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Artist's illustration of Artemis astronauts working on the Moon. Picture: NASA

Signal troubles on Earth? Move to the Moon

technology

If you’re struggling with dodgy phone or internet, there’s a chance you’ll soon be better off on the Moon as NASA awards Nokia the job of building the first lunar mobile network

An artist's impression of the Osiris-REX spacecraft near the asteroid Bennu.  CREDIT: NASA

NASA attempts to snatch asteroid rubble

space

UPDATED After almost two years circling the asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of kilometres away, a NASA spacecraft has attempted to collect a sample from the treacherous, boulder-packed surface

This Sept. 1, 2020 photo provided by San Diego Zoo Global shows Kurt, a tiny horse who is actually a clone. Little Kurt looks like any other baby horse as he frolics playfully in his pen. But the 2-month-old, dun-colored colt was created by fusing cells taken from an endangered Przewalski's horse at the San Diego Zoo in 1980. The cells were infused with an egg from a domestic horse that gave birth to Kurt two months ago. The baby boy was named for Kurt Benirschke, a founder of the San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo, where thousands of cell cultures are stored. Scientists hope he'll help restore the Przewalski's population, which numbers only about 2,000. (Christine Simmons/San Diego Zoo Global via AP)

Kurt the cloned horse kicking up his heels

science

In a world first, scientists have cloned a rare, endangered Przewalski’s horse. They used cells taken from a stallion 40 years ago and fused them with an egg from a domestic horse

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Record fast flight to International Space Station

This NASA handout photo shows Expedition 64 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins seen as she has her Russian Sokol suit pressure checked as she and fellow crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos prepare for their Soyuz launch to the International Space Station on October 14, 2020, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - The trio launched at 1:45 a.m. EDT to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GCTC/ANDREY SHELEPIN/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

A new crew has arrived at the International Space Station in less time than it takes to catch a plane flight from one side of Australia to the other

Become a Kids News reporter and interview our book of the month author

A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons. For Kids News book club October 2020.
book club

Here’s your chance to ask author Francesca Gibbons about her book, A Clock of Stars. You can also read the first three chapters for free and try the special classroom activities

Wanting the Premier to hit the right target

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 12th of October 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper .
arts

There are lots of complex numbers in news about the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Knight explains how he created a drawing to show what’s happening in Victoria in a simple way

The planets better suited for life than Earth

An artist’s impression of the ARIEL spacecraft as it heads toward its operational position in 2028. CREDIT: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office
space

Scientists have discovered 24 “superhabitable” planets that are older, larger, warmer and wetter than Earth, making them ideal for life

How do birds fly? Why can’t humans fly?

Taronga Zoo keepers are training one of their wedge tail eagles 'Reggie' at Athol Hall to be part of the Free Flight Bird Show. Picture: Toby Zerna
explainers

It’s spring and that means there are soon to be a lot of baby birds learning to fly. They look awkward first go, but they soon work it out. How do they do it? And why can’t humans fly too?

Cricket star’s message to kids: tough times won’t last

Portrait of Australia's Alyssa Healy ahead of the ICC T20 Women's World Cup which starts tomorrow at Spotless Stadium in Sydney. Picture. Phil Hillyard
sport

She’s a superstar of Australian sport, but things haven’t always gone to plan for cricketer Alyssa Healy. Here’s her advice for bouncing back from difficult times

Alligator-squeak research wins big science prize

3 year old Mississippi alligator.  She can live to over 100 years and grow to 4 metres.
science

Scientists have won an international prize for research intended to make you laugh — and then think — for testing whether an alligator that breathes in helium squeaks like Minnie Mouse

Aussie boy sets sights on Paralympics

Jarvis Smoker, 12, hopes to represent Australia in snowboarding at the 2026 Winter Paralympics in Italy.  His inspiring story has been told in a video entry in the 2020 Focus on Ability international short film festival, now in its twelfth year. Picture: supplied.
sport

A genetic condition that affects co-ordination and muscle development is no match for this little boy with a big dream

Tassie devil relative returns from extinction

nationally threatened mulgara  at Ethabuka Reserve. Brian Williams story.
animals

This tiny carnivorous marsupial was thought to be wiped out in NSW a century ago, but now scientists have reintroduce a small population of mulgaras back into the wild

Scan of 10.3 million stars doesn’t find aliens – yet

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low frequency radio telescope in Western Australia, is seen in this undated aerial view released on September 8, 2020. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)/Curtin University/Handout via REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
space

In the broadest search for extraterrestrial life ever completed, scientists have looked for aliens in a scan of more than 10 million stars using a radio telescope in Western Australia

Scientists solve mystery of giant melting glacier

Thwaites glacier is said to be 'the most vulnerable place in Antarctica' Credit: AFP
environment

Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier — more than twice as big as Tasmania — is melting from below, putting it at risk of collapse. Scientists now know warm water flowing beneath it is to blame

Mighty mice keep muscles in space

Astronaut to Mars
space

As humans get ready for long trips to Mars, scientists are working on how to keep them strong and healthy by studying astronaut mice with big muscles sent to the International Space Station

Bullied by a friend? It’s still bullying

Cyber bullying. iStock image. For Kids News and Hibernation
safe kids

Young people are less likely to recognise behaviour as bullying if it is coming from someone they consider a friend, according to a new study from online mental health organisation ReachOut

Inside the shark tank at Sea Life Aquarium

BOND MELBOURNE : for Peter Rolfe story   ..  10/08/2011 NEWS: 10/08/2011 NEWS: Feeding time at the Melbourne Aquarium. Senior diver Kate McKay feeds Mitch the grey nurse shark. Pic. Jay Town Pic. Jay Town
animals

They might look scary but few sharks deserve their fearsome reputation, according to aquarist James Gilbert. In fact, some need our help to survive on National Threatened Species Day.

Time outdoors is good medicine for hi-tech kids

For a story about SAHMRI/UniAdl research on the benefits of green time versus screen time.Lenny,7 and Nash,4, in their backyard having green time on the 2nd September 2020. Pic Tait Schmaal.
health

New research has found green time can reduce the negative effects of too much screen time in front of TVs, computers and video games for kids

Biggest black hole collision ever detected

EMBARGOED 10 PM WEDNESDAY Caption:
Artist’s impression of binary black holes about to collide. Image credit:
Mark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
(OzGrav)
space

Adelaide scientists are part of the international team celebrating the discovery of the most massive black hole collision and merger ever detected and which happened almost 7 billion years ago

Meet Gertrude, the pig with the brain implant

Screengrab  from  Neuralink you tube   shows Gertrude the pig implanted with a Neuralink device and her brain activity graph during a presentation ., Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSutodqCZ74&feature=youtu.be
technology

A company co-founded by Elon Musk has fitted computer chips into the brains of three little pigs in a trial that could lead to people being able to control computers with their minds

Brain holds key to Antarctic ice ship mystery

A strange 'ice ship' has been spotted on Google Earth by eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists Credit: YOUTUBE/MRMBBB333
explainers

Conspiracy theorists claim they’ve found a huge capsized ship about 160km off the coast of Antarctica but the mystery is most likely solved by looking at how human brains work

Chirps from space reach Earth again

The CSIRO Parkes Observatory is seen ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, 380km west of Sydney, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish" is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20 1969. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
space

More mysterious Fast Radio Bursts have made it to Earth from a galaxy three billion light-years away but researchers still don’t know what they are and why they’re coming here

The day the flag was missing from the big game

Knight cartoon for 22/8/20 on the aboriginal flag ownership rights during the AFL Indigenous round
civics

What a thrill to see this year’s big AFL Dreamtime game between the Bombers and the Tigers played in Darwin. But what a shock that the Aboriginal flag — an important symbol — was missing

Hope for gold at the end of the tunnel

preliminary work a kilometre underground in a Stawell gold mine in the search for the universe's elusive 'dark matter'. The yellow container is an emergency oxygen supply.Need to be credited "image courtesy Swinburne University".
money

Victoria is on the verge of a second gold rush fuelled by gold’s high world price and modern mining methods, with hopes the precious metal will help the state recover after COVID-19

Coral recovery hope for Great Barrier Reef

Pictures for the AIMS Annual Summary Report on the Great Barrier Reef.
environment

The Great Barrier Reef is fighting back, with new research showing “encouraging” signs of coral growth in two-thirds of 86 monitored reefs

Human blood is warm, but cool too!

3D render blood cells.
science

Kids News is celebrating National Science Week by taking a look at the approximately five litres of hardworking red blood pumping around a person’s body that gives us our get up and go

Female Aussie swimmer tops men’s world record

A handout picture taken on and released in London on August 16, 2020, shows Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel reacting aboard her support boat, off the coast of Calais, northeast France,  after completing her 35th swim across the English Channel. - A Australian marathon swimmer on Sunday became the second woman to break the men's record for number of Channel crossings -- and avoided new UK quarantine rules on French arrivals on her return. Chloe McCardel, from Sydney, completed her 35th swim across the world's busiest shipping lane after emerging on the northern French shoreline in the early hours of Sunday. (Photo by Jason Kelvin / Newgate Comms / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT  " AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT /  Jason Kelvin via Newgate Comms"  -  NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS   -   DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  -  NO ARCHIVE
sport

Marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel has completed her 35th English Channel crossing — her fourth in 16 days and more than any man — battling fog, darkness, ships and quarantine rules

Whose big AFL grab will we sing about?

Knight cartoon for 10/8/20 on QLD looking to hold the AFL Grand Final
sport

The AFL Grand Final is one of the major sporting events of the year but everything about the 2020 season is different. Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could take the mark of the year

Do you recognise this face?

LIBRARY: Image of early convict Mary Reibey, who came to Australia with the First Fleet.
money

Most Australians will have seen her face but few would know the remarkable story of Mary Reibey and how she came to be on our $20 banknote

Ocean world discovered between Mars and Jupiter

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured pictures in visible and infrared wavelengths, which were combined to create this false-color view of a region in 57-mile-wide (92-kilometer-wide) Occator Crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. Picture: JPL/NASA
space

A NASA mission has discovered a saltwater ocean world in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Until now, freezing dwarf planet Ceres was thought to be a barren space rock

Kids helping kids with One=One campaign

Caloundra State High School Year 9 school council representatives Jack Webster and Claire Thomme believe ensuring students eat well is vital to their chances of a good education.
For Hibernation and Kids News. FareShare and News Corp support a campaign called One=One: Feed a Friend as part of The Feed Appeal.
Students at Caloundra State High School, Queensland, are planning to raise money to help the campaign and have applied for a Rural Schools Grant as part of The Feed Appeal to help provide breakfast and lunch to students in need. Picture: supplied
humanities

In rural and remote Australia, one in four kids comes to school without breakfast or lunch. To help, Kids News is supporting One=One, which means $1 raised provides one meal

NASA to drop harmful space nicknames

In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula (about 5000 light-years away). From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments - space
space

The US space agency will stop using the nicknames of some cosmic objects — such as NGC 2392, the “Eskimo Nebula” — in an effort to address discrimination and inequality

Plastic waste found in seafood

Francisca Ribeiro and her team of UQ researchers discovers alarming levels of microplastic in seafood.
environment

Researchers have discovered alarming levels of microplastics in sardines, prawns, oysters and crabs

Tough battle ahead for state of disaster

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of August 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper
news

In a cartoon, using a visual metaphor can help describe another issue we may not have much understanding about. But just like with bushfires, if Australians band together, we can beat this

Heatwave Harry? Naming the threat may save lives

TOPSHOT - A woman looks through the glass of the enclosure of a Polar bear as he cools off in the water at the zoo in Mulhouse on August 3, 2018, as parts of Europe continue to swelter in an ongoing heatwave.    / AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON
weather

Giving heatwaves names and strength ratings, as for cyclones, could help people in hot places such as Australia understand how dangerous they are, particularly as heatwaves worsen in future

How the Martian ice age shaped the red planet

Ancient Mars may have been covered in a huge ice sheet Credit: NASA
space

Mars was once covered in ice sheets that carved out thousands of giant valleys in the same way as on Earth, challenging previous theories of Mars as a warm, wet planet covered in oceans

Solved: the mystery of smelly armpits

RendezView. Closeup portrait of woman looking at man closing, covering nose, something stinks, very bad smell, odor. Guy sniffs himself. Isolated on white background. Negative emotion, facial expression, feeling.
science

Scientists now understand the substances that make armpits smell, that they predate Homo sapiens and they may have had an important role in communication between our ancestors

Aussie invents paint to beat coronavirus

Aussie scientist Dr William Ducker.
science

In what may be one of the biggest breakthroughs yet in combating COVID-19, a scientist has invented a surface coating that wipes out the virus and may continue working for years

KFC plans to 3D print chicken nuggets

Want nerves with that? Picture: Thinkstock
science

A fast-food chicken chain is creating lab-grown meat made from stem cells to create a “meat for the future”, as a burger chain feeds cattle lemongrass to try to cut methane emissions

Bushfires threaten 49 Australian species

Embargoed for The Sunday Telegraph. Speak to the pictured desk before use.  Aussie Ark in the Barrington Tops is NSW’s largest independently owned and operated conservation organisation and is home to seven keystone species once found in the region. It's aim is to establish a robust insurance population of Australian threatened, native mammal species such as the Tasmanian devil, Eastern quoll and long-nosed potoroo, suitable for semi-wild release into large, predator proof fenced sanctuaries in the Barrington Tops, for eventual reintroduction to the wild.
animals

Scientists are just beginning to understand how the bushfires devastated populations of native animals. See the full list of species that are now – suddenly – under threat

Mars mission headlines big week in space news

In this handout photograph taken and released on July 20, 2020 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries an H-2A rocket carrying the Hope Probe known as "Al-Amal" in Arabic, developed by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to explore Mars, blasts off from Tanegashima Space Centre in southwestern Japan. - The first Arab space mission to Mars blasted off on July 20 aboard a rocket from Japan, with the probe dubbed "Hope" successfully separating about an hour after liftoff. (Photo by Handout / Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / AFP) / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / (MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---
space

UAE launched its first mission to Mars on Monday as it strives to reduce the country’s reliance on selling oil. On the ISS, NASA astronauts complete a space walk and prepare to head home

Uncomfortable uniforms could force girls out of sport

Abbey Tyrrell, 12, Lily Murrihy, 13, and  Bronte Mosley, 13 in their footy and basketball uniforms for a story on whether the cut/design/sizing of uniforms for use at school and comps affects the desire of girls to continue playing sport.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
sport

Girls are dropping out of sport at high rates as they move from tweens to teens and a new study is looking to see if uniforms are part of the problem

Calls to change cheese health star rating

Dairy is being overlooked as a source of protein and "good" fats, with products such as cheese often getting a bad name. Despite being part of the super "five food groups" - which also include meat and lentils. Nicolas 7, loves to tuck into a warm stringy cheese toastie in Winter.       Picture: David Caird
health

Despite more than 90 per cent of Australians not eating enough dairy, cheese is being overlooked as a source of calcium and “good” fats, with some cheeses only rating 1.5 health stars

Roadblock stops Premier’s getaway

Knight cartoon for 14/7/20  on Dan Andrews and roadblocks
news

Cartoonist Mark Knight discusses Victoria’s change of circumstances as coronavirus case numbers increase, and whether Premier Daniel Andrews is running away from responsibility

Race is on to reach the Red Planet

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 25, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on September 25, 2019 a man takes a picture of an illustration depicting an astronaut with the Emirati national flag outside Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai. - The first Arab space mission to Mars, set for launch next month to study the Red Planet's atmosphere, is designed to inspire the region's youth and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs, officials said on June 9, 2020. (Photo by KARIM  SAHIB / AFP)
space

Traffic is about to get busy on the interplanetary route between Earth and Mars as three rival missions leave Earth during July in time for the next Earth-Mars Close Approach in October

Virus spread leads to remote learning return

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: A sign for Covid-19 Testing is seen at the entrance to Chadstone shopping Centre on June 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Victoria has recorded 30 new COVID-19 cases overnight, as testing a blitz has begun in Melbourne suburbs that have been identified as community transmission hotspots for coronavirus. Restrictions in Victoria have been tightened due to the spike in new cases across the state with premier Daniel Andrews extending the current state of emergency for at least four weeks to allow police the power to enforce social distancing rules. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
news

Melbourne students have an extra week of holidays as schools face a return to remote learning while the city battles a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Why do we get wrinkly skin as we age?

Senior woman with wrinkles, posing in studio, close-up, portrait
explainers

Wrinkles are a normal part of ageing, except for the wrinkly fingers and toes people of any age can get when they’ve been in the bath or pool for too long. Kids News researched wrinkles

Calls to better protect world-famous giant cuttlefish site

Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation  off the coast of Whyalla in the Spencer Gulf  - picture Scott Portelli
animals

Pressure is mounting on the SA government to reverse a decision allowing fishing of giant cuttlefish in the Spencer Gulf, where they mass each year to spawn, the only place in the world this happens

Big buzz about Aussie bee drone invention

University of Adelaide mechanical engineering students, William Foster-Hall and James Cartwright with their proto type Pollination Drone Wednesday June 24,2020.Picture Mark Brake
technology

A team of mechanical engineering students in South Australia has invented a small drone that transfers pollen from plant to plant and that could one day replace bees

How you can help stop a bully

Are you a bystander to bullying? For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
safe kids

You might not have been bullied but chances are you’ve seen it happen to one of your classmates. Experts say bystanders make a choice to be part of the problem or part of the solution

New names for Redskin and Chicos lollies

Allen's Chicos
civics

Nestle will rename its Red Skins and Chicos lollies as the names are now “out of step” with the company’s values and it wants to “keep creating smiles” rather than cause offence

Scientists map ancient lost continent

A handout photo released by Nature shows an artist's impression of life restoration of the Savannasaurus elliottorum based on the type specimen (“Wade”) and comparisons with titanosaurs from around the world.  Scientists unveiled on October 20, 2016 fossils from a new species of giant, long-necked dinosaur discovered in northeastern Australia, speculating that it may have traversed Antarctica from South America some 105 million years ago.   / AFP PHOTO / NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / Travis TISCHLER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATURE / Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History TRAVIS TISCHLER" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
geography

Towering titanosaurs and other dinosaurs once roamed the vast, mountainless lands between the east of Australia and New Zealand on a lost continent called Zealandia

Concerns over spike in Victorian COVID-19 cases

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a press conference at Treasury Theatre in Melbourne, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AAP Image/Luis Ascui) NO ARCHIVING
health

Victoria’s new coronavirus cases — including AFL player Conor McKenna — are causing concern about how this could impact Australia’s economic recovery, reopening borders and sport

Giant meat-eating dinosaur roamed Australia

animals

Move over T-rex, Gigantosaurus and Spinosaurus — the discovery of dinosaur footprint fossils in Queensland reveal Australia had its own huge predator in the Jurassic Period.

Vitamin D could help fight food allergies in kids

A lack of vitamin D is being looked at as a cause of childhood allergies. Researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute are launching a new study probing wether vitamin D supplements could help prevent allergies in infants and kids. mum Kiandra Ward and baby Toby 13mths, are taking part in the study.    Picture: David Caird
health

Australia has the world’s highest rate of childhood food allergies but researchers hope a simple vitamin supplement could help change that.

Teens making music about COVID-19

A singer shares COVID-19 messages
humanities

June 20 is World Refugee Day. Kids News shares a film by a teenager at Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda about young people making music to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Call to ban junk food on kids’ social media

Bucking the fast food trend, healthy teens Francesca 14 and friend Issy 15 love a good smooth and making a mess in the kitchen.    Picture: David Caird
health

Fast-food companies are bombarding children and teenagers on social media with ads for unhealthy junk food and drinks, according to a new study. Researchers want the ads banned

Trial to ‘switch off’ severe allergies in kids

An immunotherapy treatment, which has shown long-lasting effects against peanut allergy where participants were given a probiotic together with peanut protein, is now being extended to eggs. Jamie Stevenson 9, who is under immunotherapy treatment for egg allergy, is excited about being able to finally eat eggs after treatment.    Picture: David Caird
health

Kids could live free of life-threatening egg allergies thanks to a treatment being trialled by Australian researchers in Melbourne after the success of a similar trial for peanuts allergies

Discovery of Earth-like habitable planet

An artist rendition released by the European Space Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 shows the main bodies of the solar system, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, from left in foreground, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, from left in background. The Moon, the Earth's natural satellite, is seen at right in foreground, as the relative size of the orbits of the planets is not respected. Nearby planet Venus is looking a bit more Earth-like with frequent bursts of lightning confirmed by a new European space probe. For nearly three decades, astronomers have said Venus probably had lightning, ever since a 1978 NASA probe showed signs of electrical activity in its atmosphere. But experts were not sure because of signal interference. (AP
space

An exoplanet that orbits a star just like our Sun could be the most similar to Earth ever found, which has scientists thinking it could liveable.

Lost city found with radar and a quad bike

Face of the Emperor Constantine
history

A long-buried ancient Roman city in Italy has been mapped in incredible detail without any digging. Instead, archaeologists used a ground-penetrating radar strapped to a quad bike

The mystery of sea creatures’ snot palaces

This 2002 photo provided by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a close up view of a "giant larvacean" and its "inner house" - a mucus filter that the animal uses to collect food. The creature, usually three to ten centimeters (about one to four inches) in length, builds a huge mucous structure that functions as an elaborate feeding apparatus, guiding food particles into the animal's mouth. When the filters get clogged, the larvacean abandons them. The abandoned filters sink toward the seafloor, and become an important food source for other marine animals. (MBARI via AP)
science

Learning how sea creatures build the equivalent of five-story palaces in about an hour, made just with mucus from their heads, could help us build expanding homes on Earth, the Moon or Mars

Burnt koalas heal with Phillip Island penguins

Ranger Jess McKelson. For Kids News and Hibernation
environment

Phillip Island reopens on World Environment Day as Ranger Jess McKelson shares tales of bushfire koalas and little penguins

Goalkicking yips could be in players’ heads

Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs after missing a set shot at goal during the Round 23 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Western Bulldogs at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, August 25, 2018. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
sport

Have you ever wondered why footballers struggle to convert set shots for goal? Australian sports scientists believe the answer could be all in the mind

Australia set for colder, wetter than average winter

A few spots of rain overnight and this morning may bring hope to some . Puddles at the Opera House .picture John Grainger
weather

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

Australian man’s new toilet paper world record

In this photo provided by Lucas Carberry, Jed Hockin poses in front of recycling cans and a basketball hoop in  Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Records are still being set even with many sports on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. There's a chance to be crowned world’s best in categories such as most soccer touches with a roll of toilet paper in a 30-second span (winner: Jed Hockin with 84) or by simply putting on socks in a timely manner. (Lucas Carberry via AP)
sport

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

Big boost to birdwing butterflies in the wild

The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.
animals

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

No joke! Experts agree laughter is good for us

KIDS NEWS: NIDA's school holiday programs include  comedy. Picture: supplied.
arts

Humour is as ancient as human life itself, but the joys of laughter never grow old and amusement experts believe we’re on the cusp of a COVID-19 comedy revolution

Caring for the billions of microbes in your mouth

All sugary drinks are being banned at Melbourne museum to improve the health of visitors. 

Charlie, 9, says 'no' to sugary drinks.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
health

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

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

arts

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

Climbers to remeasure height of Everest

In this May 16, 2020 aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese surveyors hike toward a higher spot from the base camp on Mount Qomolangma at an altitude of 5,200 meters. The Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers. (Jigme Dorje/Xinhua via AP)
geography

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

Gnarly home has its own skate bowl

Justyn Wood and Susan Chenoweth with Riley Wood 11. Justin and Susan are the owners of a luxury home in Hamilton that has a skate bowl in it goes on sale tonight. Pics Adam Head
just for fun

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

Isolation baby boom for Australian zoos

Tree Kangaroo joey Chimbu exploring with mum Mani
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Zoos Victoria
animals

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

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
technology

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

Coughing over the health of Australia’s piggy bank

Mark Knight's cartoon on Josh Frydenberg
civics

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

Spooky goings-on at night in the museum

A worker displays the 'Unlucky Mummy', from 945 BC, displayed by the British Museum during a press conference at Taiwan's National Palace Museum in Taipei 24 January 2007. According to the British museum, the 'Unlucky Mummy' is not a mummy at all, but rather a gessoed and painted wooden 'mummy-board' or inner coffin lid, found at Thebes. It is referred to as the 'Unlucky Mummy' as it has acquired a reputation for bringing misfortune. Some 271 pieces of antiques from the British Museum will be exhibited at Taiwan's National Palace Museum betwen 04 Febuary to 27 May 2007. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH
history

British Museum guards have reported spooky goings-on including ghostly footsteps, strange lights and mysterious crying among the exhibits, like a real-life version of Night at the Museum

Mystery of koala drinking habits solved

A supplied image obtained on Saturday, May 2, 2020, of a wild koala licking a tree after rain. A study published today in Ethology, led by a researcher from The University of Sydney, has captured koala drinking behaviour in the wild for the first time. (AAP Image/Supplied by The University of Sydney) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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In a big win in the battle to save this species from extinction, scientists have observed koalas drinking in the wild for the first time, watching them lick rain running down tree trunks

Cave find rewrites history of early humans

Primeval Caveman Wearing Animal Skin Holds Stone Tipped Spear Looks Around, Explores Prehistoric Forest in a Hunt for Animal Prey. Neanderthal Going Hunting in the Jungle
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Scientists have found human bones and a tooth up to 46,000 years old that rewrite the history of early humans’ arrival in Europe and time spent living alongside Neanderthals

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

This is an artist's illustration of the terrifying creatureCredit: University of Portsmouth / Davide Bonadonna
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Fast, ferocious Spinosaurus is the first aquatic dinosaur known to science. Experts believe it could topple T-rex to take the title as the most famous and exciting meat-eating dinosaur

Aussie helps build ‘time machine’ to study Big Bang

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

‘Crazy beast’ prehistoric mammal found

The Adalatherium was a bizarre creature that lived around 66 million
 years ago on the island of Madagascar. Picture: Facebook/Denver Museum of
 Nature & Science
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The skeleton of a backward-toothed mammal nicknamed “crazy beast” that existed alongside dinosaurs 66 million years ago has been unveiled by Australian palaeontologists

Exploring the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

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 Sailing ship HM Bark Endeavour replica of the HMS Endeavour which carried Captain James Cook on his South Pacific expedition at anchor in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, USA 30 Oct 1999. 
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. We explore why Cook came to Australia and why some celebrate and some lament this day

Earth’s insect numbers shrink over 30 years

Funny laughing curly girl with a butterfly on his nose. Healthy smile with white teeth. Free breathing concept.
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New scientific research has shown the number of insects living on land has fallen dramatically in the past 30 years, putting the world’s ecosystems — and human lives — at risk

Drones delivering COVID-19 test kits

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

Virus leaves future of Virgin up in the air

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

Big find about origins of human language

A three-dimensional model of the 3.2 million-year-old hominid known as Lucy is unveiled at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The sculpture, showing a scientific estimation of what Lucy may have looked like in life, is part of an exhibition featuring the original fossilized remains of the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor from Africa. Houston is the first stop on an American tour for the famous fossil. The exhibition will open Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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By comparing brains of humans and apes, scientists have discovered the origins of human language could be 25 million years old — 20 million years older than previously thought

Earthquakes signal Iceland’s volcanoes waking up

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on April 2, 2020, shows molten lava spraying during an eruption of the Piton de le Fournaise volcano, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. (Photo by Richard BOUHET / AFP)
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Scientists warn that a volcanic area of Iceland is becoming active, with more than 8000 earthquakes recorded since January 21 and 10cm of land uplift as magma pushes up from below

Astronauts recall flawed Apollo 13 mission

In this April 10, 1970 photo made available by NASA, Apollo 13 astronauts, from left, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell gather for a photo on the day before launch. (NASA via AP)
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It is 50 years since the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission and though younger generations may think of it as a failure, its astronauts and others regard it as NASA’s finest achievement

Massive stringy clone colony filmed off WA

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

Scientists to make the Murray River sing

The Helping the Murray Sing project. Picture: Jason Macqueen
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The sounds of Australia’s Murray River will soon be heard in song after scientists and audio specialists captured its sights and sounds in a project aimed at improving the waterway’s health

Oldest fossil of early human species is discovered

EMBARGOED: Fossil discoveries rewrite our family history-DNH 134 Homo erectus cranium outline
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Australian and international scientists have unearthed a two-million-year old skull bone — the oldest known fossil of the earliest human species named Homo erectus

Why do grey seals clap like humans?

Wild grey seal. Picture: Ben Burville
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Amazing video captured by a marine biologist after 17 years of waiting shows breeding grey seals clapping at each other underwater to warn off competitors and attract mates

Exploring the lost city of Pompeii

ESCAPE: DOC HOLIDAY May 29  ..  Apollo statue in Pompeii, Italy (apollo temple). Picture: Supplied
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On April 1, 1748, a Spanish engineer rediscovered Pompeii, changing the way we thought about historical artefacts and beginning the longest archaeological dig in the world

What and where is the equator?

Picture supplied by Joel Selwood.   Joel Selwood and his dad at the Equator
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Parachutists have set a world record for crossing the equator 12 times in a single jump, which got us wondering what the equator is, where it is and why do they launch space rockets there?

Baby boom for endangered snapping turtles

Taronga Zoo have had success breeding the critically endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle, a species that was almost wiped out by a disease in 2015. This year over 35 babies have hatched in their breeding facility. Picture: Toby Zerna
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The future of Australia’s critically endangered Bellinger River snapping turtle is a little more secure after 35 baby turtles hatched at Taronga Zoo

Fish with fingers shows how human hand evolved

Artists reconstruction of an ancient *Elpistostege*
fish fossil found in Miguasha, Canada, which has revealed new insights into how the human hand evolved from fish fins. Research involving Flinders University palaeontologist Professor John Long. Supplied. MUST CREDIT: Katrina
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A slippery predator that lurked in lagoons 380 millions years ago had fins with finger bones that could teach us about the origins of the human hand

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth
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Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

Ban on indoor gatherings to limit spread of Covid-19

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Giant head cut-outs are seen placed in the empty seats behind the basket during the warmup period before game two of the NBL Grand Final series between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at RAC Arena on March 13, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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For the first time in history, Australians are being told not to travel overseas and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in an effort to keep people safe from COVID-19

Miracle change after double hand transplant

Shreya Siddanagowder gestures during an interview with AFP at her home in Pune, more than two years after she had both hands transplanted
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A woman who received two hands from a male donor has found her new hands have transformed to be slimmer and like her own skin tone, in an incredible development that has pleased doctors

Farewell Aurora Australis, our beloved Antarctic ship

Emperor penguins  on the pack ice in the foreground with the Aurora Australis parked in ice in the background in 2008 . Please Credit - Mike Zupanc/Australian Antarctic Division
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The Australian Antarctic Division’s famous bright orange research ship Aurora Australis departed for Macquarie Island this week on one last voyage before its retirement

WHO officially declares COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic

A masked reveller walks on San Marco square in Venice on February 25, 2020, during the usual period of the Carnival festivities which have been cancelled following an outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in northern Italy. - Italy's new coronavirus spread south on February 25 to Tuscany and Sicily, as the civil protection agency reported a surge in the number of infected people and Rome convened emergency talks. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
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As WHO officially declares the global coronavirus crisis a pandemic, PM Scott Morrison announces a $2.4 billion package for Australia’s health system to help it respond to the crisis