But few have a story as unique as this table tennis player who lost an arm in a bear attack as a child

Hotdogs land in hot water

A new study suggests that eating cheeseburgers can reduce your life expectancy by a few minutes each time. Pictured is Scout Parker, 2 and his brother Courtland, 4, enjoying a cheeseburger. Picture: David Swift
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Ditching hotdogs and burgers from our diet could add up to extra time enjoying a healthy life, with a new study counting the minutes lost or gained from eating thousands of food items

Famous authors urge kids to get writing

Grade 4 student Olivia Green, 9yo, pictured in Eureka Stockade Gardens, Ballarat East is preparing to enter the Kids News Short Story Competition again this year after scoring a Highly Commended for her story, Covid Cooking, last year. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Thinking of entering our Short Story Competition like student Olivia Green? Check out these words of wisdom from one of the world’s great storytellers and some of our leading local authors

Olympian sells medal to save baby’s life

Silver medallist Poland's Maria Andrejczyk celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for  the women's javelin throw event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)
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Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has a heart of gold, selling her Tokyo Olympics silver medal to fund lifesaving surgery for a sick baby she has never met

Find your perfect book for Book Week

The Travelling Bookshop - Mim and the Baffling Bully by Katrina Nannestad. Book cover image. For Kids News
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Books can change your life. Just ask the characters in Katrina Nannestad’s newest series, The Travelling Bookshop. Celebrate Book Week and start reading the first story in the series here

Weird creatures that could be state’s official fossil

Finished reconstruction of extinct Australian megafauna, Palorchestes. One of a series of developmental illustrations. For Kids News
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Some states are adopting official fossils to join their traditional animal and flora emblems. See what relics are in the running to become the official fossil of Victoria

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Playground ban stirs up memories of the Fun Police

Mark Knight playground closure cartoon. For August 18, 2021.
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The closure of Melbourne’s playgrounds to combat Covid-19 reminded cartoonist Mark Knight of being labelled the Fun Police when he used to tell his kids it was time to go home

Giant panda delivers tiny cub

This handout photograph made available by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on August 15, 2021 shows female giant panda Jia Jia hodling her first panda cub, born on August 14, 2021 at an off-exhibit at River Safari in Singapore. (Photo by Handout / WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT “ AFP PHOTO / Wildlife Reserves Singapore” - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Chinese giant panda Kai Kai has become a mum in Singapore after a seven year effort, giving birth to the country’s first ever cub

The Big Pineapple’s Brisbane Olympics bid

Sunshine Coast local and Olympic Champion Clint Robinson at the Big Pineapple. Picture Lachie Millard
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Some Olympic mascots have completely missed the mark – but the Big Pineapple’s birthday bid to become the Brisbane 2032 mascot is a green and gold Queensland dream

The power of puppy love

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN, Speak to Manny before using Pebbles the cavoodle and Onni the parrot are great friends and hang out together.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Aussies have been feeling the love from the nation’s pets throughout the pandemic, a new study shows

Teen money matters in a cashless world

Springfield Anglican College Year 11 student Abigail Lowden, Thursday, August 12, 2021 - Picture: Richard Walker
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Parents are worried the shift to a cashless society means teens aren't learning the value of money. How smart are you with money? 

Apes mind their manners with each other

EMBARGOED - DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH PICTURE DESK - HOLDING UNTIL FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER-, Taronga Zoo's chimpanzee family recently welcomed the arrival of a female baby chimpanzee to mum Naomi with the name soon to be revealed. Picture: Toby Zerna Born on Wednesday at Taronga Zoo, chimpanzee infant Niambi was named after the Swahili word meaning ‘melody’ to reflect her unique call, which is already making rounds with the other chimps.
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New research has found that apes have a system of good manners that includes polite practices like saying hello and goodbye

Teens share golden rules of gaming

Parents sharing video gaming with their children is not only fun but can help keep them safe online. For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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A new gaming safety guide for kids and their parents has some real expert input – a group of teenage gamers