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World’s first photo of a black hole revealed

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A team of more than 200 scientists has worked together to capture the world’s first photograph of a black hole, a phenomenon never-before seen by humans

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What is chocolate and is it good for you?

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Almost everyone is mad about chocolate and not just at Easter. Ahead of the annual chocolate feast, we set out to answer some of the most asked questions about this special treat

the Parker Space Probe near the Sun. Artist's impression. Supplied: NASA

NASA solar probe starts flying into the Sun

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The Parker Solar Probe is on a groundbreaking mission to ‘touch the Sun’ and has now come closer to our nearest star than any other man-made object in history

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Australia’s surprising supermum skink

A supplied image obtained on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, shows a baby three-toed skink hatches from an egg. Researchers at the University of Sydney have observed a three-toed skink who gave birth to eggs followed by a live baby three weeks later from the same pregnancy. (AAP Image/Nadav Pezaro) NO ARCHIVING
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Scientists have called a three-toed skink one of the weirdest lizards in the world after watching it lay eggs and then give birth to a baby, all in one litter

Mars house plans revealed

3D-printed towers may be used by Nasa to house its astronauts on Mars (artist's impression) Credit: NASA
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It’s been a big week for our quest to live on Mars, with the confirmation of a “burp” of methane gas and NASA’s release of designs for human housing on the red planet

Fossil graveyard a snapshot of asteroid hit

Computer generated simulation shows an asteroid striking thre Earth in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula aropund 150 million years ago.The extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago can be traced to a collision between two monster rocks in the asteroid belt nearly 100 million years earlier, scientists report 05 September 2007. TO GO WITH AFP STORY-Traced: The asteroid breakup that wiped out the dinosaurs by Richard Ingham AFP PHOTO RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE/NO SALES/NO INTERNET/ NO ARCHIVES
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Scientists have discovered a fossilised snapshot of the day a huge asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, clearing the way for humans to thrive

Schoolboy makes airline deal with Qantas boss

Qantas Boy Alex Jacquot
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Alex Jacquot is 10 and dreams of running his own airline. He wrote to Qantas boss Alan Joyce for advice but ended up in the boardroom signing a deal to get his transport idea off the ground

Daylight saving on way out

Daylight Saving
mathematics

As Australians in four states grope around in the darkness of the last daylight saving mornings of the season, Europe has voted to cancel this clock-changing practice

Compulsive phone use affects wellbeing

Parents Monitoring Kids
technology

Port Adelaide AFL players are putting away their phones and a new study has found we might all feel better about ourselves if we follow their lead

High-speed rail on the fast track to reality

A trip between Melbourne and Geelong would take just 32 minutes on the fast rail line to be announced 21/3/19
civics

PM Scott Morrison has promised to spend billions of dollars on high-speed rail links across Australia with the first project linking Melbourne to Geelong in 32 minutes

Australian ‘outback air’ for sale

Selling Canned Air to China
environment

Canned air from a remote, secret location in South Australia is for sale to anyone who wants to pay $24 for 10 minutes of breathing free of pollution

Footy star slams internet trolls

AFLW Rd 7 - Western Bulldogs v Carlton
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AFLW star Tayla Harris has called for action to be taken against trolls after offensive comments were directed at an incredible photo of her kicking a football

NASA’s incredible supersonic jet surprise

CORRECTION - This handout colorized composite image released by NASA on March 5, 2019 shows two T-38 aircrafts flying in formation at supersonic speeds producing shockwaves that are typically heard on the ground as a sonic boom. - Using the schlieren photography technique, NASA was able to capture the first air-to-air images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft flying in formation. Snapped by another plane flying at about 2,000 feet (610 m) above the two fast-moving aircraft, the images captured how the shock waves became distorted or curved as they interacted. "We never dreamt that it would be this clear, this beautiful," J.T. Heineck, a physical scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, said in the statement. (Photo by HO / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --- / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by HO has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [March 5] instead of [February 7]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”
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NASA has photographed supersonic waves from jets, which brings it a step closer to building a new plane that doesn’t produce a sonic boom when it breaks the sound barrier

Australians may be 120,000 years old

UNDATED : Copy of early undated image of central Australian aboriginals, similar to those who masterminded or were victims of strange ritual killings known as "kadaitcha. Aborigines
history

Scientists have discovered humans may have been living in Australia for 120,000 years. If proven right, the discovery could rewrite the indigenous history of our nation

The World Wide Web turns 30

30 years since the world wide web. Tim Berners-Lee
technology

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, celebrates and reflects on the achievements and challenges for the future, 30 years on from the internet’s beginnings

New wallaby-sized Australian dinosaur found

A recreation of Galleonosaurus dorisae and its Cretaceous environment. Artist credit: James Kuether
animals

Millions of years before wallabies, a wallaby-sized dinosaur was running around a long-vanished valley between the continents we call Australia and Antarctica

One girl starts global climate protest

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate o, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. - Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired pupils worldwide to boycott classes, urged the European Union on February 21, 2019 to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
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Students from more than 70 countries are planning to protest this Friday against inaction on climate change, led by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg

Aussie vaccine a step closer to erasing malaria

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A world-first malaria vaccine made in Australia will be clinically* tested on humans in the hope it can erase the deadly disease and save millions of lives

Potion to live forever found in Chinese tomb

Chinese alchemists brewed elixirs of immortality until the 18th Century
history

A mysterious potion discovered in an ancient Han Dynasty tomb in China was brewed to allow whoever drank it to live forever. Unfortunately, it is full of toxic ingredients

Superhero night vision for humans

Humans could one day have a superpower like X-men, Spiderman or Batman
science

Like Spider-Man and Batman, humans could one day have the power to see in the dark after scientists successfully tried their idea on mice

Australia’s record heat

SCORCHER: It's going to get hot in Mackay over the weekend, with a heatwave expected for the region.
weather

It’s been a blistering start to autumn with another heatwave across three states, just as we get through what has officially been the hottest summer on record

Neanderthal study rewrites history

An early illustration of the 'Man of Chapelle-aux-Saints' Neanderthal, showing him with a hunched back. Picture: Getty Images
history

Scientists who rearranged the bones of a famous Neanderthal skeleton discovered that much of what we believed about this species was based on a century-old mistake

Trump walks out of summit with Kim Jong-un

***BESTPIX*** North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Arrives In Vietnam Ahead Of The U.S.-DPRK Summit
humanities

The face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed without any deals on nuclear weapons, trade bans or a peace deal being signed. 

Footballers say no to racism

Set up of 4 AFLX captains
humanities

The AFL has praised its players for their public support of Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts and said player power is one of the strongest tools in fighting racism

Five stars for fruit and vegies

Obesity
health

Australians need fruit and vegetables to have a five-star label to encourage us to eat more of them, according to a review of the Health Star Rating system

Australia under attack from cyber hackers

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technology

In the wake of several recent cyber attacks of major Australian organisations, we look at hackers, malware and the simple things we can do to help keep our information safe

Aussie floating rubbish bin cleans up oceans

Today, the first two full-time Seabins have splashed down in Sydney – one in Darling Harbour and one in the Parramatta River. This comes less than a year after the Seabin Project first demoed its ingenious floating rubbish bins in Australian waters. To date, the Australian-invented Seabin has over 435 Seabins collecting waterway pollutants in ports, marinas and yacht clubs around the world but no permanent ones in Australia until now. Picture Supplied - Rocket K
environment

Two Australians sick of seeing rubbish in the ocean identified a problem: there were rubbish bins on land but not in the water. So they invented a solution

Scientists discover cure for fear

Little boy afraid hiding behind his bed sheets and screaming
health

Australian researchers have discovered how to change parts of our DNA to help us switch off extreme fears and switch on more positive memories

NASA search for beginning of universe

The SphereX probe will explore the origins of the universe
space

A new NASA spacecraft to launch in 2023 will peer into the beginning of time to explore how the universe began and help in the search for alien life

Search for Shackleton’s ship abandoned

Historical antarctic images from Mercury files: Shackleton 1914 expedition. Frank Hurley's memorable photo of the Endurance being crushed by ice.
geography

Explorers have lost their hi-tech autonomous submarine under the ice in the Weddell Sea, forcing them to call off their search for Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance

Huge dinosaur tracks found in Queensland

Excavation teams have discovered Sauropod tracks near Winton, QLD. Drone image of the site.
animals

Detailed sauropod, ornithopod and theropod tracks 95 million years old have been discovered in a Queensland creekbed and will soon be safe from floods and on show to the public

Young people need to turn down the music

Young people around the world are risking deafness by listening to loud noise through headphones.
health

More than 1 billion young people around the world are risking deafness by listening to loud noise through headphones, prompting the UN to issue international safe-volume standards

Dairy farming family farewells its cows

Dairy Farm
humanities

Casey Treloar’s tearful video explaining why her family is no longer going to milk its cows has gone viral, drawing attention to the plight of dairy farmers all over Australia

Our insects are in big trouble

Bugs
animals

The first major review of insect research has revealed the world’s insect populations are disappearing much faster than mammals, birds and reptiles

Mars rover named for DNA pioneer

Naming Ceremony Of The European Space Agency's ExoMars Rover
science

The Mars rover due to launch next year has been named after scientist Rosalind Franklin, who unlocked the secrets to human life

True shape of Milky Way discovered

Artist's impression of the twisted Milky Way galaxy Credit: CHEN XIAODIAN
space

Australian scientists have helped make a 3D map of the Milky Way, using information sent back from a NASA space telescope. The results have surprised the world

King Arthur and Merlin story found

Historians still can't agree on whether King Arthur was a real person
history

Historians have stumbled across 13th-century parchment pieces about King Arthur, which could lead them to the location of the legendary Holy Grail

Drones to collect Antarctic whale poo

A supplied image obtained on Friday, January 18, 2019, shows an underwater shot of blue whale taken off coast of San Diego in the Pacific Ocean. (AAP Image, Mike Johnson/Australian Antarctic Division) NO ARCHING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, STRICTLY NON COMMERCIAL USE AND ONE TIME USE ONLY
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Scientists want to know whether the shape of massive Antarctic krill swarms affect how whales eat, poo and fertilise the ocean. Luckily, drones will do the dirty work

World’s rarest shark spotted by fishermen

The flat bodied angel shark is one of the world's rarest sharks.
animals

One of the world’s rarest sharks, the flat-bodied angel shark, has been spotted off the coast of Wales by a group of fishermen

Remains of explorer Matthew Flinders found

Remains of Captain Matthew Flinders discovered at HS2 site in Euston. FOR ELLEN WHINNETT STORY The archaeological excavation and research works at St James’s Gardens, Euston, London.
history

The missing remains of the first person to circumnavigate Australia — who also popularised the name Australia — have been found

Robot with skin can sense humans nearby

Porsche AG
technology

An incredible car-making robot in a Porsche factory will wear special skin over its metal muscles to sense human co-workers and help keep them safe from injury

Kelly Gang victims honoured after 140 years

NGA_006 Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946. Ripolin enamel on hardboard. 91 x 121.7 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1972. ? National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Sidney Nolan: A New Retrospective
history

Stories about Ned Kelly and his gang often portray the famous bushrangers as heroes. A new memorial unveiled 140 years later honours the police they murdered at Stringybark Creek

History of the cheque just went hi-tech

Writing Cheque
money

Paying for things by cheque has been possible for hundreds of years, but now technology is changing the way they are handled by banks and customers. PLUS: History of the cheque

Ghost island a Google Maps mystery

The island is supposedly north east of Australia.Source:Supplied
geography

An island off the coast of Australia that was first mapped by Captain Cook has disappeared. No one knows where it went, though it still exists on Google Maps. It has everyone puzzled

Wanted: fridge fixer for coldest place on Earth

recruitment drive for the Australian Antarctic Division STRICTLY ONE TIME USE ONLY • NO ARCHIVE • NO SALES
humanities

The Australian Antarctic Division needs more than 150 people to fill jobs in its four research stations to support scientists, some you’d never guess were needed in the coldest place on Earth

Honour for shark victim turned shark saviour

SA shark expert Rodney Fox and salmon shark fossil.
environment

Lifetime award given to shark victim turned shark saviour Rodney Fox, who overcame his fear of the ocean predators after almost dying in a vicious attack

Last Galapagos tortoise helping humans

Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise, subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni, walks around Galapagos National Park's breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, on April 19, 2012. Lonesome George died and left the world one subspecies poorer. The only remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise and celebrated symbol of conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands passed away Sunday with no known offspring, the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador said in a statement. Estimated to be more than 100 years old, the creature's cause of death remains unclear and a necropsy is planned. AFP PHOTO/RODRIGO BUENDIA
science

Lonesome George was known as the rarest creature in the world, the last of his kind. But even after his death, the tortoise could hold the key to a long and healthy life for humans

Apple’s iSheet invention for a better night’s sleep

Tranquil scene of a woman sleeping on cloud
technology

The technology company that brought us the iPhone has a new invention that watches us as we sleep, helping keep us healthy but not, Apple promises, invading our privacy

Aussies a vital link for asteroid landing

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

Australia’s deep-space experts are an important communication link between NASA and a far-off spacecraft about to arrive at the asteroid Bennu. And this important mission has only just begun!

Real unicorns walked alongside humans

An artist’s impression of the Elasmotherium. Picture: W. S. Van der Merwe Picture:Supplied
animals

Scientists know for sure that unicorns did exist. Advanced testing of a complete unicorn skull has provided a new understanding of why they became extinct, and it wasn’t humans’ fault

InSight spacecraft lands safely on Mars

FILE - This illustration made available by NASA in 2018 shows the InSight lander drilling into the surface of Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to arrive at the planet on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (NASA via AP)
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After more than six months and hundreds of millions of kilometres, NASA’s InSight spacecraft made a perfect touchdown on Mars early on Tuesday morning, ready for its two-year mission

Kids, it’s time to start your own business

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Young entrepreneur Taj Pabari believes all schoolchildren should start their own business so they can learn the financial skills they’ll need later in life

Mozzie bite breakthrough

A mosquito feeding on an unlucky person’s finger.Source:News Corp Australia
health

Scientists in Queensland have helped discover a gene that makes some people more likely to be bitten by a mosquito than others, bringing us a big step closer to knowing why

Rare Viking Thor hammer pendant uncovered

The thor hammer amulet found in Iceland
history

Archaeologists have found rare Viking artefacts lost for 1000 years on a farm in Iceland. We look at who the Vikings were and why they carved tiny hammers from stone

International Space Station turns 20 this week

In this image provided by NASA, a commercial shipment arrives at the International Space Station on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor used the space station’s robot arm to grab Northrop Grumman’s capsule. It’s named after Apollo 16 moonwalker and the first space shuttle commander John Young, who died in January. (Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency, NASA via AP)
space

The International Space Station turned 20 this week, incredible in an era when people replace their smartphone every two years. We celebrate the ISS’s contribution to science and world harmony

Robot builds three-bedroom house in three days

Artist impression of the Hadrian X, Fastbrick Robotics bricklaying machine. This is the first fully automated bricklaying machine in the world and will be released commercially in Perth at the start of 2017.
technology

It lays bricks quickly and perfectly and won’t put bricklayers out of a job, according to the inventors of a robot that just built a family home over a long weekend

Plan to microchip workers to boost security

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technology

Big companies are working with a Swedish tech giant to explore the possibility of microchipping employees to boost workplace security

Mystery of the pyramids uncovered at last

SUNDAY ESCAPE. SUNSETS WISHLIST. Sunset at pyramids, Egypt. Picture: Supplied
history

Archaeologists have accidentally discovered steep ramps and the remains of a pulley system that finally explain how ancient Egyptians built their massive pyramids

Yellowstone geyser spews historic rubbish

rainbow over geyser
science

Yellowstone National Park in the US is famous for its hot springs and geysers. But the recent eruption of one geyser sent years of rubbish high into the sky

Push to scrap compulsory helmets

Children learning to drive a bicycle on a driveway outside.
health

Many cyclists now believe bike helmet laws should be relaxed to allow riding without a helmet on footpaths and bike trails. Do you agree? Or should we keep wearing helmets everywhere we ride?

Vaccinations eliminate rubella from Australia

health

The World Health Organisation has declared Australia free from the contagious viral disease rubella, which health officials has claimed as a win for the argument for vaccination

Keeping our Bridge as good as new

HARBOURBRIDGE
history

Australia’s most recognisable bridge is 95 years old, yet it looks as good as new. Meet part of the team that works to repair and repaint “the coathanger”. Have you ever been there?

Kids need to learn cooking skills

Teens Can't Boil an Egg
health

Many Australian teenagers can’t do anything more complicated in the kitchen than pour milk on cereal. Nutritionists say a lack of food skills could have a negative impact on their health

Human poo study finds microplastics

Discarded plastic bag on a tropical coral reef
environment

Waste plastic has been found in human poo. Scientists can’t be sure how it got there or if it’s dangerous, but most people agree they’d rather not eat plastic. What can you do to help?

World’s oldest intact shipwreck found

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira. - An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, researchers said on Tuesday. The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet. The ship, which is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact, was dated back to 400 BC -- a time when the Black Sea was a trading hub filled with Greek colonies. (Photo by HO / Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Explorers have discovered the world’s oldest intact shipwreck, a 2400-year-old ship of a design only ever seen on Ancient Greek pottery from the time of Homer’s epic poem Odyssey

World’s longest sea bridge opens

Aerial View Of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
geography

An amazing 55km bridge that goes over and under the sea has opened, connecting mainland China and Hong Kong. Not everyone thinks it is wonderful. What do you think?

Pioneering women honoured for breaking new ground

Florence the second of the four massive tunnel boring machines on the Sydney Metro Northwest broke through into the site of the new Showground station off Carrington rd Castle Hill this month, June. There are eight new stations on the 36km Sydney Metro Northwest to Chatswood which is expected to open in the first half of 2019
civics

The massive machines that will tunnel under Melbourne have been named after two important Australian women who helped shape our country

Wakestone Hall by Judith Rossell

Wakestone Hall by Judith Rossell for Kids News book club October 2018
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Stella Montgomery has been sent to a tough boarding school and is plunged into a mystery when her friend disappears. Can Stella discover the truth about her friend and her own destiny?

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence by Katrina Nannestad for Kids News book club october 2018
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Freja and her dog Tobias feel like they’ve found a place they belong in Provence and are loving life in their village. But then, a crime wave starts and Freja is determined to uncover the villain

Royals shine spotlight on others

Britain's Prince Harry is greeted by Luke Vincent, 5, on his arrival in Dubbo, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Phil Noble/Pool via AP)
humanities

Harry and Meghan’s Australian tour is about much more than Meghan showing off nice clothes and having a holiday. They’re here to share some of the limelight with issues they care about

Astronauts need a ride home to Earth

In this image obtained from NASA, the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery on November 5, 2007. - NASA expressed doubts on October 3, 2018, over a theory floated in Russia that a tiny hole that caused an air leak on the International Space Station was the result of sabotage. The breach detected on August 29-30 in a Russian spacecraft docked at the orbiting station was not the result of a manufacturing defect, according to the Russian space agency, which says it is investigating the possibility that it was drilled maliciously. (Photo by HO / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The three astronauts aboard the International Space Station need a lift after a relief flight failed and their own capsule has a hole in it. Now they are waiting to see if they will make it back for Christmas

How to make your money grow

Australian cash growing by putting it into a superannuation fund. Picture: iStock.
money

Money doesn’t grow on trees, meaning it will run out if you are not careful. But learning good savings habits early on in life can ensure your cash continues to grow

Mega kitchen to make millions of meals

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civics

Australians waste food to the value of $20 billion a year, yet millions of people go hungry. A new mega kitchen will help solve both big problems

New rule for where migrants live

Australia, map, generic, lights.
civics

Overcrowding in Australia’s biggest cities is costing the country billions of dollars. The government plans to make migrants move to regional areas as part of the solution. Is this fair?

Safety fears over weather service changes

Picture: BOM ALMOST the entire south east corner of the nation is on high alert as one of the biggest storms in 50 years causes chaos. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe weather warnings in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT and Tasmania. An intense lower pressure system will continue to move across SA today after super cell thunderstorms brought down the entire power network on Wednesday .
weather

Planned changes to the way weather is forecast in Australia sparks fears for people’s safety in extreme weather. Do you know how weather is forecast?

PM wants national day for indigenous Aussies

NAIDOC celebrations
civics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested adding a new national day to our calendar to celebrate indigenous Australians

Aussies identify world’s oldest animal life form

Organically preserved Dickinsonia fossil from the White Sea area of Russia.
science

Australian scientists have identified the world’s oldest animal life form from fossil fat. The find is so important it is being described as the Holy Grail of palaeontology

Cane toad mystery solved

Cane toads have adapted to life in sweltering northern Australia by altering their behaviour, say Aussie researchers. Rather than sleeping all day and rising only at night, which they’d normally do, the invasive pests get up and cool off in reservoirs, avoiding overheating while asleep
science

Scientists have worked out how to make a cane toad, which helps them figure out how to make a virus to control these poisonous pests. Have you ever seen a cane toad?

Danny Best: Me First! by Jen Storer and Mitch Vane

Danny Best Me First! by Jen Storer for Kids News Book Club
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For fans of Weirdo, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Funny Kid  comes the third book in a hilarious series about  Danny Best. Best by name, Best by reputation ...

Ticket sold for moon orbit

This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR(Big Falcon Rocket)rocket passenger spacecraft. - SpaceX is to reveal on September 17, 2018 the identity of the first person it plans to transport around the Moon in an ambitious project financed entirely by its eccentric CEO Elon Musk. (Photo by HO / SPACEX / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /SPACEX/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

Meet Yusaku Maezawa, punk drummer, fashion designer, art lover and now ticketholder for a trip to the moon. Would you go on a rocket into orbit around the moon?

Humans have four personality types — which one are you?

Thinking woman looking up at many question marks
science

Scientists have discovered people fit into four clear personality types — which one are you?

Whale hunting ban win

(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. - On September 10, 2018 pro- and anti-whaling nations gathered in Brazil for the week-long showdown, where the incoming chairman of the bitterly-divided International Whaling Commission (IWC) Joji Morishita said the crucial talks during the meeting could determine the future of whaling. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
animals

Forty countries have voted to ban whale hunting around the world, but some countries are fighting to continue. How do you feel about whaling?

Student’s anthem protest

No anthem
civics

A nine-year-old Australian girl and her school are locked in a battle about her right to sit in protest against the national anthem’s lyrics. 

US prepares for Hurricane Florence

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane Florence is coming closer and getting stronger on a path to squat over North and South Carolina for days, surging over the coast, dumping feet of water deep inland and causing floods from the sea to the Appalachian Mountains and back again. (NASA via AP)
weather

A dangerous storm called Hurricane Florence is on its way to the US state of North Carolina, with preparations continuing to keep everyone safe

Car that drives itself while you catch up on sleep

Volvo 360c autonomous car concept.
technology

Volvo has devised a driverless concept car complete with sleeping cabin to replace short-distance flights. But would you feel safe to have a snooze?

Dorothy’s ruby slippers safe

Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' slippers found after 13 years
arts

Dorothy’s red shoes from the Wizard of Oz – perhaps the world’s most loved costume items – are back in safe hands after a daring robbery

Snapshot of Australian history

Orphaned children set to fly to Australia in 1948
history

The government tried to fill Australia with immigrants from the UK after World War II. Old photos of this time are a fascinating snapshot of one chapter of our history

Humans on quest to live forever

dr who series 10
science

Humans don’t live forever, but many want to, so scientists are in a race against time to slow ageing and invent ways to regenerate, just like the Doctor in Doctor Who

Scientists hunting for WA meteor crash site

Perth. Picture: Twitter a abna a
space

Scientists are hunting for the crash site of a large meteor that flashed across the West Australian sky this week

UNESCO bid for ancient art gallery

Burrup peninsula
arts

The traditional owners of Australia’s largest rock art gallery have fought for years to have this sacred site protected. Finally, it will be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage listing

Aussie soldiers’ bravery awards

Prisoners of War at Changi POW camp in Singapore in 1943 during World War II. historical two 1940s second /World/War/1939/45 (Pic: Australian War Memorial)
history

It’s 73 years since World War II ended and 28 Australian soldiers are now being recognised for their bravery

Endeavour shipwreck mystery

Captain James Cook
history

The centuries-old mystery of the sinking of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour could be solved, exactly 250 years since it set sail to claim Australia for England.

Scott Morrison our new Prime Minister

Prime Minister elect Scott Morrison and Deputy leader of the Liberal party Josh Frydenberg leave after a Liberal party room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, August 24, 2018. Malcolm Turnbull has vacated the leadership position after a second spill motion was instigated. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
civics

UPDATE: Scott Morrison is Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after a dramatic week in Australian politics

Drone films Amazon tribe

This 2017 photo released by the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) shows a "maloca," or long house, in Vale do Javari, Amazonas state, Brazil. Overall, the agency has registered 107 isolated tribes in Latin America's largest nation. While isolated communities are sometimes captured on video, Funai does not make contact with them. (FUNAI via AP)
humanities

A drone has filmed a tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, which experts believe has never been in contact with the outside world

Kids can help keep families safe

Kilkenny Primary School students with family photos as part of a road safety campaign . L to R Nate, Jasmine , Hessa , Sinead , Cooper , Declan , Niah and Eoin . Picture: Josh Galeens
safe kids

Behaviour experts know that adults are more likely to listen to their kids than to strangers. Kids could be the perfect people to remind their parents to drive safely. 

Turnbull holds onto PM job

Turnbull and Morrison
civics

It’s an unstable time in Australian politics, with another politician trying to take over as Prime Minister from Malcolm Turnbull yesterday. We’ve explained how and why the vote happened

Lost kangaroo species found

The elusive Wondiwoi tree kangaroo of Indonesia, which was thought to be extinct, but has now been captured on camera by Michael Smith. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6074819/Tree-kangaroo-thought-gone-extinct-captured-film-time-90-YEARS.html
animals

Scientists thought this species of tree kangaroo was extinct, but a man on holiday looking for flowers found and photographed one, the first sighting since 1928

Sneak peek at Head Kid by David Baddiel

Book cover of Head Kid by David Baddiel for Kids News Book Club August 2018
book club

An exclusive sneak-peek extract for Kids News readers to start reading Head Kid, a wildly adventurous tale about a student and head teacher switching bodies! It’s not even in book shops yet. And you can win a class set

Hurry up science, we need this

Middle aged man distracted by phone when ironing burns shirt
science

It’s important research that could help the planet and it could stop parents complaining about ironing

Kangaroo-to-human tendon test

Alex Johnson of the Swans is seen after sustaining an injury during the Round 21 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans at the MCG in Melbourne, Sunday, August 12, 2018. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
health

Kangaroos are amazingly athletic animals. Soon humans could benefit from some of that bounce with trials to begin on transplanting kangaroo tendon into human joints