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Increase in sitting prompts new physical activity push

health

The World Health Organisation has updated its physical activity guidelines, warning the increasing time we spend on our bottoms is putting our health at risk. Find out how much activity you need

Pictured at Woollahra Public School are year 5 students Nina Vujovic , Alyla Browne and Tea McDrury.
The children at Woollahra Public School have been making pompoms for Christmas decorations to raise money fro the hundreds of koalas impacted by last summers bushfires.
Picture:Richard Dobson

Young fundraisers’ crafty idea to save koalas

humanities

Watching the devastation of Australia’s koalas during last summer’s bushfires was too much to bear for these nature-loving kids — so they are doing something about it

Young inventor Grace Howard who won a huge grant for her invention "kick me pedestrian button".Picture:Rob Leeson.

Big idea kickstarts Grace’s future career

technology

A young inventor can now bring her idea to life after it caught the attention of some of Australia’s brightest minds and scored her a big cash prize to help make it happen

TOPSHOT - This video grab image obtained November 24, 2020 courtesy of the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau shows a mysterious metal monolith that was discovered in Utah after public safety officers spotted the object while conducting a routine wildlife mission. - On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah. While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further.The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock.The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there. (Photo by Handout / Utah Department of Public Safety / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Utah Department of Public Safety /HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mystery shiny metal thing appears in desert

arts

Deep in the remote, Mars-like landscape of Utah’s red-rock desert in the US, a helicopter crew counting sheep stumbled on a mystery: A giant, gleaming metal thing embedded in rock


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mark Knight cartoon on Victorians being able to stop wearing masks

Unmasked! Aussies’ great effort in the pandemic

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With his relaxation on wearing masks outdoors it seems Premier Dan has saved Victorians yet again, this time not from coronavirus but from weird facial tanning outcomes

Bundaberg features on a new Monopoly board game which also comes in puzzle form.

Australian towns star in Monopoly special edition

just for fun

Instead of famous streets in far-off London, a new Monopoly board features 22 Australian towns and regions to raise funds for communities impacted by bushfires, floods and COVID-19

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Darcie Brown of the Strikers celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Jess Jonassen of the Heat during the Women's Big Bash League WBBL match between the Brisbane Heat and the Adelaide Strikers at North Sydney Oval, on November 07, 2020, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Fast bowler Brown named WBBL Young Gun

sport

Adelaide Strikers’ super-fast bowler Darcie Brown has been named Young Gun of the WBBL as she completes her year 12 exams from inside a Cricket Australia player hub

A Long March 5 rocket carrying China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe launches from the Wenchang Space Center on China's southern Hainan Island on November 24, 2020, on a mission to bring back lunar rocks, the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the moon in four decades. - China on Tuesday launched an unmanned spacecraft to bring back lunar rocks -- the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the Moon in four decades. A Long March 5 rocket carrying the Chang'e-5 probe, named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, blasted off from the Wenchang Space Center on the southern island province of Hainan at 4:30 am (2030 GMT Monday), the official Xinhua news agency reported. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China launches mission to the Moon

space

China has launched a spacecraft to collect rocks from the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. It’s the country’s boldest space mission yet and could lead to a future crewed lunar landing

Owning a pet has many health benefits for kids. iStock image. For Kids News Hibernation

Dogs then cats top list of favourite pets

humanities

Australians love pets and our favourite pets are definitely dogs, according to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, which, for the first time, asked us about animals

Archer the Koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Census to count every koala in bid to save species

animals

The Environment Minister unveiled a $2 million koala count as part of government’s commitment to protect the endangered species, while scientists call for threatened status for the platypus

Prof Matija Strlic smells a historical book in the National Archives of the Netherlands. Photograph: Matija Strlic

Study using AI to make scents of history

history

Scientists and historians will use AI to study and recreate what the world smelled like hundreds of years ago. Called Odeuropa, the pioneering study will build an online smell encyclopaedia

NSW cricketers Sean Abbott (L), Moises Henriques (centre) and Daniel Hughes (R) prepare for Movember in 2020. For Kids News. Supplied by Cricket Australia

Cricket star grows all out for charity

health

They might look a bit funny, but there’s a serious message behind the moustaches sprouting from some of our star sportsmen, including cricketer Moises Henriques

Moonlit Sanctuary Pearcedale.

'Quinnie' the 2 year old female 'Spot Tailed Quoll' who was hand reared after being abandoned by its mother at 2 months of age. 'Quinnie' is one of the animals involved in the sanctuary's 'Conservation in Action' show.

Picture: Jason Sammon

Monday 20 June 2016

Predator-proof fence to create native wildlife haven

environment

A 10km fence will be built at a Victorian national park to protect endangered species from predatory pests

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad - book cover. For Kids News

Author Katrina Nannestad answers questions from Kids News readers

book club

Writing We Are Wolves left Katrina Nannestad in tears at times but also made her happy. We know this thanks to some great questions from Kids News readers. Check out Katrina’s answers to the top 10 questions here

Kids News 2020 kids' survey by Andrew Belousoff

Kids News kids’ survey: tell us about your year

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The first ever Kids News kids’ survey is here! We want students to share their thoughts on 2020, a year like we’ve never seen before

Kids News 2020 teachers' survey by Andrew Belousoff

Kids News teachers’ survey: tell us about your year

news

Because we can’t let the kids have all the fun, here’s the Kids News teachers’ survey so educators can have their say on 2020 too

Xingshuo Huang with a sample of laboratory made diamond (Image: Jamie Kidston/ANU).

Like Superman: Aussies making diamonds in minutes

science

In nature, diamonds take billions of years, heat and pressure to form. Australian scientists have made diamonds at room temperature by squashing carbon with the weight of 640 elephants

The Bermuda Triangle is said to have claimed more than 1000 lives over the past 100 years.

Solving the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

explainers

Ships and planes have disappeared without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. But is there really anything strange going on? Kids News looks at the history of this fascinating phenomenon

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Maroons celebrate winning game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Queensland wins Origin series

sport

Underdog Queensland has scored one of its greatest State of Origin series wins after taking the decider in a 20-14 upset

Activist taking care of environment during sorting paper waste to proper recycling bin on terrace

Room to improve Australia’s recycling efforts

environment

Australia is burying 67 million tonnes of garbage every year, equal to 2700kg for each person, a new report has found. That’s despite people saying they’re putting a lot of effort into recycling

Child actors (L-R) Rupert Grint, David Radcliffe & actress Emma Watson in 2001 film "Harry Potter & The Philosophers' Stone",   Watson/Actor movies scene broomstick

Broomsticks for Muggles glide through the streets

just for fun

Two men have been seen whizzing on broomsticks along the famously traffic-choked streets of Brazilian megacity Sao Paulo. The inventors’ goal is to create a new version of Quidditch

A woman walks past a sign urging people to stay home in Melbourne on August 14, 2020 as the city battles an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - The state remains effectively sealed off from the rest of the country, with other regions so far largely spared from new infections. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

‘Iso’ declared Australia’s word of the year

humanities

The Australian National Dictionary Centre has named ‘iso’ — slang for self-isolation — as the word of 2020 from both a year and a shortlist of words dominated by the coronavirus pandemic

Archaeologists inspect a mummy, wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials, during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP)

Huge find in Egypt’s ‘City of the Dead’

history

Archaeologists have unearthed 100 Ancient Egyptian painted coffins — some with mummies inside — plus 40 precious statues at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, Egypt

Nestle has announced the new names for two of its popular lolly products. Red Skins will be known as Red Ripper and Chicos will become Cheekies.  Picture: Supplied via NCA NewsWire

New names for Red Skins and Chicos lollies

civics

Red Skins will be renamed Red Ripper and Chicos will become Cheekies as Nestle scraps the old names over fears they are offensive

One of the Bigfin Squid found in the Great Australian Bight. The size of this squid coud not be determined due to poor visibilty. Picture: CSIRO

First-ever Aussie sighting of bigfin squid

animals

Australian scientists have filmed five bigfin squid in the Great Australian Bight, the first time they’ve been seen in Australian waters. Little is known about these creatures of the deep

Hearing test showing ear of young woman with sound waves simulation technology - isolated on white banner

New technology beams sound into your head

technology

Audio technology to be unveiled this week beams music, games or movie soundtracks directly into your head without headphones or wires, which the developers are calling “sound beaming”

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc shows off the indigenous playing shirt the Australians will wear in the T20 international series against India. For Kids News

Indigenous design first for our men’s cricket team

sport

Australia’s indigenous culture will be celebrated when the men’s cricket team takes to the field in the coming T20 series. Discover what the design represents

Nick on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: BridgeClimb

At work with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climber

explainers

Could Nick Hayes have the best job in the world? Or perhaps you think it would be the worst job. Find out what happens on a typical day for a climb leader on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons. For Kids News book club October 2020.

A Clock of Stars author Francesca Gibbons answers your questions

book club

Thanks to everyone who sent in questions for Francesca Gibbons. Check out her answers to her favourite questions, and while you’re at it you can read the first three chapters of A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth for free

The peregrine falcon chicks on November 12

Time to wave goodbye to the peregrine chicks

animals

As Melburnians stretch their wings after the lockdown, the city’s famous peregrine falcon chicks are also stretching theirs, hopping and flying backwards and forwards along their home ledge

Angi and Jesse with DNH 155. Picture: supplied

Meet your two-million-year-old ‘cousin’

history

Australian researchers have found the skull of a big-toothed, small-brained ‘cousin’ of our species called Paranthropus robustus, which could help us understand human evolution

Boy reading in library. For Kids News story on Australian Reading Hour. iStock image

Kids urged to open a favourite book for Australian Reading Hour

book club

Reading doesn’t have to be a chore. Illustrator and children’s author Beck Feiner recommends trying a picture book or a book about a hobby you love. Also, download her colouring sheet and create your own Australia Reads logo

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: The Wallabies players embrace during the playing of the Australian National Anthem before the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

New push to change Australian anthem lyrics

civics

The NSW Premier has called for a change to the lyrics of the national anthem to better acknowledge Australia’s proud Indigenous history but some say it’s not enough of a change

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: People walk by the Pfizer headquarters on November 9, 2020 in New York City. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced positive early results on its COVID-19 vaccine trial and has proven to be 90% effective in preventing infection of the virus.   David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Vaccine maker ‘near ecstatic’ after study result

health

The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has shown a 90 per cent effectiveness rate in tests, boosting global confidence. Australia last week ordered 10 million doses of this particular vaccine

All aboard the Virgin Hyperloop, a pod or capsule that travels very fast through a tube using electromagnets. Picture: Virgin Hyperloop

Hyperloop rockets passengers in levitating pod

technology

The world’s first passengers have ridden a futuristic high-speed transport system known as a hyperloop. The technology uses electromagnets to push pods through a tube at up to 1000kmh

MUST CREDIT WWF AND PHOTOGRAPHER. Greater glider in a patch of old growth forest south of Brisbane. The light greater glider and dark greater glider that are filmed separately sticking their heads out of the same hollow are a breeding pair. Picture: Josh Bowell

Gene study finds two new glider species

animals

Australian scientists have discovered two new species of one of our cutest and most-loved native animals, the greater glider. What we previously thought was one species is actually three