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The northern and central Great Barrier Reef have recorded their highest amount of coral cover since the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) began monitoring 36 years ago., Published on Thursday, AIMS’ Annual Summary Report on Coral Reef Condition for 2021/22 shows another year of increased coral cover across much of the Reef., In the 87 representative reefs surveyed between August 2021 and May 2022, average hard coral cover in the region north of Cooktown increased to 36% (from 27% in 2021) and to 33% in the central Great Barrier Reef (from 26% in 2021). However, average coral cover in the southern region (from Proserpine to Gladstone) decreased from 38% in 2021 to 34%. Picture: AIMS,

Great Barrier relief as coral returns

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Coral coverage on the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef is at its highest level since monitoring began 36 years ago, a new report shows

This composite image from Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) released by NASA on August 2, 2022, shows the Cartwheel and its companion galaxies, revealing details that are difficult to see in the individual images alone. - This galaxy formed as the result of a high-speed collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The Cartwheel is composed of two rings, a bright inner ring and a colorful outer ring. Both rings expand outward from the center of the collision like shockwaves. This snapshot provides perspective on what happened to the galaxy in the past and what it will do in the future. (Photo by Space Telescope Science Institut / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Cartwheel Galaxy snaps have space fans in a spin

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The latest cosmic snaps from the James Webb Space Telescope show the Cartwheel Galaxy in unprecedented clarity

Gold medallists Australia's Mollie O'Callaghan, Australia's Emma McKeon, Australia's Chelsea Hodges and Australia's Kaylee McKeown pose during the medal presentation ceremony for the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming final at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on August 3, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Aussies ‘crush it’ in Comm Games pool

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Australia has cruised to the top of the Commonwealth Games medal table as the Dolphins felt some serious heat from an energised England but finished on a high as the dominant squad

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‘Fierce’ dino fossil fetches fortune

A Gorgosaurus Skeleton measuring 10 feet tall (3.04 meters) is unveiled at Sotheby’s in New York, on July 05, 2022. - The Specimen is the highlight of Sotheby’s geek week sale series and is estimated at $5 to 8 million. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
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The 77-million-year-old Gorgosaurus skeleton sold at Sotheby’s in New York fetched a whopping $US6.1 million, but dinosaur experts say selling the mighty biter is a gigantic loss for science

Farewell to voice of stolen generation

Mark Knight's Archie Roach cartoon for Kids News
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has paid tribute to Indigenous singer and songwriter Archie Roach who died as a First Nations Voice to Parliament moved a step closer

Earth spinning faster than ever before

KIDS NEWS 1715 stars currently enjoy a clear view of planet Earth, a new study has found. But is another civilisation using any of them to confirm life on Earth the way that our astronomers use stars to try to assess the possibility of life on other planets? Picture: OpenSpace.
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A second a day may be shaved off the world’s most accurate timekeepers if the Earth’s daily rotation keeps gaining speed, as a series of faster spins that started in 2020 continues gathering pace

Language gap gendered to the letter

Girls vocab and spelling is better than boys. (for Kids News Spelling bee - network yarn). Port Melbourne Primary School students Jun Chea (9), Quincie Cracknell (8), Jacob Savva (9) and Ruby Miller (9). Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Boys and girls write about different things and have distinct vocabularies, as an analysis of 150,000 writing samples builds a picture of why girls are better spellers than boys at all year levels

SpaceX junk crashes into Aussie farm at speed

Space junk has been found in paddocks near Dalgety on the banks of the Snowy River in NSW. Pictures: Monaro Police District/Facebook
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An extraterrestrial torpedo travelling at around 25,000km/h, the trunk of the SpaceX Crew-1 craft, has surprised Snowy Mountains farmers by crashing back to Earth with a mighty bang

Teens make ‘Monster’ mistake with energy drinks

Aussie teens are being deprived of sleep in a major new survey that found teens who consumed energy drinks at least once a week were twice as likely to get less than eight hours sleep on a school night than those who didn't. Mates L-R Jett Jones-Czechowski, Taj Burns and Luan O'Connor pictured at Bondi Skate Park. Picture: Toby Zerna
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High-caffeine, high-sugar energy drinks sold as performance enhancers are causing confusion among teen consumers who mistakenly believe such products help rather than harm health

PM paves way for Voice to Parliament vote

EAST ARNHEM, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese with Yolngu men during Garma Festival 2022 at Gulkula on July 29, 2022 in East Arnhem, Australia. The annual Garma festival is held at Gulkula, a significant ceremonial site for the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land about 40km from Nhulunbuy on the Gove peninsula in East Arnhem. The festival is a celebration of Yolngu culture aimed at sharing culture and knowledge which also brings politicians and Indigenous leaders together to discuss issues facing Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year is the first time the festival has been held since 2019 following a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Tamati Smith/Getty Images)
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Australians voters could soon decide in a referendum whether to change the Australian Constitution to include a First Nations Voice to Parliament

Sydney girl scouted by Manchester United

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL JULY 29, 2022. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING. Football gun Michaela Togias at Nott Oval in Narellan. Michaela will be flying to Manchester in January to showcase her footballing talent after being scouted by the Manchester United and Manchester City Academy Scouts at a Global Football Network showcase she recently attended. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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After showcasing her soccer skills for visiting Manchester United scouts, 10-year-old Sydney girl Michaela Togias has bagged a sporting scholarship and the chance of a big break in the UK

Emma McKeon makes Comm Games history

Gold medallist Australia's Emma McKeon poses during the medal presentation ceremony for the women's 50m freestyle swimming final at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, on day three of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on July 31, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)
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Swimming star Emma McKeon has become Australia’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete after winning her 11th gold medal

Kids join hunt for sore throat vaccine

Cross siblings Thomas (6) and Emily (9) have signed up to be part of a trial into sore throats in children. It is hoped the results from the study will help researchers develop a vaccine for step A infections. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Siblings Emily and Thomas are part of a trial to find a vaccine for Strep A, an infection that causes sore throats and leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year

Grazing goats called in to save little lizard

MELBOURNE, JULY 15, 2022: A tribe of goats has landed in MelbourneÕs Royal Park as part of a City of Melbourne trial to regenerate the habitat of the WhiteÕs Skink, a regionally significant species of lizard. Picture: Mark Stewart
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An ingenious trial is underway using grazing goats to munch on grasses threatening the habitat of long-term resident skinks

Party kicks off Comm Games in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Eddie Ockenden and Rachael Grinham, Flag Bearers of Team Australia lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on July 28, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Commonwealth Games are off and running after a party style opening ceremony bursting with light, colour, music and dancing

School’s back at Canberra High

Mark Knight cartoon - back to school. For Kids News
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Our federal politicians returned to the nation’s capital this week, a bit like kids on the first day back at school, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Buzz Aldrin’s jacket sold for sky-high price

Buzz Aldrin's Inflight Coverall Jacket, worn by him on his  Apollo 11 mission to the Moon is on display July 21, 2022 during a media preview at Sotheby’s in New York. - The  auction is Celebrating Life & Career of Legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin featuring Space-Flown Artifacts from Gemini XII & Apollo 11 Missions. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
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The jacket worn by US astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon has sold at auction for almost $4 million

TikTok feeding kids junk diet challenges

Companies such as Pepsi and McDonalds are turning kids into unofficial brand ambassadors for unhealth foods by getting them to post clips of them eating and drinking products. Research from Deakin Uni suggests kids are following challenges by companies to post clips of them eating a burger or drinking soft drink with hashtags and special effects. O'BRIEN With examples.**8.30am embargo**
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Hashtag challenges have junior TikTok users becoming unwitting junk ambassadors, as experts say the world’s biggest fast-food names use the platform to bait kids into building their brands

No mistaking author’s support for Spelling Bee

Australia's favourite children's author Andy Griffiths is throwing his support behind the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, the free online competition for students in Years 3-8, run by Kids News in conjunction with the Federal Government. Andy searches the dictionaries for new and exciting words.                     Picture: David Caird
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Andy Griffiths is a pretty good speller, which is kind of important for an author but also just about any path you take in life. And he says making mistakes is all part of the journey

Vic zoos cancel close encounters

MELBOURNE, MAY 2, 2022: Melbourne Zoo has welcomed a gorgeous new 18-month-old Giraffe named Iris. Picture: Mark Stewart
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Indonesia’s outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease prompts Victorian zoos to cancel visitor encounters with animals at risk of catching the virus, as politicians debate border and airport security

Organ transplants save Aussie kids’ lives

HOLD FOR SUNDAY HERALD SUNÑÑChristine Cherry and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis, who were part of a national kidney exchange program when she was just three years old. It's for a story set to run nationally this Sunday as part of our ongoing DonateLife organ and tissue donation campaign.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Transplants have saved the lives of children across Australia. Read their stories and find out how you and your families can help others

Aussies’ secret weapon at Comm Games

It was a Gold Medal line up for the Speedo Commonwealth Games Swim Suit Launch on the Gold Coast.
Lani Pallister ÐAustralian champion 800 and 1500m freestyle; Triple Fina World Junior champion.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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Team Australia’s modest looking Biofire machine could be the difference between our athletes standing on the Commonwealth Games podium or being wiped out by a wave of Covid positives

Great white sharks in growth spurt

Beautiful, powerful and amazing looking creature beside a nightmare opinion from the peoples haven't see face to face underwater with this guy
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Bans on shark fishing and the creation of marine reserves have seen the size of great white and tiger species soar, as more food and greater safety mean these underwater beasts could get bigger

PM spells out importance of the Bee

Anthony Albanese with last years Prime Minister's Spelling Bee winners Theekshitha Karthik, 12, and Arielle Wong, 11, to launch this year's competition.                     Picture: David Caird
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants more buzz around spelling – so he’s urging kids to take on this year’s Spelling Bee

Molly’s message is changing the world

Molly Wright in a fresh pic for SaturdayÕs paper following confirmation her TED Talk was the most popular in the world for 2021. Pics Adam Head
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Queensland schoolgirl Molly Wright became the youngest person to give a TED Talk a year ago. Today her message has had more than 8 million views, trailing only Elon Musk and Bill Gates

Covid jab approved for little kids

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos - SEPTEMBER 22, 2021. 

Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are pictured at a pharmacy in Brisbane. Pharmacies have began administering the Moderna vaccine to anyone over 12 years-old.

Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
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Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine has been given “first step” approval for use in Australian children aged six months to six years

Aussie claims historic high jump gold

Australia's Eleanor Patterson competes in the women's high jump final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 19, 2022. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
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Eleanor Patterson has shocked the world by becoming the first ever Aussie to take home the gold medal in women’s high jump

Back to the future for masked up school kids

Mark Knight cartoon on facemasks in schools - for Kids News
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has borrowed a time travelling DeLorean car to illustrate Victoria’s return to face masks in schools

New dino had tiny arms and giant head like T-rex

Artist's impression of the Meraxes gigas. Picture: Carlos Papolio
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Palaeontologists have discovered a new giant meat eating dinosaur that had a massive head and tiny arms, just like Tyrannosaurus rex

Do stem cells grow better in space?

Microscopic image of embryonic tissues and cells used by scientists to explore stem cell research.
Neuronal nebula.
This photo depicts a bundle of neurons (stained green), formed in tissue culture from differentiated mouse embryonic stem cells. The nucleus (containing the genetic material) of each cell is stained purple. The ability to form mature brain cells such as neurons from embryonic stem cells has stimulated much excitement about the possibility of using stem cells to treat brain disease.
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Much cheaper than buying seats on a commercial space flight, but crazier sounding than far-fetched science fiction, researchers have just shot their own stem cells into orbit to see how well they grow

Australia’s environment report reveals ‘crisis’

Koalas chilling out at Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Supplied
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Extreme weather events are having a compounding effect on Australia’s native plant and animal species, as latest five-yearly report reveals the nation’s natural environment is struggling

Fears for Migaloo after dead white whale find

A  beached, rare white Humpback Whale on the Eastern Coast of Victoria.  Scientists are working out if the whale is the well know Migaloo or perhaps a relative. Picture: Supplied,
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The discovery of a dead whale washed up on a Victorian beach sparked fears it was the famous white humpback Migaloo

Aussie golfer wins British Open

Australia's Cameron Smith speaks beside the Claret Jug, the trophy for the Champion golfer of the year at a press confernece after winning the 150th British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on July 17, 2022. - Australia's Cameron Smith claimed his first major title on Sunday after a stunning final round of 64 saw him win the 150th British Open at St Andrews by a one-stroke margin. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
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The hallowed ancient golf course St Andrews in Scotland has a new kid in town, after 28-year-old Brisbane golfer Cameron Smith claimed the 150th British Open sporting his signature mullet

World population to hit eight billion this year

above view on crowd. big amount of people.
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India is set to overtake China as the world’s biggest country after the global population hits eight billion people on November 15 this year

Dino set to fetch millions of dollars at auction

A Gorgosaurus Skeleton measuring 10 feet tall (3.04 meters) is unveiled at Sotheby’s in New York, on July 05, 2022. - The Specimen is the highlight of Sotheby’s geek week sale series and is estimated at $5 to 8 million. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
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The skeleton of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur is up for sale. But you’ll need more than your weekly pocket money to afford this fantastic fossil

Girls surfing new wave of sports

Dakota FitzPatrick, 13 in Port Noarlunga South , where sheÕs taken up surfling, Sunday, July 10, 2022. Picture: MATT LOXTON [Mum: Renee 0402569446]
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Females are riding a wave of sporting opportunity, as the latest activity snapshot shows surfing and skateboarding participation ramped up during the pandemic and girls got right among it

Turtle and croc strike up unlikely friendship

"Ross the Croc" was snapped with a turtle on his back along the Ross River near Douglas Park on Sunday. Picture: Kane Wiblen
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A fearless turtle appears to have struck up an unlikely friendship with a crocodile in northeast Queensland, with locals snapping a picture of it riding on the croc’s back

NASA shows off amazing new cosmic views

This handout composite image by NASA/ESA relased on July 12, 2022 shows the dawn of a new era in astronomy has begun as the world gets its first look at the full capabilities of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope’s first full-colour images and spectroscopic data, which uncover a spectacular collection of cosmic features that have remained elusive. - The James Webb Space Telescope launched on 25 December 2021, on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. After completing the most complex and difficult deployment sequence in space, Webb underwent months of commissioning where its mirrors were painstakingly aligned, and its instruments were calibrated to its space environment and prepared for science. (Photo by Handout / ESA/Webb / AFP)
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Five spectacular images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope show the universe as we’ve never seen it before

Baby woolly mammoth intact in ice

EMBARGO FOR TWAM 26 FEB 2022. FEES MAY APPLY. Lyuba the baby woolly mammoth in the lab. Credit Copyright RIA Novosti.jpg Supplied for Elizabeth Fortescue for story on Australian Museum exhibition. Picture: Supplied.
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A near-complete infant woolly mammoth has been found mummified in Canada’s far north Yukon territory, complete with hair and skin preserved in permafrost for over 30,000 years

Bush and beach beat traditional kinder classes

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Bush Kindergarten owner Natalie Cross runs the weekly outdoor program. Deakin University researchers found pre-school aged kids who played outdoors with sticks, trees and sand were more likely to perform better in those areas once they started school.  Natalie with Frankie, 3 , Loa, 5, and Evie, 5. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Preschool students who can dump gendered toys and play outside in the bush or at the beach are more likely to perform better in maths, science and technology subjects once they start big school

Djokovic downs Kyrgios in Wimbledon final

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on July 9, 2022 shows Australia's Nick Kyrgios (L) reacting during his men's singles quarter final tennis match on the tenth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2022 and Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrating his victory during his men's singles tennis match on the third day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2022. - Australia's Nick Kyrgios will face Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the Wimbledon Championships final match on July 10, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK and SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
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There was some amazing tennis – and some fireworks – from Nick Kyrgios as the Australian’s Wimbledon dream was ended by Novak Djokovic

Skull’s age out by a million years

KIDS NEWS: an unnamed Australopithecus africanus skull. Picture: Dr Luca Fiorenza/Monash University
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Rethinking the age of an ancient South African skull known as ‘Mrs Ples’ gives her species about a million extra years to have been part of the evolution of the earliest humans

Ash Barty talks to Kids News about her new books

Ash Barty is interviewed by Kids News junior reporter Leonel Molina about her Little Ash children's book series. Picture: HarperCollins
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Retired tennis star Ash Barty has swapped her racquet for a pen to write her Little Ash children’s book series. She speaks exclusively to Kids News. WATCH THE VIDEO

How to be an at-home artist like Picasso

Visitors enjoying Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real on display from 10 June to 9 October at NGV International, Melbourne. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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You don’t need an art studio to be a great artist. Find out how to turn everyday materials into works of art from your kitchen table. You can also download some special collage patterns to get started

Space junk crash leaves double crater in moon

A rocket body impacted the Moon on March 4, 2022, near Hertzsprung crater, creating a double crater roughly 28 meters wide in the longest dimension. LROC NAC M1407760984R; image enlarged 3x Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
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The moon has a new and unusual double crater after a mysterious piece of rocket space junk slammed into the lunar surface

Bees in ‘lockdown’ to stop parasite spread

Honey Bee on Pea flower, Muogamarra Nature Reserve Australia
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The NSW government has ordered a lockdown of bee hives after the discovery of a deadly foreign parasite that has decimated bee populations overseas

Big bacteria the ‘Mt Everest’ of microbiology

This photo taken between April and May 2022, and released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on June 23, 2022, shows a sampling sites among the mangroves of the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, where the giant bacteria Ca Thiomargarita magnifica was found. - Scientists say they have discovered the world's largest variety of bacteria in the mangroves of Guadeloupe. At up to two centimetres (three-quarters of an inch), "Thiomargarita magnifica" is not only around 5,000 times bigger than most bacteria -- it boasts a more complex structure, according to a study published in the journal Science on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Pierre-Yves PASCAL / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY / PIERRE-YVES PASCAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The discovery of a giant bacteria is giving microbiology a ‘shake up’, as the whopper found in mangrove water up-ends what was previously known about the size and structure of a single cell

Census reveals changing shape of Australia

Waving Australia flag in the air.
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The 2021 Census data reveals a nation of 25.5 million people of diverse backgrounds, speaking a number of languages, practising different religious faiths and living in a mix of dwellings

Meet the ugliest mutt on Earth

Mr. Happy Face looks towards the camera before the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 24, 2022. - Mr. Happy Face, a 17-year-old Chinese Crested, saved from a hoarder's house, won the competition taking home the $1500 prize. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)
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An ageing Mr Happy Face has won the World’s Ugliest Dog crown – now he’s winning fans around the globe with his story of survival and a second chance at love after being rescued last year

Aussie teen drafted to the NBA

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 23: Dyson Daniels poses for a portrait after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Bendigo teenager Dyson Daniels has hit the big time in style, picked by the News Orleans Pelicans at the annual NBA draft and rocking a snappy silver suit fit for a young instant millionaire

NASA rocket launches from NT

US space agency NASA launched a commercial rocket from Arnhem Space Centre. Picture: Equatorial Launch Australia
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A NASA rocket lit up the skies above the Arnhem Space Centre at Sunday night’s launch, the first rocket to leave Australian soil in 26 years and the space agency’s first outside the USA

Aussie cities fall in world liveability ranks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: People get their morning exercise walking alongside the Yarra River on May 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Lockdown restrictions remain in place across Victoria in response to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's northern suburbs. During the seven-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, residents can only leave home for five reasons: care and caregiving, exercise, work and to buy groceries, or to get vaccinated. The lockdown is effective from 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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The world’s best cities to live in have been revealed and there are some surprising results as we learn to live with Covid-19. Guess which Australian city finished the highest

Classroom ‘doggie dates’ reduce stress

30/09/2021: Wheenie - This South Australian Miniature Schnoodle  works as a therapy dog at Settlers farm Primary School. Picture Kelly Barnes
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Stress is bad for learning, behaviour, health and wellbeing – and there are many ways schools are trying to tackle it. But new research suggests the best way is having a canine classmate

La Nina’s over but don’t put your umbrella away yet

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As heavy rain lashed Bondi Beach Eloise Bekker (2) and her sister Felicity (4) were out exploring the suburb they are moving to soon with their parents Anthony and Alexandra.

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Just when we thought we had seen the end of the La Nina climate driver responsible for dumping all that rain, the weather bureau is warning it could be back for a third year in a row

World’s largest fish caught in Cambodia

The world's biggest freshwater fish, a giant stingray, that weighs 661 pounds (300 kilograms) is pictured with International scientists, Cambodian fisheries officials and villagers at Koh Preah island in the Mekong River south of Stung Treng province, Cambodia June 14, 2022. Picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2022. Chhut Chheana/Wonder of Mekong/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES NO ARCHIVES
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A giant stingray weighing a whopping 300kg and measuring 4m long has been caught by Cambodian fishermen – and released back into the Mekong River

What do I have to do to pester Putin?

mark knight toon for shs june 19 2022
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Cartoonist Mark Knight feels a bit left out not making Russian President Vladimir Putin’s list of banned Aussies

Extra-curricular kids happier and healthier

A multi-ethnic group of high school age girls are taking aerobic dance fitness class at the gym.
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Children who play sport, learn an instrument or even just muck around with friends after school are more likely to feel happier and healthier than kids who are parked in front of a screen

Deadliest snakes could save lives

KIDS NEWS: Australian eastern brown snake being defensive. Picture: Ken Griffiths/supplied
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Among the world’s deadliest snakes, Australia’s eastern brown and scaled viper could soon enjoy a popularity surge as a protein in their venom significantly slows patient blood loss after injury

Last days to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS 2022 Short Story Competition: SMARTdaily - Freja Lee, 9, grandma Patricia Lee and brother Oskar Lee, 11. Picture: supplied
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There’s still two days to enter the Kids News 2022 Short Story Competition – prime time to forage through your family’s stories and give your favourite a fictional makeover before entries close

Aussie soccer kid to star in Spain

DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNE 13, 2022. Sydney kid Cruz Cummins, 10, will representing Australia at the IBER Cup Tournament in the U12 team in Spain and Portugal on June 26, where he will compete against Ronaldos son, Ronaldo Jr. Pictured at the Fraser Park Football Club in Marrickville. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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He’s just 10-years-old, but Sydney soccer player Cruz Cummins is flying high, bound for the IBER Cup International Youth Football Tournament before meeting talent scouts from Manchester United

Try Harold’s delicious and nutritious smoothie

Healthy Harold the giraffe from LifeEd loves to drink milk. For Kids News
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Healthy Harold knows milk is a great way to get the calcium he needs. You can get yours too with Harold’s delicious rainbow smoothie recipe. WATCH THE VIDEO

Find the Short Story Comp entry form here

Funny books rule for Aussie kids. The top 50 most popular kids's fiction books of the past decade have been revealed - and they are dominated by laugh-out-loud, cheeky reads. Grade four student Natalie Morgan (11) is a fan of funny books.Natalie writes her own story for the Kids News Short Story Competition. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Don’t miss out on the Kids News Short Story Competition. Entries close on Friday, June 24. Find the online entry form and more info here

Ancient giraffe ancestor was a headbanger

Intermale competitions involving members of the giraffe family are seen in an undated illustration. In the foreground, two males of the extinct species Discokeryx xiezhi that lived 17 million years ago in what is now the Xinjiang region of northwestern China are seen. In the background, two males of the modern giraffe species Giraffa camelopardalis that inhabits parts of sub-Saharan Africa are pictured. Wang Yu and Guo Xiaocong
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An ancient relative of today’s docile giraffe was a hardened, head-bashing battler, as males slugged it out in a bid to win a female mate around 17 million years ago in the grasslands of China

‘Little Picasso’ takes art world by storm

A painting by Andres Valencia, 10, who has been hailed as Little Picasso. Picture: Instagram @andresvalenciaart
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Parents cherish every artwork that makes it home, but if the exploding international interest in 10-year-old Californian Andres Valencia is any measure, not all classroom art is created equal

Black hole eats an Earth every second

This handout photograph released by The European Southern Observatory on March 24, 2021, shows the polarised view of the black hole in the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy, with lines marking the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole by The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration. - The astronomers who gave the world it's first true glimpse of a black hole have produced another landmark image, this time capturing the polarised light swirling around the same star-eating monster's magnetic fields. But it is more than just a pretty picture. Never before has it been possible to measure polarisation -- which causes light waves to vibrate in a single plane -- so close to the edge of a black hole.  The new observations, based on data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) in 2017, are key to understanding how a galaxy can project streams of energy thousands of lightyears outward from its core, more than 300 scientists reported Wednesday in a pair of studies. (Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A giant black hole 500 times bigger than the one in our galaxy has been spotted by an international team of astronomers led by the Australian National University – and this is one very hungry hole

Kids inspire sustainable switch

3/6/22. MOO is now using plastic that has been washed up on beaches and found in oceans to create environmentally friendly tubs and lids. Minnie Saunders - 11 and Nevada Maio - 11 from Parkside Primary school, where the idea about recycling started from. Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Some hard questions at a primary school careers day prompted MOO yoghurt boss Mick Sanders to find a sustainable packaging solution using 100 per cent recycled plastic washed up on beaches

Pet rock hitches ride on Mars rover

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the area in front of it using its onboard Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera A. This image was acquired on May 26, 2022 (Sol 449) at the local mean solar time of 15:39:48. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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NASA’s Perseverance rover has picked itself up a pet rock as it explores Mars, carrying the rocky hitchhiker for about 8.5km and counting

Beetroot boosts sporting performance

For The Weekly Times Country Living gardening Feb 24 2021:  For a root vegetable in your garden think about planting beetroot. Picture: Fawcett Media
health

If you’ve got a big sporting comp coming up, you might want to put beetroot on your menu after Australian researchers found the vegetable can give athletes a competitive edge

Cartoon celebrates wiggly World Cup win

mark Knight cartoon on Australia reaching the World Cup finals
sport

What chance did Peru have against goalie Andrew Redmayne and his wiggly mates in Australia’s World Cup qualifier, asks cartoonist Mark Knight

How social media can help your storytelling

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - The Telegraph,
June 9, 2022: 
11 Year old  Scarlett Bullock preparing for her Kids News Short Story Writing Competition  in Manly.
Picture:  Jeremy Piper
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Still looking for inspiration for the Kids News Short Story Competition? If you post or create drafts of anything in social media, chances are you are sitting on a treasure trove of top ideas

Elephant ‘Happy’ … but not a person

Female Asian elephant Happy looking at herself in mirror at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Happy showed researchers that pachyderms can recognize themselves in a mirror _ a highly complex behavior previously known in only a few other species. (AP Photo/National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of Joshua Plotnik, Frans de Waal, and Diana Reiss.)
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The US Court of Appeals has closed the gate on the question of whether Happy the elephant has the same rights under the law as a human being, ruling the ‘magnificent creature’ is not a person

Wiggly jig helps Aussies to World Cup

DOHA, QATAR - JUNE 13: Australia celebrate after defeating Peru in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Playoff match between Australia Socceroos and Peru at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on June 13, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)
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The Socceroos have qualified for the World Cup in a sudden-death shootout, won after goalie Andrew Redmayne’s rousing routine of what looked a lot like the Wiggles’ Hot Potato

Chores could boost kids’ brains

Happy little girl doing housework
humanities

It might sound like a tall tale cooked up by parents keen to escape the kitchen, but a new study suggests kids could get a brain boost by making family meals and helping out more with housework

Biloela family home at last

BILOELA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12:  Tharnicaa Nadesalingam celebrates her fifth birthday with her parents Priya and Nades and her sister Kopika on June 12, 2022 in Biloela, Australia. Four years ago, the Nadesalingam family, a Sri Lankan couple seeking asylum and their two Australian-born children, were removed from their home in central Queensland by the Australian Border Force and taken to immigration detention when their immigration protection visas expired. After a multi-year campaign led by members of the central Queensland community of Biloela, the incoming Labor government has released the family from detention, permitting them to return to live and work and Biloela on a bridging visa.  (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
humanities

The Nadesalingam family is back home in the Queensland town of Biloela after four years in immigration detention – just in time for a very special birthday party

Shark cam captures life and death struggles

Cameras fitted to tiger sharks in Western Australia are giving scientists an unprecedented view of the life and death struggles of the predators and their prey. Picture: Alex Kydd
animals

Cameras fitted to tiger sharks in Western Australia are giving scientists an unprecedented view of the life and death struggles of the predators and their prey

E-skin to give robots the human touch

Ravinder Dahiya who has developed an electronic skin.
technology

Scientists are developing an electronic skin that is almost as sensitive as human skin when touched

Crackling campfire or healthy coral reef?

A clownfish in an anemone (credit Tim Lamont, Lancaster University)
environment

Scientists have discovered that a healthy coral reef sounds a bit like a crackling campfire. Now they hope to monitor coral health around the globe after training AI to listen to the surprise “song of the reef”

NASA to launch rockets from the NT

The Arnhem Space Centre
space

NASA rockets haven’t launched from Australian shores since the tail-end of last century – now three will lift off from the Northern Territory’s new space centre by the middle of next month

Louis’ antics steal the show at Jubilee party

Mark Knight cartoon for SHS
civics

Young Prince Louis calls an end to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as only a child can in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Look out for rare planetary show

A diagram of the planets in our solar system with the planets names
space

Five planets will align in their natural order from the Sun in the early morning sky this month, the first time this planetary show has happened in almost 18 years

New Kosciuszko koalas adapted to survive

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. 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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A previously unknown koala population in Kosciuszko National Park adds ‘insurance’ against species extinction as rare sightings over the past 80 years make the discovery an even bigger surprise

The Aussie sport star you should know more about

SOUTHERN PINES, NORTH CAROLINA - JUNE 05: Minjee Lee of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the 77th U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 05, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.   Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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Australian golfer Minjee Lee has scored the biggest win of her career, taking home the US Open trophy and $2.5 million in prize money

Teen puts pilot’s wings before wheels

WEEKEND TELEGRAPH: MAY 21,2022


Chloe Familton (16 years of age) of Cherrybrook at Camden airport. Chloe recently obtained her full Recreational PilotÕs licence through the Air Activity Centre with her father Scott Familton.
humanities

The sky’s the limit for 16-year-old high school student Chloe Familton – a qualified solo pilot with more hours in the cockpit than behind the wheel of a car

Traffic noise spells trouble for school learning

Pagewood Public school's Lollipop Lady , Denise Page at work , guiding students and parents over the crossing to school. Denise is retiring after 13 years helping children across the road in Page Street, Outside the school. Picture: John Appleyard
environment

Noise pollution policymakers may need to listen up, as a European study shows students need a little bit of shush around their school in order to develop working memory and improved attentiveness

Party time to mark Queen’s historic reign

Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (R) holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. - Huge crowds converged on central London in bright sunshine on Thursday for the start of four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP)
civics

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 70 years, longer than any other British monarch before her. You’ll never guess how Australia celebrated the milestone

Monster prehistoric Aussie plant discovered

The seagrass Posidonia australis was found in the shallows of Shark Bay in WA. It is the largest plant on Earth and at least 4500 years old. Picture: University of Western Australia
science

Australian scientists have found the largest known plant on Earth in the UNESCO World Heritage Shark Bay of WA – and it’s 4500 years old

Golden chance for jobs in sport

Matildas captain Sam Kerr poses for a photograph before a press conference at HBF Park in Perth, Friday, June 26, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING
sport

Australia is on the verge of a “golden decade” of sport, with a host of international events headed our way, but still many teens and their parents don’t recognise career opportunities in sport

Lion with mullet causes uproar at Chinese zoo

Hang Hang at Guangzhou Zoo in China, sports a unique mane. Zookeepers insist his golden locks were left limp and droopy by the 32C heat and 89% humidity. Hang Hang was snapped trawling around his enclosure with a fellow lion on May 29, and a caretaker said photos of the 'do attracted more visitors.', Picture: Supplied
animals

Even lions can have a bad hair day. Just ask Hang Hang. The big cat’s once glorious mane looks more like a mullet, with keepers blaming hot and humid weather

‘Voldemort’ sledge backfires

Mark Knight - Voldemort cartoon for Kids News.
civics

New government minister Tanya Plibersek has learnt the hard way that name calling is not on in federal politics any more, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Megalodon loses food fight with great white shark

Megalodon prehistoric shark, artwork
animals

An epic clash between aquatic apex predators may have helped drive the megalodon to extinction once they were forced to compete for food with the fearsome and fast great white shark

Aussie rides into cycling history

VERONA, ITALY - MAY 29: Jai Hindley of Australia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium with the Trofeo Senza Fine as overall race winner during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 21 a 17,4km individual time trial stage from Verona to Verona / ITT / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 29, 2022 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
sport

Australian cyclist Jai Hindley has won the Giro d’Italia, becoming only the second Aussie to take a Grand Tour title as he reunites with his parents at the finish line after more than two years apart

Fiery planet burns around sun-like star

While this artist’s impression shows what scientists think 55 Cancri e might look like, the James Webb Space Telescope will soon deliver images of the real thing, a rocky planet with a diameter almost twice that of Earth, orbiting close to its sun. Picture: NASA/ESA/CSA/Dani Player/STScI
space

NASA’s powerful James Webb Space Telescope will soon reveal hotly anticipated images of burning lava planet 55 Cancri e, racing around its sun-like star like a ‘super-hot super-Earth’

Dig deeper on International Dinosaur Day

Melbourne Museum Life-like Baby Triceratops puppet unveiling of Melbourne Museum's triceratops exhibition.      Sam 4, bumps into the baby triceratops in the Forest Gallery.                 Picture: David Caird
animals

A Melbourne palaeontologist has shared some of his favourite dinosaur facts as the creatures take centre stage on their international day. WATCH THE VIDEO

Google AI to help rescue Great Barrier Reef

A critically endangered hawksbill turtle about to eat a small jellyfish at Saxon Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Cairns on February 25, 2022. Picture: Shannon Myers/Down Under Cruise and Dive
environment

Global tech giant Google has teamed up with CSIRO scientists to tackle the crown-of-thorns starfish that preys on coral and is one of the top three threats to the Great Barrier Reef’s future

Ukrainian teens find friends in smiley Sydney

DAILY TELEGRAPH. MAY 28, 2022..

Pictured in Lidcombe today are Ukrainian Refugee Teenagers Nika Kovalneko 14, Anhelina Shevchuk 14 and Sofia Shamanskaya 14, who are finding new friends and learning English at the Ukrainian Youth Association in Lidcombe. Picture: Tim Hunter.
humanities

Smiling at strangers in the street is just one way that life is very different for more than 20 teen refugees seeking safety and friendship in Sydney after leaving the war in Ukraine far behind

Have you read these Aussie kids’ favourites?

SATURDAY DAILY TELEGRAPH - 8/12/17

TV personality, comedian and author David Walliams visits Erskineville Public School to launch his new book. L to R, Kindy students with David - Olive Corben, Charlie Stewart, David Walliams, Aja Shooter and Maddox Topping. Pic, Sam Ruttyn
short story competition

Australian kids love funny, naughty and cheeky books. Is your favourite on the list of top 50 most popular children’s books of the past decade?

Funny photos focus on serious pothole problem

Alex Dyson has collaborated with Fix our rural roads to draw attention to the fact that South-West Victoria has some of the worst bits of bitumen in the country. , Picture: Facebook
civics

Alex Dyson looks like he’s having a laugh but his funny photographs aim to highlight a serious problem on rural roads

Demons adopt Indigenous name

Melbourne Demons Steven May, far left, and Jack Viney, far right launch the Narrm Football Club along with Indigenous artist Ky-ya Nicholson Ward Ben Gibson / Melbourne Football Club
indigenous news

Melbourne Football Club has adopted its traditional Indigenous name for two rounds of the AFL season in a move the club hopes will promote education and important conversations

Young Aussies quite keen on Queen

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the 'A Gallop Through History' performance, part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 15, 2022 in Windsor, England. The Royal Windsor Horse Show continued the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the 'A Gallop Through History' event. Each evening, the Platinum Jubilee celebration saw over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute production that took the audience on a 'gallop through history' from Elizabeth I to the present day. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
civics

An unusual poll that floats the idea of Australia inventing its own royal family finds a surprising number of young adult Australians are in favour of being ruled by the British one

Cartoon captures election outcome

Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, May 23, 2022
civics

Cartoonist Mark Knight has summed up the federal election result in his latest drawing for Kids News