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Farewell to voice of stolen generation

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Cartoonist Mark Knight has paid tribute to Indigenous singer and songwriter Archie Roach who died as a First Nations Voice to Parliament moved a step closer

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. Mates L-R Jett Jones-Czechowski, Taj Burns and Luan O'Connor pictured at Bondi Skate Park. Picture: Toby Zerna

Teens make ‘Monster’ mistake with energy drinks

health

High-caffeine, high-sugar energy drinks sold as performance enhancers are causing confusion among teen consumers who mistakenly believe such products help rather than harm health

HOLD FOR SUNDAY HERALD SUNÑÑChristine Cherry and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis, who were part of a national kidney exchange program when she was just three years old. It's for a story set to run nationally this Sunday as part of our ongoing DonateLife organ and tissue donation campaign.    Picture: Alex Coppel.

Organ transplants save Aussie kids’ lives

health

Transplants have saved the lives of children across Australia. Read their stories and find out how you and your families can help others

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Australia’s environment report reveals ‘crisis’

Koalas chilling out at Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Supplied
environment

Extreme weather events are having a compounding effect on Australia’s native plant and animal species, as latest five-yearly report reveals the nation’s natural environment is struggling

What do I have to do to pester Putin?

mark knight toon for shs june 19 2022
news

Cartoonist Mark Knight feels a bit left out not making Russian President Vladimir Putin’s list of banned Aussies

How social media can help your storytelling

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - The Telegraph,
June 9, 2022: 
11 Year old  Scarlett Bullock preparing for her Kids News Short Story Writing Competition  in Manly.
Picture:  Jeremy Piper
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Still looking for inspiration for the Kids News Short Story Competition? If you post or create drafts of anything in social media, chances are you are sitting on a treasure trove of top ideas

Ukrainian teens find friends in smiley Sydney

DAILY TELEGRAPH. MAY 28, 2022..

Pictured in Lidcombe today are Ukrainian Refugee Teenagers Nika Kovalneko 14, Anhelina Shevchuk 14 and Sofia Shamanskaya 14, who are finding new friends and learning English at the Ukrainian Youth Association in Lidcombe. Picture: Tim Hunter.
humanities

Smiling at strangers in the street is just one way that life is very different for more than 20 teen refugees seeking safety and friendship in Sydney after leaving the war in Ukraine far behind

Hundreds of UFO sightings confirmed

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: U.S. Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray explains a video of an unidentified aerial phenomena, as he testifies before a House Intelligence Committee subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. The committee met to investigate Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, commonly referred to as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).   Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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The US Congress, or parliament, has held the first public hearing into UFOs in more than 50 years, with calls for greater investigation into hundreds of sightings

Australia ranks second for child cyber-bullying

Female student sitting on her own at school. She has a smartphone in her hand and a stressed expression on her face. generic
safe kids

With nearly one in four Aussie kids experiencing cyber-bullying, but only 20 per cent of parents aware their child is being exposed to online abuse, experts say gap must close to help combat crisis

Ban on Nazi swastika symbol

A man walks next to a logo of Nazi swastika during an anti-fascist rally outside the Court of Appeal during the testify of former MP and leader of Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos, on November 6, 2019, in Athens. - The 61-year-old Holocaust denier is one of nearly 70 defendants facing sentences of five to 20 years in prison. The main charge against them is participation in a criminal organisation, in addition to a host of other indictments related to murder and assault. (Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP)
civics

Victoria has become the first state or territory in Australia to introduce a ban on the Nazi swastika, a symbol of racism and hate since World War II and the Holocaust

Great Barrier Reef’s summer of bleach grief

Coral bleaching on Stanley Reef, Great Barrier Reef, March 23 2022. Picture: Harriet Spark
environment

Cooler La Nina conditions over summer were not enough to stop mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef as the annual snapshot reveals 91 per cent of surveyed reefs show signs of stress

Bol’s belonging boost for youth

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 12. 04/08/21.  Athletics Finals and Semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Australias Peter Bol in the Final of the Mens 800m.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
civics

Peter Bol became Australia’s fastest ever 800m athlete at the Tokyo Games, now the Sudanese-born sensation is racing toward a new goal: supporting troubled youths in juvenile justice centres

Covid jab heroes now beat malaria

In this 2005 photo made available by the University of Notre Dame via the CDC, an Anopheles funestus mosquito takes a blood meal from a human host. The quest for the world's first malaria vaccine appears to have taken a big step. The first results from a late-stage test in seven African countries were released 18/10/2011. They show the experimental shots cut the number of cases of malaria in half in young children. In Africa, the major vectors for malaria are the Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae.
health

The scientists behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine have now come up with a vaccine to fight malaria which claims the life of a young child every minute

Could this be Twitter’s new logo?

Mark Knight Herald Sun cartoon. Elon Musk buying Twitter. 27/04/2022
humanities

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons Twitter’s new logo could look something like this if new owner Elon Musk’s pledge to boost free speech brings Donald Trump back to the social media platform

How to be a teen entrepreneur

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Advertiser Photos MARCH 23, 2022: St JohnÕs Grammar School students L to R Blake Tourneur & Lachlan Miegel are recent winners of the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge for HydroSoil, a soil measuring device and app, in the School Garden, Belair. Picture Emma Brasier.
humanities

More teenagers are having a go at starting their own businesses. We asked the experts for some advice on how to do it right

A farewell Warnie would have loved

Mark Knight cartoon on Shane Warne memorial
sport

Shane Warne has a smile from ear to ear in Mark Knight’s cartoon on the cricket great’s memorial service at the MCG

Simultaneous heatwave at North and South Poles

Temperatures in the poles are skyrocketing.
environment

A weather event has seen temperatures jump at opposite ends of the globe despite the Arctic and Antarctic regions being in opposing seasons

Amazon could become treeless savanna

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2021 Officials from Para State, northern Brazil, inspect a deforested area in the Amazon rain forest during surveillance in the municipality of Pacaja, 620 km from the capital Belem. - Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon set a new record for the month of February 2022, according to official data released on March 11, 2022, the latest sign of a surge in destruction under President Jair Bolsonaro. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)
environment

Lowering the Amazon Basin’s ability to withstand climate change and sustained deforestation would have worldwide impacts

Tributes flow for cricket great Warnie

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04:  Shane Warne of Australia bows to the crowd at the end of day three of the fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2007 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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The MCG’s largest stand is to be renamed after Shane Warne as celebrities, fellow sports stars, politicians and ordinary Australians joined in tributes to the ‘spin king’

Nature and climate change make a destructive mix

Mark Knight cartoon on 'rain bomb' hitting NSW and Qld. For Kids News
weather

Mark Knight has captured the catastrophic force of the Queensland and NSW ‘rain bomb’ in his latest cartoon for Kids News

Global warming threat to outdoor sport

Courier-Mail real estate, Home, advertising feature - Ausbuild - The Sanctuary at Warner.



Cropped portrait of cheerful little girl playing football with her family in the park on a sunny day. She is having fun while passing the ball. Family, kids and nature concept. Horizontal shot.
environment

The Australian way of life will have to change unless leaders take greater action now to address climate change

What is happening between Ukraine and Russia?

A protester holds up a poster reading "Hands Off Ukraine" and depicting the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin covered with a map of Ukraine in the colors of the Ukrainian flag during a peace demonstration in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin on February 19, 2022. (Photo by STEFANIE LOOS / AFP)
explainers

The situation between Russia and Ukraine is tense and a little scary – but it helps to understand what is going on and what other leaders are doing in response

Are Putin and Xi on similar paths?

Mark Knight cartoon on Russian invasion of Ukraine. For Kids News
humanities

The tough guys of international politics, Russian president Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping, share similar leadership styles and ambitions in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon

Marking 80 years since Darwin bombing

Darwin bombing. An Australian Wirrway plane (left) and American Kittyhawk (right) in a hanger at RAAF base near Darwin. b/w. undated photo.
/World War II /Australia - history
history

Japan’s air raid on Darwin during World War II was the first – and is still the largest – foreign attack on Australian soil 80 years on

Investigators shine new light on Anne Frank mystery

(FILES) A picture released in 1959 shows a portrait of Anne Frank taken in 1942.  The Jewish teenager Anne Frank and her family may have been discovered "by chance" in their secret apartment in Amsterdam, and not following a denunciation as was often suggested, the Anne Frank Museum announced on December 16, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / ANNE FRANK FONDS / -
history

A team of cold case investigators believes it might have solved the mystery of who revealed the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis in World War II

Aboriginal flag ‘freed’

Melanie La Frentz, Alyssa La Frenz and Jamarley Edey from Wynnum with Aboriginal Flag, Monday, January 21, 2022 - Picture: Richard Walker
indigenous news

The Australian Aboriginal flag has been made free for public use after the federal government finally settled a complicated copyright battle

Australians having fewer babies than ever

### IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR CAPTION EXACTLY AS WRITTEN ###  SnapSydney 2017... New born babies front... Louis Murray Tehliwec and Imhaz Muqtadir Husain at Campbeltown Hospital in Campbelltown, NSW, Australia. 22 November, 2017. Campbelltown Hospital is having a baby boom this year due to factors including the Macarthur region's exploding population. (AAP IMAGE / Carmela Roche).
humanities

Australia’s birthrate hit a record low amid the Covid-19 pandemic last year, but one billionaire reckons we need to boost the world’s population

Tense time for Australian teens

Multi-ethnic group of upper elementary students in the classroom together.
health

Aussie teens spend too much time on screens, not enough time exercising or sleeping, and they’re worried about Covid and the environment, a new survey reveals

Wild horses to be reined in

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.
animals

Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Russia admits space missile strike

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)
space

Russia’s missile strike on one of its ageing satellites provokes outcry as debris causes concern for International Space Station

It’s out with the old, in with the new

Mark Knight cartoon on electric cars. For Kids News
environment

He had his doubts a few years back, but PM Scott Morrison is now charging into the electric vehicle era in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Aussie codes unite against racism

RAMPANT racism at elite and junior sports events has been uncovered in ÒstartlingÓ new research. Western Bulldogs VFL footballer Reuben William is leading the push against racism in sport. Reuben is joined by Jay Knol, 7, Jackson Ramantanis, 8, Hugo Wallert, 7 and Imani, 10. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
sport

Australia’s biggest sporting codes have called time on racist conduct with new guidelines to hold offenders to account

Teen friendships move online

Teen girl lying on bed making a video call with laptop
technology

Half of Australian teens spend at least as much time online with their friends as seeing them face-to-face, a new study has found

‘Ridiculous’ bikini rule scrapped in women’s handball

The Norway’s women’s beach handball team.
sport

A controversial, outdated rule for women’s uniforms in beach handball has finally been changed following a wave of bikini backlash

Bully laws beefed up for better online safety

Generic photo of a young boy using a digital tablet   - iPad
safe kids

Australia’s cyber bullying laws are to be expanded to offer better protection and more help for kids

Child soldier’s tale is our book of the month

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad. For Kids News
book club

Imagine finding yourself alone in a war at the age of six. Author Katrina Nannestad transports us to Russia in 1942 and into the life of Sasha. Start reading Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief here

Cricket star backflips on taking the knee

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 23: Players of South Africa take the knee ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between Australia and SA at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
sport

South African cricketer Quinton de Kock has changed his mind about taking the knee against racism and apologised for walking out on a T20 World Cup match

Keeping the world safe from Covid

HOLD FOR SATURDAY, 6TH JUNE, 2021
On 5 March 2021, porters carrying COVID-19 vaccines to health facilities in Jumla District in Nepal’s remote far-west region. The Government of Nepal has launched the second phase of the vaccination campaign targeting those who are most vulnerable to developing severe illness from COVID-19 including the elderly and people with comorbidities. UNICEF has supported the assessment and strengthening of vaccine cold-chain systems in many health facilities around the country, including in Jumla, and much of this equipment – which includes refrigerators and vaccine cold boxes and carriers - is now being used in the storage and transport of COVID-19 vaccines. UNICEF has also procured and supplied safer auto-disabled syringes for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
health

Getting a Covid-19 jab is a lot harder in some parts of the world than it is in Australia. UNICEF health workers are going to extraordinary lengths to get lifesaving vaccines to hard-to-reach places

Greta comes to the rescue again

Mark Knight cartoon on Scott Morrison and climate change summit. For Kids News
environment

Young people are not only coming to the rescue of our climate but also our prime minister in the latest cartoon from Mark Knight

School votes to dump Batman house name

John Batman depicted negotiating what is known as Batman's Treaty with the Kulin people in 1835.
history

An elite Victorian girls’ school has voted to drop the name of Melbourne founder John Batman from one of its houses

Golden girls could finally get Olympic due

digital art for the daily tele
sport

Australian athletes robbed of Olympic medals during a notorious period of cheating may finally be given their rightful place in sporting history after a 40-year fight for justice

How rising sea levels could impact landmarks

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Climate Central have released a new study along with a set of visual materials about the long-term impacts of sea-level rise, including a collection of simulations and photo renderings of the impact of sea-level rise on iconic locations across the world.
Pictured Sydney Harbour after waters rise.
environment

Scientists have illustrated the possible impact of global warming in a series of digital images that show how rising sea levels could affect world landmarks including the Sydney Opera House 

Racism pain inspires song about Eddie Betts

NO INTERNET - EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY - Adelaide Crows Eddie Betts wearing this year's Indigenous Jumper. Photo Sarah Reed
indigenous news

One of Australia’s most respected singers and songwriters has turned AFL legend Eddie Betts’ fight against racism into an emotional song

Aussie watchdog probes Facebook smart glasses

This undated image recived by AFP on Septemner 8, 2021, courtesy of Ray-Ban and Facebook, shows a model wearing smart glasses by Facebook and Ray Ban. - Facebook and iconic eyewear brand Ray-Ban launched their new smart glasses, the latest effort in a tricky, niche market but which the social media giant sees as a step toward its future. The "Ray-Ban Stories" shades can take pictures and video upon the wearer's voice commands, and the frames can connect wirelessly to Facebook's platform through an app. (Photo by Handout / Ray-Ban and Facebook / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ray-Ban and Facebook" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Australia’s privacy watchdog is investigating whether Facebook’s hidden-camera sunglasses could be used to spy on people without their knowledge or consent

Good moods from fresh foods

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird
health

That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

Dees win, the sixth reason to leave home

Mark Knight cartoon on Melbourne finishing on top of the ladder during lockdown
sport

Melbourne footy supporters have had to wait 57 years to see their team finish on top of the ladder. Cartoonist Mark Knight jokes that surely that’s another reason to leave home during lockdown

Teen money matters in a cashless world

Springfield Anglican College Year 11 student Abigail Lowden, Thursday, August 12, 2021 - Picture: Richard Walker
money

Parents are worried the shift to a cashless society means teens aren't learning the value of money. How smart are you with money? 

Global climate changing by degrees

This handout image obtained via the Nature Publishing website on April 24, 2018 shows melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice in the Central Arctic.   Sea ice traps large amounts of microplastics and transports them across the Arctic Ocean according to a study in Nature Communications this week. This finding demonstrates that sea ice can act as a temporary sink for microplastics, and confirms that large amounts may be released into the ocean as climate change leads to increased sea ice melting. / AFP PHOTO / Alfred Wegener Institut AND NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / Stefan HENDRICKS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATURE PUBLISHING / ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE
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Experts say the international effort to limit global warming by keeping temperature rises to two degrees by 2060 is under pressure

Girls do better without boys

L-r Sophie Orgill, 17, yr 12, Erin Ellis, 13, yr 7 and Isabella Osborn, 13, yr 8.
Research showing girls from single-sex schools are more mentally tough than boys and girls at co-ed schools. Picture: Jason Edwards
humanities

Girls from single-sex schools are mentally tougher than those who learn with boys, an international study has found

Vic and NSW lockdown styles in the spotlight

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 20th of July 21 Herald Sun Newspaper
health

With 13 million Australians in Covid lockdown, cartoonist Mark Knight reckons the different approach taken by the leaders of our two most populated states is a bit like a famous movie scene

Black hole swallows neutron star

Artist’s impression of a neutron star and black hole about to merge. Credit: Carl Knox, OzGrav-Swinburne University
space

Astronomers have for the first time witnessed the collision of a black hole and a neutron star, with Australian scientists playing a leading role in the discovery

Caterpillar venom could be used to make medicine

The caterpillar of the mottled cup moth, Doratifera  vulnerans, which is commonly found in eastern Australia, has been found by University of Queensland researchers to have a complex venom that could be used to make medicines and pest control. Picture: Jiayi Jin, University of Queensland
animals

It might deliver a nasty sting, but the venom of this common Australian caterpillar could be used to fight diseases in humans and livestock

Barnaby Joyce rams aside Nats leader

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper 
civics

Cartoonist Mark Knight saw similarities between politics and the farmyard when Barnaby Joyce ousted National Party leader Michael McCormack and became our new Deputy Prime Minister

Dinos illustrate Covid challenge

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News
health

What does the age of the dinosaurs have in common with our modern coronavirus challenge? Mark Knight explains why he combined the two in his latest cartoon for Kids News

Say goodbye to needles with vaccine patch

The UQ research team, featuring (foreground, L-R) Dr Chris McMillan, Dr David Muller, (background, L-R) Dr Alberto Amarilla, Dr Naphak Modhiran Ortiz and Ms Jovin Choo.
science

We could soon be giving ourselves Covid vaccines without the need for a doctor, nurse or needle, thanks to a “game changing” discovery by Australian scientists

Perfect pairing of pandemic symptoms

Mark Knight's cartoon, vaccine and toilet paper
humanities

We’ve been well informed about the effects of the coronavirus on people, but Mark Knight observes two other symptoms appearing together during the latest Victorian lockdown

How to make a pen pal with purpose

KIDS NEWS The Sunshine Initiative, b kinder day, Fly High Billie. Keith Petersen, Principal Junior School with Arndell Anglican College students who sent cards from Australia to Woodville Primary in the UK to cheer up the students there after a tough time through Covid-19. Picture: supplied.
civics

Children’s charity Fly High Billie invites Aussie kids to write to students in Covid hotspots abroad this B Kinder Day on June 22

Clever ads no cure for vaccine complacency

Mark Knight's covid vaccine cartoon
health

Mark Knight was wondering what it would take to encourage a reluctant public to front up for Covid-19 vaccinations when the answer presented itself in the form of another outbreak

PM resolute on keeping the drawbridge up

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 18th of may 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper.
civics

When it comes to international travel, it doesn’t look like our Prime Minister is ready to open up Fortress Australia anytime soon, which gives Mark Knight lots of fun metaphors to draw

NRL hero backs local sports boost

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Luke Keary of the Roosters scores a try during the round 19 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Sydney Cricket Ground on September 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
sport

Injured Roosters star Luke Keary loved his junior rugby league days and is excited more local sports are sharing the spotlight in a new campaign to boost community competitions

Other story puts Federal budget in shade

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday  10th of May  2021 Herald Su Newspaper .
civics

The Federal budget is the biggest day of the year in the nation’s capital, yet the size of the pile of money Josh Frydenberg has to manage is dwarfed by the wealth of two other people in the news

What it takes to be a YouTube star

Image of Aussie teen YouTube star ReeKid.  Supplied for Jonathan Moran.
just for fun

So, you want to be a famous YouTuber? Aussie teen ‘Reekid’ reveals how he did it, and the down side to his success

Earth safe from asteroid hit

An illustration of a large asteroid impacting Earth. An impact this large would result in the extinction of most all life on Earth. Earth texture maps courtesy of NASA - source http
space

An asteroid that had threatened to crash into Earth has been removed from NASA’s ‘risk list’ for at least the next 100 years

‘Lunar ark’ plan to store species’ DNA on the Moon

A team of University of Arizona researchers has mapped out a plan for a "Lunar Ark" to store the DNA of 6.7 million species on the moon in case a disaster destroys life on Earth. Image: Jekan Thanga
space

Scientists have mapped out a plan to store the DNA of 6.7 million species in a “lunar ark” on the Moon in case of a disaster on Earth

All aboard for faster-than-light travel

(L-r) Chewbacca character with actor Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness and Harrison Ford in the Millennium Falcon in scene from Special Edition "Star Wars" film trilogy. /Films/Titles/Star/Wars
space

Spaceships zipping at the speed of light or faster are currently something from science fiction. But a physicist’s new research moves the idea a step closer to being achieved in your lifetime

Authors reveal secret to co-writing book on opposite sides of the world

Book cover - The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin. For Kids News
book club

Thanks to some great questions from Kids News readers we know how authors Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin wrote The World Between Blinks together on opposite sides of the globe. And that they’re working on a sequel!

Fears for spelling in the digital age

Australians overwhelming believe spelling is important but they fear standards are slipping because of social media and text messaging. iStock image. For Kids News
news

Most adults think kids are getting worse at spelling thanks to text messaging and social media. How’s your spelling?

Jane’s V the sign of a little victory for science

Mark Knight's V is for vaccine cartoon.
news

The first COVID-19 vaccination to be given in Australia was big news and though the photo opportunity didn’t quite go to plan, a V for Vaccine could be taken to mean a V for Victory after all

Kids give gender stereotypes the boot

The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Australian Football Club girls under 13Õs celebrate the clubs plans for a development worth just under $1 million at Exim Oval and has big plans for it's juniors and seniors.
Picture Scott Powick
humanities

Respectful relationships lessons have changed the games boys and girls want to play and the jobs they want to do when they grow up

New ads urge teens to rethink sugary drinks

Rethink Sugary Drink alliance is launching their ÒFull of CrapÓ counter-campaign on Monday. It hijacks sugary drink companiesÕ manipulative marketing and advertising tactics, with the aim of urging young people (males aged 14-24 are AustraliaÕs highest consumers of sugary drinks) to rethink their sugary drink consumption.1 in 6 teens downs 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks alone. (L-R) Kieran Johns (13), James Georgiou (13) and Nathan John (13) pouring 5.2kg of sugar into a bowl. Picture: Josie Hayden
health

Teenagers and young men are the targets of new ads designed to shock them about how easy it is to be sucked into ads for sugary drinks and get hooked on drinking them

Hard work ahead to clean up at Collingwood

Mark Knight's cartoon about Collingwood's report on racism.
sport

Racism is something we should all seek to bring to an end, whether it be in our daily lives, politics or in sport, writes Mark Knight in his column explaining the story behind this cartoon

Study finds ideal after-school screen hours

Ethan, 9, and Ryan Arnold, 13, at home, in Sans Souci, today. They play video games in the school holidays mainly and the parents say they have to finish their schoolwork before they spend time on the computer.
(Computer games story)
Picture:Justin Lloyd.
technology

A study has found the ideal number of hours students can spend online and playing video games before screen time slows development and affects NAPLAN test results

Listen to the sounds and music of space

This NASA composite image received 22 August 2006, shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the |bullet cluster.| A huge collision between two clusters of galaxies has provided the first direct evidence of the existence of the universe's mysterious dark matter, researchers said 22 August.|This is the most energetic cosmic event, besides the Big Bang, which we know about,| said Maxim Markevitch of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This cluster was formed after the collision of two large clusters of galaxies, the most energetic event known in the universe since the Big Bang. Hot gas detected by Chandra in X-rays is seen as two pink clumps in the image and contains most of the |normal,| or b
space

You can now hear the sounds of space, according to a NASA project that has assigned musical notes and instruments to the goings-on of two supernovas and a colliding cluster of galaxies

Australian surgeons rebuild girl’s spine

HOLD FOR SATURDAY/SUNDAY HERALD SUN PIC DESK------ The Children First Foundation has brought Nichole Jamelo over from the Phillipines to have her spine operated on at Epworth Hospital in Richmond.    Nichole back at the retreat after surgery. .  Picture: Alex Coppel.
health

Standing straight and walking tall for the first time in her life, 11-year-old Nichole Jamelo can’t wait to take on the world now that two 90-degree bends in her spine have been straightened out

Peace and goodwill enduring themes of Christmas

Mark Knight's Christmas cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
arts

Mark Knight wonders how Santa’s operations might look in the 21st century with social media, job cuts, mass manufacturing and low-cost couriers. At least we can still aim for peace and goodwill

Education drives Kirrah’s dream

Indigenous student Kirrah Stothers, 17, is from Katherine in the Northern Territory and attends prestigious Seymour College in Adelaide on an Australian Indigenous Education Foundation scholarship. She is one of the stars of the Sky News documentary, Changing Our Nation. For Kids News
humanities

Meet Kirrah Stothers, one of the stars of an inspirational documentary about young indigenous students following their dreams to change the world

How to take your financial first steps

Getting their first job is a good time for teenagers to take their financial first steps. iStock image. For Kids News
money

Are you thinking of getting your first part-time job over the summer holidays? You’ll need to get your money matters sorted. Here’s how

Great Barrier Reef outlook now ‘critical’

TOPSHOT - This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a turtle swimming over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.  Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching ever recorded with 93 percent impacted, scientists said on April 20, 2016 as they revealed the phenomenon was also hitting the other side of the country. / AFP PHOTO / XL CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY / STR / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / XL CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES
environment

Climate change is increasingly damaging UN World Heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, a new report warns, while 2020 is on track to be the second hottest year on record

Cricket star grows all out for charity

NSW cricketers Sean Abbott (L), Moises Henriques (centre) and Daniel Hughes (R) prepare for Movember in 2020. For Kids News. Supplied by Cricket Australia
health

They might look a bit funny, but there’s a serious message behind the moustaches sprouting from some of our star sportsmen, including cricketer Moises Henriques

Author Katrina Nannestad answers questions from Kids News readers

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad - book cover. For Kids News
book club

Writing We Are Wolves left Katrina Nannestad in tears at times but also made her happy. We know this thanks to some great questions from Kids News readers. Check out Katrina’s answers to the top 10 questions here

Biden claims victory in US election

US President-elect Joe Biden stands with wife Jill Biden after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winners of the presidential election. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)
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Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, saying he wants to unify the country

Astronomers find source of fast radio burst

This image from video animation provided by NASA in November 2020 depicts a powerful X-ray burst erupting from a magnetar – a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star. A radio burst detected April 28, 2020, occurred during a flare-up like this on a magnetar called SGR 1935. The radio signal was more powerful than any previously seen in our galaxy. The simultaneous X-ray and radio events implicate magnetars as a likely source of mysterious fast radio bursts observed from other galaxies. (Chris Smith (USRA)/NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center via AP)
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Scientists — with the help of antennae made from actual cake tins — have solved the mystery of what causes fast radio bursts of energy that zip and zigzag through the universe

US election: How does it work? What could happen?

(FILES) (COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden leads in the national polls and most of the battleground states going into Election Day but President Donald Trump is insisting they're wrong and he'll repeat his upset victory of 2016. Biden, the 77-year-old former vice president, has enjoyed a solid lead over Trump, 74, in the national polls for months, at times reaching double digits. (Photos by Brendan Smialowski and JIM WATSON / AFP)
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This year’s presidential election is one of the most watched in US election history – regardless of whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden is the winner. Here’s a guide to what will and could happen

Study reveals benefits of all-girls schools

School girls cooperating while repairing mother board in the classroom. Focus is on arm.
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Girls at single-sex schools outperform their peers at co-ed campuses, new research shows. There is less bullying and less skipping class and fewer friendship fights at single-sex schools

‘Bionic spine’ brings hope to people with disabilities

Melbourne researchers developing a "bionic spine" - effectively allowing a person to control robotic limbs through their thoughts. Royal Melbourne Hospital lead researchers Dr Tom Oxley and Dr Nick Opie are in the early stages of development.       Photo David Caird
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Melbourne scientists and surgeons have given patients with disabilities the power to work computers with their mind in a world-first “bionic spine” breakthrough

Teen boys more confident than girls, study shows

Teenage Hispanic female high school student is using plastic educational model toy molecules while studying in private school science class. Girl is holding study material while talking to teacher. Student is wearing a private school uniform.
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Smart girls suffer a fear of failure even when they beat boys at school, a new global study of 600,000 reveals. The study also found that girls are better than boys at conflict resolution

Hope for diabetics in three-minute thesis

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
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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

Venus clouds show signs of possible life

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)
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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

Human-sized wormholes are possible

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

How to protect yourself from scams

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