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Prime Minister's Spelling Bee 2021 national winners Evan Luc Tran (year 7-8), Theekshitha Karthik (year 5-6) and Arielle Wong (year 3-4).

Champs share top tips for blitzing the Bee

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The reigning national champs have some advice for kids preparing to take on this year’s Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee as the school round of competition kicks off

(032208 Osaka, Japan ) Players representing 36 teams stood in formation after they marched onto the field as part of the opening ceremony at Hanshin Koshien Stadium for the national high school baseball tournament on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Staff Photo by Matthew West. (Photo by Matthew West/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Japan tucks into Four’N Twenty pies

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Japan’s ‘Field of Dreams’ Koshien Stadium will become a field of Four’N Twenty pies after a trade deal to export the iconic Aussie snack

Macro Art Photography Awards - Finalist
Jumping Spider by Richard Kubica from Myjava, Slovakia Picture: Supplied/ Macro Art Awards

Sleepy spiders caught on camera

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Do spiders sleep? New research suggests they just might. And not only that, but their human-like sleep patterns might also mean they dream

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David Walliams visits Kids News

KIDS NEWS exclusive: Bestselling author David Walliams pictured centre with Kids News cub reporters Atticus Jenkins,7, and Iris Le Vay,  11, at the Shakespeare Room, State Library of NSW, Wednesday 20 July 2022. Picture: Ankit Mishra
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Beloved children’s author David Walliams chats exclusively to Kids News cub reporters, answering big questions on character inspo and writing mega-selling books WATCH THE VIDEO

Famous movie scene captures ‘essence’ of Olivia

Mark Knight cartoon on death of Olivia Newton John for Kids News.
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has used a famous scene from the movie Grease to pay tribute to Australian icon Olivia Newton-John and capture the joy she brought generations

Game, set, Spain for tennis sisters

SUN TAS.  Tennis sisters Zola Case-Boag 13 and Escher Case-Boag 12 of Hobart are heading to Spain to further their tennis with their family also relocating.  Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones
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Two talented Tasmanian sisters who turbocharged their tennis throughout Covid will soon be bouncing balls back and forth on clay courts as they relocate to attend an elite Spanish academy

T-rex reigns as king of dinosaurs

scene of the giant dinosaur destroy the park.
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Rejecting calls for a queen and emperor to share the Tyrannosaurus title, dinosaur experts have declared there is only one T-rex

Comm Games close on golden note for Aussies

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Baker Boy performs during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony at Alexander Stadium on August 08, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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The Birmingham Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close with a final gold for Australia and a colourful ceremony featuring Indigenous artists and elders as the baton was passed to regional Victoria

Artefacts unearthed from old Melbourne slum

Melbourne's Pompeii - hidden city being unearthed in CBD.

A series of old Melbourne buildings have been unearthed below the CBD as developers build a new office tower in Bennetts Lane. The archaeological anomoly includes the remains of terrace houses, fireplaces and old staircases. Picture: Jason Edwards
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A buried Melbourne has resurfaced in the CBD with the discovery of excavated artefacts, drawing comparisons with the ancient city of Pompeii as a wonderfully intact portrait of our human past

Great Barrier relief as coral returns

The northern and central Great Barrier Reef have recorded their highest amount of coral cover since the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) began monitoring 36 years ago., Published on Thursday, AIMS’ Annual Summary Report on Coral Reef Condition for 2021/22 shows another year of increased coral cover across much of the Reef., In the 87 representative reefs surveyed between August 2021 and May 2022, average hard coral cover in the region north of Cooktown increased to 36% (from 27% in 2021) and to 33% in the central Great Barrier Reef (from 26% in 2021). However, average coral cover in the southern region (from Proserpine to Gladstone) decreased from 38% in 2021 to 34%. Picture: AIMS,
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Coral coverage on the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef is at its highest level since monitoring began 36 years ago, a new report shows

Cartwheel Galaxy snaps have space fans in a spin

This composite image from Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) released by NASA on August 2, 2022, shows the Cartwheel and its companion galaxies, revealing details that are difficult to see in the individual images alone. - This galaxy formed as the result of a high-speed collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The Cartwheel is composed of two rings, a bright inner ring and a colorful outer ring. Both rings expand outward from the center of the collision like shockwaves. This snapshot provides perspective on what happened to the galaxy in the past and what it will do in the future. (Photo by Space Telescope Science Institut / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The latest cosmic snaps from the James Webb Space Telescope show the Cartwheel Galaxy in unprecedented clarity

Aussies ‘crush it’ in Comm Games pool

Gold medallists Australia's Mollie O'Callaghan, Australia's Emma McKeon, Australia's Chelsea Hodges and Australia's Kaylee McKeown pose during the medal presentation ceremony for the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming final at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on August 3, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)
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Australia has cruised to the top of the Commonwealth Games medal table as the Dolphins felt some serious heat from an energised England but finished on a high as the dominant squad

‘Fierce’ dino fossil fetches fortune

A Gorgosaurus Skeleton measuring 10 feet tall (3.04 meters) is unveiled at Sotheby’s in New York, on July 05, 2022. - The Specimen is the highlight of Sotheby’s geek week sale series and is estimated at $5 to 8 million. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
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The 77-million-year-old Gorgosaurus skeleton sold at Sotheby’s in New York fetched a whopping $US6.1 million, but dinosaur experts say selling the mighty biter is a gigantic loss for science

Language gap gendered to the letter

Girls vocab and spelling is better than boys. (for Kids News Spelling bee - network yarn). Port Melbourne Primary School students Jun Chea (9), Quincie Cracknell (8), Jacob Savva (9) and Ruby Miller (9). Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Boys and girls write about different things and have distinct vocabularies, as an analysis of 150,000 writing samples builds a picture of why girls are better spellers than boys at all year levels

SpaceX junk crashes into Aussie farm at speed

Space junk has been found in paddocks near Dalgety on the banks of the Snowy River in NSW. Pictures: Monaro Police District/Facebook
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An extraterrestrial torpedo travelling at around 25,000km/h, the trunk of the SpaceX Crew-1 craft, has surprised Snowy Mountains farmers by crashing back to Earth with a mighty bang

Sydney girl scouted by Manchester United

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL JULY 29, 2022. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING. Football gun Michaela Togias at Nott Oval in Narellan. Michaela will be flying to Manchester in January to showcase her footballing talent after being scouted by the Manchester United and Manchester City Academy Scouts at a Global Football Network showcase she recently attended. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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After showcasing her soccer skills for visiting Manchester United scouts, 10-year-old Sydney girl Michaela Togias has bagged a sporting scholarship and the chance of a big break in the UK

Emma McKeon makes Comm Games history

Gold medallist Australia's Emma McKeon poses during the medal presentation ceremony for the women's 50m freestyle swimming final at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, on day three of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on July 31, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)
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Swimming star Emma McKeon has become Australia’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete after winning her 11th gold medal

Grazing goats called in to save little lizard

MELBOURNE, JULY 15, 2022: A tribe of goats has landed in MelbourneÕs Royal Park as part of a City of Melbourne trial to regenerate the habitat of the WhiteÕs Skink, a regionally significant species of lizard. Picture: Mark Stewart
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An ingenious trial is underway using grazing goats to munch on grasses threatening the habitat of long-term resident skinks

Party kicks off Comm Games in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Eddie Ockenden and Rachael Grinham, Flag Bearers of Team Australia lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on July 28, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Commonwealth Games are off and running after a party style opening ceremony bursting with light, colour, music and dancing

School’s back at Canberra High

Mark Knight cartoon - back to school. For Kids News
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Our federal politicians returned to the nation’s capital this week, a bit like kids on the first day back at school, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Buzz Aldrin’s jacket sold for sky-high price

Buzz Aldrin's Inflight Coverall Jacket, worn by him on his  Apollo 11 mission to the Moon is on display July 21, 2022 during a media preview at Sotheby’s in New York. - The  auction is Celebrating Life & Career of Legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin featuring Space-Flown Artifacts from Gemini XII & Apollo 11 Missions. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
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The jacket worn by US astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon has sold at auction for almost $4 million

No mistaking author’s support for Spelling Bee

Australia's favourite children's author Andy Griffiths is throwing his support behind the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, the free online competition for students in Years 3-8, run by Kids News in conjunction with the Federal Government. Andy searches the dictionaries for new and exciting words.                     Picture: David Caird
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Andy Griffiths is a pretty good speller, which is kind of important for an author but also just about any path you take in life. And he says making mistakes is all part of the journey

Aussies’ secret weapon at Comm Games

It was a Gold Medal line up for the Speedo Commonwealth Games Swim Suit Launch on the Gold Coast.
Lani Pallister ÐAustralian champion 800 and 1500m freestyle; Triple Fina World Junior champion.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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Team Australia’s modest looking Biofire machine could be the difference between our athletes standing on the Commonwealth Games podium or being wiped out by a wave of Covid positives

Great white sharks in growth spurt

Beautiful, powerful and amazing looking creature beside a nightmare opinion from the peoples haven't see face to face underwater with this guy
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Bans on shark fishing and the creation of marine reserves have seen the size of great white and tiger species soar, as more food and greater safety mean these underwater beasts could get bigger

PM spells out importance of the Bee

Anthony Albanese with last years Prime Minister's Spelling Bee winners Theekshitha Karthik, 12, and Arielle Wong, 11, to launch this year's competition.                     Picture: David Caird
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants more buzz around spelling – so he’s urging kids to take on this year’s Spelling Bee

Molly’s message is changing the world

Molly Wright in a fresh pic for SaturdayÕs paper following confirmation her TED Talk was the most popular in the world for 2021. Pics Adam Head
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Queensland schoolgirl Molly Wright became the youngest person to give a TED Talk a year ago. Today her message has had more than 8 million views, trailing only Elon Musk and Bill Gates

Aussie claims historic high jump gold

Australia's Eleanor Patterson competes in the women's high jump final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 19, 2022. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
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Eleanor Patterson has shocked the world by becoming the first ever Aussie to take home the gold medal in women’s high jump

Back to the future for masked up school kids

Mark Knight cartoon on facemasks in schools - for Kids News
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has borrowed a time travelling DeLorean car to illustrate Victoria’s return to face masks in schools

Fears for Migaloo after dead white whale find

A  beached, rare white Humpback Whale on the Eastern Coast of Victoria.  Scientists are working out if the whale is the well know Migaloo or perhaps a relative. Picture: Supplied,
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The discovery of a dead whale washed up on a Victorian beach sparked fears it was the famous white humpback Migaloo

Aussie golfer wins British Open

Australia's Cameron Smith speaks beside the Claret Jug, the trophy for the Champion golfer of the year at a press confernece after winning the 150th British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on July 17, 2022. - Australia's Cameron Smith claimed his first major title on Sunday after a stunning final round of 64 saw him win the 150th British Open at St Andrews by a one-stroke margin. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
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The hallowed ancient golf course St Andrews in Scotland has a new kid in town, after 28-year-old Brisbane golfer Cameron Smith claimed the 150th British Open sporting his signature mullet

World population to hit eight billion this year

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India is set to overtake China as the world’s biggest country after the global population hits eight billion people on November 15 this year

Dino set to fetch millions of dollars at auction

A Gorgosaurus Skeleton measuring 10 feet tall (3.04 meters) is unveiled at Sotheby’s in New York, on July 05, 2022. - The Specimen is the highlight of Sotheby’s geek week sale series and is estimated at $5 to 8 million. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
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The skeleton of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur is up for sale. But you’ll need more than your weekly pocket money to afford this fantastic fossil

Girls surfing new wave of sports

Dakota FitzPatrick, 13 in Port Noarlunga South , where sheÕs taken up surfling, Sunday, July 10, 2022. Picture: MATT LOXTON [Mum: Renee 0402569446]
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Females are riding a wave of sporting opportunity, as the latest activity snapshot shows surfing and skateboarding participation ramped up during the pandemic and girls got right among it

Turtle and croc strike up unlikely friendship

"Ross the Croc" was snapped with a turtle on his back along the Ross River near Douglas Park on Sunday. Picture: Kane Wiblen
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A fearless turtle appears to have struck up an unlikely friendship with a crocodile in northeast Queensland, with locals snapping a picture of it riding on the croc’s back

Baby woolly mammoth intact in ice

EMBARGO FOR TWAM 26 FEB 2022. FEES MAY APPLY. Lyuba the baby woolly mammoth in the lab. Credit Copyright RIA Novosti.jpg Supplied for Elizabeth Fortescue for story on Australian Museum exhibition. Picture: Supplied.
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A near-complete infant woolly mammoth has been found mummified in Canada’s far north Yukon territory, complete with hair and skin preserved in permafrost for over 30,000 years

Bush and beach beat traditional kinder classes

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Bush Kindergarten owner Natalie Cross runs the weekly outdoor program. Deakin University researchers found pre-school aged kids who played outdoors with sticks, trees and sand were more likely to perform better in those areas once they started school.  Natalie with Frankie, 3 , Loa, 5, and Evie, 5. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Preschool students who can dump gendered toys and play outside in the bush or at the beach are more likely to perform better in maths, science and technology subjects once they start big school

Djokovic downs Kyrgios in Wimbledon final

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on July 9, 2022 shows Australia's Nick Kyrgios (L) reacting during his men's singles quarter final tennis match on the tenth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2022 and Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrating his victory during his men's singles tennis match on the third day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2022. - Australia's Nick Kyrgios will face Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the Wimbledon Championships final match on July 10, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK and SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
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There was some amazing tennis – and some fireworks – from Nick Kyrgios as the Australian’s Wimbledon dream was ended by Novak Djokovic

Ash Barty talks to Kids News about her new books

Ash Barty is interviewed by Kids News junior reporter Leonel Molina about her Little Ash children's book series. Picture: HarperCollins
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Retired tennis star Ash Barty has swapped her racquet for a pen to write her Little Ash children’s book series. She speaks exclusively to Kids News. WATCH THE VIDEO

Healthy Harold taps into the power of plants

Harold with plants. Picture: LifeEd
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Plants don’t just look great in the classroom, they can improve maths and spelling too! Find some great school garden ideas here and apply for a Growing Good Gardens Grant

Space junk crash leaves double crater in moon

A rocket body impacted the Moon on March 4, 2022, near Hertzsprung crater, creating a double crater roughly 28 meters wide in the longest dimension. LROC NAC M1407760984R; image enlarged 3x Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
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The moon has a new and unusual double crater after a mysterious piece of rocket space junk slammed into the lunar surface

Bees in ‘lockdown’ to stop parasite spread

Honey Bee on Pea flower, Muogamarra Nature Reserve Australia
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The NSW government has ordered a lockdown of bee hives after the discovery of a deadly foreign parasite that has decimated bee populations overseas

Census reveals changing shape of Australia

Waving Australia flag in the air.
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The 2021 Census data reveals a nation of 25.5 million people of diverse backgrounds, speaking a number of languages, practising different religious faiths and living in a mix of dwellings

Meet the ugliest mutt on Earth

Mr. Happy Face looks towards the camera before the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 24, 2022. - Mr. Happy Face, a 17-year-old Chinese Crested, saved from a hoarder's house, won the competition taking home the $1500 prize. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)
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An ageing Mr Happy Face has won the World’s Ugliest Dog crown – now he’s winning fans around the globe with his story of survival and a second chance at love after being rescued last year

Aussie teen drafted to the NBA

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 23: Dyson Daniels poses for a portrait after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Bendigo teenager Dyson Daniels has hit the big time in style, picked by the News Orleans Pelicans at the annual NBA draft and rocking a snappy silver suit fit for a young instant millionaire

NASA rocket launches from NT

US space agency NASA launched a commercial rocket from Arnhem Space Centre. Picture: Equatorial Launch Australia
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A NASA rocket lit up the skies above the Arnhem Space Centre at Sunday night’s launch, the first rocket to leave Australian soil in 26 years and the space agency’s first outside the USA

Aussie cities fall in world liveability ranks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: People get their morning exercise walking alongside the Yarra River on May 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Lockdown restrictions remain in place across Victoria in response to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's northern suburbs. During the seven-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, residents can only leave home for five reasons: care and caregiving, exercise, work and to buy groceries, or to get vaccinated. The lockdown is effective from 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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The world’s best cities to live in have been revealed and there are some surprising results as we learn to live with Covid-19. Guess which Australian city finished the highest

Classroom ‘doggie dates’ reduce stress

30/09/2021: Wheenie - This South Australian Miniature Schnoodle  works as a therapy dog at Settlers farm Primary School. Picture Kelly Barnes
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Stress is bad for learning, behaviour, health and wellbeing – and there are many ways schools are trying to tackle it. But new research suggests the best way is having a canine classmate

La Nina’s over but don’t put your umbrella away yet

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As heavy rain lashed Bondi Beach Eloise Bekker (2) and her sister Felicity (4) were out exploring the suburb they are moving to soon with their parents Anthony and Alexandra.

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Just when we thought we had seen the end of the La Nina climate driver responsible for dumping all that rain, the weather bureau is warning it could be back for a third year in a row

World’s largest fish caught in Cambodia

The world's biggest freshwater fish, a giant stingray, that weighs 661 pounds (300 kilograms) is pictured with International scientists, Cambodian fisheries officials and villagers at Koh Preah island in the Mekong River south of Stung Treng province, Cambodia June 14, 2022. Picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2022. Chhut Chheana/Wonder of Mekong/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES NO ARCHIVES
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A giant stingray weighing a whopping 300kg and measuring 4m long has been caught by Cambodian fishermen – and released back into the Mekong River

Extra-curricular kids happier and healthier

A multi-ethnic group of high school age girls are taking aerobic dance fitness class at the gym.
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Children who play sport, learn an instrument or even just muck around with friends after school are more likely to feel happier and healthier than kids who are parked in front of a screen

Last days to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS 2022 Short Story Competition: SMARTdaily - Freja Lee, 9, grandma Patricia Lee and brother Oskar Lee, 11. Picture: supplied
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There’s still two days to enter the Kids News 2022 Short Story Competition – prime time to forage through your family’s stories and give your favourite a fictional makeover before entries close

Aussie soccer kid to star in Spain

DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNE 13, 2022. Sydney kid Cruz Cummins, 10, will representing Australia at the IBER Cup Tournament in the U12 team in Spain and Portugal on June 26, where he will compete against Ronaldos son, Ronaldo Jr. Pictured at the Fraser Park Football Club in Marrickville. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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He’s just 10-years-old, but Sydney soccer player Cruz Cummins is flying high, bound for the IBER Cup International Youth Football Tournament before meeting talent scouts from Manchester United

Try Harold’s delicious and nutritious smoothie

Healthy Harold the giraffe from LifeEd loves to drink milk. For Kids News
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Healthy Harold knows milk is a great way to get the calcium he needs. You can get yours too with Harold’s delicious rainbow smoothie recipe. WATCH THE VIDEO

Find the Short Story Comp entry form here

Funny books rule for Aussie kids. The top 50 most popular kids's fiction books of the past decade have been revealed - and they are dominated by laugh-out-loud, cheeky reads. Grade four student Natalie Morgan (11) is a fan of funny books.Natalie writes her own story for the Kids News Short Story Competition. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Don’t miss out on the Kids News Short Story Competition. Entries close on Friday, June 24. Find the online entry form and more info here

‘Little Picasso’ takes art world by storm

A painting by Andres Valencia, 10, who has been hailed as Little Picasso. Picture: Instagram @andresvalenciaart
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Parents cherish every artwork that makes it home, but if the exploding international interest in 10-year-old Californian Andres Valencia is any measure, not all classroom art is created equal

Black hole eats an Earth every second

This handout photograph released by The European Southern Observatory on March 24, 2021, shows the polarised view of the black hole in the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy, with lines marking the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole by The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration. - The astronomers who gave the world it's first true glimpse of a black hole have produced another landmark image, this time capturing the polarised light swirling around the same star-eating monster's magnetic fields. But it is more than just a pretty picture. Never before has it been possible to measure polarisation -- which causes light waves to vibrate in a single plane -- so close to the edge of a black hole.  The new observations, based on data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) in 2017, are key to understanding how a galaxy can project streams of energy thousands of lightyears outward from its core, more than 300 scientists reported Wednesday in a pair of studies. (Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A giant black hole 500 times bigger than the one in our galaxy has been spotted by an international team of astronomers led by the Australian National University – and this is one very hungry hole

Kids inspire sustainable switch

3/6/22. MOO is now using plastic that has been washed up on beaches and found in oceans to create environmentally friendly tubs and lids. Minnie Saunders - 11 and Nevada Maio - 11 from Parkside Primary school, where the idea about recycling started from. Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Some hard questions at a primary school careers day prompted MOO yoghurt boss Mick Sanders to find a sustainable packaging solution using 100 per cent recycled plastic washed up on beaches

Pet rock hitches ride on Mars rover

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the area in front of it using its onboard Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera A. This image was acquired on May 26, 2022 (Sol 449) at the local mean solar time of 15:39:48. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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NASA’s Perseverance rover has picked itself up a pet rock as it explores Mars, carrying the rocky hitchhiker for about 8.5km and counting

Beetroot boosts sporting performance

For The Weekly Times Country Living gardening Feb 24 2021:  For a root vegetable in your garden think about planting beetroot. Picture: Fawcett Media
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If you’ve got a big sporting comp coming up, you might want to put beetroot on your menu after Australian researchers found the vegetable can give athletes a competitive edge

Cartoon celebrates wiggly World Cup win

mark Knight cartoon on Australia reaching the World Cup finals
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What chance did Peru have against goalie Andrew Redmayne and his wiggly mates in Australia’s World Cup qualifier, asks cartoonist Mark Knight

Wiggly jig helps Aussies to World Cup

DOHA, QATAR - JUNE 13: Australia celebrate after defeating Peru in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Playoff match between Australia Socceroos and Peru at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on June 13, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)
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The Socceroos have qualified for the World Cup in a sudden-death shootout, won after goalie Andrew Redmayne’s rousing routine of what looked a lot like the Wiggles’ Hot Potato

Shark cam captures life and death struggles

Cameras fitted to tiger sharks in Western Australia are giving scientists an unprecedented view of the life and death struggles of the predators and their prey. Picture: Alex Kydd
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Cameras fitted to tiger sharks in Western Australia are giving scientists an unprecedented view of the life and death struggles of the predators and their prey

Crackling campfire or healthy coral reef?

A clownfish in an anemone (credit Tim Lamont, Lancaster University)
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Scientists have discovered that a healthy coral reef sounds a bit like a crackling campfire. Now they hope to monitor coral health around the globe after training AI to listen to the surprise “song of the reef”

NASA to launch rockets from the NT

The Arnhem Space Centre
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NASA rockets haven’t launched from Australian shores since the tail-end of last century – now three will lift off from the Northern Territory’s new space centre by the middle of next month

Louis’ antics steal the show at Jubilee party

Mark Knight cartoon for SHS
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Young Prince Louis calls an end to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as only a child can in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Look out for rare planetary show

A diagram of the planets in our solar system with the planets names
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Five planets will align in their natural order from the Sun in the early morning sky this month, the first time this planetary show has happened in almost 18 years

New Kosciuszko koalas adapted to survive

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. 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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A previously unknown koala population in Kosciuszko National Park adds ‘insurance’ against species extinction as rare sightings over the past 80 years make the discovery an even bigger surprise

Teen puts pilot’s wings before wheels

WEEKEND TELEGRAPH: MAY 21,2022


Chloe Familton (16 years of age) of Cherrybrook at Camden airport. Chloe recently obtained her full Recreational PilotÕs licence through the Air Activity Centre with her father Scott Familton.
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The sky’s the limit for 16-year-old high school student Chloe Familton – a qualified solo pilot with more hours in the cockpit than behind the wheel of a car

Traffic noise spells trouble for school learning

Pagewood Public school's Lollipop Lady , Denise Page at work , guiding students and parents over the crossing to school. Denise is retiring after 13 years helping children across the road in Page Street, Outside the school. Picture: John Appleyard
environment

Noise pollution policymakers may need to listen up, as a European study shows students need a little bit of shush around their school in order to develop working memory and improved attentiveness

Party time to mark Queen’s historic reign

Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (R) holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. - Huge crowds converged on central London in bright sunshine on Thursday for the start of four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP)
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Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 70 years, longer than any other British monarch before her. You’ll never guess how Australia celebrated the milestone

Monster prehistoric Aussie plant discovered

The seagrass Posidonia australis was found in the shallows of Shark Bay in WA. It is the largest plant on Earth and at least 4500 years old. Picture: University of Western Australia
science

Australian scientists have found the largest known plant on Earth in the UNESCO World Heritage Shark Bay of WA – and it’s 4500 years old

Lion with mullet causes uproar at Chinese zoo

Hang Hang at Guangzhou Zoo in China, sports a unique mane. Zookeepers insist his golden locks were left limp and droopy by the 32C heat and 89% humidity. Hang Hang was snapped trawling around his enclosure with a fellow lion on May 29, and a caretaker said photos of the 'do attracted more visitors.', Picture: Supplied
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Even lions can have a bad hair day. Just ask Hang Hang. The big cat’s once glorious mane looks more like a mullet, with keepers blaming hot and humid weather

Aussie rides into cycling history

VERONA, ITALY - MAY 29: Jai Hindley of Australia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium with the Trofeo Senza Fine as overall race winner during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 21 a 17,4km individual time trial stage from Verona to Verona / ITT / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 29, 2022 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
sport

Australian cyclist Jai Hindley has won the Giro d’Italia, becoming only the second Aussie to take a Grand Tour title as he reunites with his parents at the finish line after more than two years apart

Dig deeper on International Dinosaur Day

Melbourne Museum Life-like Baby Triceratops puppet unveiling of Melbourne Museum's triceratops exhibition.      Sam 4, bumps into the baby triceratops in the Forest Gallery.                 Picture: David Caird
animals

A Melbourne palaeontologist has shared some of his favourite dinosaur facts as the creatures take centre stage on their international day. WATCH THE VIDEO

Have you read these Aussie kids’ favourites?

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TV personality, comedian and author David Walliams visits Erskineville Public School to launch his new book. L to R, Kindy students with David - Olive Corben, Charlie Stewart, David Walliams, Aja Shooter and Maddox Topping. Pic, Sam Ruttyn
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Australian kids love funny, naughty and cheeky books. Is your favourite on the list of top 50 most popular children’s books of the past decade?

Funny photos focus on serious pothole problem

Alex Dyson has collaborated with Fix our rural roads to draw attention to the fact that South-West Victoria has some of the worst bits of bitumen in the country. , Picture: Facebook
civics

Alex Dyson looks like he’s having a laugh but his funny photographs aim to highlight a serious problem on rural roads

Demons adopt Indigenous name

Melbourne Demons Steven May, far left, and Jack Viney, far right launch the Narrm Football Club along with Indigenous artist Ky-ya Nicholson Ward Ben Gibson / Melbourne Football Club
indigenous news

Melbourne Football Club has adopted its traditional Indigenous name for two rounds of the AFL season in a move the club hopes will promote education and important conversations

Young Aussies quite keen on Queen

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the 'A Gallop Through History' performance, part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 15, 2022 in Windsor, England. The Royal Windsor Horse Show continued the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the 'A Gallop Through History' event. Each evening, the Platinum Jubilee celebration saw over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute production that took the audience on a 'gallop through history' from Elizabeth I to the present day. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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An unusual poll that floats the idea of Australia inventing its own royal family finds a surprising number of young adult Australians are in favour of being ruled by the British one

Young Ivy rollerskates to ‘mini’ World Cup win

Ivy Kerkemeyes, 9, from Adelaide, won the "mini" division of the Artistic World Roller Skating Cup in Italy, defeating 26 other girls with her score of 44.33 out of 50.
sport

The ‘mini’ division of the Artistic Skating World Cup in Italy delivered a major victory for an Adelaide roller girl, who first laced up and skated onto a local rink at the tender age of two

Ariarne sets world record at Aussie swim trials

Ariarne Titmus of Australia reacts after setting a new world record in the women's 400 metre freestyle final on day five of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Brenton Edwards / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
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Aussie Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus has stunned the global swimming community, breaking the world record in her pet event after Zac Stubblety-Cook breaks the 200m breaststroke barrier

Moments that made sporting history

Indigenous Sporting Firsts artwork for Kids News
indigenous news

To celebrate Indigenous Sport Month, Kids News is looking at 50 sporting firsts achieved by Indigenous athletes through history, from Patty Mills to Cathy Freeman and everyone in between

Waddle they think at school?

MELBOURNE. 16/05/2022..  A different take on walking the pets to school. Every morning Edithvale kids Finn walking Ryan Gosling the Goose and sister Mia walking the family dog Sadie to school .   Contact id father Chris 0412984698  . Photo by Michael Klein
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A Victorian family’s pet goose shows birds of a feather don’t always flock together, preferring the company of his humans and canine best friend

Meet Australia’s new prime minister

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Labor Leader Anthony Albanese delivers his victory speech alongside his partner Jodie Haydon during the Labor Party election night event at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club on May 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Labor leader Anthony Albanese has claimed victory over Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison to become Australia's 31st Prime Minister. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
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Labor leader Anthony Albanese is to be sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister after his party won the federal election at the weekend

Australians love ‘true blue’ homemade TV

Still from animated children's TV show BLUEY
humanities

There’s laughter, tears, the relaxed local lingo, a familiar family and a relatable, authentic Australian vibe – no wonder a new study has found we want more Bluey-style TV

Bulldozer PM crashes into young soccer player

ELECTION TEAM 2022 
LIBERAL BUS TOUR  18/5/2022  

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends training night at the Devonport Strikers Soccer Club following the recent announcement by Gavin Pearce to upgrade ground facilities if re elected. This event is located in the electorate of BRADDON.  
 
ATTENDING:
The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister
Mr Gavin Pearce MP, Federal Member for Braddon
Mr Drew Smith, President, Devonport Strikers
Mr Chris McKenna, Vice President, Devonport Strikers
Mr Malcolm Gory, Coach WomenÕs Super League

Picture: Jason Edwards
news

Under-8s soccer player Luca Fauvette has become the unexpected star of the federal election campaign after his tangle with the PM on the pitch

Eurovision has a new winner

Mark Knight cartoon on Ukraine's Eurovision win. For Kids News
arts

First Ukraine took out Eurovision, now its leader Volodymyr Zelensky is the winner in cartoonist Mark Knight’s political version of the famous song contest

Get our free Elections Education Kit

Kids News elections education kit - artwork
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Australia is off to the polls. Let’s learn more about how and why we have federal elections

Aussie teen’s triumphant Everest trek

17/05/2022 Gabby Kanizay at the summit of Mt Everest.. Gabby is the youngest Australian female to climb both Everest and Lhotse. picture : Facebook
humanities

There were happy tears as Melbourne teenager Gabby Kanizay made it the top of Mt Everest after a six-week trek and became the youngest ever Australian to conquer the world’s highest peak

Traditional Indigenous games build sports skills

London Olympics 2012 - Women's 20km Race Walk in London. Australia's Beki Lee in action.
indigenous news

Olympian Beki Smith loves learning traditional Indigenous – or Yulunga – games from her eight-year-old son. You can try them too by downloading the special Yulunga games guide in this story

TikTok teaching set to trump tired English tasks

12/5/22. TikTok, memes, blogs, podcasts and Instagram posts are set to take their place on the national English school curriculum, displacing Òstale, old-fashionedÓ writing taskd - teens Macy Adamson, 14, and Inara Lang, 15 using social media on there phones and some of them recording a tiktok  Picture: Keryn Stevens
humanities

TikTok, memes, blogs, podcasts and Instagram posts might shake up the curriculum and revamp old-fashioned English tasks as digital writing looks set to join the classics in the classroom

Tassie girl becomes face of AFL team bid

SUN TAS.  Push for a Tasmanian AFL team with Lily Champ 10 of Launceston the star of the advertising campaign.  Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones
sport

The young star of Tasmania’s campaign for its own AFL team is a ten-year-old girl who dreams of tackling the opposition on her home turf as a future AFLW talent, not moving to the mainland

Barty: I want to inspire kids to chase their dreams

Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) poses as she visits Uluru in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia on Friday, February 25, 2022. MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT Scott Barbour/TENNIS AUSTRALIA
indigenous news

Indigenous Sport Month ambassador and retired tennis champ Ash Barty reveals her heroes and hopes for the future

Leo’s a cut above in the charity stakes

9 year old Leo Saw wants to help animals so he hopes he can raise some money by chopping off his much loved mullet. He has two dogs and wants all doggos to be safe and in warm homes so he started this fundraiser for the Lost Dogs Home. Leo prepares to chop his locks with his dog Elly.                      Picture: David Caird
humanities

Animal mad Melbourne boy Leo Saw is planning to cut off his prized mullet to raise money for the Lost Dogs’ Home

Footy ump would have been great in debate

Mark Knight political leaders debate for Kids News.
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The Great Debate between our political leaders was more like a contact sport, according to cartoonist Mark Knight. If only there had been a football umpire to pull them into line

Marilyn Monroe pop art makes a motza

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 29, 2022 a woman takes a photo of Andy Warhol's 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' during Christie's 20th and 21st Century Art press preview at Christie's New York in New York City. - An iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe by American pop art visionary Andy Warhol went under the hammer for a record $195 million on May 9, 2022 at Christie's, becoming the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold at public auction. "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn," produced in 1964 two years after the death of the glamourous Hollywood star, sold for exactly $195.04 million, including fees, in just four minutes in a crowded room at Christie's headquarters in Manhattan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
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Screen star Marilyn Monroe’s lasting allure was the perfect match for Andy Warhol’s pop art style, with one famous portrait now the most expensive 20th century work ever sold at public auction

Turn a fast food favourite into a healthy feast

Having fun in the kitchen with Healthy Harold from LifeEd.
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Who said pizza wasn’t a health food? Certainly not Healthy Harold, who knows homemade pizza can be both delicious and nutritious. And he's got a great recipe to share. WATCH THE VIDEO

NAPLAN testing moves online

Vic kids doing NAPLAN digitally for the first time with questions also being asked based on their abilities. St John Vianneys Primary School in Parkdale has been preparing for the national online assessment to make sure it goes ahead without any tech troubles. Ren 10 (centre) sit a practice NAPLAN test with fellow year 5 students Ivy 11 and Leroy 11, (front) Thao 10 and Billy 10 (back) on laptop computers.   
Picture: David Caird
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As 1.2 million students around Australia start NAPLAN testing from Tuesday, the national assessment authority confirms extra security measures for students completing the assessment online

Monstrous megaraptor unearthed in Argentina

Life reconstruction of Maip macrothorax. Image credit: Agustín Ozán.
animals

Boasting terrifying talons, one mighty big belly and a bulky body the length of a three-storey building, this Cretaceous era Argentinian dinosaur was once the apex predator of the Andes

eSports in line for Brisbane Olympics debut

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 27, 2019 Richard Tyler Blevins (on screen), aka Ninja, speaks to the crowd at the start of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals - Round Two  at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. - Fortnite rejoiced on October 15, 2019 as a new chapter began, freeing them from staring at a black hole that marked the end of the last one. "Drop into a New World Fortnite Chapter 2 is available now. Share your #FirstDrop!," Fortnite tweeted.On Sunday, an asteroid blew up the Fortnite virtual world, where users must search for weapons and other resources while eliminating other players -- all while trying to stay alive. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)
sport

Competitive video gaming could be included at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games – but there are fears it will come at the cost of some iconic Australian sports

Injured flying fox spreads her wings again

Injured flying fox Werribee Open Range Zoo
animals

A broken wing is really bad news for a flying fox. But this girl is back gliding through the night thanks to life-saving surgery by vets from Werribee Open Range Zoo