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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

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Play-Doh’s sticky situation solved

just for fun

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

arts

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

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Koala Anwen’s lucky-unlucky day

Koala Hospital
animals

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*.
space

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
animals

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

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

humanities

UPDATED THURSDAY As NSW continues to deal with the impact of Tuesday's “catastrophic” fire conditions, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night across NSW and Qld

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
history

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

science

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
weather

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.
history

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.
humanities

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
sport

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!

arts

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

weather

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
environment

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
sport

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
technology

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
sport

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.
Turf
history

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:
health

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

space

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
humanities

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

humanities

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

just for fun

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

geography

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

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geography

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.
space

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

BEACH SEASON SAFETY
technology

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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weather

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

civics

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
arts

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
book club

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
money

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
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

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?

news

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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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

*** BESTPIX *** England v Australia - 4th Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Five
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