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What we searched for on Google 2010-2020

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This year’s bushfires prompted a bigger spike in Australian Google search queries than any other news event this decade, with floods and Cyclone Yasi also making the top-topics list

Lawsona and Gabrielle with their Aquerator invention

Aussie schoolkids inventing the future

technology

A robotic aerator to save river fish, a voice app to help people living with dementia and a photo-recognition app that sorts rubbish have been named Australia’s top student inventions

Tourists rescued as island volcano erupts

geography

New Zealand’s White Island volcano has erupted suddenly forcing the dramatic rescue of tourists who were exploring the crater floor when it began to rumble

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Sesame Street farewells its kindest, grouchiest star

Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
arts

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppeteer — the “most unknown famous person” – has died after 50 years creating joy on Sesame Street

NASA’s totally unexpected Sun surprise

space

NASA’s Parker spacecraft has reported back that the Sun is sending out sudden, violent bursts of solar wind so powerful that the magnetic field flips itself in the opposite direction

Growing ‘mini brains’ and zapping them to life

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman.
science

In a world first, Australian scientists are zapping balls of brain cells they are growing in a laboratory to make them come to life in a real-life, good-news version of Frankenstein

First Aussie reaches heart of Antarctica

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humanities

An adventurer from Queensland has become the first Australian to reach Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility, just one leg of an epic journey to help men and women experiencing breast cancer

Junk food tells lies to your brain

Chubby boy is looking at junk food plate
health

Sugary and fatty foods have the power to change how your brain works and stop you knowing when you’re full, but scientists believe you can retrain your brain to beat junk food addiction

Operating on Obama’s 3D-printed brain

Brain surgery
science

In a world-first, Australian doctors have operated on a 3D-printed brain to rehearse for a real brain operation. Up next, 40 brain surgeons operating on 3D printed brains all at once

Astronauts’ blood flows backwards in space

space

NASA doctors have made the surprising discovery that astronauts’ blood sometimes flows in reverse, with major implications for space tourism and trips to Mars

First-ever global rule book for the internet

Global enterntainment: Earth surrounded by television videos, Asia Pacific region
technology

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has released the first-ever global internet rule book designed to protect people’s rights and help everyone make the internet a better place

Smart glasses to find missing kids

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technology

Hi-tech glasses designed to scan crowds of people and spot missing children “within seconds” come with the promise that the technology won’t invade anyone’s privacy

Hindenburg Zeppelin, end of the airship era

In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last survivor of the disaster, died Nov. 8, 2019 at age 90 in Laconia, N.H. Doehner was 8-years old when he boarded the zeppelin in Germany with his parents and older siblings to return from a vacation. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)
history

The last remaining survivor of the famous 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster has died, aged 90. We look back at the invention of Zeppelins and the era of luxury international airship travel

Blood donors lifeblood of Australia

Joel Mason pics Nambucca heads
health

Lifesaving blood transfusions helped Joel Mason survive a shark attack. Now he’s telling his story to help us all understand how donating blood saves lives

Record floods swamp historic Venice

weather

UNESCO World Heritage Site Venice is in a state of emergency after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the historic Italian city, with the mayor blaming climate change

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

humanities

As several states prepare for increasing fire danger in coming days, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night 

Black hole spits out speeding star

An artist’s impression of the S5-HVS1 ejection by Sagittarius A*.
space

Australian scientists have identified a star spat out and flung into infinity by our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. The star is travelling at six million kmh, 10 times the speed of most stars

Epic flight Australia almost forgot

Supplied Editorial The Vickers Vimy crew, from left, Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, with their plane at the start, in England, in 1919, for the race from England to Australia. Source: State Library of SA PRG18-9-1-3a
history

One hundreds years ago, two Adelaide brothers made history with their world-first flight from England to Australia in a cloth-covered, open cockpit, two-engine biplane

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.
humanities

The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

Matildas and Socceroos to get equal pay

The Matildas have been rewarded for their success. Picture: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
sport

In what’s believed to be a world-first deal, Australia’s two national soccer teams will be paid equally and all income from both teams will be split 50/50

Fight on over futuristic hi-tech city

A view of the planned city by Sidewalk Labs
technology

Google is trying to get everyone to agree on its plans to redevelop a neglected piece of land to build a hi-tech city complete with heated footpaths and self-driving shuttles

Life-changing day for man with 14 toes

The man's foot before surgery
humanities

A fortune teller said this man’s extra toes were a gift from heaven, but after a lifetime of coping with this rare condition called polydactyly, he has had them surgically removed

Sun goes all spooky for Halloween

just for fun

NASA gets into the Halloween spirit by releasing a spooky image of the Sun looking like a jack-o’-lantern PLUS Check out the kooky canines and creepy cats

Footy-shaped subs to swarm the seas

geography

An Australian company is preparing to send a swarm of footy-shaped, mini-submarines into the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways to create an underwater version of Google Street View

End of an era as Uluru climb closes

civics

Parks Australia plans to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26, despite pressure to reconsider the climbing ban

Abuse of ex-racehorses is a crying shame

Mark Knight cartoon on Phar Lap crying
arts

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains his moving cartoon about the cruel abuse of ex-racehorses and why it’s a topic he feels deeply saddened by

Sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep in a carpark

Beddown volunteers make up beds in the recent Brisbane carpark trial. Picture: supplied
humanities

One man’s big plan to help Australia’s homeless people have a good night’s sleep is a step closer to becoming a reality after a trial turned an empty carpark into pop-up accommodation

Meet a champion racehorse and his best friend

Redzel Strapper Lauren Smyth
animals

It’s a lot of work to ready a horse for Australia’s richest race, The Everest. We explore the special bond between two-time winner Redzel and his strapper ahead of his attempt to win again

Rye straw could replace plastic straws

Making bio-degradable straws from Rye plant
environment

Australian farmers are growing millions of natural, no-waste alternatives to plastic drinking straws every year, yet few people know about this centuries-old invention

Quest to end child poverty wins Nobel Prize

humanities

The Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to three people working on solving child poverty. One of the winners is the youngest ever and only the second woman ever

Australian soldiers leave their mark in graffiti

Inside the Naours Caves in France where Australians left graffiti on the walls during the First World War. Supplied: DVA
history

Graffiti scrawled by Australian soldiers on underground cave walls in France more than 100 years ago has been preserved as a time capsule of life in the First World War

First-ever diamond inside a diamond

The diamond with another diamond inside. Picture: Siberian Times
science

Miners have unearthed an ultra-rare diamond with a second diamond loose inside it, believed to be the first example of such a diamond ever found

Protesting extinction is as old as the dinosaurs

Mark Knight cartoon on Extinction Rebellion
animals

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought

Paralysed man walks with exoskeleton

technology

A man paralysed from the shoulders down has walked using a four-limb robotic exoskeleton controlled by signals sent from sensors implanted in his brain

Head outdoors for ‘playlight savings’ fun

Happy child on a jungle gym
health

Even families in states without daylight savings need to adopt “playlight savings” to make the most of summer’s longer days and improve their health by being outside

PM promises Australia will help US land on Mars

civics

During an official state visit with US President Donald Trump, PM Scott Morrison has revealed our new national space agency will help NASA in its mission to land on the moon and Mars

First look at humans’ ancient cousin

science

Scientists have reconstructed the skull of a prehistoric, extinct cousin of humans from a tiny finger bone, so we can see, for the first time, what the Denisovan people looked like

Australia’s critical water shortage

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weather

Several NSW towns will run out of drinking water within weeks without rain. In the longer term, Australia needs to build more dams to supply our growing population

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100

geography

It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN

civics

A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Water found on super-Earth called K2-18b

space

Scientists have discovered water on a distant super-Earth known as K2-18b, which has temperatures suitable for life. It’s the first time water vapour has been detected on an exoplanet

Time capsule of the day the dinosaurs died

The day the asteroid hit the Earth
science

For the first time, scientists have a clear picture of the day the giant asteroid crashed into Earth, wiping out dinosaurs with fires, tsunamis and a sky full of vaporised rock

Drought leaves firefighters without water

environment

Fires continued to burn across drought-ravaged Queensland and New South Wales on Monday night, forcing firefighters to find ways to fight bushfires without water

Boris rocks to a new anthem on Brexit

Mark Knight cartoon on the Brexit situation
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight reveals why he drew British PM Boris Johnson as a punk rocker to help explain Brexit and whether the UK should stay or go

Kids feeling eco-anxiety about plastic waste

environment

Australian doctors have declared climate change a health emergency and children admit feeling anxious about the environment, some blaming adults for plastic waste

Great Barrier Reef outlook ‘very poor’

environment

It’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but the outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is “very poor”, according to a five-year report on its health

Indonesia to relocate capital city from Jakarta

Local residents play on the shore in front of a mosque that has been claimed by the sea beside the protective seawall barrier at Muara Baru, North Jakarta. Picture: Graham Crouch
geography

President Joko Widodo has announced plans to move Indonesia’s capital city from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to Borneo island, known for rainforests and orang-utans

Are parents ignoring kids’ rights?

Upset
safe kids

As the UN reviews the rights of children in the digital age, it has found parents who share online their children’s pictures or personal information may be violating their human rights

Amazon fires: Who will help save the rainforest?

environment

Some world leaders have agreed to help fight fires in the Amazon and try to repair the damage once the fires are out. We look at why the so-called ‘lungs of the world’ is so important

Solving the mystery of convicts’ secret language

Convict slang book
history

If you don’t know what a fibbing gloak, a milling cove or a brisket beater are and you’re planning to time travel to 1819 you’d better study Australia’s best-selling, first dictionary

Cook’s Endeavour a vehicle for reflection

Endeavour Arrival
history

Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia will be commemorated in a major project exploring the lasting impact it had on First Peoples, with hopes it could promote reconciliation

Mountain lion gets world’s biggest wildlife bridge

Mountain lion P-22, who lives in Griffith Park, LA, US
animals

A famous Hollywood mountain lion is about to get a $128 million bridge to cross a freeway. And though he’s unlikely to cross it, it could help save his and many other species from extinction

Concussion: what is it and how does it happen?

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explainers

As cricketer Steve Smith recovers from a hit to the neck, we look at what concussion is, how it happens and how to stay safe in light of new research about kids, concussion and sport

Australian scientists lead world stuttering study

Boys are more likely to stutter than girls.
science

A massive international effort involving scanning the genes of 10,000 stutterers worldwide hopes to uncover the cause of stuttering rather than just treat its symptoms

Human-sized extinct penguin found

animals

A citizen scientist has found fossilised bones from an extinct penguin that was the size of an adult human and swam in the ocean around New Zealand about 60 million years ago

Building designer mozzies to do good not harm

Feeding mosquito
science

Australian scientists are creating genetically modified mosquitoes that could wipe out deadly viruses in Queensland and popular overseas holiday spots

Xbox inventor gets a taste of ancient toast

Nomad near pyramids
science

In an incredible, just-for-fun science experiment, the man who invented Xbox baked a loaf of bread using microscopic yeast spores brought back to life from a 4500-year-old Egyptian pot

Students see benefit of phone bans, like it or not

Underdale High phone ban
technology

Not everyone likes or agrees with banning phones in schools, but students with bans in place admit school is better without devices. We check in on phone bans around the country

Climate change: what it means for Australians

Fire
environment

More dust storms, more farming in Tasmania and a year-round bushfire season are just some of the predictions Australian scientists are making after the latest report on climate change

Kids witness racist attacks at sports events

Racism report
safe kids

A World Vision survey shows nine in 10 children know someone close to them who has been the target of a racist attack at a professional sporting event

Feeling sick? Pepper the robot is here to help

The International Consumer Electronics Show
technology

Get ready for robots offering health advice and even criticising your bad health habits. In fact, humanoid robots have already been on the job in Australian hospitals and clinics

Blocking Simmons at Crown was a big gamble

news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight finds the funny side of NBA star basketballer Ben Simmons being denied entry to Crown casino on a trip home to Australia

Brush more and eat less sugar for healthier teeth

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It’s Dental Health Week in Australia, but recent research shows too many children’s teeth are decayed and we need to take better care of our dental health all year. Here’s how

New planet in “Goldilocks” zone could support life

NASA’s planet-hunting satellite TESS helped discover a 'super-Earth'. Picture: NASA
space

Astronomers have found a new solar system with three new planets, one of which is in the “Goldilocks” zone — not too hot and not too cold but just right to support life

Fight to free Aboriginal flag from restrictions

civics

Australian Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is leading the fight against a clothing company that bought the copyright to the Aboriginal flag from the artist who designed it

Three pink seesaws unite children across divide

humanities

Children and their parents on either side of a high fence at the US-Mexico border are playing and having fun together on three bright pink seesaws

Climate activist Greta Thunberg sailing to America

Greta Thunberg
environment

The Swedish teenager who has inspired tens of thousands of students to protest for faster action against climate change is taking her message to America by boat

Tiger iceblocks and other heat hacks for a hot Earth

weather

Earth had its hottest June on record and it’s predicted July will be even hotter, with zookeepers resorting to feeding tigers dinner frozen into giant ice blocks, while NSW is put on bushfire alert

Why Mack’s small gesture had a giant impact

news

In our new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains the message he was giving readers when drawing Aussie swimmer Mack Horton refusing to stand on the winners’ podium

500-year-old ‘pristine’ shipwreck found

The ship, which dates back to the time of da Vinci and Columbus is so well preserved its masts and hull are intact. Picture: Deep Sea Productions/MMTSource:Supplied
history

A ship from the time Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa and Christopher Columbus discovered America has been found on the bottom of the sea looking “almost like it sank yesterday”

Flying man with jetpack wows Sydney crowds

Jetpack Flight David Mayman
technology

Personal flying devices look closer to becoming a reality after a man wearing a jetpack flew around Sydney Harbour and another man zoomed over Paris on a high-speed hoverboard

Goodes film on racism sparks strong emotions

The Final Quarter
humanities

Former AFL footballer Adam Goodes’ documentary, in which he addressed bullying and racism he faced while playing, has led to expressions of strong emotion and support for the Swans star

What the moon landing and Trump have in common

Mark Knight cartoon on Moon Landing and Donald Trump for kids News
news

In the first of a new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains to Kids News what inspired him to draw a cartoon comparing the moon landing and US President Donald Trump

Study links soft drink to increased cancer risk

health

New research shows that drinking just a third of a can of soft drink a day greatly increases your risk of cancer, leading a health expert to call for sugary drinks to be treated like cigarettes

Plan to power Singapore with Australian sunshine

Silverton - Day 1
environment

Our hot Northern Territory sunshine could soon be farmed for electricity to power Singapore in an ambitious plan to make Australia a world leader in making renewable energy

Aussie teen inventor’s big chicken nugget plan

technology

A young Australian inventor plans to change the world one chicken nugget at a time, with one of the biggest food companies investing millions of dollars to help him develop his recipe

Queues of climbers spoil Uluru and parklands

Supplied Editorial Uluru
environment

A rush of tourists trying to climb Uluru before it is banned is causing traffic jams on the historic rock and polluting its surrounding parklands with rubbish and human waste

Huge freshwater aquifer discovered below ocean

SailGP New York - United States Boat Preview
environment

Scientists have discovered a lake under the ocean holding enough freshwater to fill 1 billion swimming pools, believed to be the biggest known undersea freshwater aquifer on Earth

Explorers find lost city full of natural treasures

They also stumbled upon pale-faced bats that haven't been seen in Honduras for 75 years. Picture: Trond Larsen
science

Scientists dropped by helicopter into a remote lost city in a rainforest have found an incredible treasure trove of rare and endangered species, some thought to be extinct

NASA prepares to open historic moon vault

space

Scientists are practising with mock equipment and pretend rocks and dirt for the day they open the vaults containing treasures collected on the moon 50 years ago

Victoria bans student phones at schools

Mobile phone ban at all public schools
safe kids

Students at all Victorian government schools will be banned from using or carrying phones from first to last bell from next year in an attempt to reduce distraction and cyber bullying

Lost wallet study finds people care about others

Close-up Of Woman Losing His Wallet
humanities

Researchers “lost” 17,000 wallets across 355 cities in 40 countries in a social experiment that showed people are more likely to return it if it contains money

Push for in-ground traffic lights for phone users

The lights will work better at night but the brightness can be increased during the day. Picture: TAC
technology

Looking at a smartphone while walking near or across roads is dangerous. To keep people safe, Sydney and Melbourne have trialled in-ground traffic lights, with Adelaide set to follow

Massive Indonesian earthquake rocks Darwin

science

A 7.2-magnitude Indonesian earthquake — the largest in a decade — has rocked Darwin and forced residents to flee office buildings and hospitals

Amputee footballer having a ‘red-hot crack’

Aldinga junior footballer plays with stumps after having feet amputated
humanities

Feet might seem essential to play footy, but a double amputation before his first birthday couldn’t keep 11-year-old Jett out of the team or off the field

Australian man’s world-first skin transplant

World First Burns Treatment
health

South Australian burns survivor Glenn Ogg owes his renewed life to a world-first skin transplant technique developed in Adelaide that involves “farming” new skin from his own skin

Bullying a growing problem in our schools

Bullying at school
safe kids

An international teacher survey has found bullying, intimidation and cyber-harassment are common in Australian schools, with the problem worse than five years ago

Humans can’t resist those sad, puppy dog eyes

Teckel puppy dog portrait
animals

New research shows dogs have special muscles above their eyes that have developed over thousands of years of humans domesticating dogs. Wolves can’t make the same sad-eye face

Families in feud about footies over fence

Footballs kicked over the neighbours' fence are causing problems.
civics

A man and woman “annoyed” at finding their neighbours’ kids’ footballs in their backyard have begun legal action, claiming the children have ruined their “enjoyment” of their Perth home

Lego’s big search for plant-based plastic

The 15 famous LEGO pine trees and several flower sets have been recreated and supersized to be 66 times bigger. The LEGO trees are now located at Dunningham Reserve, Coogee and marks the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick in Australia. Picture: Brad Hunter
environment

Bricks made from corn were too soft and wheat-based bricks didn’t absorb colour evenly or have enough shine, but toymaker Lego is still trying to switch to plant-based plastic

Flying cars preparing for take off in Australia

technology

Melbourne has won a global competition to host the first international base for Uber flying cars, with test flights to begin next year and driverless flights planned for the future

‘Ice pirate’ plots to ‘steal’ a massive iceberg

Cierva Cove, Antarctica
environment

A cold, bold plan to tow a 113 million-tonne iceberg from Antarctica to South Africa for drinking water is all set to go ahead within months

Record-breaking odyssey to every country

geography

A 21-year-old woman has smashed a world record and achieved an unbelievable feat by being the youngest person to visit every country on Earth

‘Forbidden’ exoplanet discovered in space

Neptune is the fourth biggest planet in our Solar System
space

Scientists have discovered a planet the size of Neptune that could instantly vaporise humans. It’s in the Neptunian Desert, where it shouldn’t be able to survive

Video game addiction officially a disease

Gamer boy
health

A small number of people are developing a big problem with gaming. The World Health Organisation has just officially declared this addiction to games a disease

How to rebuild Notre Dame after the fire

arts

The world’s top architects and stonemasons are trying to figure out how to fix Paris’s fire-damaged cathedral, including two experts 16,000km away in Australia

Scientists make loudest underwater sound

science

To find out what loud sounds do to things, scientists have fired lasers into jets of water, making a sound so loud it can boil water and burst your heart

Remarkable traffic jam atop Mount Everest

health

An incredible photo of climbers queuing to reach the summit of Mount Everest has drawn attention to the crowded and dangerous conditions on the world’s highest mountain

NASA confirms meteorite the size of a small car

space

A fireball that lit up the night sky and created a rumble like and earthquake in recent days has been confirmed as a high-energy meteorite exploding in Earth’s atmosphere

Australian teen inventor stars in YouTube Story

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science

YouTube has chosen an Australian teenage inventor to feature in a special documentary about her work and her potentially lifesaving creation and now the whole world is watching