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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 04. 28/07/21. Rowing Finals at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan.  Australias Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre win Gold in the final of the Womens Four.  Picture: Alex Coppel.

Awesome foursomes start Olympic gold rush

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Both the women’s and men’s fours started strong and held on, taking rowing gold in two heart-stopping races – and that was before Ariarne Titmus’ late-run triumph in the pool

2,200 year old shipwreck in Egypt. Picture: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Ancient Egyptian shipwreck found in the Mediterranean Sea

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Buried beneath 5m of clay, archaeologists have made the incredible discovery of a 2200-year-old Egyptian shipwreck

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 27:  Kaylee McKeown of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Golden girl Kaylee did it for dad

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Kaylee McKeown made all of Australia proud with her gold medal backstroke swim, but she had one special person on her mind after her victory

KIDS NEWS: Canny cockatoos in Sydney star in a new scientific study showing off their sophisticated foraging skills. Picture: Dr Barbara Clump/Max Planck Institute.

Sydney’s clever cockatoos learn to open bin lids

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Sulphur-crested cockatoos have emerged as expert foragers, as a new international study tracks them opening bin lids all over Sydney using their tailor-made technique


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The world’s biggest sporting event

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Celebrate the Tokyo Games with 25 fun activities to help kids learn all about Olympic history, traditions, sports and athletes

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Beau, 7 and Lola, 5 Colless from Palm Beach with Coles minis.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

Little Shop toys dumped in push to cut plastics

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The popular Little Shop collectables have been permanently scrapped as Coles moves to reduce plastic waste and become more sustainable

Australia's Ariarne Titmus wins gold in the Women's 400m Freestyle final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Pics Adam Head

Titmus triumph delivers more Olympic gold

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Aussie swim star Ariarne Titmus, who is nick named the Terminator, captured Australia’s second gold medal in an epic win over a US great at the Toyko Olympics

August 9: Scuba divers explore coral gardens teaming with fish life on Saxon Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the coast of Cairns. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE

Reef avoids ‘in danger’ listing for now

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The Great Barrier Reef will not immediately be added to the World Heritage Committee’s ‘in danger’ list but the government must show enough is being done to protect the natural wonder

Finn, 4, and Olive, 23 months, enjoy a health breakfast. TODDLERS who have a less healthy start to the day are more likely to be overweight by the time they start school, new research as revealed. Picture: Mark Stewart

How healthy is your breakfast?

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A new Melbourne study shows that eating a healthy breakfast declines for children aged between 18 months and five – and researchers hope to learn why

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: (L-R) Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma Mckeon and Cate Campbell of Team Australia pose after winning the gold medal in the Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Women’s 4x100m team grabs gold and world record

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Golden girls Cate and Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris made a spectacular splash in the pool as Australia scored three medals in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics

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Pfizer jab approved for Aussie kids

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Australian children aged 12 to 16 are set to get Covid-19 vaccinations after the country’s drug regulator gave the green light to Pfizer

The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales from the Tree House by Max Brallier and illustrated by Jay Cooper, Lorena Alvarez, Douglas Holgate and Anoosha Syed. For Kids News book club July 2021

First graphic novel in The Last Kids on Earth series

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The Last Kids on Earth Thrilling Tales from the Tree House is our Book Club offering this month. Enjoy a sneak peek of the graphic novel

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: The silver, gold and bronze medals are displayed after the Tokyo 2020 medal design unveiling ceremony during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games "One Year To Go" ceremony at Tokyo International Forum on July 24, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Australia set for big Olympic gold medal haul

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Australia is tipped to win 16 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, our most successful Games since Beijing in 2008. Find out where our golds are expected to come from

Kid Time.
Spending more time with the kids rather than on the iphone. Molly Wright, 7 and her family Ally (mum), Neil (dad), Freddie, 3 and Matilda (dalmatian puppy).
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

Aussie student’s message for world’s parents

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Year 2 student Molly Wright has been compared to Greta Thunberg after becoming the youngest person to deliver a TED Talk, with her plea to parents to ditch digital devices and play with their kids

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Vic and NSW lockdown styles in the spotlight

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With 13 million Australians in Covid lockdown, cartoonist Mark Knight reckons the different approach taken by the leaders of our two most populated states is a bit like a famous movie scene

Fireworks over Southbank as Brisbane is named for the 2032 Olympics.  Pic Peter Wallis

Brisbane named host of 2032 Olympic Games

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It’s official! The Olympics are headed to Australia for a third time, with Brisbane announced as the host of the Games for 2032

Pictured at their home at Baulkham Hills in Sydney is Sharon Debevc with her two boys kids Mathew (12) and Danyel (14).
Sharon is a full time working mum juggling her job and homeschooling the kids.
Picture: Richard Dobson

How to kick off the Covid blues

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The time has come to go easy on ourselves and each other – and there is still plenty of fun to set you free even while you are holed up at home

VAN HORN, TEXAS - JULY 20: Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew (L-R) Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Wally Funk, and Mark Bezos pose for a picture after flying into space in the Blue Origin New Shepard on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. Mr. Bezos and the crew that flew with him were the first human spaceflight for the company.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Space tourists hit new heights

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American billionaire Jeff Bezos has blasted into space on a reusable rocket that also carried his brother and the oldest and youngest people to visit space

Two Scuba Divers swimming over Colorful Tropical Coral Reef, with two Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis), Big Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris), Blue-spot Butterflyfish (Chaetodon plebeius), and a Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium),  Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, South Pacific Ocean, Australia.  (Digital Composite)
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Evidence of regrowth on the Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef has gone through an important period of recovery, spared the impact of heatwaves and tropical cyclones over the past year

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Olympics opening ceremony flag honour

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Basketballer Patty Mills and swimmer Cate Campbell will share the honour of carrying Australia’s flag at the historic opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

WEEKEND NEWSPAPERS SPECIAL. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.   WWF is funding koala ear tags powered by a tiny solar panel the size of a 5c coin. When a fire approaches you can find the koalas and take them into care until it is safe to return them to the environment.  Takka the Koala with the solar ear tracker.

Solar tags to save koalas from bushfires

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Scientists are testing fitting koalas with mini solar panels that would allow them to be tracked and rescued from the path of bushfires

This undated image courtesy of Oliver Daemen shows the 18-year-old, who will be the youngest astronaut to fly into space as part of the Blue Origin crew - Blue Origin said on July 15, 2021, Daemen, a paying customer, will fly to space on board the company's maiden crewed spaceflight on July 20. (Photo by - / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Oliver Daemen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Teenager is bound for space

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Dutch student Oliver Daemen, 18, is set to become the youngest person to visit space when he blasts off in a capsule next to billionaire Jeff Bezos

Naomi Osaka shared photos of her new Barbie on social media.

New Barbie doll a hit with tennis star

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A new Naomi Osaka Barbie doll has been released ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and the Japanese tennis star hopes kids will love it as much as she does

Archer, 9, from Surrey Hills called triple zero when his diabetic mum Anastasia Barros fell unconscious during last year's second lockdown. He followed the call-takerÕs instructions, helped to open his mumÕs airway and conducted a breathing test. He is a Junior 000 Hero for 2021.                     Picture: David Caird

Triple-0 hero Archer saves his mum

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Quick-thinking Archer has been recognised for his bravery and calmness in a crisis after dialling triple-0 to get help for his unconscious mum

KIDS NEWS: Big Ronny the scrub python at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Picture: supplied.

Aussie python celebrates World Snake Day

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Big Ronny the scrub python is in lockdown in Sydney, but the whopper reptile will ‘shake it off’ by shedding his skin just in time for World Snake Day

KIDS NEWS Pictured is TOI 1807 b, the only known planet orbiting the TOI 1807 star and the youngest example yet found of an “ultra-short period planet”, according to experts. Picture: supplied.

NASA finds four ‘teenage’ exoplanets

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Four new ‘teenage’ planets have been found beyond our solar system by a team of international astrophysicists including from the University of Southern Queensland

Pseudomys fieldi, a native Australian mouse from Shark Bay in Western Australian, is shown to be the same species as the previously extinct Gould’s mouse (Pseudomys gouldii). Source: Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Photographer: Wayne Lawler. For Kids News

‘Extinct’ native mouse found living on WA island

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The Gould’s mouse hasn’t been seen on the Australian mainland for more than 160 years but a surprise discovery has revealed it is still living on an island off the coast of Western Australia

Eleven year-old Belgian-Dutch student Laurent Simons poses in Amsterdam on July 6, 2021, after receiving his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Antwerp. (Photo by ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

Boy genius plans for humans to live forever

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A degree in quantum physics is nothing compared to the bold ambition of this child genius – just don’t call him ‘Young Einstein’

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Super Mario game goes for $1.56 million US

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A mint condition copy of Super Mario 64 has sold for a super price, with a mystery bidder breaking the previous record to claim the game at a US auction

This handout photo courtesy Of Virgin Galactic shows Sir Richard Branson(C) and other Unity 22 crew members at zero gravity, viewed as they flew into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel, a voyage he described as the "experience of a lifetime" -- and one he hopes will usher in an era of lucrative space tourism at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico on July 11, 2021. - "Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard, hard work to get us this far," he said during a live feed as the VSS Unity spaceship glided back to Spaceport America in New Mexico.It reached a peak altitude of around 53 miles (85 kilometers) -- beyond the boundary of space, according to the United States -- allowing the passengers to experience weightlessness and admire the Earth's curvature.The trip proceeded without drama, and touchdown occurred at around 9:40 am Mountain Time (1540 GMT), about an hour after take-off. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / Virgin Galactic / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /VIRGIN GALATIC/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Billionaire blasts to edge of space

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Thrill-seeking billionaire Sir Richard Branson has reached space aboard his Virgin Galactic spacecraft in a mission that has brought space tourism a step closer

A handout photo obtained on June 25, 2021 from EurekAlert! shows an illustration of a portrait of Dragon Man. - Scientists announced Friday that a skull discovered in Northeast China represents a newly discovered human species they have named Homo longi or "Dragon Man," and the lineage may replace Neanderthals as our closest relatives. (Photo by CHUANG Zhao / EUREKALERT! / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /BYLINE " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EurekAlert ! / Chuang Zhao" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

New ‘Dragon Man’ species found

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The human species’ family tree has sprouted a new branch, with the discovery in China of the ‘Dragon Man’, thought by experts to be a nearer relative to Homo sapiens than Neanderthals

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after winning her Ladies' Singles Final match against Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic  on Day Twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Simon Bruty - Pool/Getty Images)

Barty repeats her idol’s Wimbledon feat

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Tennis star Ashleigh Barty is celebrating victory at Wimbledon 50 years after her idol and fellow Indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley first achieved the feat

Artist’s impression of a neutron star and black hole about to merge. Credit: Carl Knox, OzGrav-Swinburne University

Black hole swallows neutron star

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Astronomers have for the first time witnessed the collision of a black hole and a neutron star, with Australian scientists playing a leading role in the discovery

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Professor Michael Mahony holds a Green and Golden Bell Frog as PhD candidate and research assistant Rebecca Sceto looks on inside a laboratory at the University of Newcastle, Australia, June 4, 2021. REUTERS/James Redmayne

Meet Australia’s frog whisperer

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Professor Michael Mahony loves talking to frogs – and loves it even more when they talk back. But he fears his amphibian friends are at increasing risk of falling silent

ET character and child actor Henry Thomas in a scene from the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Can ET see us from space?

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A new astronomical study has flipped the practice of looking out at our galaxy by asking who might be looking in

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 20: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Atlanta Hawks tries to stela the ball from Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center on June 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Basketballer Ben Simmons out of Tokyo Olympics

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NBA All Star Ben Simmons has officially pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics but his Aussie Boomers teammates and coach have expressed their full support