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Wishing all our readers a happy holiday

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Kids News is taking a short break. We will return with more amazing stories and Learning At Home lesson plans just after the Easter holidays. Stay safe and stay well

Space agencies have their sights set on colonising the Moon

NASA reveals camp plans for life on the Moon

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NASA is making plans for humans to live on the Moon and has revealed its early thinking on where a base camp should be built and how astronauts would travel on the lunar surface

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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

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AI chefs and robotic playmates in our hi-tech future

LG showed off several types of CLOi robots at CES 2020, including robots that in a mock restaurant take your order and robotic arms that prepare meals. Picture: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
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Top technology companies have revealed their ideas for our homes of the future — and they include smart robotic balls as playmates, machinery arms as chefs and robots to serve coffee

Scientists to make the Murray River sing

The Helping the Murray Sing project. Picture: Jason Macqueen
science

The sounds of Australia’s Murray River will soon be heard in song after scientists and audio specialists captured its sights and sounds in a project aimed at improving the waterway’s health

Wild beasts come out to play as humans stay in

BESTPIX - Goats Roam Welsh Town As Coronavirus Lockdown Empties Its Streets
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Wild animals including jaguars, goats and boars have started exploring quiet city streets across the world as humans stay inside during the coronavirus lockdown

Oldest fossil of early human species is discovered

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Australian and international scientists have unearthed a two-million-year old skull bone — the oldest known fossil of the earliest human species named Homo erectus

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

‘Spider-Man’ identifies seven new peacock spiders

Maratus consteallatus. Picture: Joseph Schubert/Museums Victoria
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They’re the hit spiders of the internet, with their fancy colouring and cool courtship dancing. And now there are seven new peacock spider species to get to know

Breaking the rules is no laughing matter

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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why it’s impossible to laugh off the foolish behaviour of beachgoers who break social distancing rules

Take a virtual tour around the world

Great Wall of China
technology

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

Why do grey seals clap like humans?

Wild grey seal. Picture: Ben Burville
animals

Amazing video captured by a marine biologist after 17 years of waiting shows breeding grey seals clapping at each other underwater to warn off competitors and attract mates

Exploring the lost city of Pompeii

history

On April 1, 1748, a Spanish engineer rediscovered Pompeii, changing the way we thought about historical artefacts and beginning the longest archaeological dig in the world

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

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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

Keeping tigers happy without visitors

Dreamworld Tigers
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A small team of wildlife carers in Queensland is spending the COVID-19 disruption playing and swimming with tigers to keep the animals happy and prevent them from becoming lonely

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

Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

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Sunday update: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has limited outside gatherings to just two people and  encouraged the elderly to not leave home  as the nation continues to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus

Scar found on fossil of feisty dinosaur with feathers

animals

Scientists have unearthed the fossils of a fearsome feathered dinosaur with sharp claws and a telltale scar. It lived 67 million years ago and proves dinosaurs continued to evolve until their end

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!

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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

What and where is the equator?

explainers

Parachutists have set a world record for crossing the equator 12 times in a single jump, which got us wondering what the equator is, where it is and why do they launch space rockets there?

Leaders have different schools of thought

Mark Knight cartoon about covid-19 school closure confusion.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew the Prime Minister and two state leaders as musicians playing to a different beat on schools closures

Baby boom for endangered snapping turtles

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The future of Australia’s critically endangered Bellinger River snapping turtle is a little more secure after 35 baby turtles hatched at Taronga Zoo

Aussie treasures stored in global code bank

The film reels are sorted by country. Picture: supplied
technology

The scientific knowledge about Australia’s plants and animals and the contents of our national library are among the digital treasures being kept 250m underground in Norway

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

Mars InSight lander hits itself with shovel

space

NASA engineers are confident they’ve fixed the Mars InSight lander by telling it to hit itself with its shovel after its 38cm digging mole became stuck in the soil on the Martian surface

Big COVID-19 questions and simple answers

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Using World Health Organisation information, we answer important questions about COVID-19, such as: "What is a virus?"  and "Why are there new rules for everyday life?"

Fish with fingers shows how human hand evolved

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A slippery predator that lurked in lagoons 380 millions years ago had fins with finger bones that could teach us about the origins of the human hand

Aussie-made food on the menu for astronauts

Space food research
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Australian scientists are cooking up astronaut food to send to space for a year before testing how tasty it is using an electronic nose and tongue in preparation for Moon and Mars missions

Shutdowns across Australia to slow Covid-19

Sydneysiders Adjust To New Social Distancing Rules Introduced To Restrict Coronavirus Spread
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PM Scott Morrison has urged Australians to take social distancing seriously as he announced tough restrictions on how we live and closed non-essential businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus

Early humans ‘ate no meat, swung in trees’

history

The careful scanning of a 3.6 million year old skull belonging to a fossil named ‘Little Foot’ has proven that early humans had small brains, swung between trees like monkeys and ate vegan diets

NASA wants your help to dig on the Moon

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NASA has challenged the public to design a better robot to dig on the Moon. The space agency has been working on a model but believes it can be improved and wants bright citizens to help them

Aussies want mass light salute on Anzac Day

civics

A proposal to replace cancelled Anzac Day services with a massive nationwide “light salute” from the safety of Australians’ driveways is attracting huge support

Lego lost at sea could survive 1300 years

environment

Scientists studying plastic Lego blocks lost in a storm then washed up on the coast of southwest England find they could survive in the ocean for 1300 years

Learning at home with daily Kids News activities

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From Monday, Kids News will provide education tasks and fun activities for children in Prep to Year 9 who are home from school due to the coronavirus

Protect yourselves, we’re living in strange times

Mark Knight cartoon on the craziness at supermarkets during the coronavirus crisis
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew a cricketer protected by pads and a helmet heading off to buy toilet paper at the supermarket

World’s wonderful wildlife on show

arts

Photos of a giraffe’s bottom, a monkey deep in thought, a hunting eagle and a kookaburra surveying burned forest have each taken out prizes in the Sony World Photography Awards 2020

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth
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Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

AFL and NRL clubs vote to play on despite virus

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AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has declared the footy season will kick off tomorrow night as NRL clubs also voted to play on during the coronavirus crisis

Clam tells story of prehistoric Earth and moon

The fossilised mollusc from the Cretaceous period
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A fossilised mollusc alive alongside the last of the dinosaurs 70 million years ago has shown scientists that a day on Earth once lasted only 23-and-a-half hours

Hand washing: How does soap work?

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As people around the world work to slow the spread of the virus called COVID-19, everyone is telling us to wash our hands with soap. Kids News explains how soap works

It’s not all bad news; there is good news too

Two little girls in pink running toward their mom
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Australian Childhood Foundation’s Dr Joe Tucci has a positive message for children about worry and bad news, and a reminder that there is still a lot of good news around if we look for it

Ban on indoor gatherings to limit spread of Covid-19

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For the first time in history, Australians are being told not to travel overseas and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in an effort to keep people safe from COVID-19

Miracle change after double hand transplant

Shreya Siddanagowder gestures during an interview with AFP at her home in Pune, more than two years after she had both hands transplanted
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A woman who received two hands from a male donor has found her new hands have transformed to be slimmer and like her own skin tone, in an incredible development that has pleased doctors

Curious case of great white sharks passing by

animals

Human holiday-makers love the beautiful seaside town of Port Macquarie but great white sharks refuse to stay there, though scientists know a record number swim right past

Rae is a ‘unicorn puppy’ with a miracle ear

Rae as an older 12 week old puppy. Picture: goldenunicornrae
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A one-eared puppy that looks like a unicorn is capturing hearts around the world. Rae lost one ear at birth but its how the other ear came to look like a unicorn horn that is truly miraculous

World’s smallest dinosaur found embedded in amber

animals

The world’s smallest dinosaur has been discovered embedded in amber. The 100 million-year-old bird, just 5cm long, had bulging lizard-like eyes and a beak packed with 100 sharp teeth

Big dig begins at Port Arthur convict site

history

Archaeologists are digging up the site of former convict-period workshops at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania so we can better understand what everyday convict life was like

Prince Harry and Meghan lose their royal touch

Mark Knight on Harry and Meghan's final royal appearance.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to split ranks with the royal family has meant losing some luxuries in life

Komodo dragon mum has three sons, solo

The Komodo dragon
animals

A female komodo dragon has produced three baby dragons without a male mate through a rare process called parthenogenesis

Farewell Aurora Australis, our beloved Antarctic ship

science

The Australian Antarctic Division’s famous bright orange research ship Aurora Australis departed for Macquarie Island this week on one last voyage before its retirement

WHO officially declares COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic

health

As WHO officially declares the global coronavirus crisis a pandemic, PM Scott Morrison announces a $2.4 billion package for Australia’s health system to help it respond to the crisis

Has Yoshi the turtle swum home to Australia?

Yoshi the turtle when she was still in the aquarium. Picture: Two Oceans Aquarium
animals

An endangered turtle has reached WA after a two-year, 37,000km swim, possibly the longest animal journey recorded by a satellite tag, which has scientists wondering if she was born here

Footy legend learns of his grandfather’s great escape

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

NASA on mission to strike gold in space in 2022

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Space agency NASA has asked billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX to help explore a nearby asteroid called 16 Psyche that contains enough gold to make everyone on Earth a billionaire

Why do leaves change colour and fall in autumn?

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The leaves on deciduous trees turn forests, parks and gardens a rainbow of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Why do leaves change colour? And why do the trees let them fall?

Tasmania considers culling wild kookaburras

animals

Tasmania is considering culling kookaburras in the wild after populations of the iconic national bird have spread and are threatening the future of other native species

Australia smashes India to win 5th World Cup

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Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have dominated with the bat to power Australia to its fifth women’s Twenty20 World Cup title. The Aussies won by 85 runs against India at the MCG

Daredevil walks tightrope over active volcano

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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

Spelling out the right time for formal language

Prime Minister's Spelling Bee logo for Kids News
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Literacy experts want to end the myth that informal language used by young people in conversation is just poor formal language. It is, in fact, a modern form of conversation that has evolved for decades

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

Very hungry caterpillar eats Earth’s plastic pollution

science

Scientists have been feeding waxworms polyethylene — one of the most common plastics used in shopping bags — and found that just 60 little caterpillars can eat more than 30 sqcm in a week

Toilet paper now worth its weight in gold

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains how coronavirus fears across Australia have sparked panic buying and turned toilet paper into a rare gem

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

Generation Equality for International Women’s Day

March to Mourn All Women Murdered
humanities

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

Hi-tech masked owl fights money fakers

The new $100 note
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Australia’s new $100 note has been unveiled, featuring a little owl that makes it almost impossible to counterfeit. It’s the final denomination of the Next Generation Banknote Program

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

Life on remote Goudier Island, Antarctica

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As a post office worker at Port Lockroy, one of the main tasks is cleaning up penguin poo, the toilet is a bucket with a lid and though you get one day off every 14, there’s nowhere to go

New type of ancient lion found in Australia

An artist impression of marsupial lion now known as Lekaneleo roskellya. Picture: Peter Schouten
animals

A new type of ancient marsupial lion has been discovered in Queensland after palaeontologists discovered its teeth were like nothing ever seen before

Biggest explosion ever seen in universe

space

Australian scientists have helped US astronomers discover the biggest explosion ever seen in the universe — and it came from a supermassive black hole

Australia’s biggest dog helping kids read

Australia's biggest dog Baron
animals

At 130kg and 2m tall, Baron is a very big dog. But he’s also a very big softie, patiently helping kids learn to read and visiting elderly people in his therapy-dog job

What is a leap year? Why is there one this year?

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration.
explainers

There is a February 29 on this year’s calendar. We explain why and what it has to do with the Sun, the Earth and a calendar created way back in 1582

It’s peak-hour traffic to put the bins out

Mark Knight cartoon on bin night.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at how waste management has become a major issue in Australia and why it’s soon to create peak-hour traffic on bin night

Three baboons on the loose in Sydney

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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”

Aussie OJ and growers under threat

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Australians may not be able to drink fresh orange juice in as little as five years if major retailers don’t pay growers more to make up for drought and rising water costs

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday Pancake preview
explainers

Australians are becoming world leaders at cooking and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, a fun food day that has its origins as a religious festival

Tomb radar may solve Egyptian Queen mystery

history

A hidden chamber near the tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings may contain the long-lost remains Queen Nefertiti

Scorching hot planet heading for destruction

Picture released 04/10/2006 by the European Space Agency shows an artist's impression of a Jupiter-sized planet passing in front of its parent star. Such events are called transits. When the planet transits the star, the star?s apparent brightness drops by a few percent for a short period.
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Astronomers have discovered a planet where temperatures frequently hit 1000C, that has an 18-hour year and that will likely soon be destroyed when it spirals into its star or tidal forces tear it apart

‘Pink Panther’ manta ray spotted off Qld

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animals

Scientists are studying an ultra-rare pink manta ray — maybe the only one in the world — that has been photographed during a dive on the Great Barrier Reef

Space tourists to go into super-high orbit in 2021

space

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

Violinist plays during her own brain surgery

health

A musician has played her violin during a six-hour, lifesaving operation to remove a brain tumour, helping calm the woman’s fears the surgery would ruin her ability to play

Aussie spirit front and centre at rock concert

Mark Knight's cartoon about the Fire Fight Concert.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Fire Fight Australia concert which raised $9 million to help bushfire victims and he imagined two new faces in the crowd

Why do we cry and what are tears?

explainers

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

Mystery coffin found in ancient Roman temple

Men dressed as ancient Roman centurions parade along the Fori Imperiali avenue, in front of ancient Colosseum on the occasion of the celebrations of the birth of the city of Rome, Sunday, April 22, 2012. Legend has it that Rome was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. by Romulus and his brother Remus, the twin sons of the god of war Mars, who were suckled as infants by a she-wolf in the woods. Known as the Christmas of Rome, each year Romans celebrate the pagan festivity, which has become a major tourist attraction, by dressing up in ancient Roman clothes and parading through the streets surrounding the eternal city's ancient ruins. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Archaeologists believe they have found the long lost tomb of Romulus, who legend says was raised with his twin brother by a wolf before founding the ancient city of Rome

Tapestries finally complete Sistine Chapel

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For the first time in more than 400 years, all 12 precious gold and silver tapestries designed by Renaissance artist Raphael have been hung in the Sistine Chapel, making it complete at last

New $2 coin celebrates women’s cricket

money

The Royal Australian Mint and International Cricket Council are releasing two million $2 coins into general circulation that feature a picture of a female cricketer on it for the first time

Iconic Holden cars driven out of Australia

A Holden sign sits above the caryard of a Holden dealership in Sydney on December 11, 2013.  Struggling automaker GM Holden said it will shut down its manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017, shedding 2,900 jobs, in a major blow to the nation's car industry.  AFP PHOTO/William WEST
 
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The Holden car brand, an important part of Australia’s history for more than 160 years, will cease to exist in 2021. The move by US company General Motors has angered PM Scott Morrison and shocked motoring fans

Bird’s-eye view of our beautiful planet Earth

Google Earth satellite images from space
geography

Google has added 1000 new images to Earth View – a collection of the most beautiful landscapes from Google Earth. And a farmer’s marriage proposal makes it onto Google Maps

Doctors keep heart alive in jar for 24 hours

Stethoscope and heart
health

Doctors have kept a heart beating for 24 hours in a jar with the new life-changing ULiSSES device, bringing hope to thousands of patients needing the lifesaving treatment

‘Snowman’ space rock may have sparked life

space

Scientists believe a space rock shaped like a snowman that formed 4.6 billion years ago may have sparked life on Earth. It is the farthest, most primitive object we’ve ever explored in the solar system

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

Boy’s traditional hairstyle banned by school

Hair
humanities

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

Is vandalising vandalism a new form of art?

Mark Knight's cartoon on Hosier Lane.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers if vandalising vandalism is a new art form after a gang of youths spray-painted street art in Melbourne’s famous Hosier Lane

Tyrannosaur found hiding in museum drawer

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animals

A new and very scary species of dinosaur related to T-Rex and known as the Reaper of Death has been identified after pieces of its skull were rediscovered in a museum drawer

Sad love story behind Valentine’s Day

history

There are several stories about who Valentine was, but the most popular one is that he was a doctor and priest from Rome in the third century who lived and died in the pursuit of love

Hero nippers save tourists from dangerous rip

Glenelg SLSC nippers Angus Ganley, 11, Astin Rouvray, 11, Charlie Crowe, 11 and Lachlan Larven, 12, helped save two tourists from drowning off Glenelg beach. Picture: AAP/ Keryn Stevens
humanities

Young nippers have been hailed as heroes after spotting two tourists caught in a dangerous rip and immediately jumping into the ocean to save them

Antarctica’s hottest day ever recorded

SINGLE PENGUIN ON ICE
weather

The temperature in northern Antarctica has hit 18.3C, thought to be a heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins

Children race llamas to save World Heritage park

environment

Risking injury and braving the cold, children as young as four race llamas across a high-altitude region of Ecuador each year to help save one of the most important wetlands on Earth

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

Mother with slightly concerned look on her face watching boys using the internet on a phone
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How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah