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More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

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Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

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Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

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The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

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MooLoo to the rescue

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
copyright Estelle Smalberger (Schoeman) NOT FOR SALE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Space race continues on Mars

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

New plan to save Aussie animals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

The hunt begins for sunken ships

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge
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Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

Good moods from fresh foods

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird
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That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Whale mums tour coast with calves

Southern  right whales, photographed in Fowlers bay on the Great Australian Bight over the period 21st -23 August 2021. There are 20 mother and calf pairs in the area, the calving season is in full spring. MUST CREDIT: EP Cruises- Fowlers Bay Whale Tours,
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Mother Nature keeps delivering gifts through lockdowns and restrictions, lifting spirits coast to coast with these whale wanderers

China’s Mars rover keeps roaming

This illustration shows what the rover should look like on Mars Credit: CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
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After successfully completing its first 90-day program, China’s red planet rover Zhurong is fully charged and ready to keep rolling

Hotdogs land in hot water

A new study suggests that eating cheeseburgers can reduce your life expectancy by a few minutes each time. Pictured is Scout Parker, 2 and his brother Courtland, 4, enjoying a cheeseburger. Picture: David Swift
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Ditching hotdogs and burgers from our diet could add up to extra time enjoying a healthy life, with a new study counting the minutes lost or gained from eating thousands of food items

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Giant panda delivers tiny cub

This handout photograph made available by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on August 15, 2021 shows female giant panda Jia Jia hodling her first panda cub, born on August 14, 2021 at an off-exhibit at River Safari in Singapore. (Photo by Handout / WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT “ AFP PHOTO / Wildlife Reserves Singapore” - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Chinese giant panda Kai Kai has become a mum in Singapore after a seven year effort, giving birth to the country’s first ever cub

China’s wandering elephants head home

PU'ER, CHINA - AUGUST 07: A herd of wild Asian elephants strolls through a village at Ning'er Hani and Yi Autonomous County on August 7, 2021 in Pu'er, Yunnan Province of China. (Photo by Wang Zhengpeng/VCG via Getty Images)
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After an epic journey followed by millions of fans around the world, China’s weary herd of wandering elephants is homeward bound ahead of World Elephant Day

Global climate changing by degrees

This handout image obtained via the Nature Publishing website on April 24, 2018 shows melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice in the Central Arctic.   Sea ice traps large amounts of microplastics and transports them across the Arctic Ocean according to a study in Nature Communications this week. This finding demonstrates that sea ice can act as a temporary sink for microplastics, and confirms that large amounts may be released into the ocean as climate change leads to increased sea ice melting. / AFP PHOTO / Alfred Wegener Institut AND NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / Stefan HENDRICKS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATURE PUBLISHING / ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE
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Experts say the international effort to limit global warming by keeping temperature rises to two degrees by 2060 is under pressure

Smelly theory behind the origin of Earth’s oxygen

grand prismatic spring, yellowstone national park, wyoming, united states (44?26'n, 110?39'w). situated on a volcanic plateau straddling the states of montana, idaho, and wyoming, yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. created in 1872, it covers 9,000 km2 and contains the world?s largest concentration of geothermic sites. grand prismatic spring, 112 m in diameter, is the park?s largest hot pool. the colour spectrum after which it is named is caused by the presence of cyanobacteria, which grow faster in the hot water at the centre of the basin than at the periphery where the temperature is lower. yellowstone national park receives an average of 3 million visitors per year.
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A new study suggests that as our planet slowed and daylight grew longer, one very smelly bacteria soaked up the light and started producing the oxygen needed for life on Earth

Dumped food costing Aussies the Earth

Food Waste
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A new study has lifted the bin lid on how much food we’re throwing away, as researchers call on Australians to stop the waste and stop destroying the planet

Australian turtles in serious peril from plastics

Sea turtles often confuse plastic with their usual foods, causing them to ingest the man-made material. Picture: Paulo Oliveira
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A worrying new study has found that the vast majority of turtles found off the east and west coasts of Australia have swallowed plastics – with juveniles most at risk

Call to turn off engines to protect kids’ health

April 3, Concerns have been raised about children's safety at pick up and drop off times at Serpell Primary School with issues with traffic and parking congestion reaching breaking point. 
Picture: Stuart Milligan
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Scientists have called for a ban on idling car engines during school pick-ups, warning the pollution is damaging children’s health

Ancient Egyptian shipwreck found in the Mediterranean Sea

2,200 year old shipwreck in Egypt. Picture: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
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Buried beneath 5m of clay, archaeologists have made the incredible discovery of a 2200-year-old Egyptian shipwreck

Sydney’s clever cockatoos learn to open bin lids

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.
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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

Little Shop toys dumped in push to cut plastics

Coles Little Shop promotion.
Beau, 7 and Lola, 5 Colless from Palm Beach with Coles minis.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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The popular Little Shop collectables have been permanently scrapped as Coles moves to reduce plastic waste and become more sustainable

Reef avoids ‘in danger’ listing for now

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
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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

How to kick off the Covid blues

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
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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

Evidence of regrowth on the Great Barrier Reef

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)
credit: Jeff Hunter/Tourism QLD

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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

Solar tags to save koalas from bushfires

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.
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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

Aussie python celebrates World Snake Day

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

NASA finds four ‘teenage’ exoplanets

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.
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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

‘Extinct’ native mouse found living on WA island

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
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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

New ‘Dragon Man’ species found

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
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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

Meet Australia’s frog whisperer

Frog whisper feature

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
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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

Can ET see us from space?

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

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

Lego turns plastic bottles into bricks

EXCLUSIVE: LEGO has released a prototype for its new sustainable brick made from recycled bottles.
environment

Australian children could soon be playing with Lego made from recycled plastic bottles as the toy giant looks to make its famous bricks better for the environment

How do astronauts clean clothes in space?

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker - wife of Adelaide’s own spacewalker Andy Thomas - departed for the International Space Station in November And took a Crows guernsey with her .  Picture: NASA
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Not even astronauts can avoid the housework forever, as NASA announces plans for a dirty laundry overhaul aboard the International Space Station

Great Barrier Reef headed for endangered list

The Far Northern Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef are still in excellent condition.
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The United Nations has recommended the Great Barrier Reef be listed as 'in danger' but the federal government is fighting the move

Red panda Roshani visits the vet

Roshani the Red Panda at Melbourne Zoo. At the age of 13, Roshani is is considered geriatric and needs regular old age health checks. For Kids News
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At the age of 13, Roshani the red panda is considered geriatric and just like humans she needs some special care as she gets older. Watch her recent health check-up at Melbourne Zoo

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

KIDS NEWS French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) works to complete the installation of a roll out solar array on the International Space Station, June 20, 2021. Picture: NASA.
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It's been a busy week in space as astronauts at the International Space Station install new solar panels and three Chinese astronauts step aboard China’s module for a historic three-month stay

From laps in dam to Paralympic dream

Australian Paralympic swimmer Colin Pearse has set up a lap lane in his parent's dam in northern Victoria to train while in COVID-19 lockdown.
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Teen swimmer Col Pearse was training in a dam on his family’s farm last year and has now been tapped for the Tokyo Paralympics team

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

Westminster School Year 7 students Ashwin and Axel guide one of their prototype Sphero Bolt Driven Water Collection Devices watched by Anna and Aijay in the schools pool Thursday ,June,3,2021.Picture Mark Brake
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Year 7 students in SA have begun testing robotic rubbish collectors in the school pool, with their sights set on one day cleaning up waste-filled water worldwide

Raining spiders after Victorian floods

Longford Spiderweb Ballooning after flooding in the area. Picture: Lotje McDonald Photography (MUST CREDIT)
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Despite headlines of an ‘arachnid apocalypse’ and startling images of cobwebs blanketing country Victoria, locals and experts alike are mesmerised by the spiders’ ingenious survival technique

China’s wandering elephants become global stars

A migrating herd of elephants graze near Shuanghe Township, Jinning District of Kunming city in the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. Already famous at home, China's wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media, including satellite news stations, news papers and wire services are chronicling the herd's more-than year-long, 500 km trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. (Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP
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After more than a year on the move, the antics of a Chinese herd of elephants are proving irresistible to social and world media

Huge new national park for outback NSW

An Australian Bustard which lives in the nature reserve on the 13,000 hectare Mt Pleasant cattle station between Collinsville and Bowen. Picture: Garlone Moulin
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Australia is set to get a new national park after the NSW government’s purchase of two sheep stations totalling 60,000ha near Broken Hill in western NSW

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

Scientists in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of two rhinos in a novel effort to save the species from poachers., James Larkin, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an expert in radiation protection, said that the stable isotopes used were harmless and that he “doesn’t want to kill anyone” with the infusion: “We just want to use the natural reticence towards radioactive material to decrease demand for rhino horn and also make it easier , From sourcE:, https://www.facebook.com/Rhisotope/
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A radical – indeed radioactive – scientific solution has begun in South Africa to save the rhino species by deterring poachers

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- News Wire photos MAY 27 2021- (LR)  Laura Kirwan (17), Izzy Raj-Seppings (14), Ava Princi (17) and Liv Heaton posing for a photo out the front of the Federal law court on Phillip st in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
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Aussie teenage climate activists have lost their court bid to stop a NSW mine expansion, but ‘duty of care’ ruling declared a win

How to make a pen pal with purpose

KIDS NEWS The Sunshine Initiative, b kinder day, Fly High Billie. Keith Petersen, Principal Junior School with Arndell Anglican College students who sent cards from Australia to Woodville Primary in the UK to cheer up the students there after a tough time through Covid-19. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s charity Fly High Billie invites Aussie kids to write to students in Covid hotspots abroad this B Kinder Day on June 22

Why some sounds drive us crazy

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Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK discover a link in brain processes that could help people who can’t stand certain sounds

Would you wash with snail slime soap?

French artisan Damien Desrocher is making soap from snail slime. For Kids News. Image: Reuters
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One French artisan believes snail slime has anti-ageing properties that make it perfect for his boutique beauty soap

New dinosaur named in Mexico

A new species of dinosaur called Tlatolophus galorum has been discovered in Mexico. Image from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)
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Eight years after the first of its fossilised remains were found in Mexico, palaeontologists confirm a new species of crested dinosaur

Earth’s scorching desert heat tops 80C

Sunset in Sonoran Desert, near Phoenix. Picture: iStock

Doc Holiday, escape
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Death Valley is no longer the hottest place on Earth, according to scientists who have found two even hotter places. We look at how Australia’s hottest places compare

Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as GPS

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2012 a Bonnethead shark swims at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. - The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.The non-profit Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
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Researchers believe migrating sharks use the Earth’s magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to help them navigate the world’s oceans

The Aussie landmark coins to flip over

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Hugo, seven, pictured in front of Sydney Opera House. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Australia Post’s new collectable coins feature some of Australia’s best loved landmarks. Find out which ones made the Great Aussie Coin Hunt along with some cool facts about the icons

Antarctic ice shelf calves massive iceberg

An enormous iceberg has calved from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf, lying in the Weddell Sea, in Antarctica. The iceberg, dubbed A-76, measures around 4320 sq km in size – currently making it the largest berg in the world.

Picture: ESA
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An iceberg 170km long, 25km wide and the largest of its kind in the world has broken off Antarctica. It formed as scientists reported the previous largest iceberg had broken up and melted

World Bee Day creates buzz

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Bees are seen on a honeycomb cell  at the BEE Lab hives at The University of Sydney on May 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The BEE Lab researches the behaviour, ecology and evolution of bees combining work in both the lab and the field. Australian bee populations were decimated by the Black Summer bushfires at the end of 2019 and early 2020 with around 2.5 billion bees and 10,000 commercial beehives destroyed in New South Wales and Victoria alone. Increased rainfall over the last year, along with concerted efforts by Australian apiarists has seen bee populations recover in 2021. Australia has an estimated 2,000 species of native bee, along with the European honey bee, which according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries plays an important role in large-scale agricultural pollination services and provide beeswax and honey to the domestic and export market. With bee populations under significant threat globally from extreme climate events, destruction of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, pests and disease, World Bee Day on 20 May aims to increase awareness and highlight the significance of bees and other pollinators to ensure food security, biodiversity and maintain a healthy ecosystem. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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We all know bees make honey, but their importance in Australia extends far beyond producing a beloved breakfast spread

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured at home in Manly today is Iggy 10 and Atticus Jenkins 6, with Australia Posts Great Aussie Coin Hunt collectables. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Zookeeper and bushfire survivor Chad Staples says showcasing native creatures in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt is “so important” for conservation awareness

Hank the cat worn out by mouse plague

Embargoed for Monday 17 May 2021. Amy Payten from Gulgong took this image of her 9 year old cat called Hank with a mouse sitting on it. Must Credit her daughter Holly Schink
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The mouse plague overrunning eastern Australia has tormented those in its path for so long even a usually energetic ginger cat called Hank no longer bothers to chase the pesky rodents

Trillions of Brood X cicadas about to hatch

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)
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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

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

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

Sherpa Kami summits Everest for record 25th time

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)
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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

World’s widest plane aces test flight

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.
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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

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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

Some good news for endangered Sumatran rhino

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

Weird fish makes comeback in Murray River

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

Creepy-crawlies on the menu

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

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

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

Group spends 40 days in French cave for experiment

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)
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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

Fitbits for Phillip Island penguins

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

Bushfire Poetry Comp winners impress judge Jackie French

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.
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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

How murderball relit Shae Graham’s Olympic flame

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 18: Shae Graham of Australia in action during the match between United States of America and Australia  on day three of the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 18, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images)
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The first female in Australia’s wheelchair rugby team hopes to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics and fulfil her childhood dream

Volcanic eruption photo wins top prize

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

Leeches invade NSW homes after floods

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

Supermoon helps free stuck ship

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)
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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

Surprise just-in-time find of tiny native fish

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
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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

Of droughts and flooding rains

Mark Knight's flood cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
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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

Erupting volcano becomes tourist attraction

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)
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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

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

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
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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

Photos to celebrate the spirit of adventure

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

Great news in fight for handfish survival

Spotted handfish at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Picture: supplied
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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

Explorer’s record setting dive to deepest point on Earth

Explorer Richard Garriott set the record for deepest dive when he dived at the Mariana Trench. For Kids News
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A multi-millionaire explorer has become the first person to travel to Earth’s four furthest extremes after diving almost 11,000m to the bottom of the Mariana Trench

Tassie devils back from the brink in the wild

**WARNING:UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL Monday 5th October at 2pm ** **EMBARGOED UNTIL OCTOBER 05 **  For the first time in 3,000 years, the Tasmanian devil is back in the wild on mainland Australia, an historic moment that is critical to rewild Australia, the country with the world’s worst mammal extinction rate. Aussie Ark, in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and WildArk, recently released 11 Tasmanian devils into a 400-hectare (nearly 1,000 acres) wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops. Actor power couple Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth, who is a WildArk Ambassador, helped release some of the animals—including Lenny and Lisa—into their new home. Picture: Aussie Ark
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A deadly facial cancer has wiped out thousands of Tasmanian devils in the wild but a new study shows the future is looking brighter for the much-loved marsupial

Food waste a growing problem

10/9/14. Pooraka Primary School has installed brightly-coloured ibis-proof bins to stop the birds stealing rubbish and making a mess at the school - Elliott Waters - 9yrs (Walkley Heights) and Shayla Holloway - 7yrs (Clearview)
 Pic Keryn Stevens
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Will any of the food in your lunch box end up in the bin today? If so, you could be contributing to a 931 million ton global food waste problem

Possum babies Bib and Bub growing well

***HOLD EMBARGO FOR MARCH 1RST CHECK WITH DT PIC DESK BEFORE USE***, , DAILY TELEGRAPH - 23/2/21, Baby Eastern Pygmy Possums pictured with Dean Reid from The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast today. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
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Two orphaned eastern pygmy possums barely the size of a fingertip are thriving thanks to a human helping hand. The five-week-old babies are being cared for at the Australian Reptile Park

More plastics on the way out

Display of fresh plastic wrapped yellow, orange and red cherry tomatoes Stock photo for AgJournal's Twenty for the 2020s feature.
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Single-use plastic packaging, straws, plates, bowls, cutlery and cups will disappear under new plans to reduce waste that’s hurting our environment

Australia’s incredible women of influence

Australian Open tennis. 17/02/2021. Day 10.. Ash Barty vs Karolina Muchova on Rod Laver Arena.  Ash Barty during her 3 set loss    . Pic: Michael Klein
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March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day of celebration when all women are recognised for their achievements. Kids News profiles 10 incredible Australian women of influence

Aussie teens fight Government over climate change

Melbourne teen Anjali "Anj" Sharma, 16, is leading a class action lawsuit by eight Australian teens challenging the Federal Minister for the Environment, Susan Ley, to protect young people from climate change. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Melbourne teen Anjali Sharma is leading a landmark Federal Court class action lawsuit by eight young Australians to stop projects like the proposed Vickery coal mine extension in NSW

Orang-utans get helicopter ride back to the wild

The largest and arguably most successful great ape conservation program in the world, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) “rehab and release” program has forged a major breakthrough in the fight to save the endangered orangutans of Borneo.
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Five males, a mother with two babies and two other female critically endangered orang-utans have been released into the wild in the Indonesian part of Borneo island

Plastic Bag Store opens as plastics ban begins

New York artist Robin Frohardt in her Plastic Bag Store at Rundle
 Mall. Picture: Tony Lewis
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On March 1, South Australia will become the first state to ban single-use plastic, less than a week after the opening of a shop in Adelaide in which everything is made out of single-use plastic

Look out for fruit fly after La Nina summer

18/2/21. More than 1000 residents in Prospect and Stepney are being told to strip ripe fruit off their trees, to help stop the spread of fruit fly. PIRSA biosecurity officers in orange overalls are door-knocking offering residents assistance with the task - Joshua Dowsett and Saurin Barot   
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Kids are banned from taking fruit to school and residents are being urged to strip their trees of fruit in two suburbs of Adelaide that are the latest locations battling fruit fly outbreaks

Calling all kids: our wildlife needs your help

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News
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Wildlife warrior Robert Irwin talks to Kids News about how kids can be community leaders in protecting the environment and wildlife and how every little thing we do helps

Humans have made the oceans very noisy

The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) arrives at Port Everglades in Florida on her maiden voyage 26 Jan 2004, as tug boats shoot water cannons to celebrate her arrival. AFP picRobert/Sullivan cruise liner ship ships shipping
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With rumbling ships, hammering oil drills and other big noises, humans have completely altered the underwater soundscape, in some cases deafening or disorienting whales and other animals

Young fire survivor pens poem about a day he’ll never forget

Year 5 student James Fielding has entered the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition. His poem recalls his fear as the Black Summer fires approached his home in Nowra South, NSW.
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Memories of the Black Summer fires come back every time James smells smoke. Read the moving poem he has entered in the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition

Clever solution to massive mask waste problem

A man wearing a face mask walks past a sign advertising masks in Melbourne on July 20, 2020. - Australia's second-biggest city will make it compulsory to wear a mask in public, authorities announced on July 19, as Melbourne steps up efforts to bring a coronavirus outbreak under control. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)
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Millions of disposable masks used and discarded during the pandemic could be recycled and enshrined forever into the country’s roads, Australian scientists have revealed

Bushfire Poetry Comp: have your poem published

Trent Dalton, is writing the forward for a book that is being produced by News Corp, Harper Collins and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to commemorate one year since the Black Summer bushfires, on Thursday January 21st 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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Best-selling author Trent Dalton wants kids to help him tell the story of the Black Summer bushfires — and maybe have their poem published in a special book

Hanging out with Smudge at Antarctica

Antarctic expeditioner Matthew Williams and his mate Smudge the Emperor Penguin at the Auster rookery. Pictures: Matthew Williams and Guy Edgar
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A curious emperor penguin nicknamed Smudge has made friends with an Australian Antarctic expeditioner undertaking the annual penguin census at the Auster and Taylor rookeries

Bushfire Poetry Comp: author Jackie French’s five rules for writing a poem

Children's author Jackie French., Picture: Kelly Sturgis, For Kids News
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Award-winning author Jackie French wants kids to discover the healing power of poetry. See her tips for writing a great poem

Seahorse dad gives birth

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is leading a unique breeding project designed to save the endangered White's Seahorse species. The baby sea horses will be released into an existing colony of seahorses at Clifton Gardens when they reach full maturity. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Rare footage has been captured of a male seahorse giving birth to dozens of offspring — yes, that’s right, a male having babies!

A year of wonderful news at our zoos

Female Koala, Annie, with bandaged paws, sitting amongst gum leaves, near vet clinic at Melbourne Zoo. Bushfire affected Koala. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Zoos were closed for much of 2020 but the animals’ carers continued their important conservation work around Australia. Here are some of the year’s memorable moments