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Checking cheetah poo at the zoo

animals

One of the important roles of zookeepers, vets and scientists is looking at animal poo as an indicator of health. Monarto Safari Park keepers share some of their poo knowledge with Kids News

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Australian scientists break internet speed record

technology

Using 76.7km of ordinary fibre cables between two Victorian universities, Australian computer scientists have achieved incredible internet speeds of 44.2 million megabits a second

Weather

Australia set for colder, wetter than average winter

weather

Get your umbrella and winter woollies out. The Bureau of Meteorology is tipping plenty of rain and chilly days ahead but nights could be warmer.

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Molly’s on the run for good cause

Molly's Run
sport

Pint-sized Molly loves to run — and she’s planning to do it all the way from her Melbourne home to Canberra to raise money for children’s brain cancer.

Astronauts into orbit on history-making space flight

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UPDATED Two NASA astronauts have launched in a SpaceX rocket and arrived safely at the ISS, the first time in nearly a decade that the US has launched astronauts into orbit from the US

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
humanities

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

Australian man’s new toilet paper world record

sport

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

Insulin that mimics venom of deep-sea snail

Insulin Case Study
science

Scientists in Australia have described as possibly life changing the invention of human insulin that mimics cone snail venom insulin, working almost instantly to lower blood sugar levels

NRL restart to attract massive TV audience

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sport

Footy is finally back, with millions of sports-starved viewers around the globe expected to watch the return round of rugby league.

How to draw and animate your own minion

just for fun

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

Australian megafauna died out with climate change

environment

Giant kangaroos, enormous crocodiles, massive wombats and a marsupial “lion” that lived 40,000 years ago in tropical Northern Australia died out because of climate change, a study has found

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Dear Australia Letter Writing Campaign
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Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

Big boost to birdwing butterflies in the wild

animals

A successful captive breeding and release program of more than 500 Richmond birdwing butterflies means the species could soon be taken off the threatened species list

AFL announces next rounds in restarted 2020 season

sport

The wait is over for footy fans desperate to know who, when and where their beloved club will play as the league announces the fixture for rounds two to five, including several blockbusters

Lonely penguins take day trip to art gallery

animals

Life in lockdown can be pretty dull, even for penguins. But the day got a light brighter for these little birds when they had an excursion from their zoo enclosure to an art museum.

Branch out with your own family tree project

Father and daughter lying on the floor and painting family tree
history

Ever wondered where your family came from? Why not research and create a family tree. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Dusty models COVID-safe return to AFL season

Mark Knight on Dusty return to AFL
sport

There’s a small light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel with the AFL’s announcement of a restart to the footy season. Mark Knight imagines how Tigers star Dustin Martin could help

Astronomers watch birth of a new planet

space

For the first time, astronomers have watched what they believe was the birth of a new planet, seen within a huge disk of gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star bigger than our Sun

Lego Masters star’s huge toy collection

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

Last-known film of not-so-fierce thylacine

animals

Researchers have discovered what is thought to be the last film of a thylacine, taken two years later than any other known record and casting doubt on its reputation as an aggressive animal

Caring for the billions of microbes in your mouth

Museum sugar drink ban
health

Donations of spit from about 1500 people are helping scientists understand how the billions of microbes in our mouths work to keep us healthy and what you can do to keep them healthy too

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

arts

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

Record price for Michael Jordan’s rookie shoes

sport

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

What makes eyes different colours?

explainers

Do you have brown eyes? If that’s a yes, you’re in the majority. In fact, it’s thought that 10,000 years ago, every human had brown eyes. Kids News researched the science of eye colour

Billie’s kindness lives on

humanities

Australian schoolgirl Billie Kinder always believed she could make the world a better place. Now her family hopes the third annual B Kinder Day on June 22 will take her message worldwide

Climbers to remeasure height of Everest

geography

A team of climbers is on its way to summit Mount Everest this week to measure whether it has grown as Earth’s tectonic plates move and try to end international disagreement on the subject

Rare dinosaur fossil found in Australia

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animals

A fresh look at a fossil found at a Victorian beach and thought to belong to a pterosaur has resulted in the discovery of the first elaphrosaur dinosaur ever from Australia

Gnarly home has its own skate bowl

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

Isolation baby boom for Australian zoos

animals

While the world has been in lockdown, zoos around the country have been welcoming a wave of cute, cuddly and not so cuddly babies. Check them out.

Ball of cuteness and other winning nature photos

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus A confiding adult, high in the Cairngorms mountains, forms the shape of a ball as it grooms Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
arts

A photo of a mountain hare in a snowstorm that took the photographer several freezing weeks to capture has won this year’s BigPicture international nature photography competition

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
technology

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

Coughing over the health of Australia’s piggy bank

Mark Knight's cartoon on Josh Frydenberg
civics

When Mark Knight tuned in to watch Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talk about the economy in federal parliament, he saw him coughing uncontrollably. What was the cause?

All the action of the great Aussie penguin race

just for fun

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

Spooky goings-on at night in the museum

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

Mystery of koala drinking habits solved

animals

In a big win in the battle to save this species from extinction, scientists have observed koalas drinking in the wild for the first time, watching them lick rain running down tree trunks

Cave find rewrites history of early humans

Primeval Caveman Wearing Animal Skin Holds Stone Tipped Spear Looks Around, Explores Prehistoric Forest in a Hunt for Animal Prey. Neanderthal Going Hunting in the Jungle
history

Scientists have found human bones and a tooth up to 46,000 years old that rewrite the history of early humans’ arrival in Europe and time spent living alongside Neanderthals

Coronavirus restrictions to ease across Australia

School Drop Off
news

A visit with grandma and grandpa, a return to school or a kick of the footy with friends? What do the easing of coronavirus lockdown rules mean for you?

Human urine could help make concrete on Moon

space

Scientists have found that urea, the main chemical ingredient in urine, would make a good lunar concrete for building a Moon base, reducing the need to launch supplies from Earth

Scientists find otters juggle stones when hungry

animals

It looks like they’re just having a bit of fun, but new research has found that juggling stones is a sign that an otter’s tummy is rumbling and they’re ready for a feed

Put your thinking caps on to write a winning story

2020 Kids News Short Story competition logo
arts

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

Record history in your COVID-19 time capsule

Oscar has put a lot of effort in gathering informaiton, photos and items for his coronavirus time capsule.
history

Kids News has produced a ‘time capsule’ activity book so children can document their time in isolation and how it’s made them feel so they can always remember this unique period in their life

Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth

space

Two stars dancing in the night sky and visible without a telescope have led astronomers to find a black hole so close to Earth it’s “just around the corner” in space terms

PM’s cabinet chat becomes a stop-work meeting

Mark Knight's National Cabinet cartoon
civics

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores the PM’s National Cabinet meeting where one leader is pulling out all the stops to protect his citizens from coronavirus

Tassie mayor orders residents to take silly walks

John Cleese in Monty Python skit, 'Ministry of Silly Walks'
just for fun

Silly walking is encouraged along the Tasmanian town of Latrobe’s main street after the mayor declared it a jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks during the COVID-19 disruption

How the tradition of Mother’s Day was born

explainers

Celebrating mothers on a special day of the year isn’t a modern idea. Kids News researched the history of honouring and thanking mothers across Australia and around the world

River ‘monster’ to topple T-rex as top dinosaur

This is an artist's illustration of the terrifying creatureCredit: University of Portsmouth / Davide Bonadonna
animals

Fast, ferocious Spinosaurus is the first aquatic dinosaur known to science. Experts believe it could topple T-rex to take the title as the most famous and exciting meat-eating dinosaur

Football-sized chunk of the Moon for sale

A piece of Moon rock
space

One of the largest Moon rocks on Earth is up for sale, probably chipped off the surface of the Moon by a collision with an asteroid or comet and then plunging down in the Sahara Desert

Halley’s comet dust trail lights up night sky

Moon rising on Tuesday May 7 2013 - Photographer Grant Schwartzkopff - searching for Halley's Comet meteor shower.
space

Ancient debris from Halley’s comet will zoom across the night sky this week, creating the eta Aquariid meteor shower with up to 20 meteors an hour to watch out for

World’s strongest man lifts new record

sport

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

Aussie helps build ‘time machine’ to study Big Bang

Big Bang Theory. Source: Thinkstock.
science

An Australian-made radio telescope is preparing to look back 13 billion years in time to the Big Bang and discover the secrets of our universe. It will be the closest thing we have to a time machine

Sea turtles thrive as humans stay off our beaches

A tiny olive ridley sea turtle crawling on sand
animals

Sea turtles are nesting in record numbers across the world as humans stay inside to stop the spread of COVID-19. The turtles are thriving with crowd-free beaches and less pollution

‘Crazy beast’ prehistoric mammal found

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 years ago on the island of Madagascar. Picture: Facebook/Denver Museum of
 Nature & Science
animals

The skeleton of a backward-toothed mammal nicknamed “crazy beast” that existed alongside dinosaurs 66 million years ago has been unveiled by Australian palaeontologists

Aussies spreading joy with sidewalk chalk talk

arts

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

Saluting the Anzac spirit and ghosts of Diggers past

arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the spirit of the Anzacs and the ghostly impact the coronavirus had on one of Australia’s most sacred days

Dolphins dance through glowing algal bloom

Glowing dolphins swim through algae
science

A pod of dolphins has been filmed dancing and surfing through waves full of bioluminescent plankton. Kids News looks at the science behind the living things that glow

US military releases UFO videos to prove they’re real

news

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

Teenager Prespakis wins AFLW best and fairest

sport

Just one year after being named the Rising Star of the AFLW, Carlton midfielder Madison Prespakis has now taken home the league’s best and fairest award

Found! Antarctic frog fossils from warmer times

Dr Jodi Rowley with James Alcock
animals

Experts have discovered cold-blooded frogs once lived on a warm Antarctica 40 million years ago PLUS Australian scientists need your help for a frog-finding mission closer to home

Kids get creative at school to keep COVID-19 away

Students in China go back to school wearing 1m wide hats. (Photos courtesy of Zhejiang Daily). Twitter: @SixthTone
health

Children in China are finally returning to classrooms after months of online learning, using creative thinking to find fun ways to keep their distance to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

Best pictures to celebrate Hubble’s happy birthday

NASA has released images to celebrate Hubble's 30th year
space

The Hubble Space Telescope has reached its 30th year in orbit and we’re celebrating with a look at some of Hubble’s best photos of our incredible universe. Which is your favourite?

Exploring the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. We explore why Cook came to Australia and why some celebrate and some lament this day

Toy Story star surprises bullied Aussie boy

Tom Hanks arrives at the world premiere of Toy Story 3 on Sunday June 13, 2010 at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
humanities

A Gold Coast boy named Corona has received a heartfelt letter and special gift from Hollywood actor Tom Hanks after revealing he had been bullied at school

Earth’s insect numbers shrink over 30 years

Funny laughing curly girl with a butterfly on his nose.
animals

New scientific research has shown the number of insects living on land has fallen dramatically in the past 30 years, putting the world’s ecosystems — and human lives — at risk

Making music in times of trouble

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A Queensland music shop expected tough times during COVID-19 restrictions but it’s been “busier than Christmas” as people turn to playing musical instruments for pleasure and comfort

Drones delivering COVID-19 test kits

technology

Aussies could soon be self-testing for COVID-19 with the help of a fleet of drones. A Melbourne-based drone company is already using tiny aircraft in Africa to deliver and return test kits

Virus leaves future of Virgin up in the air

Mark Knight cartoon on the future of Virgin Airlines
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores the collapse of Virgin Airlines in Australia and how the company could make a buck selling its second-hand planes

Anzac Day explainer: the dawn of the legend

Digger Vince O'Sullivan will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway
history

Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means, how it is observed and how this year’s Anzac Day will be different

Big find about origins of human language

A three-dimensional model of the 3.2 million-year-old hominid known as Lucy is unveiled at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The sculpture, showing a scientific estimation of what Lucy may have looked like in life, is part of an exhibition featuring the original fossilized remains of the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor from Africa. Houston is the first stop on an American tour for the famous fossil. The exhibition will open Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
science

By comparing brains of humans and apes, scientists have discovered the origins of human language could be 25 million years old — 20 million years older than previously thought

Lyrid meteor shower to light up the night sky

A composite image of meteors in the Lyrid shower over the US state of Texas in 2012. Picture: NASA
space

One of the world’s oldest meteor showers is taking place again in our night sky this week. You will be able to see the glorious Lyrid meteor shower at its best tonight at your place

How flamingoes hang out with their friends

Flying flamingo
animals

Despite being part of a large flock, flamingoes mostly spend time with a small group of close friends and others avoid certain individuals, suggesting some just don’t get along

Mystery WWI Aussie soldiers finally identified

Robert Deegan face recognition AWM
technology

Face-recognition technology has identified unknown Australian WWI soldiers in photos from a precious collection uncovered in a wooden chest in an attic in France in 2011

Virtual safaris into the wild, from home

animals

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

Earthquakes signal Iceland’s volcanoes waking up

science

Scientists warn that a volcanic area of Iceland is becoming active, with more than 8000 earthquakes recorded since January 21 and 10cm of land uplift as magma pushes up from below

NASA reveals high-resolution photos of the Sun

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire unveil highest-ever resolution images of the Sun from NASA's solar sounding rocket mission.NASA/UCLan
space

A space telescope has taken the most detailed photos of the Sun, revealing surface spots filled with plasma strands hundreds of kilometres long and as hot as a million degrees Celsius

Koalas at risk as numbers halve in 20 years

Front line nurses
animals

Australia’s koala population has been cut in half in the past two decades, with conservationists warning our national icon is already extinct in some areas after devastating bushfires and drought

Painting clouds and other ideas to save our Reef

environment

Action on climate change and ideas such as painting clouds with water and growing heat-tolerant coral are being considered to help the Great Barrier Reef be healthier in 30 years’ time

Procession of caterpillars sign of frosty time ahead

The procession of caterpillars. Picture: Still from video
animals

A 7m-long procession of caterpillars parading through Alice Springs is fascinating and touching them dangerous, but to the Arrernte people, it can be a sign of a harsh winter on the way

Home learning enough to make parents scream

Mark Knight cartoon on parents coping with home schooling.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores how parents are coping — or not — with the need to support their children’s education from home

Mystery of Death Valley’s sliding stones

This is Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day featuring a sailing stone and the Milky Way Credit: KEITH BURKE
science

NASA has sparked renewed interest in the mystery of Death Valley’s sailing stones that seemingly move on their own across the desert with no human or animal help and no obvious explanation

Rice ATM helps feed jobless during pandemic

humanities

A businessman in Vietnam has invented a rice ATM to help people who can’t afford to buy food because of the shutdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Astronauts recall flawed Apollo 13 mission

space

It is 50 years since the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission and though younger generations may think of it as a failure, its astronauts and others regard it as NASA’s finest achievement

Massive stringy clone colony filmed off WA

the siphonophore
animals

Researchers off WA have filmed a long, glowing, stringlike, predatory underwater creature made up of millions of interconnected clones, the largest of its type ever discovered

NASA reveals camp plans for life on the Moon

Space agencies have their sights set on colonising the Moon
space

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

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

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
technology

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
animals

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

history

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
animals

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

arts

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

Disneyland Resort in California
just for fun

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
animals

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.
explainers

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

Sign Home, Key, Judges Gavel And Book On Wood Table
health

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.
arts

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