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People cross for the first time the 516 Arouca Bridge, the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge with a length of 516 metres and a height of 175 metres, in Arouca in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens

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Would you be brave enough to walk across this bridge with its wobbly, see-through pathway 174m above the ground?

Grade 4 student Jacob Matthews, from Derinya Primary School in Frankston South, is one of the state winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, run by Kids News, after scoring 30/30 in the State/Territory Finals. He will be among nine Victorian students vying for the title of National Champion and the chance to win a trip to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister.                      Picture: David Caird

National Final here we come, say top scorers

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How do you spell success? Just ask the crop of super spellers who have won their way into the National Final of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee in perfect 30/30 form

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)

NRL hero backs local sports boost

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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

A periodical cicada nymph clings to a tree branch on May 11, 2021 in Greenbelt, Maryland. - Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to weather the storm when billions of cicadas soon emerge after 17 years underground. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

Trillions of Brood X cicadas about to hatch

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Cicadas are about to emerge from the soil in a hatch so big, noisy and incredible the whole world has been eagerly waiting for it to happen. Kids News researches whether this is as scary as it seems


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Congratulations to the students progressing to the National Final on Thursday, May 27.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos May 12, 2021: The stats on the most popular baby names are in ... for girls, Charlotte has come in at the top spot for the 8th time in 10 years and Oliver is the most popular boys' name. Picture of baby Charlotte, 5 months (wearing a bow), and Oliver, 7 months. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Naomi Jellicoe

Charlotte still queen of the playground

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The 2021 Baby Names Report is out, which analyses trends over the past decade. For the eighth time in 10 years, Charlotte is the top girls’ name with Oliver also consistently number one for boys

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

Other story puts Federal budget in shade

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

Planking guinness World Record - to raise money for CRPS.
Daniel Scali has just been approved to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest abdominal plank. Pictured at Henley Square.
Friday 30 April  2021 Pic Roy VanDerVegt

Aussie attempts planking world record

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Living with chronic pain from childhood has inspired one South Australian man’s world record bid for the longest abdominal plank.

An artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken its own record as the fastest man-made object in history as its speed brings it closer and closer to the Sun.

In this photograph taken on May 2, 2021, Nepal's mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa (3R) performs a ritual after an interview with AFP at the Everest base camp in the Mount Everest region of Solukhumbu district, as Sherpa on May 7 reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for most summits of the highest mountain in the world. (Photo by Prakash MATHEMA / AFP)

Sherpa Kami summits Everest for record 25th time

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Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita has set a new record for the most Everest ascents, reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak for the 25th time

Zero the court companion dog has been awarded a premier's award for public sector values which recognises his commitment to accompanying vulnerable witnesses in court, on May 10th, 2021, outside the Supreme Court in Adelaide.
Picture: Tom Huntley

Top award for a dog named Zero

animals

His name may be Zero, but this four-year-old black labrador has scored top marks as a companion canine in the courtroom, winning a Premier’s Excellence Award in South Australia

Reef Fahey, 12, is planning on skiing 213kms to raise awareness for T21 (down syndrome) and Ski for Life. Reef with his Sister Mahala, 10 and little brother Koa, 5 who suffers from down syndrome at Murray Bridge, 6 May 2021. Picture Simon Cross

Siblings share Down syndrome message

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A 12-year-old Adelaide boy is preparing to embark on an epic waterskiing journey on the Murray River to wash away myths about his little brother’s Down syndrome

Enjoy the spring! Everything is blooming and the bees are diligently flying from flower to flower. I would like to share this spring feelings with you and have taken this picture for you.

Sniffer bees busy on COVID test training

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Scientists have trained bees to identify COVID-19 in test samples, providing results almost instantly instead of waiting hours for regular test results to come through

2021 Prime Minister's Spelling Bee - artwork to announce state/territory winners. For Kids News

State and territory winners announced

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Congratulations to all the students who competed in the State/Territory Finals of the Spelling Bee, and especially to the super spellers who will progress to the National Final. See their names here

One of the other trees carved by the Wells expedition

Found: early explorer’s lost marker tree

history

Researchers have used modern technology to find a carved marker tree used by explorers during an 1891 expedition in the South Australia outback

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA NewsWire 
Photos APRIL 28, 2021:  
Bronwyn Scott, Royal Australian Mint coin designer who designed the new A-Z of 'Aussie' $1 coins launching 9 May for Australia Post.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is here

money

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is back at Australia Post, with the new A-Z of $1 collectable coins from the Royal Australian Mint full of fun and surprises

A giant moth the size of a rat was found by a tradie during the build of the Mt Cotton State School in Redland, Queensland. 
Picture:  Mt Cotton State School Facebook.

Heaviest moth in the world found at primary school

animals

Builders have found a giant wood moth as big as two adult human fists while working at a Queensland school, sparking a creative writing story in which the teacher is eaten by moths

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of May 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .

Helping Aussies leave the kitchen table

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Despite new childcare subsidies intended to make it cheaper for adults to go back to workplaces, Mark Knight wonders whether anyone actually wants to get out of trackpants and slippers

Why pranking could be good for the soul (without going too far). Lifestyle and playful photos of Emily, her husband and their two kids in the yard with pranking props (rubber snakes/spiders). Colourful and casual clothing, eyes to camera shots for SMARTdaily cover photo.    Cassie, 10, and Jake, 8, in their room. Picture: Alex Coppel.

Why pranks can be good for you

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Playing tricks can relieve stress and raise a smile – and kids who share their funniest prank could end up with a character named after them in the next Funny Kid book!

KIDS NEWS: The Stratolaunch Roc aircraft, a six-engine jet with the world's longest wingspan, completed its second tsr flight, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Mojave, California. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Hartman.

World’s widest plane aces test flight

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Two years after its first flight, the gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft took to the skies for a second time above the Mojave Desert in the US.

Parrot flies back from brink of extinction

animals

Five years ago, scientists faced the prospect of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot “going extinct right in front of us”, but now those same scientists are grinning from ear to ear

A new study shows that if kids get an extra 54 minutes sleep it is equivalent to an hour of exercise. Sisters, Elodie 10 ready for bed and Imogen 8, ready to play.                Picture: David Caird

Sleep just as good as exercise to keep kids trim

health

Sleeping an extra 52 minutes has the same benefit on a child’s Body Mass Index as exercising 17 minutes more a day, new Aussie research has revealed

SUNDAY ESCAPE. WILDLIFE WISHLIST. Sumatran rhino. Picture: Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Some good news for endangered Sumatran rhino

animals

With only an estimated 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the results of a new study deliver welcome hope for the survival of the species.

The Roman Colosseum in summer, Italy

Visitors to see Colosseum as gladiators saw it

history

Rome’s famous Colosseum will soon have a floor again, allowing the 7.6 million people who visit each year to stand where gladiators stood before they went into battle 2000 years ago

A lamprey fish close up. Picture: Department for Environment and Water South Australia

Weird fish makes comeback in Murray River

environment

Scientists have found a spooky-looking, bloodsucking, critically endangered native fish in record numbers in the Murray River system, which is great news for the environment and lamprey fish

Edible insects are high in protein, vitamins and other macronutrients.  For spread of bread, desserts etc. (Image: Boris Ceko)

Creepy-crawlies on the menu

health

Bugs like witchetty grubs, bogong moths and green tree ants could soon be on Australian dinner plates under a plan to grow our edible insect industry

This handout photo courtesy of Sotheby’s shows the black high-top Yeezys worn by rapper Kanye West during the 2008 Grammy Awards. - A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1s worn by rapper Kanye West sold for $1.8 million, triple the previous record for sneakers, Sotheby's said April 26, 2021, as the market for rare sports shoes soars. (Photo by Handout / SOTHEBY'S / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy Sotheby’s" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Kanye West’s sneakers sell for record $1.8 million

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Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy sneakers have smashed the record sale price previously set by a pair of Air Jordans

Eliza Vanda's Button Box book cover. For Kids News

Do you have a question for author Emily Rodda?

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Become a Kids News reporter and ask author Emily Rodda a question. And while you’re at it, get a sneak peek of her new book, Eliza Vanda’s Button Box

(FILES) This file NASA handout portrait taken in July 1969 shows US astronaut Michael Collins, part of the Apollo 11 where he served as the command module pilot. - American astronaut Michael Collins, who flew the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates became the first people to land on the Moon in 1969, died on April 28, 2021 after battling cancer, his family said. "Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way," Collins' family tweeted on his official Twitter account. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Farewell Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut

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US astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon, has died aged 90

ESCAPE: Toucan, Peru - uniworld, peru, amazon, rainforest, nature, wildlife, animals, toucan, Bird. Picture: Uniworld

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

environment

A new scientific study has found as little as 3 per cent of the world’s land surfaces are still home to their full range of native species and remain unspoilt by human activity

Mark Knight's cartoon on India flight ban

Quick decision by ScoMo not a surprise to cartoonist

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Visual metaphors can help illustrate complex political situations. With air travel to India ceasing suddenly due to the coronavirus disaster there, Mark Knight needed an aviation metaphor

Members of the French team that participated in the "Deep Time" study pose for a photo after exiting the Lombrives Cave in Ussat les Bains, France, Saturday, April 24, 2021. After 40 days in voluntary isolation, 15 people participating in a scientific experiment have emerged from a vast cave in southwestern France. Eight men and seven women lived in the dark, damp depths of the Lombrives cave in the Pyrenees to help researchers understand how people adapt to drastic changes in living conditions and environments. They had no clocks, no sunlight and no contact with the world above. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Group spends 40 days in French cave for experiment

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Imagine 40 days in a cave without light, clocks or technology. That’s what a group of 15 volunteers has done for a scientific experiment in France

Hawk Hodkinson, 13, ran 7km to get to his football game with Highett Football Club after his coach forgot to pick him up. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Hawk’s in the running for best teammate

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Junior footballer Hawk Hodkinson was so determined not to let his team down he ran 7.5km to his match after his coach forgot to pick him up

Ever thought your other half wasn't pulling their weight in the parenting role? Well it appears that Little Penguins have the same issue! A new paper published in the International Society for Behavioural Ecology's journal, shows some individual penguins work harder than their partners to feed their chicks. The study is part of joint research between Australian and French scientists. According to one of the paper's authors, Phillip Island Nature Parks' Penguin Biologist, Dr Andre Chiaradia, the findings come as something of a surprise, as it was previously thought both parents contributed equally to raising chicks.

Fitbits for Phillip Island penguins

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Phillip Island’s little penguins are small but mighty adaptable, according to a new scientific study using custom-made ‘fitbits’.

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

What it takes to be a YouTube star

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

Girls Sport. Analysis of some five million community sport participation rates that show girls aged five to 14 were joining sports traditionally dominated by males, such as basketball, AFL and cricket, pre-COVID in greater numbers than ever before. Basketballers L-R Arden 11, Melody 11, Lia Green 11, front L-R Jazmin 12 and Stephanie 11 at Eagle Stadium Werribee. Picture Rebecca Michael

Game on for girls’ cricket, footy and basketball

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A study of Australian sporting participation records shows an increase in the number of girls playing club sports traditionally played by boys, but fewer boys aged 5-14 are playing sport

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires. He is pictured with his dogs Banjo and Gus.

Bushfire Poetry Comp winners impress judge Jackie French

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Young writers have used the power of simple words and real experiences to win over renowned author and Kids News Poetry Competition judge Jackie French. See the winners and runners-up