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Media unites in fight against secrecy


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


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

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

Scientist becomes world’s first full cyborg


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

Woman eats night stole the refrigerator

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

Liver transplant boy turns one

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women's 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

Jarod Lyon - Electrofishing

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

Black Saturday

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

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

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

mobile phone with gps and map in background

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

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"

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

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

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

Blue Planet II

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 ==

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)

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

Teens given stern tan danger warning

Tanning danger - LAuriston Girls School

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

Aussie Scrabble

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)

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

Jabiru handback

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 - Brain.

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.

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

Shearing Cyclist

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.

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)

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

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

Kiddie debit cards

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.

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 21 SEP 2018

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

Supplied Conjoined twins. Picture: Alex Coppel/Herald Sun

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

Study Links Ultra Processed Foods To Cancer

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

Quiet hour

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

Twin study

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 and frustraited teacher.

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

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

Facial recognition system display

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

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

Homes Less

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

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)

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

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

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

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
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)

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.

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

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

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

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

Baobab ducks

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

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

Big dry hitting farmers hard

Tamworth Drought

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

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

Daily Telegraph

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


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

Supplied Editorial Image to be uploaded

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.

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)

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

Octopus may be an alien from outer space

Polpo comune (Octopus vulgaris)

A new scientific report claims the octopus, which is like no other animal on earth, could be an alien that arrived here from outer space

Ban rejected on live sheep exports

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Livestock export footage

New rules, big fines and jail terms aim to stop sheep being shipped overseas in cruel conditions. But many believe live exporting should be banned. What do you think?

Robots replace humans

Sundar Pichai

Internet company Google has invented a way for robots to replace humans on the phone, sending emails and driving cars. Is that exciting or creepy?

High hopes for Aussie invention

A 50 year old turtle swims in the ocean past a plastic bag. Rubbish from humans can harm or kill marine life when polluting the water as some animals eat or become tangled in plastic.

UPDATED STORY Schoolgirl Angelina Arora’s new bioplastic invention has won her a scholarship to a US university

Celebrations for 90-year-old lifesaver

Supplied Editorial RFDS mag: aircraft

Next time you look at a $20 note you’ll see John Flynn. He set up the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which helps save a life every two minutes.

Tasmanian tiger could soon be cloned

Tasmanian tiger.

A cloning technique that was once thought of as science fiction is close to bringing the mammoth back to life. It could also pave the way for the return of one of Australia’s best-known lost species.

Aussie students on Mars robot mission

Mars rover by Monash students

An Australian robot designed and built by students could one day work on Mars alongside humans, helping us learn more about this harsh, hot planet

Which planet smells like a popoff?

The Uranus with moons from space showing all they beauty

After years of studying the clouds around Uranus, scientists have finally solved the mystery of what’s in the seventh planet’s atmosphere and find it’s the awful-smelling rotten-egg gas

Hacker’s good and evil tale of technology


A former teen hacker nicknamed Mafiaboy explains how kids have to protect themselves in a world where technology can be positive or take them to the dark side

Syrian children learn on edge of war zone

Syrian refugee children at one of 10 Early Childhood Education centre's supported by World Vision in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. There are 500 children in each of the ten schools. World Vision Since the war in Syria began almost seven years ago, in March 2011, huge segments the country's population have fled to neighbouring countries including Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, where somewhere in the vicinity of 1.5 million Syrians are currently believed to living. Most are situated in the Bekaa Valley, which runs the length of the country alongside the border with Syria to the east. In Bekaa, most live in Informal Tented Settlements (ITS) scattered between vineyards and farms. They usually pay around USD100/month to landowners to rent the land, on which they build their semi-permanent tents, and for electricity. Most income comes from daily labour wages in farming or construction. The scene depicted is from one such ITS in Central Bekaa, near the city of Zahlé, where most are originally from the Syrian city of Aleppo or is outskirts, but also from as far away as Afrin in northeastern Syria, on the border with Turkey. Everyone that I spoke with said they'd fled at various stages of the war but all had ultimately left when the fighting became too close for comfort, if their home had been destroyed or if relatives had been killed. Few know when they will be able to return home.

Syrian children are learning to read and write in camp schools after escaping their war-torn homes. See how these World Vision schools are giving the kids hope for the future

Missing athletes ‘just left in the night’

Weightlifting - Commonwealth Games Day 1

Eight Cameroon athletes are missing from the Commonwealth Games after skipping out on their events and just leaving ‘in the night’

Great ideas that started in garages

1989 file photo of David Packard (L) & Bill Hewlett (R) posing in front of famous garage in Palo Alto, California, where they founded Hewlett Packard Company. F/L

We take a look at five of the world’s biggest companies that started with inventors working out of garages to create famous products

Dobbing on your mates could be a good thing

Kids who tell tales have a social conscience they are not keeping themselves out of trouble

New research shows that children dobbing on their mates could be a good thing and teach them to become responsible citizens

Space station falling to Earth

The Tiangong-1 Chinese space station is likely to smash back down into Earth sometime between March 24th and April 19th. Supplied

The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is falling to Earth and will appear as a fiery streak in our skies this weekend

Australian cricketers caught cheating

Cricket equipment.

Australian cricketers have been caught cheating after using tape to tamper with the ball. The scandal has cost captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner their leadership

Are your parents spying on you?

Businesswoman holding binoculars

Survey reveals one in three parents are spying on their children with technology — and some even want to microchip their kids to know their exact location

Bindi’s International Women’s Day honour

Bindi Irwin Barbie Doll for international women's day.BARBIE® HONORS GLOBAL ROLE MODELS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Through One-of-a-Kind Dolls, Barbie Celebrates Bindi Irwin and Spotlights Careers Not Yet Held by Females in Australia to Show Girls They Can Be Anything Wednesday March 7th 1am AEST– Today, ahead of International Women’s Day, Barbie is honoring role models from around the world. These women come from diverse backgrounds and fields and are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Barbie is honoring Australian conservationist, Bindi Irwin as a Barbie Shero, with a one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness. Bindi is being inducted into the esteemed range of Shero dolls for her ongoing work in wildlife conservation and honoring her late father’s legacy by promoting the virtues of wildlife preservation and sustainability across the globe. Picture: Mattel

Wildlife campaigner Bindi Irwin has been turned into a Barbie doll to honour her as a role model for girls on International Women’s Day

Seed vault could one day feed the world

PREMIUM CONTENT - EMBARGOED FOR NEWS 360 STORY - NOT TO BE PUBLISHED BEFORE MARCH 3, 2018 Longyearbyen, Svalbard - The Svalbard Global Seed Vault marked its 10th anniversary on Monday the 26th Jan 2018. NordGen managing director, Lise Lykke Steffensen handles beans. Pic Ella Pellegrini

The Doomsday Vault near the North Pole is holding more than a million seeds to help feed the world in case we run out of food after a natural or man-made disaster

PM acts to stop bullying in schools

Bullying Blackboard.
safe kids

PM Malcolm Turnbull has personally written to every school in Australia asking them to join the fight against bullying

School lunches searched for fruit fly

The Queensland fruit fly.

Students are having their lunchboxes searched for infected fruit as Tasmania tries to rid the state of its unwanted fruit fly crisis

Donald Trump to greet our PM

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are seen at a trilateral meeting with Japanese President Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

US President Donald Trump wil greet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at the White House for economic talks this weekend — but have they put last year’s clash behind them?

Turn your rubbish into electricity

Doc puts rubbish into the Back to the Future car for fuel

A new bioenergy plant in Adelaide will turn farm and household waste into electricity. And the idea came from a Hollywood movie.

Public dive to see sunken war submarine

A supplied image obtained Thursday, February 15, 2018 of divers inspecting the wreckage of Japanese midget submarine M24 off Sydney's northern beaches, Thursday, February 15, 2018. The divers were permitted access after a public ballot to commemorate the events of 1942 when three Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney harbour. (AAP Image/Supplied by NSW Government) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

For the first time in history, the public has been given the chance to explore a sunken Japanese mini-submarine which attacked Sydney during the Second World War.

300-year-old violin is worth millions

Satu Vanska with her 1726 "Belgiorno Stradivarius"

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has been gifted a famous 300-year-old Stradivarius violin worth many millions of dollars

Making dirty water clean to drink

Dr Seo with filtered water taken from Sydney Harbour

Australian scientists have discovered a new way to turn dirty water into clean drinking water using vegetable oil commonly used on the BBQ

10 years since Stolen Generation apology

Liverpool marks Sorry Day

Today marks 10 years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s historic apology to the Stolen Generation in the Australian Parliament. But has it made a difference over the past decade?

Divers are wild about protecting sharks

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Study finds the more people interact with sharks in water the more they want to save them. VIDEO

Climate change could ruin holidays


Extreme weather events caused by climate change are expected to make Queensland holidays less attractive for tourists

Powerful rocket sends car into space

Tesla in space

SpaceX successfully launches world’s most powerful rocket and sends a car into space in the hope it will reach Mars. VIDEO

Aussie climber on top of the world

Daniel Bull, 37, is the world record holder for climbing the seven summits and seven volcanoes. Dan Bull makng the first ascent up an unclimbed peak in Greenland, April 2015. (NOTE It was not named)

An Australian man has become the world’s youngest person to complete the Seven Summits, Seven Volcanoes climbing challenge — and he did the final climb with his 99-year-old Nan