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A river of lava approaches houses as Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. - The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Spain's Canary Islands today spewing out lava, ash and a huge column of smoke after days of increased seismic activity, sparking evacuations of people living nearby, authorities said. Cumbre Vieja straddles a ridge in the south of La Palma island and has erupted twice in the 20th century, first in 1949 then again in 1971. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

Lava slows after volcano erupts

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Tourists and residents have been safely evacuated from affected areas of Spain’s Canary Islands after the region’s first volcanic eruption in 50 years

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 16, 2021 courtesy of Inspiration4 shows the Inspiration4 crew (L-R) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Sian Proctor in orbit. - The four private space tourists aboard a SpaceX capsule are due to return to Earth on sEPTEMBER 18, 2021, touching down off the coast of Florida after three days of orbiting the planet. (Photo by Handout / Inspiration4 / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Inspiration4" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

SpaceX tourists orbit without astronauts

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A civilian crew has made history in space after successfully orbiting Earth for three days without a single astronaut on board

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

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Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

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Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.
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The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

MooLoo to the rescue

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

Covid vaccine race is finally on

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021
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Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Space race continues on Mars

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

New plan to save Aussie animals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

New class of planet could host life

A new type of planet, called hycean planets, has been identified as possible hosts of alien life.
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They are covered by oceans and much bigger and hotter than Earth, but astronomers believe a new class of planet, called hycean planets, could be the key to finding alien life

Travelling in style all the way to Perth

Mark Knight cartoon - AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan heads west for the Grand Final in the famous batmobile.
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If the 2021 Grand Final must go to Perth, the AFL boss and cup might as well travel in style in the famous “batmobile” from 1991, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

China cuts video gaming for kids

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.
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China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

Pocket money gender gap

Kristy Bautista, mum to Mila (9) and Evie (7), gives her daughters $2 for emptying the dishwasher and more for helping with other chores. She thinks it is good to teach kids about the value of saving their money.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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When it comes to pocket money, one gender gets more than the other – and the Aussie kids given the most cash are also revealed

Four-legged whale fossil found in Egypt

Paleontologists discover four-legged whale fossil, name it Phiomicetus anubis after Egypt's god of death
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The 43-million-year-old fossil of a fierce, four-legged whale species has been named after the ancient Egyptian god of death

Vegemite smell a key part of site’s heritage

AUSTRALIA has been surviving lock down by turning to one of its most iconic spreads - VEGEMITE. The brand has seen sales of its products during the lockdown skyrocket by more than 55 per cent across the country compared to the same time last year. Alex 6 enjoying his Vegemite by the spoonful while at home.   Picture: David Caird
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Heritage is more than just buildings and other things we can see from the past, with a local council recognising the heritage value of the smell of Vegemite being made at an old Kraft factory

Good news in NAPLAN results

Naplan results show vic kids doing best in the country. Family with three kids in primary school, two did naplan. L-R Jude 6, Jasmine 13 and Elijah 10 are very happy with Victorias results at their home in Blackburn North.  Picture Rebecca Michael.
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Australian primary school students should pat themselves on the back, as 2021 NAPLAN results suggest pandemic disruptions have not hampered performance

Hotdogs land in hot water

A new study suggests that eating cheeseburgers can reduce your life expectancy by a few minutes each time. Pictured is Scout Parker, 2 and his brother Courtland, 4, enjoying a cheeseburger. Picture: David Swift
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Ditching hotdogs and burgers from our diet could add up to extra time enjoying a healthy life, with a new study counting the minutes lost or gained from eating thousands of food items

Weird creatures that could be state’s official fossil

Finished reconstruction of extinct Australian megafauna, Palorchestes. One of a series of developmental illustrations. For Kids News
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Some states are adopting official fossils to join their traditional animal and flora emblems. See what relics are in the running to become the official fossil of Victoria

Playground ban stirs up memories of the Fun Police

Mark Knight playground closure cartoon. For August 18, 2021.
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The closure of Melbourne’s playgrounds to combat Covid-19 reminded cartoonist Mark Knight of being labelled the Fun Police when he used to tell his kids it was time to go home

Apes mind their manners with each other

EMBARGOED - DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH PICTURE DESK - HOLDING UNTIL FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER-, Taronga Zoo's chimpanzee family recently welcomed the arrival of a female baby chimpanzee to mum Naomi with the name soon to be revealed. Picture: Toby Zerna Born on Wednesday at Taronga Zoo, chimpanzee infant Niambi was named after the Swahili word meaning ‘melody’ to reflect her unique call, which is already making rounds with the other chimps.
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New research has found that apes have a system of good manners that includes polite practices like saying hello and goodbye

NASA charts course of risky asteroid

(FILES) This NASA file image obtained August 11, 2020 shows an artist's rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending towards asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface. - The big day has arrived for the American probe Osiris-Rex: after four years of travel, it will hit the asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020 to pick up a few tens of grams of dust, a high-precision operation 320 million kilometers away from Earth . (Photo by Handout / NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GODDARD/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft is heading home after its mission to collect asteroid samples has helped scientists better understand one of the most hazardous space rocks in our solar system

‘Vaccas’ drive through serves up Covid jabs

Mark Knight cartoon on drive-through vaccination centre
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Cartoonist Mark Knight couldn’t resist comparing Australia’s first drive through Covid-19 vaccination centre with fast good favourite Maccas

Two hours of screen time hurts health

Patrick Hindhaugh, 13, tries to balance his screen time. Picture: Mark Stewart
health

Just two hours on a screen is enough to cause health problems in girls, a new global study has found. But it’s a slightly different story when it comes to boys

What is the Census all about?

CENSUS A 10x10 Collage of 100 unique faces, including people from a wide range of ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds, they are all from different walks of life.
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The story of our nation is updated every five years at Census time – and what a strange chapter this one promises to be as people around Australia continue to live, work and learn through Covid

How Pluto lost its place as a planet

KIDS NEWS: Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft's Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto. Picture: NASA.
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It has been 15 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, but some of us who grew up counting nine planets in our solar system are having a hard time letting go

Smelly theory behind the origin of Earth’s oxygen

grand prismatic spring, yellowstone national park, wyoming, united states (44?26'n, 110?39'w). situated on a volcanic plateau straddling the states of montana, idaho, and wyoming, yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. created in 1872, it covers 9,000 km2 and contains the world?s largest concentration of geothermic sites. grand prismatic spring, 112 m in diameter, is the park?s largest hot pool. the colour spectrum after which it is named is caused by the presence of cyanobacteria, which grow faster in the hot water at the centre of the basin than at the periphery where the temperature is lower. yellowstone national park receives an average of 3 million visitors per year.
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A new study suggests that as our planet slowed and daylight grew longer, one very smelly bacteria soaked up the light and started producing the oxygen needed for life on Earth

Flipping out over new Olympic sports

mark Knight cartoon on Australia winning gold in the BMX at Olympics
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Cartoonist Mark Knight believes new sports like BMX freestyle have fitted right in at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Call to turn off engines to protect kids’ health

April 3, Concerns have been raised about children's safety at pick up and drop off times at Serpell Primary School with issues with traffic and parking congestion reaching breaking point. 
Picture: Stuart Milligan
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Scientists have called for a ban on idling car engines during school pick-ups, warning the pollution is damaging children’s health

Ancient Egyptian shipwreck found in the Mediterranean Sea

2,200 year old shipwreck in Egypt. Picture: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
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Buried beneath 5m of clay, archaeologists have made the incredible discovery of a 2200-year-old Egyptian shipwreck

Golden girl Kaylee did it for dad

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 27:  Kaylee McKeown of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Kaylee McKeown made all of Australia proud with her gold medal backstroke swim, but she had one special person on her mind after her victory

Sydney’s clever cockatoos learn to open bin lids

KIDS NEWS: Canny cockatoos in Sydney star in a new scientific study showing off their sophisticated foraging skills. Picture: Dr Barbara Clump/Max Planck Institute.
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Sulphur-crested cockatoos have emerged as expert foragers, as a new international study tracks them opening bin lids all over Sydney using their tailor-made technique

Reef avoids ‘in danger’ listing for now

August 9: Scuba divers explore coral gardens teaming with fish life on Saxon Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the coast of Cairns. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
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The Great Barrier Reef will not immediately be added to the World Heritage Committee’s ‘in danger’ list but the government must show enough is being done to protect the natural wonder

Pfizer jab approved for Aussie kids

Boy and vaccine syringe
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Australian children aged 12 to 16 are set to get Covid-19 vaccinations after the country’s drug regulator gave the green light to Pfizer

Solar tags to save koalas from bushfires

WEEKEND NEWSPAPERS SPECIAL. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.   WWF is funding koala ear tags powered by a tiny solar panel the size of a 5c coin. When a fire approaches you can find the koalas and take them into care until it is safe to return them to the environment.  Takka the Koala with the solar ear tracker.
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Scientists are testing fitting koalas with mini solar panels that would allow them to be tracked and rescued from the path of bushfires

NASA finds four ‘teenage’ exoplanets

KIDS NEWS Pictured is TOI 1807 b, the only known planet orbiting the TOI 1807 star and the youngest example yet found of an “ultra-short period planet”, according to experts. Picture: supplied.
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Four new ‘teenage’ planets have been found beyond our solar system by a team of international astrophysicists including from the University of Southern Queensland

‘Extinct’ native mouse found living on WA island

Pseudomys fieldi, a native Australian mouse from Shark Bay in Western Australian, is shown to be the same species as the previously extinct Gould’s mouse (Pseudomys gouldii). Source: Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Photographer: Wayne Lawler. For Kids News
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The Gould’s mouse hasn’t been seen on the Australian mainland for more than 160 years but a surprise discovery has revealed it is still living on an island off the coast of Western Australia

Boy genius plans for humans to live forever

Eleven year-old Belgian-Dutch student Laurent Simons poses in Amsterdam on July 6, 2021, after receiving his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Antwerp. (Photo by ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT
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A degree in quantum physics is nothing compared to the bold ambition of this child genius – just don’t call him ‘Young Einstein’

Billionaire blasts to edge of space

This handout photo courtesy Of Virgin Galactic shows Sir Richard Branson(C) and other Unity 22 crew members at zero gravity, viewed as they flew into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel, a voyage he described as the "experience of a lifetime" -- and one he hopes will usher in an era of lucrative space tourism at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico on July 11, 2021. - "Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard, hard work to get us this far," he said during a live feed as the VSS Unity spaceship glided back to Spaceport America in New Mexico.It reached a peak altitude of around 53 miles (85 kilometers) -- beyond the boundary of space, according to the United States -- allowing the passengers to experience weightlessness and admire the Earth's curvature.The trip proceeded without drama, and touchdown occurred at around 9:40 am Mountain Time (1540 GMT), about an hour after take-off. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / Virgin Galactic / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /VIRGIN GALATIC/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Thrill-seeking billionaire Sir Richard Branson has reached space aboard his Virgin Galactic spacecraft in a mission that has brought space tourism a step closer

New ‘Dragon Man’ species found

A handout photo obtained on June 25, 2021 from EurekAlert! shows an illustration of a portrait of Dragon Man. - Scientists announced Friday that a skull discovered in Northeast China represents a newly discovered human species they have named Homo longi or "Dragon Man," and the lineage may replace Neanderthals as our closest relatives. (Photo by CHUANG Zhao / EUREKALERT! / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /BYLINE " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EurekAlert ! / Chuang Zhao" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The human species’ family tree has sprouted a new branch, with the discovery in China of the ‘Dragon Man’, thought by experts to be a nearer relative to Homo sapiens than Neanderthals

Can ET see us from space?

ET character and child actor Henry Thomas in a scene from the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
space

A new astronomical study has flipped the practice of looking out at our galaxy by asking who might be looking in

New type of ancient human discovered

Scientists have discovered a new kind of early human after studying pieces of fossilised bone dug up at a site used by a cement plant in central Israel.
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Scientists are reconsidering where humans came from after the discovery in Israel of fossilised bones of a new ancient human known as Nesher Ramla Homo

Great Barrier Reef headed for endangered list

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

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

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

Flying car races set to take off after Aussie trials

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

Daniher gives the MND beast a shove

Mark Knight cartoon on Big Freeze 7
health

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

Robot lizards solve prey puzzle

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

China’s wandering elephants become global stars

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

How outback oval became the ‘MCG of the Desert’

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

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

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

China lifts the baby limit to three

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

Australia’s most influential Indigenous sports stars

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

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

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

Why some sounds drive us crazy

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

Get set for a very special lunar eclipse

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

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

Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as GPS

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

Hank the cat worn out by mouse plague

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

Charlotte still queen of the playground

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

Sniffer bees busy on COVID test training

Enjoy the spring! Everything is blooming and the bees are diligently flying from flower to flower. I would like to share this spring feelings with you and have taken this picture for you.
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Scientists have trained bees to identify COVID-19 in test samples, providing results almost instantly instead of waiting hours for regular test results to come through

Found: early explorer’s lost marker tree

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

Why pranks can be good for you

Why pranking could be good for the soul (without going too far). Lifestyle and playful photos of Emily, her husband and their two kids in the yard with pranking props (rubber snakes/spiders). Colourful and casual clothing, eyes to camera shots for SMARTdaily cover photo.    Cassie, 10, and Jake, 8, in their room. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Playing tricks can relieve stress and raise a smile – and kids who share their funniest prank could end up with a character named after them in the next Funny Kid book!

Some good news for endangered Sumatran rhino

SUNDAY ESCAPE. WILDLIFE WISHLIST. Sumatran rhino. Picture: Taronga Conservation Society Australia
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With only an estimated 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the results of a new study deliver welcome hope for the survival of the species.

Creepy-crawlies on the menu

Edible insects are high in protein, vitamins and other macronutrients.  For spread of bread, desserts etc. (Image: Boris Ceko)
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Bugs like witchetty grubs, bogong moths and green tree ants could soon be on Australian dinner plates under a plan to grow our edible insect industry

Farewell Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut

(FILES) This file NASA handout portrait taken in July 1969 shows US astronaut Michael Collins, part of the Apollo 11 where he served as the command module pilot. - American astronaut Michael Collins, who flew the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates became the first people to land on the Moon in 1969, died on April 28, 2021 after battling cancer, his family said. "Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way," Collins' family tweeted on his official Twitter account. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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US astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon, has died aged 90

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

ESCAPE: Toucan, Peru - uniworld, peru, amazon, rainforest, nature, wildlife, animals, toucan, Bird. Picture: Uniworld
environment

A new scientific study has found as little as 3 per cent of the world’s land surfaces are still home to their full range of native species and remain unspoilt by human activity

Quick decision by ScoMo not a surprise to cartoonist

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

Group spends 40 days in French cave for experiment

Members of the French team that participated in the "Deep Time" study pose for a photo after exiting the Lombrives Cave in Ussat les Bains, France, Saturday, April 24, 2021. After 40 days in voluntary isolation, 15 people participating in a scientific experiment have emerged from a vast cave in southwestern France. Eight men and seven women lived in the dark, damp depths of the Lombrives cave in the Pyrenees to help researchers understand how people adapt to drastic changes in living conditions and environments. They had no clocks, no sunlight and no contact with the world above. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
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Imagine 40 days in a cave without light, clocks or technology. That’s what a group of 15 volunteers has done for a scientific experiment in France

Game on for girls’ cricket, footy and basketball

Girls Sport. Analysis of some five million community sport participation rates that show girls aged five to 14 were joining sports traditionally dominated by males, such as basketball, AFL and cricket, pre-COVID in greater numbers than ever before. Basketballers L-R Arden 11, Melody 11, Lia Green 11, front L-R Jazmin 12 and Stephanie 11 at Eagle Stadium Werribee. Picture Rebecca Michael
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A study of Australian sporting participation records shows an increase in the number of girls playing club sports traditionally played by boys, but fewer boys aged 5-14 are playing sport

How murderball relit Shae Graham’s Olympic flame

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 18: Shae Graham of Australia in action during the match between United States of America and Australia  on day three of the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 18, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images)
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The first female in Australia’s wheelchair rugby team hopes to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics and fulfil her childhood dream

Billions of T-rex roamed the Earth

Chris Pratt faces a rampaging T-Rex dinosaur in a scene from film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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If it scares you to think about one bus-sized T-rex rampaging across the land, what about 2.5 billion of them? New tyrannosaur research has suggested there were 20,000 alive at a time during their reign

Kids quizzed by app to gain phone access

Alyssa Elnekave, 13, using the new app 1Question, at home in Rozelle, today.
Her parents, Ann and Issac Elnekave, have invented an app called 1Question and
1Questian Parent.
The app forces kids to answer maths questions to unlock apps and games on their phones. 
Picture:Justin Lloyd
technology

Two Australian parents have invented an app that asks kids a maths or English problem before they can unlock their phones.

Crayola launches inclusive crayons

Child drawing top view. Artwork workplace with creative accessories. Flat lay art tools for painting.
humanities

Crayola has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to create a range of racially inclusive crayons, pencils and textas.

Author inspired by family’s Holocaust story

Book cover - Heroes of the Secret Underground by Susanne Gervay. For Kids News book club
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Time is running out to get your questions in for author Susanne Gervay. You can also read a preview of her novel, Heroes of the Secret Underground, our April Book Club read

Mars helicopter takes off on first flight

This NASA photo was taken after the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter — and the first powered, controlled flight on another planet,  captured by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, on April 19, 2021. - Flying in a controlled manner on Mars is far more difficult than flying on Earth. Mars has significant gravity (about one-third that of Earth's), but its atmosphere is just 1 percent as dense as Earth's at the surface. Stitched together from multiple images, the mosaic is not white balanced; instead, it is displayed in a preliminary calibrated version of a natural color composite, approximately simulating the colors of the scene that we would see if we were there viewing it ourselves. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet

Robot Sophia’s artwork sells for $900,000

Sophia has created a digital artwork. Picture: AP
arts

Artwork created by a robot called Sophia has sold at auction for an amount equivalent to more than $900,000, paid in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT

Hi-tech mouthguards to help tackle concussion

Footy kids Harper Mai, 8 and Jonah Mai, 10, show off the new mouth guards. Picture: Jake Nowakowski.
health

Junior footballers could soon be wearing new hi-tech mouthguards fitted with data chips to monitor head knocks and concussions

Australia’s women’s cricket team triumph again

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 04: Megan Schutt of Australia (C) is congratulated on bowling out Hayley Jensen of New Zealand during game one of the ODI Series between New Zealand and Australia at Bay Oval on April 04, 2021 in Tauranga, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
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Our women cricketers have achieved a level of excellence that places them at least alongside famous sporting teams such as the Invincibles. But are they the best of the best?

Captain Underpants author sorry for spin-off book

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by
 Dav Pilkey
humanities

A graphic novel spin-off of the Captain Underpants series is being pulled from libraries and bookstores after its publisher and author apologise

Supermoon helps free stuck ship

A picture released by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority on March 29, 2021, shows a man waving the Egyptian flag after Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship was fully dislodged from the banks of the Suez. - The ship was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck and blocked a major artery for global trade. Salvage crews have been working around the clock ever since the accident which has been blamed on high winds and poor visibility during a sandstorm. (Photo by - / SUEZ CANAL AUTHORITY / AFP)
geography

The stars, sun, Earth and moon all aligned in Egypt this week, with the year’s first supermoon bringing the high tide needed to shift the massive ship blocking the Suez Canal

Sydney Swans change their song

Swans players sing their team song in the rooms after winning AFL match between the Sydney Swans and St.Kilda Saints at the SCG. Picture. Phil Hillyard
sport

AFL team the Sydney Swans have announced a more inclusive team song – part of a growing movement that includes the recent change to Australia’s national anthem

Teaching honeyeaters to sing the right song

A regent honeyeater. Picture: Douglas Gimesy
animals

Male songbirds usually learn their tunes from adult mentors, but when young birds lack proper role models, they hit all the wrong notes — and have less success attracting mates

Cyber bullies still a big problem for kids

Tired Boy Studying In Bedroom
safe kids

One in two young people say they have been the target of cyber bullying with a quarter threatened with harm, according to new research that suggests the situation isn’t improving

Being fed to the Tigers at the home of footy

Mark Knight's cartoon for the return of AFL to the MCG. Picture: Mark Knight
sport

Cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the return of AFL to Victoria and the MCG and draws comparisons with the gladiatorial battles of Ancient Rome

Young Australians not getting enough sleep

Why sleep is important - Ask Healthy Harold on Kids News. iStock image
health

New research reveals young generations of Australians have reported poor sleep quality during COVID-19

Digital artwork snapped up for $90 million

CORRECTION / This undated handout image obtained March 10, 2021, courtesy of Christie's shows a digital art collage by Beeple, for sale in New York. - The digital collage by the American artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann, a pioneer of the exploding virtual art market, sold for a record $69.3 million, Christie's announced on March 11, 2021. "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" is now the most expensive NFT -- non-fungible token, or collectible digital asset transformed using blockchain into something ownable -- ever sold. (Photo by Handout / CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Handout has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [American artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann] instead of [American artist Beeple, also known as Scott Winkelmann]. 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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A digital collage by an artist named Beeple has sold for a record price far higher than that paid for traditional works by many well known artists

American city turns off lights to save birds

PHILADELPHIA ..  for John Huxley story  ..   the city skyline with the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River
animals

A group in the US city of Philadelphia has started Lights Out Philly to try to reduce the number of confused birds dying during migration

Super speller backs PM’s Spelling Bee

SMART: PM'S SPELLING BEE. Akash Vukoti , now 11, made history as the youngest ever competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US and has thrown his support behind the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee in Australia.
A child prodigy inducted into American Mensa aged three, he has since become a household name in the US, with TV appearances  including Dancing with the Stars and Little Big Shots. Akash has over 250,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Akash is pictured at home in Texas. Picture: supplied.
spelling bee

US spelling whiz and YouTube star Akash Vukoti has some advice for students sitting the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee from today and those still planning to sign up before registrations close on March 24

‘Cute and weird’ sea slugs lose their heads

This undated photo provided by Sayaka Mitoh shows a Elysia cf. marginata sea slug after autotomy. According to a study released in the journal Current Biology on Monday, March 8, 2021, scientists have discovered that some Japanese sea slugs can grow whole new bodies if their heads are cut off, taking regeneration to the most extreme levels ever seen. (Sayaka Mitoh via AP)
animals

In an extreme case of autotomy, Japanese sea slugs have been found to regrow new bodies after decapitating themselves, which could help us better understand human regeneration

Anzac Day marches get the green light from PM

09/03/2021 96-year-old WW2 veteran Nevin Phillips with his grand daughter Lauren at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbounre. Aaron Francis/The Australian
civics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says if Australians can gather to party and protest, they should also come together on Anzac Day to remember and respect our veterans

Food waste a growing problem

10/9/14. Pooraka Primary School has installed brightly-coloured ibis-proof bins to stop the birds stealing rubbish and making a mess at the school - Elliott Waters - 9yrs (Walkley Heights) and Shayla Holloway - 7yrs (Clearview)
 Pic Keryn Stevens
environment

Will any of the food in your lunch box end up in the bin today? If so, you could be contributing to a 931 million ton global food waste problem

Australia’s incredible women of influence

Australian Open tennis. 17/02/2021. Day 10.. Ash Barty vs Karolina Muchova on Rod Laver Arena.  Ash Barty during her 3 set loss    . Pic: Michael Klein
humanities

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day of celebration when all women are recognised for their achievements. Kids News profiles 10 incredible Australian women of influence

‘Hurtful’ Dr Seuss books will no longer be printed

Embargoed until Sunday Feb 7 for The Sunday Papers ONLY:  Kids with Dr Suess books for Sunday Herald Sun giveaway. Chloe Sherar (6).
Picture Jay Town.
humanities

Six Dr Seuss books that ‘portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong’ will no longer be printed as part of a commitment to represent and support all communities and families

No shortcuts for Sir Tom, a hero of the pandemic

Mark Knight cartoon on funeral of Sir Tom Moore
humanities

While editorial cartoons are generally designed to give their readers a laugh (usually at a politician’s expense), it’s not always the case. Mark Knight pays tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Aussie teens fight Government over climate change

Melbourne teen Anjali "Anj" Sharma, 16, is leading a class action lawsuit by eight Australian teens challenging the Federal Minister for the Environment, Susan Ley, to protect young people from climate change. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
civics

Melbourne teen Anjali Sharma is leading a landmark Federal Court class action lawsuit by eight young Australians to stop projects like the proposed Vickery coal mine extension in NSW

Breakthrough in dating our oldest rock art

A two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has been identified as Australia’s oldest intact rock painting. 

Traditional owner, Ian Waina, recording the 17,300 year old painting of a kangaroo. Peter Veth, Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation
arts

Australia’s oldest painting has been identified as a kangaroo-like image created more than 17,000 years ago in the Kimberley region of WA, a big step forward in creating an accurate art timeline

Video games may help boys bond, study finds

(L-R) Imogen (18) and brother Brady (11) say gaming has helped them stay in touch with friends during covid. Boys aged 11 who play video games are 24 per cent less likely to be depressed than non gamers three years later. More of a worry is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok, because it can make them feel depressed. Picture: Josie Hayden
technology

Boys who aren’t active are not harmed by playing video games, a new study has found. More of a concern is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok

Look out for fruit fly after La Nina summer

18/2/21. More than 1000 residents in Prospect and Stepney are being told to strip ripe fruit off their trees, to help stop the spread of fruit fly. PIRSA biosecurity officers in orange overalls are door-knocking offering residents assistance with the task - Joshua Dowsett and Saurin Barot   
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Kids are banned from taking fruit to school and residents are being urged to strip their trees of fruit in two suburbs of Adelaide that are the latest locations battling fruit fly outbreaks

Ditch digital for chalk, says learning expert

Coco, 6, write with chalk. Qld academic wants schools to get back teaching with chalk and slates. He says it's good for fine motor skills they are missing out on with screens. Picture: Tim Carrafa
technology

Primary school kids should ditch digital and return to using chalk and slates to help develop the brain, motor skills and the ability to construct a story, a leading education expert says

How does the coronavirus vaccine work?

Concept for the worldwide delivery of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine by plane.
explainers

The first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Australia and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine now has approval to be used in Australia too. Kids News looks at how vaccines work

Bushfire Poetry Comp: smoky skies, burnt leaves

Daily Telegraph. An out of control bushfire threatens Johns River on the NSW mid north coast.    Picture Nathan Edwards.
arts

It’s the last week to get your Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition entry in. Looking for some inspiration? Read 12-year-old Kirra Dangerfield’s poem, “The ash black land”

A billion years on Earth in 40 seconds

University of Adelaide Professor Alan Collins from the Tectonics & Earth Systems Research Group in the Department of Earth Sciences. Supplied.
geography

University of Adelaide scientists have released a video that, for the first time, shows the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years

More girls to become STEM stars of the future

Secondary school students Hita Keshav, 15, Caitlyn Lewis, 17 and Emily Pham, 16 in the lab at Monash Science School. GIRLS are still underrepresented in STEM subjects despite major investments in recent years to boost pathways. It comes as Thursday marks the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Female students at John Monash Science School, in Clayton, are celebrating the day by attending a virtual event hosted by the Royal Women's Hospital. More than 4000 students across Victoria will be involved in the event, which will see researchers and scientists give insights about their jobs. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
science

Despite still being outnumbered by males, more girls and women are starting careers in science than ever before, now making up 42.6 per cent of the workforce in STEM areas