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University of Adelaide PhD candidate Khalia Primer, 23 originally from Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula, in the laboratory at SAHMRI. She working on gene therapy to treat diabetic ulcers. 14 September 2020. Picture Dean Martin

Hope for diabetics in three-minute thesis

science

Scientist Khalia Primer’s award-winning video cleverly explains years of complex gene therapy research that could help solve some of the serious health problems faced by people with diabetes

An artist's impression of the Venusian surface for National Geographic TV program ''Earth's Evil Twin'' about planet Venus. (Photo credit: European Space Agency)

Venus clouds show signs of possible life

space

We know humans couldn’t survive the heat and huge pressure on Venus, our closest neighbour. But some form of alien life could be producing an Earth-like gas astronomers have found in its clouds

Silhouette of man looking at light, at end of tunnel, rear view

Human-sized wormholes are possible

mathematics

Scientists have used quantum mechanics and maths to show that gateways connecting two points in space and time and big enough and stable enough for human travel are theoretically possible

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How to protect yourself from scams

Online shopping. For Kids News story on protecting yourself against online scams.
money

More of us are buying and banking online, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and scammers are taking advantage of this. But there are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a scam

How to find your voice and talk to a crowd

Kailash Sarma, 17, is teaching young people how to master public speaking and improve their confidence and self-esteem. His Captivate the Future program is open to secondary students around the country. For Kids News and Hibernation
humanities

A teenage public-speaking whiz is on a mission to help kids reeling from coronavirus disruptions master the art of talking to a crowd, finding their voice and their confidence

Kids urged to get real on fake news

Red Computer Keyboard with balloons showing Fake News or Facts.
civics

You might have heard US President Donald Trump use these words, but what exactly is fake news and how do you spot it?

Lump on leg shows dinosaurs got cancer

Centrosaurus dinosaur, bones from which are being excavated live at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
science

It’s tempting to think of dinosaurs as supernatural or mythical beasts but we now know for sure they were affected by many of the same diseases as humans and other animals, including cancer

‘Karen’s’ mask fight not just about her rights

Knight cartoon for 27/7/20  the Karen plague
civics

Like a school essay, a cartoon is a way to compare and contrast two sides to an issue. In this case it’s about someone demanding their rights but forgetting their responsibilities to the vulnerable

Around an Aussie campfire of statues

Mark Knight's campfire cartoon for Kids news
civics

Mark Knight explains the issues behind the cartoon of two Aussies sitting by this particular campfire and wonders how Australia will react to this period of self-examination

36 alien races could live in Milky Way

1982. Scene from film "ET: the extraterrestrial".  alien
space

Astronomers now believe there are 36 advanced alien civilisations living in the Milky Way and able to send radio signals, assuming that intelligent life on other planets is similar to humans

Cartoons are not always meant to make you laugh

Mark Knight's cartoon of Donald Trump
civics

Sometimes cartoonists have to cover serious issues, such as war, famine, injustice and even death, about which it’s not appropriate or possible to make people laugh. This was one of those times

Why are there big protests around the world?

TOPSHOT - Protestors gather near the makeshift memorial in honour of George Floyd marking one week anniversary of his death, on June 1, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Major US cities -- convulsed by protests, clashes with police and looting since the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd a week ago -- braced Monday for another night of unrest. More than 40 cities have imposed curfews after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)
civics

Protests — some peaceful and some violent — continue across the US and elsewhere around the world over police treatment of black people. Kids News explains why people are protesting

Young minds rise to the challenge

smart kid, thinker. iStock image. For Kids News Hibernation story on Westpac Youth Impact Challenge
humanities

They might be young but they’re thinking big. Find out how the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is inspiring kid entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place

Australian scientists break internet speed record

27/05/2020. Scientists Bill Corcoran , David Moss and Arnon Mitchell in the lab at RMIT where they worked on the experiment that broke the internet speed world record this week. 
Picture: David Geraghty / The Australian.
technology

Using 76.7km of ordinary fibre cables between two Victorian universities, Australian computer scientists have achieved incredible internet speeds of 44.2 million megabits a second

Insulin that mimics venom of deep-sea snail

HUMAN insulin modified to mimic the venom of a deep sea snail could help speed up diabetes treatments and improve outcomes. Mum Jade Erickson says fast acting insulin would help son Justin, 11 and husband Michael, 45, who both suffer from the disease. Parents Jade and Michael Erickson with kids Justin, 11 and sister Jaimi, 13. Picture: Jason Edwards
science

Scientists in Australia have described as possibly life changing the invention of human insulin that mimics cone snail venom insulin, working almost instantly to lower blood sugar levels

Billie’s kindness lives on

Billie Kinder, 12. B Kinder Day on  June 22 honours Billie by encouraging children to spread kindness, empathy and compassion. For Kids News Hibernation
humanities

Australian schoolgirl Billie Kinder always believed she could make the world a better place. Now her family hopes the third annual B Kinder Day on June 22 will take her message worldwide

Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth

This illustration provided by the European Southern Observatory in May 2020 shows the orbits of the objects in the HR 6819 triple system. The group is made up of an inner binary with one star, orbit in blue, and a newly discovered black hole, orbit in red, as well as a third star in a wider orbit, blue. The team originally believed there were only two objects, the two stars, in the system. However, as they analysed their observations, they revealed a third, previously undiscovered body in HR 6819: a black hole, the closest ever found to Earth, about 1000 light years away. The black hole is invisible, but it makes its presence known by its gravitational pull, which forces the luminous inner star into an orbit. The objects in this inner pair have roughly the same mass and circular orbits. (L. Calçada/ESO via AP)
space

Two stars dancing in the night sky and visible without a telescope have led astronomers to find a black hole so close to Earth it’s “just around the corner” in space terms

Painting clouds and other ideas to save our Reef

This undated handout photo received on April 6, 2020 from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, shows coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. - Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on April 7, 2020 in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism. James Cook University professor Terry Hughes said a comprehensive survey last month found record sea temperatures had caused the third mass bleaching of the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef system in just five years. (Photo by Handout / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA / AFP) / TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR AFP STORY AUSTRALIA-ENVIRONMENT-CLIMATE-REEF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE /
environment

Action on climate change and ideas such as painting clouds with water and growing heat-tolerant coral are being considered to help the Great Barrier Reef be healthier in 30 years’ time

Aussie treasures stored in global code bank

The film reels are sorted by country. Picture: supplied
technology

The scientific knowledge about Australia’s plants and animals and the contents of our national library are among the digital treasures being kept 250m underground in Norway

Generation Equality for International Women’s Day

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Pictured is Georgia Whittemore and Gemma Murchie-Young at the International Women's Day, March to Mourn All Women Murdered rally in Hyde Park Sydney today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
humanities

Half a billion women around the world can’t read and write — that’s just one of the important topics people are talking about this week to mark International Women’s Day

Violinist plays during her own brain surgery

CORRECTION - A still image take from handout video footage released by King’s College Hospital in London on February 19, 2020 and recorded on January 31, 2020, shows musician Dagmar Turner playing the violin during brain surgery at King's College Hospital in London. - A violinist helped surgeons avoid damage to her brain during surgery to remove a tumour by playing her instrument, the UK hospital where she underwent the innovative procedure said. Surgeons came up with the novel approach to ensure areas of Dagmar Turner's brain responsible for delicate hand movement were not affected during the precision procedure. Turner, a 53-year-old musician with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra in southern England, was diagnosed in 2013 with a slow growing tumour after suffering a seizure during a concert. (Photo by - / KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by - has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Dagmar instead of [Dogmar]. 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.”
health

A musician has played her violin during a six-hour, lifesaving operation to remove a brain tumour, helping calm the woman’s fears the surgery would ruin her ability to play

Boy’s traditional hairstyle banned by school

Wendy Taniela with her 5 year old son Cyrus Taniela in a play ground in Upper Caboolture.

The mother of a five-year-old boy with long hair says his Caboolture school, Australian Christian College Moreton, told them it had to be cut despite his hair cutting ceremony, which is part of his father’s Cook Islands and Niuean heritage, being still a year away

Monday February 10,2020. (AAP image, John Gass)
humanities

A Queensland boy could be being discriminated against on the basis of race because he has been told to cut his long hair for school, even though he wears it tied in a bun

Impeachment: Trump not guilty on both charges

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump arrives for a "Keep America Great" campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 14, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
civics

US President Donald Trump has been acquitted of the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, paving the way for his campaign for re-election

Can you crack the 30-year-old code?

CIA headquarter Langley US Kryptos
mathematics

The final clue to a coded message on a sculpture outside the US spy agency’s HQ unveiled 30 years ago has been revealed by the code’s creator

Tribute for Holocaust 75th anniversary

OSWIECIM, POLAND - JANUARY 27:  A guard tower stands illuminated at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp near the Auschwitz Memorial during the official ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 2020 near Oswiecim, Poland. International leaders as well as approximately 200 survivors and their families are gathering today at Auschwitz today to attend the commemoration. The Nazis killed an estimated one million people at the camp during the World War II occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany. The Soviet Army liberated the camp on January 27, 1945.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
humanities

The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of Holocaust survivors in a moving tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of World War II concentration camp Auschwitz

Energy drinks robbing teens of sleep

Aussie teens are being deprived of sleep in a major new survey that found teens who consumed energy drinks at least once a week were twice as likely to get less than eight hours sleep on a school night than those who didn't. Jett Jones-Czechowski (C) with mates Luan O'Connor (L) and Taj Burns (R) pictured at Bondi Skate Park. Picture: Toby Zerna
health

Energy drinks loaded with caffeine are depriving Aussie teens of sleep, a major new survey shows. Experts want advertising of the drinks banned on public transport

National gun amnesty to keep us safe

An assortment of hand guns and rifles handed in during the Federal Government Gun Amnesty in 2017 on display as  the New South Wales Government announce a state gun amnesty in Sydney, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Following the success of the Federal Government gun amnesty in 2017 the NSW Government will conduct a state wide gun amnesty beginning from July 1, 2018 (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
civics

Australian firearm owners will be able to hand in guns with no questions asked next year as part of a national gun amnesty designed to keep us safe and weapons away from criminals

Veterans go ‘back to Hell’ through VR films

An incident on the Sandakan Death March. From a painting at Borneo's Kundasang War Memorial, courtesy of Lynette Silver.
history

As we mark Remembrance Day today, stunning new virtual reality films are allowing all Australians to learn about some of the forgotten and darkest chapters of our World War II history

World’s scientists unite on climate

Climate protesters gather across the street from the New York County Courthouse, where the Exxon Mobil trial is taking place, November 1, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP)
environment

More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration warning of a climate emergency and offered six clear measures they believe could avoid “untold human suffering”

Tiny computer makes quantum leap

This undated handout image obtained October 23, 2019 courtesy of Google shows Sundar Pichai with one of Google's quantum computers in the Santa Barbara lab. - Scientists claimed on October 23, 2019 to have achieved a near-mythical state of computing in which a new generation of machine vastly outperforms the world's fastest super-computer, known as "quantum supremacy". A team of experts working on Google's Sycamore machine said their quantum system had executed a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken a classic computer 10,000 years to complete.In a study published in Nature, the international team designed the Sycamore quantum processer, made up of 54 qubits interconnected in a lattice pattern. They used the machine to perform a task related to random-number generation, identifying patterns amid seemingly random spools of figures.The Sycamore, just a few millimetres across, solved the task within 200 seconds, a process that on a regular machine would take 10,000 years -- several hundreds of millions of times faster, in other words. Google's CEO Sundar Pichai hailed the result as a sea change in computing. (Photo by HO / GOOGLE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GOOGLE/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Google has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, developing a processor that took minutes to do what would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years

Media unites in fight against secrecy

The frontage of the Australian newspaper 'The Australian' shows a 'Your right to know' ads as part of a campaign calling on the Australian Parliament to enshrine press freedom and protect whistleblowers at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, October 21, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
civics

Australia’s major media organisations have taken the unprecedented step of uniting to fight for press freedoms and the public’s right to know what’s going on in this country

Out-there plan for 13-minute journey to Mars

Mars, The Red Planet, imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope. Picture: NASA
space

A NASA scientist has designed a rocket that could reach close to the speed of light without using any fuel, going to the Moon in just over a second and putting distant stars within reach

Scientist becomes world’s first full cyborg

Dr Scott-Morgan’s avatar. Picture: Youtube, Embody DigitalSource:Supplied
technology

A world-renowned roboticist with motor neurone disease is transforming himself into a robot to extend his life, with plenty more upgrades and updates planned for the future

Kid-watching home spy invention on way

Picture: iStock
woman eats sweets at night to sneak in a refrigerator
technology

Google has legal permission to develop technology that monitors where children are at home and what they are doing, eating and saying, raising concerns about privacy and children’s rights

Michael celebrates birthday with the gift of life

Michael Theobald, with his Mother Sashi. He is about to turn 1 after having a liver transplant at the Royal Chhildren's Hospital earlier this year.
Picture: Jay Town
explainers

As Australians are asked to talk about organ donation during Donate Life week, we meet tiny Michael Theobald who celebrated his first birthday with the gift of life after a liver transplant

Adani coal mine given the green light

Coal production at one of the open fields in the south of Siberia. Dumpers "BelAZ". September 2015.
environment

After nine years, nine legal reviews and $3.7 billion to get it started, the controversial Adani megamine in Queensland has been given the green light to start construction

Ancient coins that could rewrite Australian history

Darwin historian Mike Owen holds up a coin he believes is from Kilwa at his home in Rapid Creek, wednesday, May 15, 2019. Mike Hermes revealed he found an ancient coin lying on a beach on the Wessel Islands last year he believes to be from Kilwa, more than 10,000km away in what is now known as Tanzania, dating from before the 15th century. Picture: Keri Megelus
money

Tiny copper coins up to 1000 years old found on a remote beach on an Australian island could add a new chapter to the story of our European history

Ancient jawbone solves mountain puzzle

A handout photo made available by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology on May 1, 2019 shows a view of the virtual reconstruction of the Xiahe mandible after digital removal of the adhering carbonate crust, which was found in 1980 in Baishiya Karst Cave. - The mandible is so well preserved that it allows for a virtual reconstruction of the two sides of the mandible. The Denisovan mandible likely represents the earliest hominin fossil on the Tibetan Plateau. (Photo by Jean-Jacques HUBLIN / the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology / Jean-Jacques HUBLIN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A jawbone found in Tibet of an ancient cousin of humans from at least 160,000 years ago proves humans adapted to live at high altitude far earlier than we thought

Scurvy making a comeback due to poor diets

Doctors are battling a surprising resurgence of scurvy in Sydney patients it's being blamed on a lack of Vitamin C. Aria Thorn, 4, (left) with sister Shylah Thorn, 5, from Waverley enjoying an orange and watermelon after a ride in Centennial Park. Picture: Jonathan Ng
health

A serious but easily preventable disease we associate with sailors on long voyages hundreds of years ago is making people sick in modern-day Australia

Diary of a Gallipoli ANZAC

Philip Owen Ayton in 1915. Picture: supplied
history

Philip Owen Ayton enlisted soon after World War I was declared. He took part in the Gallipoli landing, describing it in vivid detail in a diary now published for the first time

Mind-control brain implant trials to begin

Generic image of human brain at work. Picture: Thinkstock
health

An Australian hospital has approved a world-first human trial of a brain implant to help people with advanced diseases of the nervous system communicate via mind control

World’s richest prize for teacher of the poor

This handout picture provided on March 24, 2019 by the Global Education and Skills Forum, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation, shows Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi (C) holding up the Global Teacher Prize (GTP) trophy after winning the US$ 1 million award during an official ceremony in Dubai presented by Australian actor Hugh Jackman (C-L) and attended by the Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum (C-R). - Tabichi, a 36-year-old maths and physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School in the village of Pwani, in Kenya's Nakuru county, was named as winner of the "largest prize of its kind", set up by the Varkey Foundation to "recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession." (Photo by - / Global Education and Skills Forum / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GLOBAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS FORUM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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There is only one computer, bad internet access, no library, no science laboratory and drought and famine are frequent, yet Peter Tabichi’s students are achieving great things

Questions I am asked about the Holocaust

BY8B50 AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP children photographed by Russians who liberated the camp in January 1945
history

Hedi Fried was 19 when she was captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp during WWII. She survived and now, at 94, still uses her story to teach students about the Holocaust

Ancient tattoo kit made from human bone

Geoffrey Clark with one of the pieces of bone that is an ancient tattoo tool. Picture: ANU
history

Researchers have uncovered the world’s oldest known tattoo kit, some of which is made from human bone and believed to be 2700 years old

Plan to pay male and female athletes equally

17/02/19 - Story about push for equal pay in women's sport. Basketballer Hannah Black, Golfer Ashleigh Evans, Basketballer Annabell McNico, Footballer Millie Shepherd Boyd and Basketballer Jade Yelegin. Picture: Tom Huntley
sport

Australia’s major sports organisations have supported a bold new plan to close the gender pay gap in sport so that female and male athletes are paid equally

Murray cod to be trucked to safety

Fisheries researcher Jarod Lyon electrofishing and monitoring Murray Cod and other fish species on the Murray River, downstream from Yarrawonga. Releasing a large Murray Cod. Photo by Chloe Smith
environment

After pictures of millions of dead fish shocked the world, the NSW government has begun a bold plan to catch trapped Darling River fish and truck them downstream

Hope shines 10 years after Black Saturday

The 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires now known as Black Saturday in which 173 people died. The anniversary was held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne . Picture : Ian Currie
humanities

Communities affected by the Black Saturday bushfires gather this week to mark the 10-year anniversary and reflect on how far they have come

Predicting drought and bushfires from space

Twin GRACE-FO satellites will follow each other in orbit around the Earth, separated by about 220 km. Picture: NASA
environment

Australian researchers have moved their focus to space to learn more about how to foresee and manage future droughts and bushfires on Earth

Meet our mysterious lost ancestors

MARCH, 2003 : Scene from BBC documentary TV series "Walking with Cavemen", 03/03.
Prehistoric Man
history

Australian researchers are helping solve the mystery of an ancient tribe that once walked the Earth alongside Neanderthals and early humans

Earth’s magnetic pole is in a hurry

Car apps, motor guide.
geography

The magnetic field of our planet is essential to our survival. But it’s not behaving like scientists expected and nobody knows why

‘Canberra bubble’ the 2018 word of the year

OnlineOpinion Art 9 Feb 2018. Politicians inside the Canberra bubble. John Tiedemann
humanities

A two-word phrase — made famous by the Prime Minister — about politicians worrying about themselves rather than everyday Australians has been named the 2018 Word of the Year

Forests of underground zombie-like organisms

This undated handout photo courtesy of Gaetan Borgonie(Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium, Deep Carbon Observatory, obtained December 10, 2018 shows a nematode (eukaryote) in a biofilm of microorganisms, an unidentified nematode (Poikilolaimus sp.) from Kopanang gold mine in South Africa,which lives 1.4 km below the surface. - About 70 percent of the Earth's microbes live in its depths, in rocks once considered barren but where bacteria and other unicellular organisms abound. For the first time, researchers have estimated the extent of this deep life or "intraterrestrial". Hundreds of international researchers who are members of the Deep Carbon Observatory - an in-depth carbon observatory - released on December 10, 2018 for the American Geophysics Summit in Washington, the sum of their work estimating that deep life represented a mass of 15 to 23 billion tons of carbon, 245 to 385 more than the seven billion people. (Photo by Gaetan BORGONIE / Gaetan BORGONIE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Gaetan Borgonie(Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY IVAN COURRONE AND KERRY SHERIDAN -"Life in Deep Earth Totals 15 to 23 Billion Tonnes of Carbon—Hundreds of Times More than Humans"
science

A 10-year team effort by hundreds of scientists has found massive underground forests of life, which could help us manage climate change and hold clues to life on other planets

Voyager 2, Australia is listening to you

This NASA artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft, Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space, the space between stars, and Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble. - NASA's Voyager 2 probe has left the protective bubble around the Sun and is flying through interstellar space, becoming the second human-made object to travel so far, the US space agency said December 10, 2018. The announcement came six years after its twin spacecraft, Voyager 1, broke the outer boundary of the heliopause, where the hot solar wind meets the cold, dense space between stars, known as the interstellar medium. (Photo by HO / NASA/JPL-CALTECH / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-CALTECH" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

After 41 years in space, Voyager 2 has finally left the Sun’s heliosphere. As it moved into interstellar space, Earth received its farewell messages via Australia’s very special radio telescope and antenna

Collision creates supermassive black hole

A supplied undated artist's impression obtained Monday, December 3, 2018 of the biggest known black-hole collision. An international team, including Australian scientists, have discovered wrinkles in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known collision of binary black holes that has formed a new black-hole about 80 times larger than the sun. (AAP Image/Supplied by the Australian National University, SXS) NO ARCHIVING
space

Scientists have detected the biggest known collision between black holes, creating a new, supermassive black hole. We look at what a black hole is, how they are made and if Earth is in danger

Sir David Attenborough’s climate change warning

Picture shows: Sir David Attenborough in Blue Planet II for Hit.TV
environment

The world’s most famous environmentalist has used his position on the “people’s chair” at the UN climate meeting to warn of disaster on a global scale unless leaders act to slow climate change

How we tell the time just got more accurate

This photo released August 22, 2013, courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows NIST's ultra-stable ytterbium lattice atomic clock. Ytterbium atoms are generated in an oven (large metal cylinder on the left) and sent to a vacuum chamber in the center of the photo to be manipulated and probed by lasers. Laser light is transported to the clock by five fibers (such as the yellow fiber in the lower center of the photo). A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability. The clocks act like 21st-century pendulums or metronomes that could swing back and forth with perfect timing for a period comparable to the age of the universe. NIST physicists report in the August 22, 2013 issue of Science Express that the ytterbium clocks' tick is more stable than any other atomic clock. Stability can be thought of as how precisely the duration of each tick matches every other tick. AFP PHOTO / NIST == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / NIST / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==
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Since the 1960s, the Earth’s time has run on 400 official clocks that we all use every day without even realising it. But a new kind of almost-perfect clock could change everything

Eight mummies found in Egyptian pyramid

This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, shows an ancient mummy covered with a layer of painted cartonnage, which was found inside a sarcophagus in area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Egypt says archaeologists have discovered eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies inside. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
history

Archaeologists have unearthed eight mummies in painted coffins in a former king’s pyramid in Egypt

Teens given stern tan danger warning

Phoebe Buckley and Sophie Rayne students at Lauriston Girls School show importance of slip-slop-slap rather than pursuing a tan. Picture:Rob Leeson.
health

Skin cancer doctors are alarmed that many teenagers incorrectly believe that getting a tan is healthy. As summer approaches, it’s time to remember why we should all slip, slop, slap

Aussie lingo a living, thriving language

In a ripper move, Mattel is reaching out to true blue Aussies for Australian slang to be used in its new game Ð Aussie Scrabble. Clarissa Blaufelder, 24, and Dominic Titus, 25. Picture: Mark Stewart
humanities

Australian English is thriving and not in danger of becoming more American. The authors of Australia’s own dictionary have lists of new Australian words and sayings to prove it

Definition of a kilogram about to change

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018., a replica of the International Prototype Kilogram is pictured at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, in Sevres, near Paris. The golf ball-sized metal cylinder at the heart of the world's system for measuring mass is heading into retirement. Gathering this week in Versailles, west of Paris, governments on Friday Nov. 16, 2018, are expected to approve a plan to instead use a scientific formula to define the exact weight of a kilo. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
mathematics

Since 1889 we have weighed everything against a little cylinder of metal locked in a vault in France. Now, the world is about to agree to completely change the way it defines a kilogram

Kakadu’s traditional owners granted Jabiru native title

Mirarr traditional owners Yvonne Margarula and Nida Mangarnbarr hold up the judgment documents with a next generation traditional owner Simon Mudjandi following Friday's Jabiru Township Native Title determination in Jabiru, NT. Picture: Justin Kennedy
civics

The Mirrar people have been granted native title rights over the Kakadu mining town of Jabiru after a 20-year fight. We look at the history of the Native Title Act in Australia

Human brain and memory enhancement possible soon

Human Internal Organic - Human Brain, 3D illustration medical concept.
technology

Researchers are already working on changing, improving and rewriting humans’ memories, which means they also have to find ways to keep our brains safe from hackers

Armistice Day marks 100 years since end of WWI

A picture taken on 11/11/1918 shows signatories of the Armistice treaty, German Matthias Erzberger, the Count Alfred von Oberndorff, British Captain Ernst Vanselow, First Sea Lord Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss the British representative, French general Maxime Weygand, French Chief- of-Staff (first row, 2nd L) and Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the Allied supreme commander (first row, 2nd R), which was signed in Foch's own railway carriage in Compiegne Forest, France, and marked the end of WWI on the Western Front.
history

Sunday marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed declaring World War I would end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. We look at what happened on that historic day

Wool boom for a new generation

3.8.2018.SA WEEKEND. Shearer Benn Heinrich,19, at his family farm at Geranium Plains in South Australia's Mid North. PIC TAIT SCHMAAL.
humanities

Shearers and roustabouts aren’t just something out of history books, old poems and songs. There’s a new generation of young wool workers who love what they do. Would you enjoy these jobs?

Aussie medical invention will save lives

EMBARGO - EXCLUSIVE NETWORK CONTENT NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO PERTH, NO AUSTRALIAN MeTro - A highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue that quickly seals wounds without the need for common staples or sutures could transform how surgeries are performed.
science

A revolutionary “wound glue” that could save lives on the battlefield, revolutionise surgery and help reduce scarring is ready to be tested on people

Giant bones change 4-legged dinosaur theory

Viktor Joseph Radermacher (R), paleontology artist and Masters student in vertebrate paleontology, and Professor Jonah Choiniere of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of Witwatersrand talk about the illustrations done by Radermacher of the newly discovered species of dinosaur named Ledumahadi Mafube, at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, on October 03, 2018. (Photo by GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
science

Early dinosaurs walked on two legs, but we have never known why they evolved to walk on four. A newly described species that “experimented” with walking on all fours could hold the answer

Carp control solution still a year away

Common carp. Photo: Biosecurity Queensland
environment

Cane toads aren’t Australia’s only introduced pest. Australia has a problem with carp, a species of fish that degrades river and creeks and makes life tough for native species

Keeping up with the ways we use money

Eight year old Elle Laxamana does a bit of shopping in Bouke Street. Kids as young as 8 are now able to get debit cards giving them the plastic power to swipe online and in store. Supporters say it teaches kids financial literacy and responsibility, but opponents say it's too young. Picture: Tony Gough
money

Technology is changing the movement of money so it’s important for education to keep up so kids can make informed choices

Reach out and say ‘thanks for serving’

Australia's latest Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, today unveiled a display of his Victoria Cross in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour in Canberra.
civics

Kids News is supporting #ThanksForServing: a movement to recognise the service of armed forces veterans, past and present, and the sacrifice of their families

Invictus Games for warriors almost here

DEAL-20180921 EMBARGO FOR THE DEAL 21 SEP 2018 NO REUSE WITHOUT PERMISSION BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation attend the UK Team Trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on April 6, 2018 in Bath, England. The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will take place from 20-27th October and will see over 500 competitors from 18 nations compete in 11 adaptive sports. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
sport

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games are about overcoming life-changing injury and illness and inspiring others in their recovery. We look at the history of the name and the Games

Doctors to separate conjoined twins

Bhutan 2018. 14 month old conjoined twins Nima and Dawa are to be flown to Australia to have life saving surgery, thanks to The Children First Foundation, and the Royal Children's Hospital. Twins Nima and Dawa in the hospital ward they've spent most of their lives in, the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan. Picture: Alex Coppel
health

Australian doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital are preparing to separate conjoined twins Nima and Dawa in a life-changing operation

Damage soft drink can do to your body

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: A photo illustration of a fizzy cola drink on February 16, 2018 in London, England. A recent study by a team at the Sorbonne in Paris has suggested that 'Ultra Processed' foods including things like mass-produced bread, ready meals, instant noodles, fizzy drinks, sweets and crisps are tied to the rise in cancer. (Photo illustration by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
health

An Australian study shows just how dangerous two cans of soft drink a day can be for your body. Does this make you reconsider what you drink?

Quiet shopping trial success

Coles will offer Quiet Hour at Essendon Fields to customers who are, or have family members, on the autism spectrum for the first time. L-R Store Manager Phil Cunningham , Adella Blyth and Chris Katsikpgiannis. November 24th 2017. Picture: Ellen Smith
humanities

A national supermarket chain’s Quiet Hour trial for autistic shoppers has been a great success. What ideas do you have for making supermarket shopping an even better experience?

How to create healthy children

A $1 million research project is underway to separate nature versus nurture by studying twins. They are following up twins at age 11, who they have followed from birth, with brain scans to see if there are clues as to their brain development to uncover the recipe for creating healthy kids. Identical twins Marcos and Gabriel both have love for soccer. Picture: David Caird
health

The similarities between twins are often what we notice, but researchers are studying their differences as a way of finding out how to create healthy children

France’s school mobile ban begins

Disinterested pupils in classroom are not listening to the teacher. Girls are using their mobile phones and putting on their make-up during lesson.
technology

France’s mobile device ban in all schools is an interesting case study for Australian teachers, parents and students.  But should Australia follow France’s lead?

Camels for Australian drought trial

Drought - Queensland. Sustainable Land Management company founder Tony Lovell has introduced camels to their property outside Cunnamulla. He says camels help improve the property, which like so much of Queensland, has been in the grip of a terrible drought. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
animals

Camels may be big and hungry, but they’re used to dry conditions and eat differently to cattle, so they could help care for drought-affected Australian farmland

School spying trials in Australia

Generic photo for facial recognition. Picture: iStock
technology

Advanced facial recognition technology is being trialled in Australian schools to check where students are. Do you agree with this idea?

Ancient Chinese pyramid found

Ancient Chinese city and pyramid
history

Pyramids aren’t just in Egypt. These massive structures are all over the world. Archaeologists have just dug up another one in China, at the centre of a huge lost city

Thousands sleeping rough every night

Rough sleeper Elizabeth street, Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston
humanities

A new national study finds more people are sleeping rough. How can you and your community help end homelessness?

Good friends saved her from bullies

Jenny Woolsey has written a children's book Ride High Pineapple about a girl with a rare medical condition who loves skating. Jenny and her son, 12, have the condition. Strathpine author Jenny Woolsey. Picture: Bradley Cooper
safe kids

This is one woman’s brave story of her experience looking different to many other people. You may find it upsetting to read but it provides insight into what it’s like being teased and bullied

Black hole bends starlight

This artist's impression provided by the European Southern Observatory in July 2018 shows the path of the star S2 as it passes close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. As the star gets nearer to the black hole, a very strong gravitational field causes the color of the star to shift slightly to the red, an effect of Einstein's general theory of relativity. European researchers reported the results of their observations in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (M. Kornmesser/ESO via AP)
science

Einstein was a genius whose ideas of light, energy, time, space and gravity were so advanced scientists are still trying to test them now by watching black holes

Young Aussies want to help global refugees

TOPSHOTS A child looks on near a tent at the Syrian refugee camp 5km from Diyarbakir, on the the way between Diyarbakir and Mardin, after snowfall, on January 9, 2013. The refugees faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER
humanities

A new World Vision survey shows compassionate young Australians are very concerned about the plight of global refugees and want to help

What’s in your bottled water?

ABC's War on Waste tested water
health

ABC TV’s War on Waste compared tap and bottled water and the results may surprise some who think they’re buying a healthier, higher-quality drink. 

Rare treats in the night sky

Total Lunar Eclipse
space

There are so many amazing things to see in the night sky this week it will be a wonder if anyone gets any sleep. Are you planning to get up to look?

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman for July 2018 Kids News Book Club. Provided by HarperCollins
book club

Book extract of  a heart-pounding adventure with breathtaking magical inventions in an unforgettable story about finding one’s place in a sharply divided world

His Name Was Walter

His Name was Walter by Emily Rodda for July 2018 Kids News Book Club Provided by HarperCollins.
book club

This is a story, within a story, that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery. Read the first three chapters. 

Thai boys’ soccer team found alive in caves

In this handout photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. Rescue divers are advancing in the main passageway inside the flooded cave in northern Thailand where the boys and their coach have been missing more than a week. (Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center via AP)
humanities

Australians join an international team working to rescue young soccer players from a flooded cave network in northern Thailand

Battle remembered with Anzac biscuits and Waltzing Matilda

WWI hero Sir John Monash presenting a decoration to a soldier iln the Australian Imperial Force after the Battle of Le Hamel in 1918.
history

A special gathering of French, Australians and Americans remembers the bravery of thousands of people 100 years ago this week

Hypersonic jet to fly New York-London in two hours

Boeing unveils new hypersonic jet
science

Hypersonic jets that travel five times faster than the speed of sound could be taking passengers by 2030

Australian fossil named after Obama

Flinders ranges fossils named after Barack Obama and David Attenborough
science

Scientists have named two new Australian fossil discoveries after two of the world’s most famous science supporters — and for the resemblance to Barack Obama’s ears

Ancient writing discovered at castle linked to King Arthur

The mysterious inscription. Picture: English Heritage
history

Writing scrawled on stone that could be more than 1400 years old has been found at a castle linked to the legend of King Arthur

African’s oldest, biggest baobab trees die

ESCAPE - Best edition, October 23, Bucketlist Travel - Beautiful Baobab trees at sunset at the avenue of the baobabs in Madagascar
environment

An international study to find out how African baobab trees grow so big made an unexpected discovery: all the biggest and oldest trees died during the study

Antarctic ice melting faster than expected

Ice Floes © Rob Bryson/Australian Antarctic Division
environment

Scientists have discovered Antarctic ice is melting much faster than expected, leading to higher than predicted sea-level rises

Big dry hitting farmers hard

In desperate need of rain ... Tamworth dairy farmers Brian Wilson and Trae Murray rip open the hay bales to hand feed their cows. Picture by Peter Lorimer.
weather

Assistance is badly needed as farmers battle another dry autumn, some enduring their seventh year of drought

Aussie accents on the move

Scenes from Crocodile Dundee 1
humanities

Some of us say “arvey” and “servo” while others sound almost British. There’s a lot more to the Aussie accent than you think. How many Aussie accents can you hear?

World-first bionic eye ready to see

A bionic eye that can restore the sight of blind people will be tested in humans in a world-first application of cutting edge Australian-developed technology. Human trials are about to start on the implantable wireless bionic brain device that has potential to change the lives of millions of blind people he world. Picture: Supplied
technology

An amazing new Australian bionic-eye invention looks set to change the lives of millions of blind people around the world

Australia’s move north causing earthquakes

science

Australia is shifting north 7cm a year, which is causing many earthquakes every week. Have you felt one recently?

Titanic find was part of top-secret war mission

Image of the Titanic sinking
history

The man who found the Titanic 33 years ago was sworn to secrecy over the real reason for his mission. A new exhibition tells the true story

Thorpe to lead AIS mental health program

Swimmer Ian Thorpe with the three gold medals he won at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, pictured near Sydney Harbour, tens years on from the Sydney Olympics.
sport

Some of Australia’s elite athletes need more help to stay mentally fit and cope with life after sport. The AIS will begin a new program aimed to provide the support they need

MH370 search ends leaving mystery unsolved

In this photo taken March 3, 2018, a girl has her face painted during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. New Transport Minister Anthony Loke says the search for missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 ends next Tuesday after a 90-day period under a "no cure no fee" agreement with a private U.S. firm. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
humanities

UPDATE More than four years after flight MH370 disappeared the search has ended, finding no more than a few wing fragments and leaving one of aviation’s greatest mysteries unsolved