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This NASA photo was taken after the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter — and the first powered, controlled flight on another planet,  captured by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, on April 19, 2021. - Flying in a controlled manner on Mars is far more difficult than flying on Earth. Mars has significant gravity (about one-third that of Earth's), but its atmosphere is just 1 percent as dense as Earth's at the surface. Stitched together from multiple images, the mosaic is not white balanced; instead, it is displayed in a preliminary calibrated version of a natural color composite, approximately simulating the colors of the scene that we would see if we were there viewing it ourselves. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mars helicopter takes off on first flight

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NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18: Nicola McDermott competes in the Women's High Jump Final during the Australian Track & Field Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on April 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

New Aussie high jump record hits 2m mark

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Australian Olympic team member Nicola McDermott has set a new national high jump record, becoming the first Aussie woman to break the two-metre barrier

KIDS NEWS: Prime Minister's Spelling Bee - Coraline Cook scored 30/30 in the school round of the Bee, level Green, Yrs 3-4. Picture: supplied.

Meet the Bee’s perfect score kids

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As top scoring students nationally advance to the state and territory round, Kids News speaks to 10 of Australia’s perfect score kids. Discover their spelling secrets and how they are tackling the next stage of the competition.

Sophia has created a digital artwork. Picture: AP

Robot Sophia’s artwork sells for $900,000

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Artwork created by a robot called Sophia has sold at auction for an amount equivalent to more than $900,000, paid in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT


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Latest Stories

This startling picture of a volcanic eruption captured first prize in the competition Credit: FRANCISCO NEGRONI/PHOTO IS LIGHT/TNG

Volcanic eruption photo wins top prize

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A photo titled The Landscape of Fear and showing a volcano erupting within an incredible electrical storm has won first prize in a global photography contest. See some of our favourite photos

Scott Pape at St.Columba's College with Year 11 and 12 students from the VCAL class, working on his money program in schools, called Money Movement which is helping teach kids about financial literacy. 
Picture Jay Town

Call for money lessons in schools

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The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, believes schools should teach kids about earning, saving and spending money. Tell us what you think

South Coast 16-year-old Valentino Guseli has set the world record for the highest jump from a half pipe during an event in Switzerland, Picture:  Mathias Wittwer/LAAX

Aussie 15-year-old breaks halfpipe world record

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Snowboarder Valentino Guseli from Narooma, NSW, has jumped 7.3m and broken an 11-year world record for the highest halfpipe jump at the Halfpipe World Cup in Switzerland

Footy kids Harper Mai, 8 and Jonah Mai, 10, show off the new mouth guards. Picture: Jake Nowakowski.

Hi-tech mouthguards to help tackle concussion

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Junior footballers could soon be wearing new hi-tech mouthguards fitted with data chips to monitor head knocks and concussions

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

Earth safe from asteroid hit

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

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 04: Megan Schutt of Australia (C) is congratulated on bowling out Hayley Jensen of New Zealand during game one of the ODI Series between New Zealand and Australia at Bay Oval on April 04, 2021 in Tauranga, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

Australia’s women’s cricket team triumph again

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Our women cricketers have achieved a level of excellence that places them at least alongside famous sporting teams such as the Invincibles. But are they the best of the best?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Australian athletes pose during the Australian Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 uniform unveiling at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on March 31, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)

Aussie athletes dressing for Olympic success

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Members of the Australian Olympic Team have revealed the Tokyo 2021 Games uniform. Meanwhile, FIFA has announced nine Australian cities will host Women’s World Cup matches in 2023

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by
 Dav Pilkey

Captain Underpants author sorry for spin-off book

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A graphic novel spin-off of the Captain Underpants series is being pulled from libraries and bookstores after its publisher and author apologise

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: A leech slithers along the ground in Windsor on March 21, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Evacuation warnings are in place for parts of Western Sydney as floodwaters continue to rise. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Leeches invade NSW homes after floods

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The recent floods in NSW have brought more than just record rainfall – and bloodthirsty leeches are loving it

Prime Minister's Spelling Bee - state/territory finalists artwork. For Kids News

State and territory finalists announced

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A big congratulations to the students who have qualified for the next round of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee. See the names of the spellers who are headed to the State/Territory Finals here

Rohan Browning became the second Australian in history to break the 10-second barrier over 100m when he won his race in a blistering time of 9.96 seconds at the Illawarra Track Challenge in NSW on Saturday, January 16, 2020.

Picture: David Tarbotton

Aussie 100m sprinter breaks Olympics drought

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Rohan Browning is set to light up the track in Tokyo after running 10.05 seconds and becoming the first male Australian sprinter to qualify for the 100m at an Olympics in 17 years

A picture released by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority on March 29, 2021, shows a man waving the Egyptian flag after Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship was fully dislodged from the banks of the Suez. - The ship was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck and blocked a major artery for global trade. Salvage crews have been working around the clock ever since the accident which has been blamed on high winds and poor visibility during a sandstorm. (Photo by - / SUEZ CANAL AUTHORITY / AFP)

Supermoon helps free stuck ship

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The stars, sun, Earth and moon all aligned in Egypt this week, with the year’s first supermoon bringing the high tide needed to shift the massive ship blocking the Suez Canal

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.  NSW mid north coast flood disaster. 13 yr old Archie Cross back on the street in North Haven where a week ago he was in his tinny rescuing people from their homes.  Nathan Edwards

Boy in boat rescues people and pets from floods

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Archie Cross has displayed courage beyond his 13 years, rescuing about 10 residents and a handful of pets from their flooded homes in NSW with his little fishing boat

EMBARGO SUNDAY 28 MARCH: NO THE AUSTRALIAN/NO NEWS.COM/NO SKY NEWS - ONE TIME USE ONLY -  Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa) just captured in field is held by researcher Amy Russelll (from the North Catchment Managment Authorty before being measured and released back.
Captive (taken in-field) and under the supervision of researchers.
Reedy Lake, Kerang, Victoria, Australia.
November, 2020.  MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER:  DOUG GIMESY

Surprise just-in-time find of tiny native fish

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The future looks bright for the southern purple spotted gudgeon fish, a tiny native species twice declared regionally extinct and this time found in a lake just two days before it was to be drained

A newly discovered species of peacock spider with a bright orange face has been named Nemo after the clownfish featured in the hit movie Finding Nemo. Picture: Museum Victoria

Meet Nemo, the peacock spider

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A newly discovered species of peacock spider with a bright orange face has been named after the clownfish from hit animated movie Finding Nemo

04/07/2019. CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope, situated outside the town of Parkes in Western NSW. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. Pictures received by the telescope of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface of the moon were broadcast around the world on 21 July 1969. Britta Campion / The Australian

Aussie Dish to support Moon landings

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Australia’s Parkes telescope will be part of one of the first commercial lunar landings, probably this year. The 64m telescope is valuable for spacecraft tracking due to its large dish surface

M041248 Dromornis stirtoni, Reconstruction of Central Australian Miocene.   

This reconstruction depicts a scene in times past, 8 million years before the present. Then Dromornis stirtoni, the largest species of "Mihirung", roamed the Central Australia landscape, browsing on leaves, fruit, flowers, petioles and twigs growing three or four metres above the ground. (Credit: Artist Peter Trusler)

Thunder Birds, Australia’s big ugly ducklings

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Australia was once home to the world’s biggest-ever bird, which weighed as much as a cow. Scientists have called Dromornis stirtoni an “extreme evolutionary experiment”

CORRECTION / A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority on March 24, 2021 shows a part of the Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given (Evergreen), a 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt's Suez Canal. - A giant container ship ran aground in the Suez Canal after a gust of wind blew it off course, the vessel's operator said on March 24, 2021, bringing marine traffic to a halt along one of the world's busiest trade routes. (Photo by - / Suez CANAL / AFP) / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Marina PASSOS has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [STR] instead of [Marina Passos]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Huge ship stuck sideways in Suez Canal

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A skyscraper-sized container ship 400m long has become wedged sideways across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking all traffic and threatening to disrupt global shipping

Mark Knight's flood cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight

Of droughts and flooding rains

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Australian poet Dorothea MacKellar surely nailed it when she wrote her classic poem My Country in 1904. Mark Knight reflects on how it sums up this land of amazing contrasts

Illustration of the Ingenuity helicopter on the NASA's Perseverance rover that landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. Image supplied by NASA

Mars helicopter ready to take flight

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NASA’s mini helicopter, Ingenuity, is set to make history on Mars by taking the first powered flight on another planet

TOPSHOT - Sunday hikers look at the lava flowing from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano some 40 km west of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, on March 21, 2021. - Weekend hikers took the opportunity Sunday to inspect the area where a volcano erupted in Iceland on March 19, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital Reykjavik, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said, as a red cloud lit up the night sky and a no-fly zone was established in the area. (Photo by Jeremie RICHARD / AFP)

Erupting volcano becomes tourist attraction

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Thousands of curious onlookers are flocking to an erupting volcano in Iceland for a rare up-close look at its flowing red lava

Students from Ross Park Primary School in Alice Springs, NT, are taking part in the 2021 Prime Minister's Spelling Bee. For Kids News.

Alice Springs students ready to take on Spelling Bee

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More than 20,000 students from all corners of Australia have signed up to sit the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, including these kids from the Northern Territory’s Ross Park Primary School. The school round of the competition closes on Friday

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

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

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

Jason Gulley's underwater photo which took out the Frank Hurley Award

Photos to celebrate the spirit of adventure

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A new photography competition named for famous Australian photographer, adventurer and explorer Frank Hurley has attracted more than 1200 entries from 26 countries

Brothers Tommy (blue top), 8, and Ollie (white top), 5. The latest national RCH Child Health Poll has found that Screen time, cyber bullying and lack of exercise are biggest concerns for parents. The brothers were both given iPads during lockdown to keep in touch with friends, but their use is heavily policed by parents. The boys are also super active. Picture: Mark Stewart

Kids’ screen time Aussie parents’ biggest worry

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Excessive screen time is the number one health concern of Australian parents, according to The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of almost 2000 parents

Mars, The Red Planet, imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope. Picture: NASA

The mystery of Mars’ missing oceans

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Scientists have a new idea to test out about how Mars went from being a wet world to the desert it is today. Instead of escaping into space, they now believe water was absorbed into the surface

Brentwood Park Primary School has hundreds of students signed up for the PM's Spelling Bee, making it one of the schools with the biggest contingent of Spelling Bee participants in the country.  For a MUST RUN story on the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee being run by Kids News.

Spelling Bee has students in a buzz

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With about 250 spellers ready to test their talent, Brentwood Park Primary School has one of the biggest groups of students sitting the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee. Has your school signed up yet?

Swans players sing their team song in the rooms after winning AFL match between the Sydney Swans and St.Kilda Saints at the SCG. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Sydney Swans change their song

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AFL team the Sydney Swans have announced a more inclusive team song – part of a growing movement that includes the recent change to Australia’s national anthem

Spotted handfish at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Picture: supplied

Great news in fight for handfish survival

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Experts are one step closer to saving the critically endangered spotted handfish, a cartoon-like creature that only lives in Tasmania’s Derwent Estuary and looks like it walks on its hands

A regent honeyeater. Picture: Douglas Gimesy

Teaching honeyeaters to sing the right song

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Male songbirds usually learn their tunes from adult mentors, but when young birds lack proper role models, they hit all the wrong notes — and have less success attracting mates

Tired Boy Studying In Bedroom

Cyber bullies still a big problem for kids

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One in two young people say they have been the target of cyber bullying with a quarter threatened with harm, according to new research that suggests the situation isn’t improving

Mark Knight's cartoon for the return of AFL to the MCG. Picture: Mark Knight

Being fed to the Tigers at the home of footy

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Cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the return of AFL to Victoria and the MCG and draws comparisons with the gladiatorial battles of Ancient Rome