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(FILES) In this file photograph taken on March 12, 2019, shows a coelacanth during its restoration process at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle's (French National Museum of Natural History) taxidermy workshop in Paris. - The endangered coelacanth, a "prehistoric" fish species, is far more vulnerable than previously thought, according to a study by marine biologists published on June 17, 2021. They found that Latimeria chalimnae, sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" and found in the waters of the Indian Ocean around the Comoros, lives five times longer than previously thought. It also reproduces at a very late age, over 50 years, a feature that puts it at risk of being fished out before it can perpetuate the species. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Ancient fish species lives to 100

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First it turned up alive after being thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs. Now the coelacanth has surprised again, with research showing it lives to the ripe old age of 100

New school crossing on its way at Essendon North Primary school. Students at the proposed crossing on Gillies St in Essendon North.
Pragati Senthilkumaran, Zoe Lorenzon, Ruby Kaulfuss, Jared Tao and Ethan Green with Lollipop man Gordon Bell.
December 12th, Essendon North, Melbourne.
Picture : George Salpigtidis

New school start and finish times to be trialled

humanities

The traditional 9am to 3pm school day will be replaced under a trial that gives primary schools the freedom to set their own start and finish times

A 1920 George V Sovereign minted in Sydney that sold at a Monaco online auction on Saturday.

Rare Aussie coins set world record price

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Two rare Australian coins leave loose change behind, fetching around $1.5 million each at a Monaco online auction

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Call to ditch school uniforms for sportswear

Kingswood College has switched a permanent sports day uniform. Dudman sisters Charlotte, (11) and Issey (13) jump for joy in their new outfits while Lucy Beck (13) wears the old uniform. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Kids, parents, teachers and health experts are calling for traditional school uniforms to be replaced with sports uniforms, which could save families money and promote physical activity

New Barbie doll celebrates Aussie role model

Barbie reveals Julie Bishop, as Official 2021 Role Model for Australia - crop 3
civics

Julie Bishop, Australia’s first female foreign affairs minister, has been honoured with her own Barbie doll to celebrate female role models and show girls they can be anything they want to be

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
environment

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

Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

Pelkingese dog "Wasabi" is seen with the trophy after winning Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show June 13, 2021 at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. - Spectators are not allowed this year, apart from dog owners and handlers, because of safety protocols due to Covid-19. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
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Wasabi the Pekingese is one hot hound, beating 2500 other pooches to the top prize: best in show at the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club dog show in the US

Let’s learn more about money

11-06-2021 Barefoot Investor Jars. Darcy Fletcher 10, took part in a money saving pilot program to be featured on Scott Pape's Foxtel show Money Movement. Pictured with his parents Dave and Jasmin, sister Stevie ,8, and brothers Franky ,14 and Billy ,5. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
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Money matters to Aussie kids who want financial literacy to be taught in the classroom, a Kids News survey reveals

Man eaten by whale lives to tell tale

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 12, 2018 a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. - It sounds like a real-life take on "Pinocchio" -- a US lobster fisherman says he was scooped into the mouth of a humpback whale on June 11, 2021 and yet lived to tell the story. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
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Like Jonah from the famous religious stories, a man has been eaten by a humpback whale, which then spat him out. The professional lobster diver was only bruised after his ordeal

Mystery person buys ticket to space

This undated image provided by Blue Origin shows an illustration of the capsule that will be used to take tourist into space. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons. While developers envision ultimately taking people to orbiting habitats, the moon or beyond, the immediate future involves short flights into or near the lowest reaches of space without going into orbit.(Blue Origin via AP)
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An unnamed buyer has won an online auction for a trip to space next month on the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 Moon landing

Aussie Dylan Alcott wins third French Open

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Dylan Alcott of Australia lifts the winners trophy following victory in their quad wheelchair mens singles final against Sam Schroder of The Netherlands during day nine of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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For the third year in a row in France, and 13th time in his career, Aussie wheelchair tennis ace Dylan Alcott is a Grand Slam champion

Brave rat rests up in well-earned retirement

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat receiving a treat while at work detecting landmines in  Cambodia. - The rodent has won the animal equivalent of Britain's highest civilian honour for bravery on September 25, 2020 because of his uncanny knack of sniffing out landmines and unexploded ordnance. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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After five years of sniffing out landmines and other explosives in Cambodia, Magawa the rat — who became famous after winning a top bravery award for dogs — is retiring to eat and play

Grow your own fruit and vegies for good health

The Marian School Vegetable garden. The Kitchen Garden program is being extended - a few schools in Townsville teach this program about healthy eating. Nicholas Ellis 9yo and Olivia Fletcher 9yo of year 4 in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.
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Kids can grow stronger from the ground up by planting their own fruit and vegetables. Get Healthy Harold’s tips on what to plant

Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur

The giant of the Outback has been identified as a new dinosaur genus and species – Australotitan cooperensis, the Southern titan! This dinosaur is a new gigantic titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur group that represent the largest animals that walked on earth.  It reached a similar size to the world’s dinosaur giants found in South America, marking Australia’s first entry into the world’s dinosaur giants
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What is longer than a basketball court and taller than a B-double truck? Australia’s newest and biggest dino, Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper

Auskicker Jaguar is game for big Grand Final role

Jaguar Bogert, 6, was named Auskicker of the Week in round eight and will present a premiership medal to a player from the winning team on Grand Final Day. Picture: AFL Photos
sport

Imagine presenting a premiership medal to an AFL hero on Grand Final Day. That’s the big job pint sized footy fan Jaguar Bogert has after being named an Auskicker of the Week

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

Squid and water bears blast off into space

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
space

Five thousand water bears and 128 glow-in-the-dark baby squid have left Earth aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the science labs of the International Space Station

Australia’s best young spellers revealed

Theekshitha Karthik, 11, is the national champion of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee in the Year 5-6 age group. The Haileybury College student blitzed the competition, run by Kids News and News Corp Australia, scoring 29/30 in a lightning fast 1 min 12 sec. She's now off to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Meet the three national winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee and see who made the top 10

Matt Stanton’s guide to pranking

Mischievous young boy scaring his little sister on Halloween with a rubber spider
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Creating a great prank is just like creating a great story, according to Funny Kid author Matt Stanton. Here are his tips on how to do it

Xena home at last after months lost in bush

Xena was missing for six months, but on Friday at 3am she found her way back home. Laidley Heights, on Sunday, 30th May, 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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A beloved Maremma dog who disappeared during a hailstorm six-and-a-half months ago has finally made it home hungry but alive after being lost in dense bushland in Queensland

NASA releases stunning view of Milky Way

Threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields are weaving a tapestry of energy at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A new image of this new cosmic masterpiece was made using a giant mosaic of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

Picture: NASA

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/images/magnetized-threads-weave-spectacular-galactic-tapestry.html
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An astronomer has spent a year working from home during lockdowns to create a composite image of our galaxy, including billions of stars and countless black holes

How airport sniffer dogs could detect Covid-19

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: English Springer Spaniel Floki, who is 1 of 2 South Australian dogs is taking part the Covid-19 detection training at the University of Adelaide on September 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Researchers from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide are working to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 in people. The Adelaide study is part of an international research effort aimed at training COVID-19 detection dogs who could be used to screen people for coronavirus such as at airports, hospitals or quarantine facilities. The dogs taking part in the study at the University of Adelaide are being trained to pick the positive COVID-19 sweat sample from a line-up of samples, using positive reinforcement in the form of play with their favourite toy for each correct answer. Early results also show dogs trained in this way are able to identify infected individuals prior to the development of symptoms, or in those who are otherwise asymptomatic. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images)
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Sniffer dogs are a step closer to being used in Australian airports to identify Covid-19 carriers after successful first trials

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

Aussie invention coins reveal national love of chocolate

KIDS NEWS: Australia Post's Great Aussie Coin Hunt. Lucy and Archie, both 7, pictured with a giant M for MILO. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Some of Australia’s best chocolate creations are being celebrated on new $1 coins – along with other great Aussie inventions

Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Giovanni Querzani Bologna Italy Phone: Email: Title: ROFL Description: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills. Animal: Panthera Leo Location of shot: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Surfing penguins, a frowning bird, a pouting boxfish and a laughing lion have had the judges of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 laughing a lot

Kids putting backpacks on bees for science

A bee wearing a backpack
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Citizen scientist school students are playing an important role in an innovative research project aimed at understanding and protecting the world’s valuable bee population

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

Repeat tastes the key to liking vegies

Istock image for wellbeing in Gold Coast Eye 
Child is very unhappy with having to eat vegetables. There is a lot of vegetables on his plate. He hates vegetables.
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If the thought of eating a particular vegetable makes you say ‘yuck’, you might need to give it another go. Research shows it can take up to 10 tastes for babies and kids to grow to like a vegie

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

Footy celebrates Indigenous links

Sydney Stack of the Tigers leads the pre match activites during the Round 10 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, May 25, 2019.  (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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The history, culture and achievements of Our First Nations peoples will be in the sporting spotlight this week as the AFL and NRL kick off their Indigenous rounds

Five in six Aussie teens not moving enough

L to R, Chloe Tran 12 years old Stafford, Kyla French 13 years old Mitchelton, Sarah Kennedy 12 years old Grange, Mia Baudino 12 years old Arana Hills, all Members of QC Netball Association U12 and U13 representative teams, active teenager girls playing netball, Downey Park Windsor, on Sunday, 23rd May, 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
health

Most teenagers are not exercising as much as government guidelines recommend, prompting calls for a national strategy to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use

Lego whiz builds mini hometown

Lego whiz kid Connor Brennan , 17, with his new model of the Adelaide skyline, on May 13th, 2021, at his  Redwood Park home.
Picture: Tom Huntley
just for fun

Teenager Connor Brennan feels right at home building with Lego, so it makes sense for him to create a mini version of his hometown, Adelaide

The Aussie landmark coins to flip over

NEWS360 - Australia Post  partnership. Great Aussie Coin Hunt: Opera House.
EMBARGOED until launch  story Monday 10 May.  
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

Call for money lessons in schools

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
money

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

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

Basketball hall of fame honour for Jackson

Australia's Lauren Jackson, left, drives to the basket against Brazil's Adriana Pinto during a women's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Lauren Jackson is about to become the first Australian player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, widely regarded as the sport’s biggest honour

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

Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms unveiled

DAILY TELEGRAPH - Pictured are Olympic Athletes (L-R) Gronya Somerville, Lachlan Tame, Keesja Gofers, Jess Fox, George Ford, Bendere Oboya, Tarni Stepto, Dan Watkins and Safwan Khalil, unveiling the Sportscraft Tokyo Olympic Games Uniforms at Wylies Baths in Coogee today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms for Tokyo show how clothes carry stories, memories and inspiration for our athletes

Meet Australia’s oldest ever man

Dexter Kruger.
civics

Queenslander Dexter Kruger has set a new record as Australia’s oldest ever man, notching up 111 years and 124 days and showing no signs of slowing down

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

China lands probe and rover on Mars

This handout photograph released on February 5, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows an image of Mars captured by China's Mars probe Tianwen-1. (Photo by - / China National Space Administration / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / China National Space Adminstration " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A rover called Zhurong has joined Perseverance and others on the red planet after China became the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation in its first mission to Mars

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens

People cross for the first time the 516 Arouca Bridge, the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge with a length of 516 metres and a height of 175 metres, in Arouca in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)
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Would you be brave enough to walk across this bridge with its wobbly, see-through walkway 174m above the ground?

National Final here we come, say top scorers

Grade 4 student Jacob Matthews, from Derinya Primary School in Frankston South, is one of the state winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, run by Kids News, after scoring 30/30 in the State/Territory Finals. He will be among nine Victorian students vying for the title of National Champion and the chance to win a trip to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister.                      Picture: David Caird
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How do you spell success? Just ask the crop of super spellers who have won their way into the National Final of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee in perfect 30/30 form

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)
explainers

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

Aussie attempts planking world record

Planking guinness World Record - to raise money for CRPS.
Daniel Scali has just been approved to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest abdominal plank. Pictured at Henley Square.
Friday 30 April  2021 Pic Roy VanDerVegt
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Living with chronic pain from childhood has inspired one South Australian man’s world record bid for the longest abdominal plank.

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

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

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

Top award for a dog named Zero

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

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

Siblings share Down syndrome message

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

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

State and territory winners announced

2021 Prime Minister's Spelling Bee - artwork to announce state/territory winners. For Kids News
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Congratulations to all the students who competed in the State/Territory Finals of the Spelling Bee, and especially to the super spellers who will progress to the National Final. See their names here

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is here

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

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

Heaviest moth in the world found at primary school

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

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

Helping Aussies leave the kitchen table

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of May 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Despite new childcare subsidies intended to make it cheaper for adults to go back to workplaces, Mark Knight wonders whether anyone actually wants to get out of trackpants and slippers

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.
space

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

Parrot flies back from brink of extinction

animals

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

Sleep just as good as exercise to keep kids trim

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

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

Visitors to see Colosseum as gladiators saw it

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

Weird fish makes comeback in Murray River

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

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

Kanye West’s sneakers sell for record $1.8 million

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

Do you have a question for author Emily Rodda?

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

Hawk’s in the running for best teammate

Hawk Hodkinson, 13, ran 7km to get to his football game with Highett Football Club after his coach forgot to pick him up. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
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Junior footballer Hawk Hodkinson was so determined not to let his team down he ran 7.5km to his match after his coach forgot to pick him up

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

Oxygen extracted from thin Mars air

This NASA photo shows the Perseverance Mars rover in a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover, on April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission and taken by the WATSON (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering) camera. - NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet. A livestream confirming Ingenuity’s first flight is targeted to begin around 3:30 a.m. EDT Monday, April 12. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has achieved another first in its mission to Mars, extracting breathable oxygen from the Red Planet’s atmosphere which is made up mostly of carbon dioxide

Drawing the Queen and Prince Philip

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 19th of April 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Mark Knight reflects on choosing to depict the Queen accompanied yet again by her husband, so that despite her being seated away from others, she is not totally alone

It’s time to get active, says Healthy Harold

Ask Healthy Harold - staying active. For Kids News
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Exercise is not only good for you, it’s lots of fun. Find out how Healthy Harold loves to be active and ask him a question about staying happy and well

What does Anzac Day mean?

WW11 Airforce Digger 94yo Vince O'Sullivan d pictured at home Friday 17th April 2020.Vince will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway due to covid-19 restrictions. (AAP Image/Sue Graham)
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Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means and how it will be observed this year as we continue to live with COVID-19

Kimberley cave reveals ancient bone tools

Ancient bone tools found in a Kimberley cave system, that are changing long-held scientific beliefs about indigenous culture.
history

Aboriginal people in north Australia were making sharp tools from kangaroo leg bones as far back as 46,000 years ago, based on dating of bone tools found in limestone caves in WA

This is what a spider web sounds like

(GERMANY OUT) Gartenkreuzspinne (Araneus diadematus) - European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) (Photo by Alfred Schauhuber/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
science

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to study spiders and their webs to create eerie music from the vibrations. Listen to what a spider web sounds like

New Aussie high jump record hits 2m mark

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)
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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

Meet the Bee’s perfect score kids

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.
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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.

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

Aussie 15-year-old breaks halfpipe world record

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
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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

Aussie athletes dressing for Olympic success

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)
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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

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

State and territory finalists announced

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

Aussie 100m sprinter breaks Olympics drought

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
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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

Boy in boat rescues people and pets from floods

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
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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

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

Meet Nemo, the peacock spider

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
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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

Aussie Dish to support Moon landings

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
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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

Thunder Birds, Australia’s big ugly ducklings

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)
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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”

Huge ship stuck sideways in Suez Canal

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.”
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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

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

Mars helicopter ready to take flight

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

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

Alice Springs students ready to take on Spelling Bee

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

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

Kids’ screen time Aussie parents’ biggest worry

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
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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

The mystery of Mars’ missing oceans

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

Spelling Bee has students in a buzz

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.
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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?

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

Girls want school uniform rule change

Budget2016 - stock images to be used for Budget 2016 stories.  Low section of elementary students sitting in row in classroom  Picture: istock
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Students at a girls’ school in Sydney sick of not being ­allowed to wear shorts or pants as part of their uniform are fighting to have strict rules dating back more than 100 years changed

Teen baseballer’s big dream coming true

BASEBALL - Tuesday, 9th March, 2012 - Riley Yeatman, 17yrs has signed a contract with US Major League organisation the San Diego Padres. Picture: Sarah Reed
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Riley Yeatman has dreamt of playing in US Major League Baseball. Now the rising star from Adelaide is one step closer to that becoming a reality after signing with the San Diego Padres

World-first fossil find of dino sitting on eggs

The fossil of a dinosaur sitting on a nest of eggs with fossilised babies inside has been unearthed in a world-first discovery that sheds light on how the creatures hatched their young. Image: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. For Kids News
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The discovery of a preserved dinosaur sitting on a nest of eggs with fossilised babies inside is giving researchers new clues into how the creatures hatched their young

What fascinating job will Future You do?

5/3/21. Enfield Primary school students Shania - 8 and sister Bella Clinch - 9yrs are involved with the "Women in STEM, Future You" Program.
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Breaking stereotypes and giving girls new ideas about careers is the aim of a campaign called Future You, which features videos, games and quizzes about 12 characters with great STEM skills

Idyllic setting for an interview about hard times

Mark Knight cartoon Tuesday  9th March 2021.
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Mark Knight wonders what others think about Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah at a time when the world is fighting a once-in-a-hundred-year pandemic

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