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Artist's impression of a comet

Meteor shower lights up the night sky

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Fireballs from Halley’s comet are lighting up the Australian night sky this week as the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak, putting on a show we can see without a telescope

Saharan silver ants are very fast

Quick steps for world’s fastest ant

animals

Scientists have found the fastest ant in the world — the Saharan silver — which takes 47 steps a second to cover about 90cm, the equivalent of a human running 579kmh

Media unites in fight against secrecy

civics

Australia’s major media organisations have taken the unprecedented step of uniting to fight for press freedoms and the public’s right to know what’s going on in this country

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Sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep in a carpark

Beddown volunteers make up beds in the recent Brisbane carpark trial. Picture: supplied
humanities

One man’s big plan to help Australia’s homeless people have a good night’s sleep is a step closer to becoming a reality after a trial turned an empty carpark into pop-up accommodation

Mysterious creature called The Blob unveiled

science

A Paris zoo has unveiled a mysterious new organism, nicknamed The Blob, that looks like a fungus, acts like an animal, eats porridge, can move and can heal itself if cut in half

Female astronauts make “herstory” on a spacewalk

space

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have completed a seven-hour spacewalk to do important repairs, leaving the four male astronauts back in the ISS

Swapping footballers is a game for all ages

sport

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight remembers the joys of footy swap cards in the schoolyard and how it mirrors the competitiveness of AFL trade week

Wanted: a real human face for robots

Flirting female humanoid robot
technology

A technology company has begun a global search for a real face to replicate on its personal assistant robots, offering the chosen human a payment of $190,000

Meet a champion racehorse and his best friend

Redzel Strapper Lauren Smyth
animals

It’s a lot of work to ready a horse for Australia’s richest race, The Everest. We explore the special bond between two-time winner Redzel and his strapper ahead of his attempt to win again

Rye straw could replace plastic straws

Making bio-degradable straws from Rye plant
environment

Australian farmers are growing millions of natural, no-waste alternatives to plastic drinking straws every year, yet few people know about this centuries-old invention

Out-there plan for 13-minute journey to Mars

space

A NASA scientist has designed a rocket that could reach close to the speed of light without using any fuel, going to the Moon in just over a second and putting distant stars within reach

Quest to end child poverty wins Nobel Prize

humanities

The Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to three people working on solving child poverty. One of the winners is the youngest ever and only the second woman ever

Banish mould lurking in lunch boxes

Mould
health

A child health specialist is urging parents and kids to properly clean and inspect lunch boxes, drink bottles and toys for hidden mould after the revolting results of a parent survey

Scientist becomes world’s first full cyborg

Dr Scott-Morgan’s avatar. Picture: Youtube, Embody DigitalSource:Supplied
technology

A world-renowned roboticist with motor neurone disease is transforming himself into a robot to extend his life, with plenty more upgrades and updates planned for the future

Meet Australia’s real Willy Wonka

Macpherson Robertson being welcomed home by staff at his Fitzroy factory for MacRobertson's chocolate in 1935. Picture: State Library of Victoria.
history

Australia had its own Willy Wonka long before Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the real one every bit as eccentric and a genius as the fictional version

Australian soldiers leave their mark in graffiti

Inside the Naours Caves in France where Australians left graffiti on the walls during the First World War. Supplied: DVA
history

Graffiti scrawled by Australian soldiers on underground cave walls in France more than 100 years ago has been preserved as a time capsule of life in the First World War

Mystery of the 7m python skin in the park

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Wildlife officials believe a giant python skin may have been smuggled into Australia after it was found in a Queensland park, while in NSW the search is on for a boa constrictor on the loose 

Kid-watching home spy invention on way

Woman eats night stole the refrigerator
technology

Google has legal permission to develop technology that monitors where children are at home and what they are doing, eating and saying, raising concerns about privacy and children’s rights

First-ever diamond inside a diamond

The diamond with another diamond inside. Picture: Siberian Times
science

Miners have unearthed an ultra-rare diamond with a second diamond loose inside it, believed to be the first example of such a diamond ever found

Protesting extinction is as old as the dinosaurs

Mark Knight cartoon on Extinction Rebellion
animals

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought

Astronomers find 20 new Saturn moons

A MONTAGE of planet Saturn and some of its moons. planets space astronomy
space

Scientists have found 20 new moons around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. The finds put Saturn ahead of Jupiter’s 79 moons — though none as massive as Ganymede

Space burgers coming right up!

burger on wax paper with beer in background
science

Astronauts have grown beef in a laboratory up on the International Space Station by 3D printing meat from cells harvested on Earth and sent up into orbit on a rocket

Paralysed man walks with exoskeleton

technology

A man paralysed from the shoulders down has walked using a four-limb robotic exoskeleton controlled by signals sent from sensors implanted in his brain

The mystery of the human belly button

explainers

There are more than 7.7 billion human belly buttons on Earth, yet few of us know much at all about this funny-looking squiggle on the middle of our middle. Kids News explains belly buttons

Head outdoors for ‘playlight savings’ fun

Happy child on a jungle gym
health

Even families in states without daylight savings need to adopt “playlight savings” to make the most of summer’s longer days and improve their health by being outside

Gender-neutral friends for Barbie and Ken

humanities

Barbie and Ken have new friends, but, unlike feminine Barbie and masculine Ken, these dolls are gender neutral and are “designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in”

Rare orange monkey born at Australian zoo

animals

One of the world’s rarest and most endangered monkeys has been born in Australia. The baby’s distinctive bright orange hair is making him a standout at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Fossilised ‘Iron Dragon’ found in the outback

The ancient flying reptile known as the Iron Dragon, discovered in Qld. Supplied: Travis R. Tischler
history

The fossilised bones of a winged reptile — nicknamed the Iron Dragon — which flew above Queensland during the age of dinosaurs has been uncovered in the outback

Colourful dreams of a sleeping octopus

A sleeping octopus changing colour. Picture: PBS
animals

Filmmakers have recorded the dramatic colour changes of a sleeping octopus, suggesting it is dreaming about preying on a crab, catching it and then settling down to eat it

Grab some popcorn, it’s school holiday movie time

Artwork for Kids News school holiday guide
just for fun

It’s school holiday time which means Kids News is taking a short break. But you should grab some popcorn and see one of the great movies on the big screen. Here’s our guide to the best

Harriet the monkey visits the Queen

just for fun

A toy monkey from an Australian kindergarten has had an unexpected big adventure at Buckingham Palace, getting lost, then found, then going to work with palace staff

How long do Aussie banknotes last?

Cost of Electricity
money

What is the lifespan of Australian banknotes? Like most things, our polymer money has a use-by date and the answers for how long each note lasts might surprise you

Teens guzzling too much soft drink

Teenagers and Sugar
health

One in six Australian teenagers consumes at least 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks, according to a new health survey. Though that’s an improvement, it’s still too much sugar

Ancient stories brought to life in 3D

The tongue of the Rainbow Serpent flashes like lightning in the story of the
humanities

There were once at least 250 indigenous Australian languages — now, there are just a few. A project combining cutting-edge technology with ancient stories aims to stop the decline

Nat Fyfe wins second Brownlow Medal

2019 Brownlow Medal
sport

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe has become the 15th player to win multiple Brownlow Medals after taking home the AFL’s best and fairest award

PM promises Australia will help US land on Mars

civics

During an official state visit with US President Donald Trump, PM Scott Morrison has revealed our new national space agency will help NASA in its mission to land on the moon and Mars

First look at humans’ ancient cousin

science

Scientists have reconstructed the skull of a prehistoric, extinct cousin of humans from a tiny finger bone, so we can see, for the first time, what the Denisovan people looked like

Dr Seuss’s top-secret Aussie book revealed

Dr Seuss
arts

In an incredible, top-secret adventure like something out of a storybook, an Australian illustrator was picked from all the illustrators in the world to complete an unfinished Dr Seuss book

Rare polka-dot zebra foal spotted

The spotted zebra foal was seen at Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Picture: Maasai Mara
animals

There’s a saying that a tiger never changes its stripes but it seems zebras can — a dotted zebra foal has been photographed for the first time at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

Meet the honourable Hugh or is it Wolverine?

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight shows some sharp wit when deciding how to draw Hugh Jackman receiving his Order of Australia medal

Where have all the Bogong moths gone?

Animals at Gumbuya World
animals

Critically endangered mountain pygmy-possums need your help to solve the mystery of the missing Bogong moths that have disappeared somewhere between Queensland and Victoria

Pick up a book for Australian Reading Hour today

Australian Reading Hour
book club

Australian Reading Hour is today, so get involved! Pick up a book or check out one of six great book extracts in this article. Or watch our video with four top authors reading their books aloud

Wise words from a circus star

Jillibalu Riley learned breakdancing and other contemporary dance at high school. Picture: supplied
arts

Jillibalu Riley does incredible acrobatics as a performer with Circus Oz, tricks he started practising as a little daredevil kid mucking around with his cousins

First robotic shop open for business

Australia's First Robot Store
technology

Robots served ice cream to excited kids on day one at Australia’s first robotic shop, in a move said to be about enhancing the customer experience rather than taking humans’ jobs

Australia’s critical water shortage

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weather

Several NSW towns will run out of drinking water within weeks without rain. In the longer term, Australia needs to build more dams to supply our growing population

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100

geography

It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Hide and seek with giggling rats

Rat
science

If you see a rat disappearing around a corner one day, try not to freak out — scientists have discovered it may just want to play and could even be laughing at the fun of it all

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN

civics

A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Eels smash Broncos 58-0 and NRL finals record

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sport

The Eels have smashed the Broncos 58-0 and broken a 75-year-old NRL finals record as two AFL stars sweat on tribunal results and the Boomers finished fourth in the basketball world cup

Shock find: superpowered Amazon eel

animals

For more than 250 years, we thought there was only one species of electric eel on Earth. Scientists have discovered two more species, one of which can shock its prey with 860 volts

Water found on super-Earth called K2-18b

space

Scientists have discovered water on a distant super-Earth known as K2-18b, which has temperatures suitable for life. It’s the first time water vapour has been detected on an exoplanet

Modern take on The Four Seasons of Australia

Mark Knight's Four Seasons cartoon
news

In our weekly series, Mark Knight explains why he used classic composer Vivaldi as inspiration for how different the four seasons and the weather is becoming in Australia

Secret code hidden in new 50 cent coin

The Royal Australian Mint's top secret coin
money

The Royal Australian Mint has made history after releasing the first Australian coin featuring a secret code. The new 50 cent coin has been launched to mark the 70th anniversary of ASIO

Time capsule of the day the dinosaurs died

The day the asteroid hit the Earth
science

For the first time, scientists have a clear picture of the day the giant asteroid crashed into Earth, wiping out dinosaurs with fires, tsunamis and a sky full of vaporised rock

Magical moonbows explained

A moonbow over Mt Gambier airport
weather

A rare moonbow has appeared in the South Australian sky in the middle of the night and been caught on camera. We look at how they form and why seeing one is very special

Drought leaves firefighters without water

environment

Fires continued to burn across drought-ravaged Queensland and New South Wales on Monday night, forcing firefighters to find ways to fight bushfires without water

Hungry? Order a drone to bring lunch

Alphabet has been testing its Project Wing drone deliveries in areas around Canberra, ACT. Picture: supplied
technology

Flying roast chickens, hot coffee, milk, bread and hardware will drop from the air into Australian backyards in a world-first drone delivery trial expected to launch within weeks

Breakthrough in Loch Ness mystery

science

Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur

Girl wins big as 1 billionth plane passenger

history

A 10-year-old Australian girl has been met from her flight by crowds and an orchestra after becoming the one billionth passenger at Sydney Airport, which turns 100 this year.

Australia wins fourth Test and retains the Ashes

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sport

For the first time in 18 years, the Ashes are coming home from the UK after the Aussies pulled off a miraculous win in the final hour of play in the fourth Test against England

Australia’s amazing new world records

just for fun

A pizza with 154 varieties of cheese and a man pulling a massive army tank 10m are two of the incredible Australian achievements just announced by Guinness World Records

Boris rocks to a new anthem on Brexit

Mark Knight cartoon on the Brexit situation
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight reveals why he drew British PM Boris Johnson as a punk rocker to help explain Brexit and whether the UK should stay or go

Welcome to the valley of the scarecrow dolls

Life-size dolls looking on from a bus stop in the tiny village of Nagoro in western Japan. Photo: AFP
humanities

The streets of Nagoro appear busy, dotted with people going about day-to-day life at school, at shops and in gardens. But they’re not people, they’re life-size dolls

Pack your bags for a space holiday

The Gateway Foundatio's space hotel
space

Designs have been revealed for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, a low-orbit, wheel-shaped hotel for 100 space tourists a week that could be open for guests by 2025

Kids feeling eco-anxiety about plastic waste

environment

Australian doctors have declared climate change a health emergency and children admit feeling anxious about the environment, some blaming adults for plastic waste

Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian

weather

‘Hurricane Hunters’ have taken an incredible photo from inside the eye of Dorian, which has hit the Bahamas and is now heading for the US, where people are doing their best to prepare

Double cuddle: twin panda cubs born

animals

Meng Meng placed the pink panda cub gently on her belly and warmed it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath and the soft fur of her cheeks. An hour later, its twin was born

Teaching bees to save lives

science

Honeybees are being trained to do jobs too dangerous for humans and too difficult for sniffer dogs, detecting the smell of bombs and chemicals and helping test for life-threatening radioactivity

Great Barrier Reef outlook ‘very poor’

environment

It’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but the outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is “very poor”, according to a five-year report on its health

Indonesia to relocate capital city from Jakarta

Local residents play on the shore in front of a mosque that has been claimed by the sea beside the protective seawall barrier at Muara Baru, North Jakarta. Picture: Graham Crouch
geography

President Joko Widodo has announced plans to move Indonesia’s capital city from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to Borneo island, known for rainforests and orang-utans

Meet MRD, humans’ oldest cousin

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in August 2019 shows a facial reconstruction model by John Gurche made from a fossilized cranium of Australopithecus anamensis. The species is considered to be an ancestor of A. afarensis, represented by “Lucy” found in 1974. From 3.8 million years ago, the ancestral species is the oldest known member of Australopithecus, the grouping of creatures that preceded our own branch of the family tree, called Homo. (Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History via AP)
science

Scientists have reconstructed the face of our earliest known ancestor from a fossilised skull belonging to a male who lived 3.8 million years ago in the mountains of Ethiopia

Are parents ignoring kids’ rights?

Upset
safe kids

As the UN reviews the rights of children in the digital age, it has found parents who share online their children’s pictures or personal information may be violating their human rights

Dayleni is Australia’s best kids’ newsreader

Australia's Best Kids Newsreader
just for fun

In breaking news ..... eight-year-old Dayleni Drike Sanchez has been named Australia’s best kids’ newsreader and is making her live TV debut. Watch her in action

Innocent victims of the Amazon fires

Mark Knight's cartoon on the Amazon fires
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he used the faces of innocent animals to measure the destruction of the Amazon fires

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

Coles Mini Newspaper Giveaway in Weekend Papers
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Read all about it … Kids News is now a mini newspaper. Pick up your copy full of fun stories and facts this weekend at Coles to complete your Little Shop 2 collection

Baby hope for last northern white rhinos

animals

Seven eggs from the world’s last two northern white rhinos have been successfully fertilised artificially, giving hope for a future baby rhino that could save the species from extinction

Yippee! The future is bright for optimists

Happy Senior Couple Riding a Motor Scooter
health

Scientists believe optimists — people who feel hopeful and are confident about the future — are more likely to live longer and that we may be able to learn to be optimists

Amazon fires: Who will help save the rainforest?

environment

Some world leaders have agreed to help fight fires in the Amazon and try to repair the damage once the fires are out. We look at why the so-called ‘lungs of the world’ is so important

Holey moley! Australia’s first minted coins on show

A holey dollar and a dump from a 1788 Charles III Spanish silver dollar from a Private Collection in Queensland. Photos: Supplied.
money

Colonial Australia’s first minted coins — the holey dollar and the dump — have gone on show at the Royal Australian Mint. The coins were made by destroying Spanish currency to create our own

Huge volcanic island floating towards Australia

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science

A city-sized, floating island spewed from an undersea volcano is heading for Australia’s coast. Rather than causing a disastrous collision, its arrival could help heal the Great Barrier Reef

Move to add giraffes to endangered list

Giraffes in Kruger park
animals

World nations have called for giraffes to be added to the endangered species list as numbers in the wild continue to drop because of loss of habitat, drought and hunting

Solving the mystery of convicts’ secret language

Convict slang book
history

If you don’t know what a fibbing gloak, a milling cove or a brisket beater are and you’re planning to time travel to 1819 you’d better study Australia’s best-selling, first dictionary

New, much older stegosaurus species found

1999 : Stegosaurus dinosaur featured in 1999 ABC fantasy TV documentary "Walking With Dinosaurs". Pic BBC.
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animals

Fossil hunters have found a new species of the ferocious-looking, armour-plated stegosaurus, much older than previous finds and in a location that could lead palaeontologists to rewrite history

Smith is Aussie cricket’s knight in shining armour

news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he just had to draw a concussed Steve Smith as Aussie cricket’s knight in shining armour

Cook’s Endeavour a vehicle for reflection

Endeavour Arrival
history

Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia will be commemorated in a major project exploring the lasting impact it had on First Peoples, with hopes it could promote reconciliation

Mountain lion gets world’s biggest wildlife bridge

Mountain lion P-22, who lives in Griffith Park, LA, US
animals

A famous Hollywood mountain lion is about to get a $128 million bridge to cross a freeway. And though he’s unlikely to cross it, it could help save his and many other species from extinction

Concussion: what is it and how does it happen?

England v Australia - 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Four
explainers

As cricketer Steve Smith recovers from a hit to the neck, we look at what concussion is, how it happens and how to stay safe in light of new research about kids, concussion and sport

Iceland’s funeral for its melted glacier

Monument unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change
environment

With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier

Are you Australia’s best kids’ newsreader?

Smart little businesswoman taking notes.
just for fun

Here is the latest news ..... Kids News and Studio 10 are searching for Australia’s best kids’ newsreader. Could it be you? Put on your best TV voice and find out

Happy or sad? Students send teachers emojis

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technology

School kids will soon be able to use emojis to instantly tell their teachers whether they’re feeling happy, confident, overwhelmed, bored or confused by what’s going on in the classroom

Winners have their own tale published into a book!

Kids News Short Story writing competition, supported by HarperCollins
book club

It’s Book Week and what better way to get involved than with the Kids News short story writing competition. Winners will have their own story published into a real book and take home an iPad and book pack

Australian scientists lead world stuttering study

Boys are more likely to stutter than girls.
science

A massive international effort involving scanning the genes of 10,000 stutterers worldwide hopes to uncover the cause of stuttering rather than just treat its symptoms

100 years since Qantas was born on a long drive

George Gorham, Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh before departing Longreach on their air service survey of northern Australia on August 19, 1919. Picture: suppied
history

Bouncing across northern Australia in a Model T Ford on rough tracks made for wagons led these WWI pilots to dream of setting up the outback airline we know as Qantas

Human-sized extinct penguin found

animals

A citizen scientist has found fossilised bones from an extinct penguin that was the size of an adult human and swam in the ocean around New Zealand about 60 million years ago

50 years after Abbey Road, there’s a new Fab Four

news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover, but his tribute has a twist with a new Fab Four

Volcano discovery named after Shane Warne

science

Around 100 volcanoes have been discovered in Central Australia and named the “Warnie Volcanic Province” after the Australian cricketer widely considered the greatest spin bowler of all time

512-year-old shark is oldest living vertebrate

animals

Scientists believe they have found the world’s oldest living vertebrate, a massive Greenland shark estimated to be up to 512 years old and described as a living time capsule

Scientists recreate Cleopatra’s perfume

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history

Using traces of ingredients found in ancient perfumer’s bottles, scientists have recreated the perfume worn by Cleopatra, the glamorous last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Space telescope spies massive storm on Jupiter

This stunning image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
space

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken an amazing new photo of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a massive storm wider than the Earth, with furious winds reaching speeds of up to 684kmh

Building designer mozzies to do good not harm

Feeding mosquito
science

Australian scientists are creating genetically modified mosquitoes that could wipe out deadly viruses in Queensland and popular overseas holiday spots