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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 loaded with caffeine are depriving Aussie teens of sleep, a major new survey shows. Experts want advertising of the drinks banned on public transport
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Communities affected by the Black Saturday bushfires gather this week to mark the 10-year anniversary and reflect on how far they have come
Australian researchers have moved their focus to space to learn more about how to foresee and manage future droughts and bushfires on Earth
Australian researchers are helping solve the mystery of an ancient tribe that once walked the Earth alongside Neanderthals and early humans
The magnetic field of our planet is essential to our survival. But it’s not behaving like scientists expected and nobody knows why
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
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
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
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
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
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
Archaeologists have unearthed eight mummies in painted coffins in a former king’s pyramid in Egypt
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
A revolutionary “wound glue” that could save lives on the battlefield, revolutionise surgery and help reduce scarring is ready to be tested on people
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
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
Technology is changing the movement of money so it’s important for education to keep up so kids can make informed choices
Kids News is supporting #ThanksForServing: a movement to recognise the service of armed forces veterans, past and present, and the sacrifice of their families
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
Australian doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital are preparing to separate conjoined twins Nima and Dawa in a life-changing operation
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?
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?
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 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 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
Advanced facial recognition technology is being trialled in Australian schools to check where students are. Do you agree with this idea?
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
A new national study finds more people are sleeping rough. How can you and your community help end homelessness?
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
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
A new World Vision survey shows compassionate young Australians are very concerned about the plight of global refugees and want to help
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.
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?
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
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.
Australians join an international team working to rescue young soccer players from a flooded cave network in northern Thailand
A special gathering of French, Australians and Americans remembers the bravery of thousands of people 100 years ago this week
Hypersonic jets that travel five times faster than the speed of sound could be taking passengers by 2030
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
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
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
Scientists have discovered Antarctic ice is melting much faster than expected, leading to higher than predicted sea-level rises
Assistance is badly needed as farmers battle another dry autumn, some enduring their seventh year of drought
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?
An amazing new Australian bionic-eye invention looks set to change the lives of millions of blind people around the world
Australia is shifting north 7cm a year, which is causing many earthquakes every week. Have you felt one recently?
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
UPDATED STORY Schoolgirl Angelina Arora’s new bioplastic invention has won her a scholarship to a US university
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.
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.
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