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Greta named Person of the Year for 2019

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Swedish schoolgirl activist Greta Thunberg who became a household name after encouraging 4 million people to strike over climate change is named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

World’s best wildlife photos of 2019

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One of these incredible photos will be the winning entry in the 2019 Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. Which would you vote for?

Banksy's mural, including a man named Ryan asleep. Picture: Instagram

Banksy’s touching Christmas reindeer mural

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World-famous artist Banksy has painted reindeer pulling a street-bench sleigh, aiming to highlight the plight of people sleeping rough. The public’s reaction was heartwarming

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Volunteers rescue stranded baby minke whale

Undated. Minke whale. Whales.
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A baby minke whale beached in South Australia has been saved by volunteers and rangers. Kids News investigates what is known about why whales become stranded on beaches

Tourists rescued as island volcano erupts

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New Zealand’s White Island volcano has erupted suddenly forcing the dramatic rescue of tourists who were exploring the crater floor when it began to rumble

Sesame Street farewells its kindest, grouchiest star

Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppeteer — the “most unknown famous person” – has died after 50 years creating joy on Sesame Street

Worms and mice at International Space Station

Astronauts working on the ISS. Picture: NASA
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Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken delivery of super-muscled mice, pest-killing worms and a robot that can sense how the astronauts are feeling

NASA’s totally unexpected Sun surprise

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NASA’s Parker spacecraft has reported back that the Sun is sending out sudden, violent bursts of solar wind so powerful that the magnetic field flips itself in the opposite direction

Woman trapped in mountain of ‘cornflake’ algae

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Seaweed piled high on Queensland beaches has trapped at least one runner, who had to be rescued from the algae. While seaweed is not unusual, people have never seen so much at once

Piece of Jesus’ manger home for Christmas

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A tiny piece of wood that some Christians believe to be part of the baby Jesus’ manger has returned to Bethlehem just in time for Christmas after 1400 years in Rome

Growing ‘mini brains’ and zapping them to life

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman.
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In a world first, Australian scientists are zapping balls of brain cells they are growing in a laboratory to make them come to life in a real-life, good-news version of Frankenstein

A long line of reasons to leave halftime alone

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers the downsides to a reduced halftime break at AFL matches — and they quickly started to line up

50 fun activities on the history of Christmas

Artwork for Kids News kit on How the World Celebrates Christmas
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Our feature series and 50-activity workbook will help students understand the history and evolution of Christmas, the religious and cultural aspects of its celebration and how traditions vary across the world

‘Tis the season for customs and traditions

25/11/2002. Adam Schwarz gets ready for Hanukkah at the Jewish Museum.
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PART 1: It’s an exciting time of year — school’s almost over, holidays are about to begin and kids around the world are preparing to celebrate Christmas or other cultural festivals

The history behind our decorations

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PART 2: The reasons why we hang tinsel, stars and baubles on our trees at Christmas stem back hundreds of years. Discover the stories behind our favourite decorations, characters and traditions

Festive foods and where they come from

Christmas Pudding
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PART 3: Ham, plum pudding and prawns on the BBQ are all traditional Christmas foods in Australia, but how did these festive delicacies originally make their way to the Christmas table?

Interesting tales behind our popular carols

Christmas Time
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PART 4: Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sounds of Christmas in song. There are many interesting stories behind some of our most popular carols — one is even written in code!

Santa films you can watch over and over

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PART: 5: Here’s our guide to the best Christmas movies for children. But watch out, their storylines offer a mix of laughs, wishes, hope and most feature the jolly man in the red suit

How to have a greener and cleaner Christmas

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PART 6: This time of year shouldn't be about buying things we don’t need and sending rubbish and unwanted gifts to landfill. Here are 10 tips on how to have a sustainable Christmas

Anyway you say it, it’s a merry greeting

Merry Christmas in different languages
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PART 7: Learn how to say Merry Christmas in 20 different languages and discover 10 amazing festive facts and some of the strangest yuletide world records

First Aussie reaches heart of Antarctica

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An adventurer from Queensland has become the first Australian to reach Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility, just one leg of an epic journey to help men and women experiencing breast cancer

World map of most common last names

The world map of names
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A fascinating new map has plotted out the most common surnames in every country in the world. Can you guess the most common last name in Australia?

Energy drinks robbing teens of sleep

Energy Drinks Case Study
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Energy drinks loaded with caffeine are depriving Aussie teens of sleep, a major new survey shows. Experts want advertising of the drinks banned on public transport

Student uses art in fight for peace on Earth

Elijah Lewis with his Peace on Earth mural. Picture: World Vision
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After reading about the experiences of child soldiers in Africa, student Elijah Lewis created a unique art piece to highlight that war is wrong and all children should be able to grow up in peace

Junk food tells lies to your brain

Chubby boy is looking at junk food plate
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Sugary and fatty foods have the power to change how your brain works and stop you knowing when you’re full, but scientists believe you can retrain your brain to beat junk food addiction

A daring rescue and a refugee tale win top prizes

Short Story Competition THE WINNERS artwork
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With 1900 entries received in our short story writing competition it was a tough task for the judges to pick our winners and the top 50 finalists. See if your story was a winner here.

Drones deliver baby coral to save Reef

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Scientists with an army of robotic drones and a fleet of backpack-sized inflatable pools are working to save the Great Barrier Reef as part of the world’s largest science and tourism group project

Operating on Obama’s 3D-printed brain

Brain surgery
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In a world-first, Australian doctors have operated on a 3D-printed brain to rehearse for a real brain operation. Up next, 40 brain surgeons operating on 3D printed brains all at once

Farewell good boy, Sergeant Ridgleigh Blue III

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The Australian Army has said goodbye to their much-loved retiring blue heeler mascot, who makes way for two-month-old pup Private Ridgley Blue IV

10 and under winner: Emily to the Rescue

Short Story Competition THE WINNERS artwork
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Rose Pullinger. of Hobart, has won the 10 and under prize in the Kids News short story writing competition for her story about a daring rescue that threatens to ruin a family celebration

11 and over winner: A New Beginning

Short Story Competition THE WINNERS artwork
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Amaeh Reed of Cairns has won the 11 and over prize in the Kids News short story writing competition for her tale about a refugee’s risky journey to flee and find a new life in Australia

Row, row, row your boat to a better world

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew young climate change activist Greta Thunberg rowing rock band Coldplay to their next world gig

Getting to know the mysterious blue whale

Researchers from the Goldbogen Lab place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale in Monterey Bay. Picture: Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab
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Using a bright orange heart rate machine attached with suction cups, scientists have achieved the incredible feat of measuring, in the wild, the heart rate of the world’s biggest animal

Astronauts’ blood flows backwards in space

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NASA doctors have made the surprising discovery that astronauts’ blood sometimes flows in reverse, with major implications for space tourism and trips to Mars

Treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies

Mummified cats found in Egypt.
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Mummified crocodiles, a mongoose, birds, cats and lion cubs are among an incredible discovery uncovered by archaeologists at Egypt’s “City of the Dead”

First-ever global rule book for the internet

Global enterntainment: Earth surrounded by television videos, Asia Pacific region
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World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has released the first-ever global internet rule book designed to protect people’s rights and help everyone make the internet a better place

15 amazing sculptures around the world

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
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Earth is so big and so filled with things to see it’s hard to know where to start looking. To help you out, we’ve compiled this collection of incredible sculptures to look at and learn about

Boy’s smart helmet wins invention award

One of the photos from Samuel Meyers' submission of the Hero Helmet for littleBIGidea. Picture: YouTube
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A 9-year-old Australian inventor is heading to NASA after his Hero Helmet – designed to lock the wheels of a bike, scooter or skateboard if not worn – won a national innovation award

Frozen II will melt most kids’ hearts again

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If you are worried that Frozen II won’t live up to the hype of the original movie five years ago, you’ll be pleased to learn it is a confident and funny movie that will melt most children’s hearts

Smart glasses to find missing kids

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Hi-tech glasses designed to scan crowds of people and spot missing children “within seconds” come with the promise that the technology won’t invade anyone’s privacy

Aussie boys dancing onto global stage

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Two Australian teenagers have danced their way into the finals of the world’s largest ballet competition, the famous Youth America Grand Prix in New York

National gun amnesty to keep us safe

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Australian firearm owners will be able to hand in guns with no questions asked next year as part of a national gun amnesty designed to keep us safe and weapons away from criminals

Banning dogs makes Aussies barking mad

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why banning dogs in Aussie pubs and bars is a backward step and a chance to draw a bar full of dogs to make his point

Australia on high fire alert

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A Code Red fire danger day has been declared in Victoria for the first time in 10 years as the entire country swelters through heatwave conditions and fires continue to burn

Get ready for a jellyfish boom!

A sea nettle jellyfish. Picture: Sea Life
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Jellyfish populations are booming and blooming all over the world. We asked a jellyfish expert to share 10 fascinating facts to know before you head to the beach or aquarium this summer

Posties using whistles to keep dogs away

Posties under attack from dogs
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As posties get busy delivering millions of presents for Christmas, Australia Post is considering giving out hi-tech whistles to help keep staff safe from overly enthusiastic and unsafe dogs

Bushfires: Sydney’s hazardous air quality

Smokey Sydney
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As people in Sydney are being warned to stay inside due to “hazardous” air quality from bushfire smoke blanketing the city, we look at why it’s bad for your health to breathe in smoke

Same old Vegemite goes global

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Vegemite’s recipe and flavour has not changed, according to the makers of the famous Aussie spread, keen to reassure worried local customers ahead of its historic global launch

Hindenburg Zeppelin, end of the airship era

In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last survivor of the disaster, died Nov. 8, 2019 at age 90 in Laconia, N.H. Doehner was 8-years old when he boarded the zeppelin in Germany with his parents and older siblings to return from a vacation. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)
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The last remaining survivor of the famous 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster has died, aged 90. We look back at the invention of Zeppelins and the era of luxury international airship travel

Meet the hologram you can see, hear, feel

Demonstrations showed a butterfly flapping its wings, a rotating planet Earth and a countdown spelled out by floating numbers
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Researchers have invented a way to create characters that could talk to and interact with us, using speakers that whiz a tiny bead around faster than our brains can track

Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn

Narwhal has not yet been put up for adoption
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UPDATE An abandoned puppy with a tail on his head is being called a “magical unicorn”. He will continue to live with the rescue group and he’s not having the tail removed any time soon as being different is okay

Blood donors lifeblood of Australia

Joel Mason pics Nambucca heads
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Lifesaving blood transfusions helped Joel Mason survive a shark attack. Now he’s telling his story to help us all understand how donating blood saves lives

Record floods swamp historic Venice

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Venice is in a state of emergency after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the historic Italian city, with the mayor blaming climate change

Play-Doh’s sticky situation solved

Rapidoh playdough guessing game - play-doh toy sculpture face 10 Jul 2001. /Toys Play-Doh
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By the 1950s, no one wanted to buy a special sort of dough to clean wallpaper. But some creative thinking saved the failing dough company and we all got to play with Play-Doh

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

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As several states prepare for increasing fire danger in coming days, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night 

Koala Anwen’s lucky-unlucky day

Koala Hospital
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With bandaged paws, singed ears and scorched fur, Anwen is one very lucky koala, receiving good care and on the mend after her home was burned in bushfires

Black hole spits out speeding star

An artist’s impression of the S5-HVS1 ejection by Sagittarius A*.
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Australian scientists have identified a star spat out and flung into infinity by our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. The star is travelling at six million kmh, 10 times the speed of most stars

Alive! Creature thought extinct found

A silver-backed chevrotain. Picture: Global
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A tiny, deer-like creature that “seemingly only existed as part of our imagination” has been found in a forest almost 30 years after the last official sighting

Epic flight Australia almost forgot

Supplied Editorial The Vickers Vimy crew, from left, Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, with their plane at the start, in England, in 1919, for the race from England to Australia. Source: State Library of SA PRG18-9-1-3a
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One hundreds years ago, two Adelaide brothers made history with their world-first flight from England to Australia in a cloth-covered, open cockpit, two-engine biplane

Revealed: Invisible ink invention

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Scientists have discovered a new kind of invisible ink that we all use every day that’s virtually free. Unfortunately, to get it to work, you also need a super-hi-tech piece of coated paper

Ice eggs cover beach in rare weather event

The extraordinary sight was captured on Hailuoto Island in Finland. Picture: Risto Mattila
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Ice eggs the size of footballs have engulfed an entire beach in Finland in a rare weather event that requires ice, wind, water and freezing temperatures

Veterans go ‘back to Hell’ through VR films

An incident on the Sandakan Death March. From a painting at Borneo's Kundasang War Memorial, courtesy of Lynette Silver.
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As we mark Remembrance Day today, stunning new virtual reality films are allowing all Australians to learn about some of the forgotten and darkest chapters of our World War II history

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.
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The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

Perry says dream big and believe in yourself

Australia Women's National Cricket Team Portrait Session
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Ellyse Perry is one of Australia’s greatest female cricketers. Here she talks about how having dreams as a kid, being resilient and how always believing in yourself can help you reach the top

An Aussie Cup win … I’ll drink to that!

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he added an Aussie tradition to his Melbourne Cup drawing after local horse Vow and Declare finished first past the post

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

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Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology

World’s scientists unite on climate

Protest against Exxon Mobil
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More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration warning of a climate emergency and offered six clear measures they believe could avoid “untold human suffering”

Matildas and Socceroos to get equal pay

The Matildas have been rewarded for their success. Picture: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
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In what’s believed to be a world-first deal, Australia’s two national soccer teams will be paid equally and all income from both teams will be split 50/50

Fight on over futuristic hi-tech city

A view of the planned city by Sidewalk Labs
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Google is trying to get everyone to agree on its plans to redevelop a neglected piece of land to build a hi-tech city complete with heated footpaths and self-driving shuttles

Aussie Vow and Declare wins 2019 Melbourne Cup

2019 Melbourne Cup Day
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The Melbourne Cup is coming home to Australia after local horse Vow and Declare, ridden by jockey Craig Williams, finishes first in a tight contest at Flemington Racecourse

How Archer won the first Melbourne Cup

Racehorse Archer, winner of 1861 and 1862 Melbourne Cup.
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Archer was a big horse with a funny running style and a habit of hanging his tongue out. But in 1861, no horse was better than the NSW import when he took home the very first Melbourne Cup

Macca’s burger still ‘fresh’ after 10 years

The burger and fries 10 years after they were made. Picture:
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There’s a story that McDonald’s burgers last forever, so one fan kept a burger and fries from 2009 to see if it was true. Today, they still look fine to eat, with no sign of mould or decay

Baking choc-chip cookies in space

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Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting a special delivery: an oven for baking choc-chip cookies. The dough is already up there waiting to be cooked and eaten

Life-changing day for man with 14 toes

The man's foot before surgery
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A fortune teller said this man’s extra toes were a gift from heaven, but after a lifetime of coping with this rare condition called polydactyly, he has had them surgically removed

Mountaineer smashes world record by seven years

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A Nepalese mountaineer has climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks in just 189 days, his incredible feat smashing the previous record by more than seven years

Dreaming of an Uluru without climbers

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew Uluru as an indigenous character dreaming of a life without interference on spiritual land

Sun goes all spooky for Halloween

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NASA gets into the Halloween spirit by releasing a spooky image of the Sun looking like a jack-o’-lantern PLUS Check out the kooky canines and creepy cats

Footy-shaped subs to swarm the seas

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An Australian company is preparing to send a swarm of footy-shaped, mini-submarines into the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways to create an underwater version of Google Street View

Found: exact location of first humans’ home

Human evolution on the cliff with blue, map of earth, background. Human evolution of man / people, from monkey to modern man, going towards the end of the cliff. Ending an era or it can be as risk to end a business project / company. Behind is the map of the world with clouds.
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An Australian-led team of scientists has identified the exact place in northern Botswana that was the home of the earliest ancestors of everyone alive today

Mars rover sends selfie back to Earth

Mars Curiosity rover takes a selfie.
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NASA’s Curiosity robot is hard at work on the surface of Mars, taking selfies and conducting chemistry experiments in the portable lab inside its belly

Swim and survive with virtual reality

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A new water-safety program designed to prevent drownings uses 360 degree, lifelike, interactive videos to place kids inside virtual rips and teach them how to escape and survive

Small town strikes it lucky in big dry

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Tenterfield — battling drought and, recently, bushfires — has struck it lucky with the discovery of underground water only 126 days before the town’s supply was due to run dry

Tiny computer makes quantum leap

technology

Google has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, developing a processor that took minutes to do what would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years

End of an era as Uluru climb closes

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Parks Australia plans to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26, despite pressure to reconsider the climbing ban

Abuse of ex-racehorses is a crying shame

Mark Knight cartoon on Phar Lap crying
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains his moving cartoon about the cruel abuse of ex-racehorses and why it’s a topic he feels deeply saddened by

Six clever rules to help you write a top short story

Kids News Short Story writing competition closes next week artwork
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With the Kids News short story writing competition closing on October 31, we asked children’s author Jackie French for tips on adding colour and imagination into stories. So … get writing!

Too many dirty hands to be healthy

Keep clean and safe from germs
health

New research has exposed the “gross” hygiene habits of some Australians, with some admitting they don’t always wash their hands after going to the toilet or before touching food

Little mistakes could make you big money

Jar Full of Coins
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Check your change and empty your money box! You may be the owner of coins that contain minting mistakes or imperfections that makes them worth thousands of dollars

Meteor shower lights up the night sky

Artist's impression of a comet
space

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

Quick steps for world’s fastest ant

Saharan silver ants are very fast
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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

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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

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

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

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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
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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