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Lawsona and Gabrielle with their Aquerator invention

Aussie schoolkids inventing the future

technology

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

Undated. Minke whale. Whales.

Volunteers rescue stranded baby minke whale

animals

A baby minke whale beached in South Australia has been saved by volunteers and rangers. Kids News investigates what is known about why whales become stranded on beaches

Astronauts working on the ISS. Picture: NASA

Worms and mice at International Space Station

space

Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken delivery of super-muscled mice, pest-killing worms and a robot that can sense how the astronauts are feeling

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NASA’s totally unexpected Sun surprise

space

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

Growing ‘mini brains’ and zapping them to life

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

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

Junk food tells lies to your brain

Chubby boy is looking at junk food plate
health

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

Drones deliver baby coral to save Reef

science

Scientists with an army of robotic drones and a fleet of backpack-sized inflatable pools are working to save the Great Barrier Reef as part of the world’s largest science and tourism group project

Operating on Obama’s 3D-printed brain

Brain surgery
science

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

Getting to know the mysterious blue whale

Researchers from the Goldbogen Lab place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale in Monterey Bay. Picture: Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab
animals

Using a bright orange heart rate machine attached with suction cups, scientists have achieved the incredible feat of measuring, in the wild, the heart rate of the world’s biggest animal

Astronauts’ blood flows backwards in space

space

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

Boy’s smart helmet wins invention award

One of the photos from Samuel Meyers' submission of the Hero Helmet for littleBIGidea. Picture: YouTube
technology

A 9-year-old Australian inventor is heading to NASA after his Hero Helmet – designed to lock the wheels of a bike, scooter or skateboard if not worn – won a national innovation award

Get ready for a jellyfish boom!

A sea nettle jellyfish. Picture: Sea Life
animals

Jellyfish populations are booming and blooming all over the world. We asked a jellyfish expert to share 10 fascinating facts to know before you head to the beach or aquarium this summer

Hindenburg Zeppelin, end of the airship era

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

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

Meet the hologram you can see, hear, feel

Demonstrations showed a butterfly flapping its wings, a rotating planet Earth and a countdown spelled out by floating numbers
technology

Researchers have invented a way to create characters that could talk to and interact with us, using speakers that whiz a tiny bead around faster than our brains can track

Blood donors lifeblood of Australia

Joel Mason pics Nambucca heads
health

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

Black hole spits out speeding star

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

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

Alive! Creature thought extinct found

A silver-backed chevrotain. Picture: Global
animals

A tiny, deer-like creature that “seemingly only existed as part of our imagination” has been found in a forest almost 30 years after the last official sighting

Revealed: Invisible ink invention

science

Scientists have discovered a new kind of invisible ink that we all use every day that’s virtually free. Unfortunately, to get it to work, you also need a super-hi-tech piece of coated paper

Ice eggs cover beach in rare weather event

The extraordinary sight was captured on Hailuoto Island in Finland. Picture: Risto Mattila
weather

Ice eggs the size of footballs have engulfed an entire beach in Finland in a rare weather event that requires ice, wind, water and freezing temperatures

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

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

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

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

weather

Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology

World’s scientists unite on climate

Protest against Exxon Mobil
environment

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

Baking choc-chip cookies in space

space

Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting a special delivery: an oven for baking choc-chip cookies. The dough is already up there waiting to be cooked and eaten

Life-changing day for man with 14 toes

The man's foot before surgery
humanities

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

Sun goes all spooky for Halloween

just for fun

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

Footy-shaped subs to swarm the seas

geography

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

Found: exact location of first humans’ home

Human evolution on the cliff with blue, map of earth, background. Human evolution of man / people, from monkey to modern man, going towards the end of the cliff. Ending an era or it can be as risk to end a business project / company. Behind is the map of the world with clouds.
geography

An Australian-led team of scientists has identified the exact place in northern Botswana that was the home of the earliest ancestors of everyone alive today

Mars rover sends selfie back to Earth

Mars Curiosity rover takes a selfie.
space

NASA’s Curiosity robot is hard at work on the surface of Mars, taking selfies and conducting chemistry experiments in the portable lab inside its belly

Love animals? Here’s what a zookeeper does in a day

Danielle Ridgway checking a parrot at the zoo.
explainers

Danielle Ridgway has only been a zookeeper for just over a year but she has already coached a lazy, cheating cheetah to sprint and worked towards saving critically endangered native species

Tiny computer makes quantum leap

technology

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

Too many dirty hands to be healthy

Keep clean and safe from germs
health

New research has exposed the “gross” hygiene habits of some Australians, with some admitting they don’t always wash their hands after going to the toilet or before touching food

Meteor shower lights up the night sky

Artist's impression of a comet
space

Fireballs from Halley’s comet are lighting up the Australian night sky this week as the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak, putting on a show we can see without a telescope

Quick steps for world’s fastest ant

Saharan silver ants are very fast
animals

Scientists have found the fastest ant in the world — the Saharan silver — which takes 47 steps a second to cover about 90cm, the equivalent of a human running 579kmh

Mysterious creature called The Blob unveiled

science

A Paris zoo has unveiled a mysterious new organism, nicknamed The Blob, that looks like a fungus, acts like an animal, eats porridge, can move and can heal itself if cut in half

Female astronauts make “herstory” on a spacewalk

space

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have completed a seven-hour spacewalk to do important repairs, leaving the four male astronauts back in the ISS

The most amazing wildlife photos of the year

animals

A gripping action shot that captures “the perfect moment” between a Tibetan fox and a marmot has won its photographer the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Rye straw could replace plastic straws

Making bio-degradable straws from Rye plant
environment

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

Out-there plan for 13-minute journey to Mars

space

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

Quest to end child poverty wins Nobel Prize

humanities

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

Banish mould lurking in lunch boxes

Mould
health

A child health specialist is urging parents and kids to properly clean and inspect lunch boxes, drink bottles and toys for hidden mould after the revolting results of a parent survey

Scientist becomes world’s first full cyborg

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

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

First-ever diamond inside a diamond

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

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

Astronomers find 20 new Saturn moons

A MONTAGE of planet Saturn and some of its moons. planets space astronomy
space

Scientists have found 20 new moons around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. The finds put Saturn ahead of Jupiter’s 79 moons — though none as massive as Ganymede

Space burgers coming right up!

burger on wax paper with beer in background
science

Astronauts have grown beef in a laboratory up on the International Space Station by 3D printing meat from cells harvested on Earth and sent up into orbit on a rocket

Paralysed man walks with exoskeleton

technology

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

The mystery of the human belly button

explainers

There are more than 7.7 billion human belly buttons on Earth, yet few of us know much at all about this funny-looking squiggle on the middle of our middle. Kids News explains belly buttons

Fossilised ‘Iron Dragon’ found in the outback

The ancient flying reptile known as the Iron Dragon, discovered in Qld. Supplied: Travis R. Tischler
history

The fossilised bones of a winged reptile — nicknamed the Iron Dragon — which flew above Queensland during the age of dinosaurs has been uncovered in the outback

Colourful dreams of a sleeping octopus

A sleeping octopus changing colour. Picture: PBS
animals

Filmmakers have recorded the dramatic colour changes of a sleeping octopus, suggesting it is dreaming about preying on a crab, catching it and then settling down to eat it

First look at humans’ ancient cousin

science

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

Rare polka-dot zebra foal spotted

The spotted zebra foal was seen at Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Picture: Maasai Mara
animals

There’s a saying that a tiger never changes its stripes but it seems zebras can — a dotted zebra foal has been photographed for the first time at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

Where have all the Bogong moths gone?

Animals at Gumbuya World
animals

Critically endangered mountain pygmy-possums need your help to solve the mystery of the missing Bogong moths that have disappeared somewhere between Queensland and Victoria

Hide and seek with giggling rats

Rat
science

If you see a rat disappearing around a corner one day, try not to freak out — scientists have discovered it may just want to play and could even be laughing at the fun of it all

Shock find: superpowered Amazon eel

animals

For more than 250 years, we thought there was only one species of electric eel on Earth. Scientists have discovered two more species, one of which can shock its prey with 860 volts

Water found on super-Earth called K2-18b

space

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

Time capsule of the day the dinosaurs died

The day the asteroid hit the Earth
science

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

Magical moonbows explained

A moonbow over Mt Gambier airport
weather

A rare moonbow has appeared in the South Australian sky in the middle of the night and been caught on camera. We look at how they form and why seeing one is very special

Breakthrough in Loch Ness mystery

science

Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur

Pack your bags for a space holiday

The Gateway Foundatio's space hotel
space

Designs have been revealed for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, a low-orbit, wheel-shaped hotel for 100 space tourists a week that could be open for guests by 2025

Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian

weather

‘Hurricane Hunters’ have taken an incredible photo from inside the eye of Dorian, which has hit the Bahamas and is now heading for the US, where people are doing their best to prepare

Double cuddle: twin panda cubs born

animals

Meng Meng placed the pink panda cub gently on her belly and warmed it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath and the soft fur of her cheeks. An hour later, its twin was born

Teaching bees to save lives

science

Honeybees are being trained to do jobs too dangerous for humans and too difficult for sniffer dogs, detecting the smell of bombs and chemicals and helping test for life-threatening radioactivity

Great Barrier Reef outlook ‘very poor’

environment

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

Meet MRD, humans’ oldest cousin

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in August 2019 shows a facial reconstruction model by John Gurche made from a fossilized cranium of Australopithecus anamensis. The species is considered to be an ancestor of A. afarensis, represented by “Lucy” found in 1974. From 3.8 million years ago, the ancestral species is the oldest known member of Australopithecus, the grouping of creatures that preceded our own branch of the family tree, called Homo. (Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History via AP)
science

Scientists have reconstructed the face of our earliest known ancestor from a fossilised skull belonging to a male who lived 3.8 million years ago in the mountains of Ethiopia

Baby hope for last northern white rhinos

animals

Seven eggs from the world’s last two northern white rhinos have been successfully fertilised artificially, giving hope for a future baby rhino that could save the species from extinction

Yippee! The future is bright for optimists

Happy Senior Couple Riding a Motor Scooter
health

Scientists believe optimists — people who feel hopeful and are confident about the future — are more likely to live longer and that we may be able to learn to be optimists

Amazon fires: Who will help save the rainforest?

environment

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

Huge volcanic island floating towards Australia

Michael
science

A city-sized, floating island spewed from an undersea volcano is heading for Australia’s coast. Rather than causing a disastrous collision, its arrival could help heal the Great Barrier Reef

New, much older stegosaurus species found

1999 : Stegosaurus dinosaur featured in 1999 ABC fantasy TV documentary "Walking With Dinosaurs". Pic BBC.
Animal / Extinct
animals

Fossil hunters have found a new species of the ferocious-looking, armour-plated stegosaurus, much older than previous finds and in a location that could lead palaeontologists to rewrite history

Iceland’s funeral for its melted glacier

Monument unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change
environment

With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier

Cyclist’s super fast ride sets world record

Neil Campbell during his world-record ride. Picture: SkyNews
sport

A man has set a new world record by riding a bike at just over 280kmh, but he still couldn’t beat female cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek, who is the fastest ever

Australian scientists lead world stuttering study

Boys are more likely to stutter than girls.
science

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

Human-sized extinct penguin found

animals

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

Volcano discovery named after Shane Warne

science

Around 100 volcanoes have been discovered in Central Australia and named the “Warnie Volcanic Province” after the Australian cricketer widely considered the greatest spin bowler of all time

512-year-old shark is oldest living vertebrate

animals

Scientists believe they have found the world’s oldest living vertebrate, a massive Greenland shark estimated to be up to 512 years old and described as a living time capsule

Scientists recreate Cleopatra’s perfume

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history

Using traces of ingredients found in ancient perfumer’s bottles, scientists have recreated the perfume worn by Cleopatra, the glamorous last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Space telescope spies massive storm on Jupiter

This stunning image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
space

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken an amazing new photo of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a massive storm wider than the Earth, with furious winds reaching speeds of up to 684kmh

Building designer mozzies to do good not harm

Feeding mosquito
science

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

Xbox inventor gets a taste of ancient toast

Nomad near pyramids
science

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

Climate change: what it means for Australians

Fire
environment

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

Meet the minibeasts crawling all over Earth

Springtails such as this one jump to avoid predators. They are the most abundant micro-creatures on Earth, so it must work. Credit: EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
animals

Microscopic tardigrades made the news for crash-landing on the Moon. Earth is teeming with other tiny creatures just as fascinating. Here are a few you won’t be able to stop looking at

Feeling sick? Pepper the robot is here to help

The International Consumer Electronics Show
technology

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

Herd of Earth’s toughest animals left on Moon

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
space

Thousands of cuddly looking animals called tardigrades — sometimes called “moss pigs” or “water bears” — have been left on the Moon by a lunar lander that crashed on impact

Giant parrot nicknamed ‘Squawkzilla’ found

Supplied Editorial Giant parrot story
animals

Australian palaeontologists have discovered a toddler-sized parrot so tall it could poke an adult in the belly button and at least twice as big as the largest parrot alive today

Counting penguins and trying not to get blown away

geography

The wind is ferocious and the temperature hovers close to zero, but Andrea Turbett has only warm words to describe her job on the remote, sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island as Australia's southernmost ranger

First known case of dolphin adopting whale calf

A female bottlenose dolphin with her female calf and adopted male whale calf. Picture: GEMM
animals

In a real-life version of the fairytale “The Ugly Duckling”, scientists have filmed a three-year relationship between a bottlenose dolphin mum and its adopted orphan whale calf

New planet in “Goldilocks” zone could support life

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

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

Is your brain playing tricks on you?

All is not as it seems with this mind-boggling optical illusion
just for fun

This mind-boggling, spinning optical illusion is actually completely still and completely flat but our brains don’t see it that way. Scientists are studying whether that’s a weakness or a strength

Humpback whale spits out very lucky sea lion

The sea lion got caught out as it competed with the whale for food. Picture: Magnus News Agency/ Chase Dekker
animals

Humpback whales hunt with their mouths wide open and this one accidentally got a mouthful of sea lion. Fortunately for both animals, the whale noticed and set the sea lion free

Climate activist Greta Thunberg sailing to America

Greta Thunberg
environment

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

Tiger iceblocks and other heat hacks for a hot Earth

weather

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

Plant a trillion trees to pause climate change

environment

On the eve of National Tree Day, new research suggests planting a trillion trees could achieve a 20-year pause in global warming and that we have the available land to do it

Fighting extinction with world’s longest cat fence

environment

Thirty endangered rufous hare-wallabies have been released in Australia’s Central Desert into a sanctuary created as part of a project building the world’s longest cat-proof fence

Flying man with jetpack wows Sydney crowds

Jetpack Flight David Mayman
technology

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

Incredible fluther of human-size jellyfish

Barrel jellyfish are the largest species of jellyfish found in British waters, with a diameter of up to 90cm and weights of up to 35 kilos
animals

Big, beautiful barrel jellyfish in their hundreds are lurking off the UK coast and washing up on beaches. Marine experts say they have seen more in a week than in the past 15 years

Moon germs, last meals and other Apollo 11 stories

space

It’s time for incredible revelations, reunions and replays as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and moon landing

Study links soft drink to increased cancer risk

health

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

Plan to power Singapore with Australian sunshine

Silverton - Day 1
environment

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

Aussie teen inventor’s big chicken nugget plan

technology

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

NASA to send dragonfly to Saturn’s moon Titan

space

Using a drone called Dragonfly, NASA will have a good look around Titan to see if microbial life or even humans could live on Saturn’s large, icy moon

What is ear wax and how big can it grow?

Young having his ears checked
explainers

A revolting ear wax chunk so big it made international news got us wondering what ear wax is, what it’s for and whether we should clean it out, eat it or leave the inside of our ears alone