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EXCLUSIVE: LEGO has released a prototype for its new sustainable brick made from recycled bottles.

Lego turns plastic bottles into bricks

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Australian children could soon be playing with Lego made from recycled plastic bottles as the toy giant looks to make its famous bricks better for the environment

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker - wife of Adelaide’s own spacewalker Andy Thomas - departed for the International Space Station in November And took a Crows guernsey with her .  Picture: NASA

How do astronauts clean clothes in space?

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Not even astronauts can avoid the housework forever, as NASA announces plans for a dirty laundry overhaul aboard the International Space Station

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper 

Barnaby Joyce rams aside Nats leader

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Cartoonist Mark Knight saw similarities between politics and the farmyard when Barnaby Joyce ousted National Party leader Michael McCormack and became our new Deputy Prime Minister

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Great Barrier Reef headed for endangered list

The Far Northern Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef are still in excellent condition.
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The United Nations has recommended the Great Barrier Reef be listed as 'in danger' but the federal government is fighting the move

Red panda Roshani visits the vet

Roshani the Red Panda at Melbourne Zoo. At the age of 13, Roshani is is considered geriatric and needs regular old age health checks. For Kids News
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At the age of 13, Roshani the red panda is considered geriatric and just like humans she needs some special care as she gets older. Watch her recent health check-up at Melbourne Zoo

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

KIDS NEWS French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) works to complete the installation of a roll out solar array on the International Space Station, June 20, 2021. Picture: NASA.
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It's been a busy week in space as astronauts at the International Space Station install new solar panels and three Chinese astronauts step aboard China’s module for a historic three-month stay

From laps in dam to Paralympic dream

Australian Paralympic swimmer Colin Pearse has set up a lap lane in his parent's dam in northern Victoria to train while in COVID-19 lockdown.
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Teen swimmer Col Pearse was training in a dam on his family’s farm last year and has now been tapped for the Tokyo Paralympics team

Ancient fish species lives to 100

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on March 12, 2019, shows a coelacanth during its restoration process at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle's (French National Museum of Natural History) taxidermy workshop in Paris. - The endangered coelacanth, a "prehistoric" fish species, is far more vulnerable than previously thought, according to a study by marine biologists published on June 17, 2021. They found that Latimeria chalimnae, sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" and found in the waters of the Indian Ocean around the Comoros, lives five times longer than previously thought. It also reproduces at a very late age, over 50 years, a feature that puts it at risk of being fished out before it can perpetuate the species. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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First it turned up alive after being thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs. Now the coelacanth has surprised again, with research showing it lives to the ripe old age of 100

New school start and finish times to be trialled

New school crossing on its way at Essendon North Primary school. Students at the proposed crossing on Gillies St in Essendon North.
Pragati Senthilkumaran, Zoe Lorenzon, Ruby Kaulfuss, Jared Tao and Ethan Green with Lollipop man Gordon Bell.
December 12th, Essendon North, Melbourne.
Picture : George Salpigtidis
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The traditional 9am to 3pm school day will be replaced under a trial that gives primary schools the freedom to set their own start and finish times

Flying car races set to take off after Aussie trials

The Alauda Aeronautics Mk3 EXA race-craft, designed in Adelaide, will take part in a race series organised by fellow Adelaide company Airspeeder.  , Picture: Supplied
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A world-first, global “flying car” Grand Prix series is planned after the success of tests in the South Australian outback

Rare Aussie coins set world record price

A 1920 George V Sovereign minted in Sydney that sold at a Monaco online auction on Saturday.
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Two rare Australian coins leave loose change behind, fetching around $1.5 million each at a Monaco online auction

Call to ditch school uniforms for sportswear

Kingswood College has switched a permanent sports day uniform. Dudman sisters Charlotte, (11) and Issey (13) jump for joy in their new outfits while Lucy Beck (13) wears the old uniform. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Kids, parents, teachers and health experts are calling for traditional school uniforms to be replaced with sports uniforms, which could save families money and promote physical activity

New Barbie doll celebrates Aussie role model

Barbie reveals Julie Bishop, as Official 2021 Role Model for Australia - crop 3
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Julie Bishop, Australia’s first female foreign affairs minister, has been honoured with her own Barbie doll to celebrate female role models and show girls they can be anything they want to be

Daniher gives the MND beast a shove

Mark Knight cartoon on Big Freeze 7
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Though we are in a pandemic, the annual Big Freeze event reminds Mark Knight that there are other medical battles being fought that also deserve our attention

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

Westminster School Year 7 students Ashwin and Axel guide one of their prototype Sphero Bolt Driven Water Collection Devices watched by Anna and Aijay in the schools pool Thursday ,June,3,2021.Picture Mark Brake
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Year 7 students in SA have begun testing robotic rubbish collectors in the school pool, with their sights set on one day cleaning up waste-filled water worldwide

Raining spiders after Victorian floods

Longford Spiderweb Ballooning after flooding in the area. Picture: Lotje McDonald Photography (MUST CREDIT)
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Despite headlines of an ‘arachnid apocalypse’ and startling images of cobwebs blanketing country Victoria, locals and experts alike are mesmerised by the spiders’ ingenious survival technique

Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

Pelkingese dog "Wasabi" is seen with the trophy after winning Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show June 13, 2021 at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. - Spectators are not allowed this year, apart from dog owners and handlers, because of safety protocols due to Covid-19. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
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Wasabi the Pekingese is one hot hound, beating 2500 other pooches to the top prize: best in show at the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club dog show in the US

Let’s learn more about money

11-06-2021 Barefoot Investor Jars. Darcy Fletcher 10, took part in a money saving pilot program to be featured on Scott Pape's Foxtel show Money Movement. Pictured with his parents Dave and Jasmin, sister Stevie ,8, and brothers Franky ,14 and Billy ,5. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
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Money matters to Aussie kids who want financial literacy to be taught in the classroom, a Kids News survey reveals

Man eaten by whale lives to tell tale

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 12, 2018 a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. - It sounds like a real-life take on "Pinocchio" -- a US lobster fisherman says he was scooped into the mouth of a humpback whale on June 11, 2021 and yet lived to tell the story. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
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Like Jonah from the famous religious stories, a man has been eaten by a humpback whale, which then spat him out. The professional lobster diver was only bruised after his ordeal

Mystery person buys ticket to space

This undated image provided by Blue Origin shows an illustration of the capsule that will be used to take tourist into space. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons. While developers envision ultimately taking people to orbiting habitats, the moon or beyond, the immediate future involves short flights into or near the lowest reaches of space without going into orbit.(Blue Origin via AP)
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An unnamed buyer has won an online auction for a trip to space next month on the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 Moon landing

Robot lizards solve prey puzzle

Draco volans, the common flying dragon on the tree in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia. lizard in wild nature, beautiful colorful lizard
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Why do predators sometimes overlook a seemingly easy meal in the wild? Australian scientists have answered the question with the help of robotic lizards

China’s wandering elephants become global stars

A migrating herd of elephants graze near Shuanghe Township, Jinning District of Kunming city in the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. Already famous at home, China's wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media, including satellite news stations, news papers and wire services are chronicling the herd's more-than year-long, 500 km trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. (Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP
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After more than a year on the move, the antics of a Chinese herd of elephants are proving irresistible to social and world media

Aussie Dylan Alcott wins third French Open

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Dylan Alcott of Australia lifts the winners trophy following victory in their quad wheelchair mens singles final against Sam Schroder of The Netherlands during day nine of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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For the third year in a row in France, and 13th time in his career, Aussie wheelchair tennis ace Dylan Alcott is a Grand Slam champion

Dinos illustrate Covid challenge

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News
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What does the age of the dinosaurs have in common with our modern coronavirus challenge? Mark Knight explains why he combined the two in his latest cartoon for Kids News

Brave rat rests up in well-earned retirement

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat receiving a treat while at work detecting landmines in  Cambodia. - The rodent has won the animal equivalent of Britain's highest civilian honour for bravery on September 25, 2020 because of his uncanny knack of sniffing out landmines and unexploded ordnance. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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After five years of sniffing out landmines and other explosives in Cambodia, Magawa the rat — who became famous after winning a top bravery award for dogs — is retiring to eat and play

How outback oval became the ‘MCG of the Desert’

Ashley Smith, 11, and Latahnia Anderson, 10, on the newly grassed Santa Teresa Oval in the Northern Territory  on May 3, 2021.  Picture: Emma Murray
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A footy oval has been transformed into a green grassy oasis in a remote Northern Territory town in a project led by the Melbourne Football Club

Grow your own fruit and vegies for good health

The Marian School Vegetable garden. The Kitchen Garden program is being extended - a few schools in Townsville teach this program about healthy eating. Nicholas Ellis 9yo and Olivia Fletcher 9yo of year 4 in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.
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Kids can grow stronger from the ground up by planting their own fruit and vegetables. Get Healthy Harold’s tips on what to plant

Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur

The giant of the Outback has been identified as a new dinosaur genus and species – Australotitan cooperensis, the Southern titan! This dinosaur is a new gigantic titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur group that represent the largest animals that walked on earth.  It reached a similar size to the world’s dinosaur giants found in South America, marking Australia’s first entry into the world’s dinosaur giants
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What is longer than a basketball court and taller than a B-double truck? Australia’s newest and biggest dino, Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper

Auskicker Jaguar is game for big Grand Final role

Jaguar Bogert, 6, was named Auskicker of the Week in round eight and will present a premiership medal to a player from the winning team on Grand Final Day. Picture: AFL Photos
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Imagine presenting a premiership medal to an AFL hero on Grand Final Day. That’s the big job pint sized footy fan Jaguar Bogert has after being named an Auskicker of the Week

Huge new national park for outback NSW

An Australian Bustard which lives in the nature reserve on the 13,000 hectare Mt Pleasant cattle station between Collinsville and Bowen. Picture: Garlone Moulin
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Australia is set to get a new national park after the NSW government’s purchase of two sheep stations totalling 60,000ha near Broken Hill in western NSW

Squid and water bears blast off into space

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
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Five thousand water bears and 128 glow-in-the-dark baby squid have left Earth aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the science labs of the International Space Station

Australia’s best young spellers revealed

Theekshitha Karthik, 11, is the national champion of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee in the Year 5-6 age group. The Haileybury College student blitzed the competition, run by Kids News and News Corp Australia, scoring 29/30 in a lightning fast 1 min 12 sec. She's now off to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Meet the three national winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee and see who made the top 10

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

Scientists in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of two rhinos in a novel effort to save the species from poachers., James Larkin, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an expert in radiation protection, said that the stable isotopes used were harmless and that he “doesn’t want to kill anyone” with the infusion: “We just want to use the natural reticence towards radioactive material to decrease demand for rhino horn and also make it easier , From sourcE:, https://www.facebook.com/Rhisotope/
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A radical – indeed radioactive – scientific solution has begun in South Africa to save the rhino species by deterring poachers

China lifts the baby limit to three

Chinese babies accompanied by their parents take part in a baby swimming contest, which the organizer hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the most babies swimming together, at a stadium in Beijing, China, 11/09/2010. China's government maintains that the one child policy has averted 400 million births since the strict policy implemented in 1979 and has vowed to enforce it until at least 2033, when the population is expected to peak at 1.5 billion.
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When China introduced the one-child policy in 1979 it was to prevent a population explosion, but now more babies are needed

Say goodbye to needles with vaccine patch

The UQ research team, featuring (foreground, L-R) Dr Chris McMillan, Dr David Muller, (background, L-R) Dr Alberto Amarilla, Dr Naphak Modhiran Ortiz and Ms Jovin Choo.
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We could soon be giving ourselves Covid vaccines without the need for a doctor, nurse or needle, thanks to a “game changing” discovery by Australian scientists

Perfect pairing of pandemic symptoms

Mark Knight's cartoon, vaccine and toilet paper
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We’ve been well informed about the effects of the coronavirus on people, but Mark Knight observes two other symptoms appearing together during the latest Victorian lockdown

Matt Stanton’s guide to pranking

Mischievous young boy scaring his little sister on Halloween with a rubber spider
just for fun

Creating a great prank is just like creating a great story, according to Funny Kid author Matt Stanton. Here are his tips on how to do it

Australia’s most influential Indigenous sports stars

Athlete Cathy Freeman wins gold. Cathy at Medal Presentation. PicCraig/Borrow  headshot /sydney olympic games sport olympics athletics olympic2000 sydney2000 25 Sept 2000
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They have thrilled us on the field, track, court and in the pool, but the achievements of these Indigenous athletes go beyond sport

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- News Wire photos MAY 27 2021- (LR)  Laura Kirwan (17), Izzy Raj-Seppings (14), Ava Princi (17) and Liv Heaton posing for a photo out the front of the Federal law court on Phillip st in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
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Aussie teenage climate activists have lost their court bid to stop a NSW mine expansion, but ‘duty of care’ ruling declared a win

Xena home at last after months lost in bush

Xena was missing for six months, but on Friday at 3am she found her way back home. Laidley Heights, on Sunday, 30th May, 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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A beloved Maremma dog who disappeared during a hailstorm six-and-a-half months ago has finally made it home hungry but alive after being lost in dense bushland in Queensland

How to make a pen pal with purpose

KIDS NEWS The Sunshine Initiative, b kinder day, Fly High Billie. Keith Petersen, Principal Junior School with Arndell Anglican College students who sent cards from Australia to Woodville Primary in the UK to cheer up the students there after a tough time through Covid-19. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s charity Fly High Billie invites Aussie kids to write to students in Covid hotspots abroad this B Kinder Day on June 22

NASA releases stunning view of Milky Way

Threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields are weaving a tapestry of energy at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A new image of this new cosmic masterpiece was made using a giant mosaic of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

Picture: NASA

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/images/magnetized-threads-weave-spectacular-galactic-tapestry.html
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An astronomer has spent a year working from home during lockdowns to create a composite image of our galaxy, including billions of stars and countless black holes

Why some sounds drive us crazy

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Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK discover a link in brain processes that could help people who can’t stand certain sounds

How airport sniffer dogs could detect Covid-19

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: English Springer Spaniel Floki, who is 1 of 2 South Australian dogs is taking part the Covid-19 detection training at the University of Adelaide on September 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Researchers from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide are working to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 in people. The Adelaide study is part of an international research effort aimed at training COVID-19 detection dogs who could be used to screen people for coronavirus such as at airports, hospitals or quarantine facilities. The dogs taking part in the study at the University of Adelaide are being trained to pick the positive COVID-19 sweat sample from a line-up of samples, using positive reinforcement in the form of play with their favourite toy for each correct answer. Early results also show dogs trained in this way are able to identify infected individuals prior to the development of symptoms, or in those who are otherwise asymptomatic. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images)
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Sniffer dogs are a step closer to being used in Australian airports to identify Covid-19 carriers after successful first trials

Aussie invention coins reveal national love of chocolate

KIDS NEWS: Australia Post's Great Aussie Coin Hunt. Lucy and Archie, both 7, pictured with a giant M for MILO. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Some of Australia’s best chocolate creations are being celebrated on new $1 coins – along with other great Aussie inventions

Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Giovanni Querzani Bologna Italy Phone: Email: Title: ROFL Description: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills. Animal: Panthera Leo Location of shot: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Surfing penguins, a frowning bird, a pouting boxfish and a laughing lion have had the judges of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 laughing a lot

Kids putting backpacks on bees for science

A bee wearing a backpack
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Citizen scientist school students are playing an important role in an innovative research project aimed at understanding and protecting the world’s valuable bee population

Clever ads no cure for vaccine complacency

Mark Knight's covid vaccine cartoon
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Mark Knight was wondering what it would take to encourage a reluctant public to front up for Covid-19 vaccinations when the answer presented itself in the form of another outbreak

New dinosaur named in Mexico

A new species of dinosaur called Tlatolophus galorum has been discovered in Mexico. Image from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)
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Eight years after the first of its fossilised remains were found in Mexico, palaeontologists confirm a new species of crested dinosaur

Repeat tastes the key to liking vegies

Istock image for wellbeing in Gold Coast Eye 
Child is very unhappy with having to eat vegetables. There is a lot of vegetables on his plate. He hates vegetables.
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If the thought of eating a particular vegetable makes you say ‘yuck’, you might need to give it another go. Research shows it can take up to 10 tastes for babies and kids to grow to like a vegie

Earth’s scorching desert heat tops 80C

Sunset in Sonoran Desert, near Phoenix. Picture: iStock

Doc Holiday, escape
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Death Valley is no longer the hottest place on Earth, according to scientists who have found two even hotter places. We look at how Australia’s hottest places compare

Footy celebrates Indigenous links

Sydney Stack of the Tigers leads the pre match activites during the Round 10 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, May 25, 2019.  (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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The history, culture and achievements of Our First Nations peoples will be in the sporting spotlight this week as the AFL and NRL kick off their Indigenous rounds

Five in six Aussie teens not moving enough

L to R, Chloe Tran 12 years old Stafford, Kyla French 13 years old Mitchelton, Sarah Kennedy 12 years old Grange, Mia Baudino 12 years old Arana Hills, all Members of QC Netball Association U12 and U13 representative teams, active teenager girls playing netball, Downey Park Windsor, on Sunday, 23rd May, 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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Most teenagers are not exercising as much as government guidelines recommend, prompting calls for a national strategy to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use

Get set for a very special lunar eclipse

A total eclipse of the Moon seen from Tasmania on 8 October 2014. During that eclipse, the Moon remained close to the inner edge of Earth’s shadow. On Wednesday it will be even closer. PHOTO: Martin George
explainers

The first lunar eclipse of 2021 is going to happen on May 26. This is going to be a super lunar event with a supermoon, a lunar eclipse and a red blood moon all at once. Here’s how it happens

Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as GPS

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2012 a Bonnethead shark swims at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. - The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.The non-profit Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
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Researchers believe migrating sharks use the Earth’s magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to help them navigate the world’s oceans

Lego whiz builds mini hometown

Lego whiz kid Connor Brennan , 17, with his new model of the Adelaide skyline, on May 13th, 2021, at his  Redwood Park home.
Picture: Tom Huntley
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Teenager Connor Brennan feels right at home building with Lego, so it makes sense for him to create a mini version of his hometown, Adelaide

The Aussie landmark coins to flip over

NEWS360 - Australia Post  partnership. Great Aussie Coin Hunt: Opera House.
EMBARGOED until launch  story Monday 10 May.  
Hugo, seven, pictured in front of Sydney Opera House. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Australia Post’s new collectable coins feature some of Australia’s best loved landmarks. Find out which ones made the Great Aussie Coin Hunt along with some cool facts about the icons

Call for money lessons in schools

Scott Pape at St.Columba's College with Year 11 and 12 students from the VCAL class, working on his money program in schools, called Money Movement which is helping teach kids about financial literacy. 
Picture Jay Town
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The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, believes schools should teach kids about earning, saving and spending money. Tell us what you think

Antarctic ice shelf calves massive iceberg

An enormous iceberg has calved from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf, lying in the Weddell Sea, in Antarctica. The iceberg, dubbed A-76, measures around 4320 sq km in size – currently making it the largest berg in the world.

Picture: ESA
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An iceberg 170km long, 25km wide and the largest of its kind in the world has broken off Antarctica. It formed as scientists reported the previous largest iceberg had broken up and melted

Basketball hall of fame honour for Jackson

Australia's Lauren Jackson, left, drives to the basket against Brazil's Adriana Pinto during a women's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Lauren Jackson is about to become the first Australian player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, widely regarded as the sport’s biggest honour

PM resolute on keeping the drawbridge up

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 18th of may 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper.
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When it comes to international travel, it doesn’t look like our Prime Minister is ready to open up Fortress Australia anytime soon, which gives Mark Knight lots of fun metaphors to draw

World Bee Day creates buzz

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Bees are seen on a honeycomb cell  at the BEE Lab hives at The University of Sydney on May 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The BEE Lab researches the behaviour, ecology and evolution of bees combining work in both the lab and the field. Australian bee populations were decimated by the Black Summer bushfires at the end of 2019 and early 2020 with around 2.5 billion bees and 10,000 commercial beehives destroyed in New South Wales and Victoria alone. Increased rainfall over the last year, along with concerted efforts by Australian apiarists has seen bee populations recover in 2021. Australia has an estimated 2,000 species of native bee, along with the European honey bee, which according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries plays an important role in large-scale agricultural pollination services and provide beeswax and honey to the domestic and export market. With bee populations under significant threat globally from extreme climate events, destruction of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, pests and disease, World Bee Day on 20 May aims to increase awareness and highlight the significance of bees and other pollinators to ensure food security, biodiversity and maintain a healthy ecosystem. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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We all know bees make honey, but their importance in Australia extends far beyond producing a beloved breakfast spread

Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms unveiled

DAILY TELEGRAPH - Pictured are Olympic Athletes (L-R) Gronya Somerville, Lachlan Tame, Keesja Gofers, Jess Fox, George Ford, Bendere Oboya, Tarni Stepto, Dan Watkins and Safwan Khalil, unveiling the Sportscraft Tokyo Olympic Games Uniforms at Wylies Baths in Coogee today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms for Tokyo show how clothes carry stories, memories and inspiration for our athletes

Meet Australia’s oldest ever man

Dexter Kruger.
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Queenslander Dexter Kruger has set a new record as Australia’s oldest ever man, notching up 111 years and 124 days and showing no signs of slowing down

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured at home in Manly today is Iggy 10 and Atticus Jenkins 6, with Australia Posts Great Aussie Coin Hunt collectables. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Zookeeper and bushfire survivor Chad Staples says showcasing native creatures in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt is “so important” for conservation awareness

Hank the cat worn out by mouse plague

Embargoed for Monday 17 May 2021. Amy Payten from Gulgong took this image of her 9 year old cat called Hank with a mouse sitting on it. Must Credit her daughter Holly Schink
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The mouse plague overrunning eastern Australia has tormented those in its path for so long even a usually energetic ginger cat called Hank no longer bothers to chase the pesky rodents

China lands probe and rover on Mars

This handout photograph released on February 5, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows an image of Mars captured by China's Mars probe Tianwen-1. (Photo by - / China National Space Administration / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / China National Space Adminstration " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A rover called Zhurong has joined Perseverance and others on the red planet after China became the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation in its first mission to Mars

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens

People cross for the first time the 516 Arouca Bridge, the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge with a length of 516 metres and a height of 175 metres, in Arouca in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)
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Would you be brave enough to walk across this bridge with its wobbly, see-through walkway 174m above the ground?

National Final here we come, say top scorers

Grade 4 student Jacob Matthews, from Derinya Primary School in Frankston South, is one of the state winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, run by Kids News, after scoring 30/30 in the State/Territory Finals. He will be among nine Victorian students vying for the title of National Champion and the chance to win a trip to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister.                      Picture: David Caird
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How do you spell success? Just ask the crop of super spellers who have won their way into the National Final of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee in perfect 30/30 form

NRL hero backs local sports boost

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Luke Keary of the Roosters scores a try during the round 19 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Sydney Cricket Ground on September 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Injured Roosters star Luke Keary loved his junior rugby league days and is excited more local sports are sharing the spotlight in a new campaign to boost community competitions

Trillions of Brood X cicadas about to hatch

A periodical cicada nymph clings to a tree branch on May 11, 2021 in Greenbelt, Maryland. - Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to weather the storm when billions of cicadas soon emerge after 17 years underground. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)
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Cicadas are about to emerge from the soil in a hatch so big, noisy and incredible the whole world has been eagerly waiting for it to happen. Kids News researches whether this is as scary as it seems

Charlotte still queen of the playground

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos May 12, 2021: The stats on the most popular baby names are in ... for girls, Charlotte has come in at the top spot for the 8th time in 10 years and Oliver is the most popular boys' name. Picture of baby Charlotte, 5 months (wearing a bow), and Oliver, 7 months. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Naomi Jellicoe
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The 2021 Baby Names Report is out, which analyses trends over the past decade. For the eighth time in 10 years, Charlotte is the top girls’ name with Oliver also consistently number one for boys

Other story puts Federal budget in shade

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday  10th of May  2021 Herald Su Newspaper .
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The Federal budget is the biggest day of the year in the nation’s capital, yet the size of the pile of money Josh Frydenberg has to manage is dwarfed by the wealth of two other people in the news

Aussie attempts planking world record

Planking guinness World Record - to raise money for CRPS.
Daniel Scali has just been approved to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest abdominal plank. Pictured at Henley Square.
Friday 30 April  2021 Pic Roy VanDerVegt
sport

Living with chronic pain from childhood has inspired one South Australian man’s world record bid for the longest abdominal plank.

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

An artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben
space

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken its own record as the fastest man-made object in history as its speed brings it closer and closer to the Sun.

Sherpa Kami summits Everest for record 25th time

In this photograph taken on May 2, 2021, Nepal's mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa (3R) performs a ritual after an interview with AFP at the Everest base camp in the Mount Everest region of Solukhumbu district, as Sherpa on May 7 reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for most summits of the highest mountain in the world. (Photo by Prakash MATHEMA / AFP)
humanities

Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita has set a new record for the most Everest ascents, reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak for the 25th time

Top award for a dog named Zero

Zero the court companion dog has been awarded a premier's award for public sector values which recognises his commitment to accompanying vulnerable witnesses in court, on May 10th, 2021, outside the Supreme Court in Adelaide.
Picture: Tom Huntley
animals

His name may be Zero, but this four-year-old black labrador has scored top marks as a companion canine in the courtroom, winning a Premier’s Excellence Award in South Australia

Siblings share Down syndrome message

Reef Fahey, 12, is planning on skiing 213kms to raise awareness for T21 (down syndrome) and Ski for Life. Reef with his Sister Mahala, 10 and little brother Koa, 5 who suffers from down syndrome at Murray Bridge, 6 May 2021. Picture Simon Cross
humanities

A 12-year-old Adelaide boy is preparing to embark on an epic waterskiing journey on the Murray River to wash away myths about his little brother’s Down syndrome

Sniffer bees busy on COVID test training

Enjoy the spring! Everything is blooming and the bees are diligently flying from flower to flower. I would like to share this spring feelings with you and have taken this picture for you.
science

Scientists have trained bees to identify COVID-19 in test samples, providing results almost instantly instead of waiting hours for regular test results to come through

State and territory winners announced

2021 Prime Minister's Spelling Bee - artwork to announce state/territory winners. For Kids News
spelling bee

Congratulations to all the students who competed in the State/Territory Finals of the Spelling Bee, and especially to the super spellers who will progress to the National Final. See their names here

Found: early explorer’s lost marker tree

One of the other trees carved by the Wells expedition
history

Researchers have used modern technology to find a carved marker tree used by explorers during an 1891 expedition in the South Australia outback

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is here

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA NewsWire 
Photos APRIL 28, 2021:  
Bronwyn Scott, Royal Australian Mint coin designer who designed the new A-Z of 'Aussie' $1 coins launching 9 May for Australia Post.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
money

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is back at Australia Post, with the new A-Z of $1 collectable coins from the Royal Australian Mint full of fun and surprises

Heaviest moth in the world found at primary school

A giant moth the size of a rat was found by a tradie during the build of the Mt Cotton State School in Redland, Queensland. 
Picture:  Mt Cotton State School Facebook.
animals

Builders have found a giant wood moth as big as two adult human fists while working at a Queensland school, sparking a creative writing story in which the teacher is eaten by moths

Helping Aussies leave the kitchen table

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of May 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
news

Despite new childcare subsidies intended to make it cheaper for adults to go back to workplaces, Mark Knight wonders whether anyone actually wants to get out of trackpants and slippers

Why pranks can be good for you

Why pranking could be good for the soul (without going too far). Lifestyle and playful photos of Emily, her husband and their two kids in the yard with pranking props (rubber snakes/spiders). Colourful and casual clothing, eyes to camera shots for SMARTdaily cover photo.    Cassie, 10, and Jake, 8, in their room. Picture: Alex Coppel.
just for fun

Playing tricks can relieve stress and raise a smile – and kids who share their funniest prank could end up with a character named after them in the next Funny Kid book!

World’s widest plane aces test flight

KIDS NEWS: The Stratolaunch Roc aircraft, a six-engine jet with the world's longest wingspan, completed its second tsr flight, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Mojave, California. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Hartman.
space

Two years after its first flight, the gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft took to the skies for a second time above the Mojave Desert in the US.

Parrot flies back from brink of extinction

animals

Five years ago, scientists faced the prospect of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot “going extinct right in front of us”, but now those same scientists are grinning from ear to ear

Sleep just as good as exercise to keep kids trim

A new study shows that if kids get an extra 54 minutes sleep it is equivalent to an hour of exercise. Sisters, Elodie 10 ready for bed and Imogen 8, ready to play.                Picture: David Caird
health

Sleeping an extra 52 minutes has the same benefit on a child’s Body Mass Index as exercising 17 minutes more a day, new Aussie research has revealed

Some good news for endangered Sumatran rhino

SUNDAY ESCAPE. WILDLIFE WISHLIST. Sumatran rhino. Picture: Taronga Conservation Society Australia
animals

With only an estimated 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the results of a new study deliver welcome hope for the survival of the species.

Visitors to see Colosseum as gladiators saw it

The Roman Colosseum in summer, Italy
history

Rome’s famous Colosseum will soon have a floor again, allowing the 7.6 million people who visit each year to stand where gladiators stood before they went into battle 2000 years ago

Weird fish makes comeback in Murray River

A lamprey fish close up. Picture: Department for Environment and Water South Australia
environment

Scientists have found a spooky-looking, bloodsucking, critically endangered native fish in record numbers in the Murray River system, which is great news for the environment and lamprey fish

Creepy-crawlies on the menu

Edible insects are high in protein, vitamins and other macronutrients.  For spread of bread, desserts etc. (Image: Boris Ceko)
health

Bugs like witchetty grubs, bogong moths and green tree ants could soon be on Australian dinner plates under a plan to grow our edible insect industry

Kanye West’s sneakers sell for record $1.8 million

This handout photo courtesy of Sotheby’s shows the black high-top Yeezys worn by rapper Kanye West during the 2008 Grammy Awards. - A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1s worn by rapper Kanye West sold for $1.8 million, triple the previous record for sneakers, Sotheby's said April 26, 2021, as the market for rare sports shoes soars. (Photo by Handout / SOTHEBY'S / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy Sotheby’s" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
just for fun

Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy sneakers have smashed the record sale price previously set by a pair of Air Jordans

Do you have a question for author Emily Rodda?

Eliza Vanda's Button Box book cover. For Kids News
book club

Become a Kids News reporter and ask author Emily Rodda a question. And while you’re at it, get a sneak peek of her new book, Eliza Vanda’s Button Box

Farewell Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut

(FILES) This file NASA handout portrait taken in July 1969 shows US astronaut Michael Collins, part of the Apollo 11 where he served as the command module pilot. - American astronaut Michael Collins, who flew the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates became the first people to land on the Moon in 1969, died on April 28, 2021 after battling cancer, his family said. "Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way," Collins' family tweeted on his official Twitter account. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
history

US astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon, has died aged 90

Quick decision by ScoMo not a surprise to cartoonist

Mark Knight's cartoon on India flight ban
news

Visual metaphors can help illustrate complex political situations. With air travel to India ceasing suddenly due to the coronavirus disaster there, Mark Knight needed an aviation metaphor

Group spends 40 days in French cave for experiment

Members of the French team that participated in the "Deep Time" study pose for a photo after exiting the Lombrives Cave in Ussat les Bains, France, Saturday, April 24, 2021. After 40 days in voluntary isolation, 15 people participating in a scientific experiment have emerged from a vast cave in southwestern France. Eight men and seven women lived in the dark, damp depths of the Lombrives cave in the Pyrenees to help researchers understand how people adapt to drastic changes in living conditions and environments. They had no clocks, no sunlight and no contact with the world above. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
science

Imagine 40 days in a cave without light, clocks or technology. That’s what a group of 15 volunteers has done for a scientific experiment in France

Hawk’s in the running for best teammate

Hawk Hodkinson, 13, ran 7km to get to his football game with Highett Football Club after his coach forgot to pick him up. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
sport

Junior footballer Hawk Hodkinson was so determined not to let his team down he ran 7.5km to his match after his coach forgot to pick him up

Fitbits for Phillip Island penguins

Ever thought your other half wasn't pulling their weight in the parenting role? Well it appears that Little Penguins have the same issue! A new paper published in the International Society for Behavioural Ecology's journal, shows some individual penguins work harder than their partners to feed their chicks. The study is part of joint research between Australian and French scientists. According to one of the paper's authors, Phillip Island Nature Parks' Penguin Biologist, Dr Andre Chiaradia, the findings come as something of a surprise, as it was previously thought both parents contributed equally to raising chicks.
animals

Phillip Island’s little penguins are small but mighty adaptable, according to a new scientific study using custom-made ‘fitbits’.

What it takes to be a YouTube star

Image of Aussie teen YouTube star ReeKid.  Supplied for Jonathan Moran.
just for fun

So, you want to be a famous YouTuber? Aussie teen ‘Reekid’ reveals how he did it, and the down side to his success