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Happy holidays from the Kids News team

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Kids News is taking a break to enjoy the school holidays. We’ll be back ready for 2022 from January 31. We hope you have a relaxing time either at home or away

Zoe Neal's Covid-19 cartoon won the Kids New Cartoon Contest in the Year 7-8 age group.

Cartoon Contest winners unveiled

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The absurd side of pandemic life and a rugby obsessed penguin have inspired the winning entries in the inaugural Kids News Cartoon Contest. Check out the winning cartoons here

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Face mask litter a major problem

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Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

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Bird sounds set for ARIA success

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo
animals

Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10

Time to have some fun with Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! by David Walliams
just for fun

Download four great activity sheets to celebrate the end of the school year and the release of international best-selling author David Walliams’ new book, Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!

Pooch patrol solution to seagull woes

Peppa the seagull patrol dog at the Sydney Opera House from Mad Dogs and Englishmen patrolling the Opera Bar with Handler Lauren Swan. Picture Rohan Kelly
animals

Man’s best friend has a new role: banisher of seagulls and protector of chips. Meet the dogs recruited to shoo marauding seagulls away from diners at the Sydney Opera House

Djoker’s toughest opponent in record bid

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News.
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One man stands between tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and his bid to win a record number of Grand Slams with victory at the Australian Open, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Mystery object spied on the moon

A mystery object on the moon is puzzling scientists. Picture: China
 National Space Administration.
space

Wild theories – and more logical explanations – abound as images from China’s lunar rover reveal an unidentified object on the dark side of the moon

Great Barrier Reef’s coral baby boom

Professor Peter Harrison inspecting coral IVF colonies at Heron Island lagoon, December 2020
environment

Corals born during an innovative IVF project have reached maturity in time for a reproductive rush at the Great Barrier Reef’s annual mass spawning event

Seaweed for cows lowers climate cost

A cow at grazing wearing a methane measuring equipment
animals

Seaweed shows promise as an additive to cut the methane produced by dairy cows, a major source of greenhouse gas

Get a sneak peek of Matt Stanton’s new book

The Odds: Run, Odds, Run by Matt Stanton is Kids News book club book of the month for December.
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One of Kids News’ favourite authors, Matt Stanton, is back to round out our year with his latest graphic novel, The Odds: Run, Odds, Run. Start reading it here

Pygmy hippo birth, hip hip hooray!

KIDS NEWS Taronga Zoo welcomes a pygmy hippo. Picture: supplied
animals

With fewer than 3000 pygmy hippos estimated to be left in the wild, the birth of a waddling little calf at Taronga Zoo is certainly cause for big whoops of welcome

Short Story Comp 2021 winners revealed

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30 2021: 
Sadie Quinn winner of the Years 5-6 category of the short story competition in Sydney. Picture: Newscorp - Daily Telegraph / Gaye Gerard
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Our Short Story Competition has unearthed some amazing new writing talent and given a past champ another chance to shine. Find out who the winners are and read their stories here

Kids News Cartoon Contest is now closed

Kids News Cartoon Contest artwork by Mark Knight.
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Well done to all the budding cartoonists who sent in cartoons. The judges are checking them out now

Aussie teen’s world record twist

James Harvey 15 who has the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive cat twists on a trampoline at the Eastside Activity Centre at Rokeby.  Picture: Chris Kidd
just for fun

A Tassie teen has set a new trampoline world record for the most ‘cat twists’ in a row. Can you guess how many he landed?

How to swap screen time for green time

Healthy Harold gives his tips on how to manage screen time.
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It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re on a screen. It even happens to Healthy Harold! See Harold’s tips for swapping screen time for green time – and send him your questions

Spelling Bee champs blitz PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor
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Third time proved a charm for winners of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, who finally met the man himself after several Covid cancellations – and Kids News was there

Who is this cricket star?

Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne as a young cricket player. Picture: Cricket Australia
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Do you recognise this young cricketer? He’s all grown up now and a key member of the Australian cricket team. Find out who he is and how he turned his love of the game as a little kid into an impressive career

Risk plus adventure equals fun at the park

Research from Deakin Uni about the things kids, young people and oldies want from Victorian and Melbourne parks.
Kids - flying foxes and trees to climb
Teens - basketball courts and places to hang out
Oldies - places to walk and birdwatching places.
Yumi and Coco playing up a tree. Picture: Tim Carrafa
just for fun

Flying foxes, trees for climbing, swings and obstacle courses are on the park wishlist for Aussie kids, new research reveals

Cheetah Kulinda is just wild for zoo life

Cheetah lure at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
animals

Life is never boring for cheetah Kulinda thanks to special enrichment programs designed to keep animals healthy and happy at our zoos

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
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Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Should have called in an expert

Mark Knight cartoon for tuesday 23rd of November 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper
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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons a teenage fangirl would have been the perfect option to pull off Channel 7’s botched interview with singing megastar Adele

Enter the Kids News Cartoon Contest

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight at his home studio following a the viral and negative reaction to his cartoon which depicted Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka during the U.S. Open. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Sharpen your pencils, we want budding cartoonists to create a cartoon about a news event that matters to them. Get tips from some of Australia’s best cartoonists and find the Kids News Cartoon Contest entry form here

Cold, wet summer Down Under

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng
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Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold

Assassin spiders dodge death

Kangaroo Island fire. The view back towards Kingscote along the Playford Hwy. Picture: Brad Fleet
animals

Kangaroo Island assassin spiders have been found alive almost two years after bushfires were feared to have wiped them out

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16th NOVEMBER 2021 - EMBARGOED - MUST TALK TO JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE USE.
Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson
animals

A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

How to stay healthy and happy during Covid

Life Education's Healthy Harold has some advice on staying healthy and happy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has meant big changes for people around the world – kids included. It’s been tough at times but Healthy Harold has some great advice for getting through the pandemic

What is World Children’s Day all about?

KIDS NEWS World Children's Day UNICEF
explainers

Celebrated November 20 each year, World Children’s Day is the ideal time to think about other children, their lives and challenges. Find out about World Children’s Day and its history

Snap! Fingertips set speed record

KIDS NEWS: clicking fingers/snapping fingers. Picture: iStock
science

A simple click of the fingers has been shown to be the fastest human body movement by snap-happy physicists inspired by Avengers villain Thanos 

Tiny puggle recovers at Taronga

Taronga Zoo keeper Liz McConnell is hand raising Weja the 75-day-old echidna puggle that was found orphaned in the far western NSW town of Weja. Liz and her team will raise the puggle to be released back into the wild when it gets to around 10 months old. Picture: Toby Zerna
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A perfect little puggle abandoned on a NSW property is loving life with its ‘surrogate mum’ at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Power up with healthy foods

Healthy Harold and a family enjoy a picnic of healthy food.
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The right foods not only help to keep you healthy and strong, they also power your body through the day. Read Healthy Harold’s advice on the foods you need for energy

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation
animals

After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

Original Apple-1 computer sells for $545,000

This handout photo provided by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. on November 9, 2021 shows the Chaffey College Apple-1 computer. - An original Apple computer, hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, sold for $400,000 at auction in the United States on Tuesday. The functioning Apple-1, the great-great-grandfather of today's sleek chrome-and-glass Macbooks, had been expected to fetch up to $600,000 when it went under the hammer in California. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  Keith Berson / John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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An original Apple-1 computer hand-built by the company founders has sold for over half a million Aussie dollars – but that's not even close to the record for these 45 year old tech relics

Aussie’s make cricket T20 World Cup history

Australia's Glenn Maxwell (L) and Mitchell Marsh celebrate their win in the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 14, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)
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Few rated the Aussies a chance, but batsmen Mitch Marsh and David Warner had other ideas, leading Australia to its first T20 World Cup title

Record ride on top of hot-air balloon

This selfie picture taken on November 10, 2021, shows French balloonist Remi Ouvrard attempting to set a world record by standing on the top of a hot air balloon for the Telethon at an altitude of over 3637 meters, in Chatellerault, western France. (Photo by REMI OUVRARD / AFP)
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A French daredevil has set a world record for standing on top of a hot-air balloon higher above the ground than ever before – and has this breathtaking selfie to prove it

Tiny frog species found in NSW

A new frog species has been discovered in Wollumbin National Park in northern New South Wales,The new species has been named Assa wollumbin sp.nov.
animals

A new species of ‘hip pocket’ frog discovered in NSW has been granted immediate habitat protection – its rare features including males that carry tadpoles in pouches

VIPs leave their mark on climate summit

Mark Knight cartoon on the end of climate summit
environment

The irony of world leaders and other VIPs arriving at a climate change conference in carbon-emitting jets is highlighted in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

What is Remembrance Day all about?

Remembrance Day at the Shrine of Remembrance. Riley Gilbert 7yrs in a field of poppies. Picture : Ian Currie
explainers

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is a special time to remember those who have fought and died for our country. Find out more about Remembrance Day and what it signifies

Tennis legend Dylan Alcott to retire

MELBOURNE. Tennis Announcement. 09/11/2021.  Australian wheelchair tennis player announces that the 2022 Australian Open will be his last and he will retire from the sport     .  Photo by Michael Klein.
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The world's most successful quad tennis player is set to retire, with Golden Slam champion Dylan Alcott confirming next year’s Australian Open will be his last

Males close life expectancy gap on females

One year old twin brothers wearing diapers and eating their birthday cake. Shot in the studio with large, white balloons in the background.
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Babies born today in Australia can expect to live longer than ever before, with males steadily making up ground on females

Slave room found at Pompeii

A photo handout on November 6, 2021 by the Pompeii Archaeological Parkp shows "The room of Slaves", an exceptionally well-preserved room for the slaves who worked in Villa Civita Giuliana in Pompeii, a villa where a ceremonial chariot and a stable with a harnessed horses were earlier unearthed. - Pompeii archaeologists said on November 6, 2021 they have unearthed the remains of a "slave room" in an exceptionally rare find at a Roman villa destroyed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. The little room with three beds, a chamber pot and a wooden chest was discovered during a dig at the villa of Civita Giuliana, a suburban villa just a few hundred metres from the rest of the ancient city. (Photo by Handout / POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEII ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Pompeii archaeologists have found a ‘slave room’ that they believe housed chariot handlers in the ancient city, before Mt Vesuvius erupted nearly 2000 years ago

Covid jab for younger kids delayed

A multi-ethnic group of four children, 5 to 7 years old, playing together on a playground during school recess. They are sitting side by side on two slides, looking at the camera. They are all wearing masks, back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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A decision on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine for younger kids is coming soon – but the delay likely means most primary aged children won’t have access to the jab until next year

Space nappies solve leaky toilet problem

The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the (ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
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Astronauts will head home to Earth in special ‘undergarments’ after the toilet on their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule sprung a leak and was ruled out of order

Lion cubs make their zoo debut

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Taronga Zoo's 5 lion cubs head out onto display for the first time to the public since being born in August with mum Maya keeping a close eye on her pride. Picture: Toby Zerna
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These cute cubs are sure to grab the lion’s share of the attention when they say hello to the world for the first time at Taronga Zoo

Cartoon celebrates a Verry Elleegant winner

Mark Knight cartoon for Wednesday
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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons Verry Elleegant won the race and the fashion stakes at this year’s Melbourne Cup

Get our free Climate Change Education Kit

Kids News climate change education kit - website artwork
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As the Glasgow summit gets the world talking ‘net zero 2050’, students can learn all about climate change – from the causes and impacts to what we’re doing to about it – in our new education kit

Aurora Australis puts on a stunning southern show

Aurora Australis photos taken on the 31/10/21 from Mt Bishop - Tidal River.
picture taken by Luke Rasmussen 0431 625918
environment

Keen photographers made the most of Aurora Australis in the night skies over Victoria – a rare, beautiful sight invisible to the naked eye

Get in the mood to move

Healthy Harold on a scooter for Mood to Move story for Kids News
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Moving is not only great for our bodies, but also our minds. Read Healthy Harold’s tips for getting in the mood to move

World’s word of the year revealed

12-year-olds are getting vaccinated today at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Archer Miller 12, all OK getting his Pfizer vaccination.                       Picture: David Caird
humanities

Covid-19 has dominated our conversations for the past year but one pandemic-related word has come out of nowhere to be declared the 2021 word of the year

Brave teens applauded for rescue

Three heroes from Mornington Lifesaving club recieve award. 15 yr old girls Remme Mason and Jess Shrimpton and the club captain Terry Shrimpton performed a life saving rescue to save a drowning person's life.
Picture by Wayne Taylor 22nd October 2021
humanities

Teenage lifesavers Remme Mason and Jess Shrimpton weren’t on duty but that didn’t stop their training kicking in to save a struggling kayaker

Earliest evidence dinos lived in herds

The breeding ground of a herd of the Jurassic Period Patagonian plant-eating dinosaur Mussaurus patagonicus is seen in an undated artist's rendition.  Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS
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An extraordinary fossil site in ­the South American region of Patagonia has provided the earliest evidence of dinosaurs living in herds

‘Novax’ will need special passport to play

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 26th of October Herald Sun Newspaper
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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic might need a special vaccine passport to defend his Australian Open title

Tips for a Covid-safe Halloween

Kids trick or treat in Halloween costume and face mask. Children in dress up with candy bucket in coronavirus pandemic. Little boy and girl trick or treating with pumpkin lantern. Autumn holiday fun.
just for fun

Halloween fun might look a bit different this year. Take a look at our tips for safe trick-or-treating and find out where this spooky tradition came from

Top price of $10 million paid for triceratops

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 31, 2021 shows a triceratops exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. - "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, will be auctioned on October 21, 2021 at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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The preserved skeleton of a 66-million-year-old herbivore has set a new record price for triceratops sales, after a private American collector paid big bucks for ‘Big John’

Outback town’s free land offer to lure new residents

Quilpie Show. (L-R) Clay Egan, his sister Gabby Egan and the neighbour Lachlan Heinemann who helps with feeding the mini bulls each night.
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The Queensland outback town of Quilpie is known for dino fossils and opals, but now it’s on the map as a new frontier after offering free land to Aussie workers and families

Case of mistaken dino identity

New vego dino from University of Queensland. For Kids News
animals

A dinosaur thought to be the biggest meat eater of its time has been reclassified as a timid vegetarian after a footprint found in Queensland was re-examined

Turn climate fears into positive actions

Little blond Girl Holding blue Recycling Bin
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Positive actions are a great way to combat concerns about climate change. Send us a video of what you’re doing to help tackle the climate problem

Fifth grader wins global photo prize

Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 by Britain's Natural History Museum. For Kids News
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A 10-year-old boy from India has won a prestigious wildlife photography award. See his winning photo and other shots from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Sword from Crusades salvaged at sea

A picture taken on October 19, 2021, shows an ancient one-meter-long sword that experts say dates back to the Crusader-era and is believed to have belonged to a Crusader, displayed at the beach in the Israeli seaport of Caesarea, some days after being discovered by a local diver. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)
history

Diver recovers a stunningly preserved ancient relic off the coast of Israel, from the dangerous days of knights, armour and swords

Patty Mills’ towering praise from Gaze

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Patty Mills #8 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center on October 08, 2021 in New York City. The Nets defeated the Bucks 119-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Boomers basketball great Andrew Gaze has predicted NBA star Patty Mills will take the top spot as Australia’s best ever player

Teen dancing queen joins The Wiggles

Embargoed for The Daily Telegraph. Tsehay Hawkins has been named as the new member of The Wiggles, to replace Emma Watkins, Yellow Wiggle who is departing the group.
arts

Year 10 student Tsehay Hawkins isn’t much older than the kids she will entertain after being named the new Yellow Wiggle

Tips for calming a busy brain

Healthy Harold practises mindfulness by getting out in nature. For Kids News
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Have you ever felt like your mind is so busy you can’t concentrate? Healthy Harold has some great advice for how to calm a busy brain

Gaps in childhood tooth brushing

7 year old Ella Kosinski brushing her teeth at home. 
Two-thirds of Australian children brushed twice or more times a day and the mean age of starting toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste was 24 months. Picture: Jason Edwards
health

Only two-thirds of Australian children brush their teeth twice a day, with experts calling for a fresh national review of children’s oral health habits

Dino demise was good news for snakes

Sydney Zoo will re-open to the public on Friday 15th October after Greater Sydney was placed into a Covid lockdown for 15 weeks. The Carpet Python is looking forward to crowds coming again. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

The asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago was bad news for dinosaurs, but not for snakes that dined out on the mammals and birds that thrived after the removal of dino predators

Chloe McCardel breaks English Channel record

TOPSHOT - Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel celebrates following her 10-hour swim across the English Channel for a world record-breaking 44th time, after landing on Wissant Beach, France on October 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
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Aussie marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel is the queen of the English Channel after making a record 44th crossing

Dogs learn words as quickly as toddlers

Funny portrait of cute puppy dog border collie holding toy ball in mouth isolated on white background. Purebred pet dog with tennis ball wants to playing with owner. Pet activity and animals concept
animals

Most dogs know words like “sit” and “walkies” but new research shows smart pooches can also learn the names of toys as quickly as a one-year-old child

Even premiers must follow the rules

Mark Knight cartoon on Dan Andrews not wearing a mask
health

Victorian kids are packing face masks into their school bags along with their books and lunch because no-one wants to find themselves in the naughty corner, cartoonist Mark Knight says

Australia’s historic first moon mission

An artist’s impression showcasing how an Australian made rover could contribute to a bigger international exploration program on the Moon. Picture: Supplied
space

Australia is headed to space, signing a NASA deal to deliver a rover that will collect soil samples from the surface of the moon

Life on Mars simulated in Israeli desert

A couple of astronauts from a team from Europe and Israel walk in spacesuits during a training mission for planet Mars at a site that simulates an off-site station at the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon in Israel's southern Negev desert on October 10, 2021. - Six astronauts from Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Israel will be cut off from the world for a month, from October 4-31, only able leave their habitat in spacesuits as if they were on Mars. Their mission, the AMADEE-20 Mars simulation, will be carried out in a Martian terrestrial analog and directed by a dedicated Mission Support Center in Austria, to conduct experiments ahead of future human and robotic Mars exploration missions. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
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A team of scientists and astronauts have created conditions in the Israeli desert to simulate a month-long mission to Mars as part of training for the real thing

Animal numbers up in Africa

African elephants walking in the Savannah, Mount Kilimanjaro on the background, southern Kenya, Africa
animals

The first wildlife census in Kenya has found an encouraging rise in the African elephant population after important gains in the ongoing fight against poachers

Meet Queensland’s 15-year-old millionaire

UNA Brands shoot October 6, 2021- Sam Richard with parents Phil and Michelle at their home on the Gold Coast. UNA purchased Sam’s Amazon-based business Bellaforte. 

Photo by Dan Peled 0414 904 550
www.danpeled.com.au
money

Queensland teenager Sam Richards is still at school, but he is also a biz whiz who has just sold the glassware company he started two years ago in a million-dollar deal

Classic vampire tale gets a reboot

Curse of the Vampire Robot by Graeme Base - book cover
book club

Find out how Graeme Base combines vampires and computers in his latest book, The Curse of the Vampire Robot, and get a sneak peek of the story and his amazing illustrations

Drones to patrol beaches and bush

Little Ripper Lifesaver drones  flying simultaneously along the coast of Australia from the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Newcastle to Little Manly Point on Sydney Habour to show their versatility. A little Ripper drone flying at Burleigh Heads in front of pilots Joe Urli, Michael Povey, Will Harvey and Nige Austin. Picture Glenn Hampson
technology

A fleet of up to 1000 drones linked to a central command hub will be used to keep swimmers and wildlife safe along the east coast of Australia over summer

Archaeologists find ancient toilet

A handout picture made available through the Israeli Antiquities Authority on October 5, 2021, shows a find of a 2700-year-old private toilet cubicle that was part of an ancient royal estate operating at the end of the Kings of Judean period (7th century BC), near the Beit Shatz tourist complex on the Armon Hanatziv promenade of Jerusalem. (Photo by Yoli SCHWARTZ / Israeli Antiquities Authority / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / XGTY
history

The discovery of an ancient loo in Israel has lifted the lid on what life was like for the rich 2700 years ago

Singing sisters set world record

21/09-2021 Brisbane sisters Teresa and Augnes Joy sing the national anthems of all the countries in the United Nations at St John's Cathedral. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
arts

A Queensland sister act has set a new world record for singing, after learning nearly 200 national anthems by heart

First fly-by for Mercury mission

A handout photo made available by the European Space Agency on October 2, 2021 shows a view of Mercury captured on October 1, 2021 by the joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission as the spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity assist manoeuvre. (Photo by - / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

A joint European-Japanese spacecraft has completed the first of six planned fly-bys of Mercury, using the planet’s gravity to start slowing itself down

Panthers pounce on historic NRL premiership

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03:  The Panthers celebrate with the Premiership Trophy after winning the 2021 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on October 03, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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The Penrith Panthers are celebrating victory over South Sydney in the first NRL Grand Final held in Brisbane, following an AFL decider also played away from its traditional home

Kid poets published in bushfire book

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.
arts

The winners of the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition have had their poems included in the book Fighting Spirit: A tribute to the bushfire-affected communities of Australia’s Black Summer

The amazing kids setting world records

Guinness World Records 2022 - Zaila Avant-garde - Most bounce juggles in on minute, most bounces in 30 seconds and most basketballs dribbled at once
just for fun

From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people

Thai taxis become bonnet and rooftop gardens

Vegetable gardens are seen on the roofs of vehicles of a taxi rental garage firm, whose cars are currently out of service due to the downturn in business as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Bangkok on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
geography

Without tourist trade keeping taxi fares ticking over in the Thai capital, one Bangkok cab company has devised a novel solution to help feed its unemployed drivers

Stepping up to fight hunger

Prep student Emma Reade is taking part in the FareShare FootSteps Challenge, promising to walk 100km to raise money to feed people in need.
humanities

Inspirational Prep student Emma Reade is stepping up her efforts to help feed people in need by joining the FareShare FootSteps Challenge

Port Adelaide star wins Brownlow Medal

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines of the Power poses for a photograph following the 2021 Brownlow Medal Count at Optus Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines outlasted Bulldogs champ Marcus Bontempelli to be crowned the 2021 Brownlow medallist, the first time a Port player has taken the honour

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.
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Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

Perth Grand Final has a blockbuster feel

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 13th of September 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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The AFL’s biggest game of the year has plenty in common with a movie blockbuster, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.
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There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

Alcott claims historic Golden Slam

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Alcott of Australia celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Niels Vink of the Netherlands to complete a 'Golden Slam' during their Wheelchair Quad Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Wheelchair tennis champ Dylan Alcott has achieved what no other man has – a Golden Slam – after his latest victory in the US on what was a big day for Aussie sports stars

What stories really matter to you?

Parents can help their child with reading and to develop their literacy skills. For Kids News and Hibernation
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Grab your favourite book for Australian Reading Hour as children’s authors invite kids to consider their own stories of family and belonging during Australia Reads this week

Understanding climate change

3D rendered model of the effects of extreme climate change on the earth. Centred on Australasia.Click below for related images from my portfolio:
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PART 1: People talk about climate change a lot. It’s good to know what it is and why it’s a big issue

How climate change affects Australia

An undated handout photo taken by Greg Torda and released ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 10, 2017 shows a diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island.   Coral has been bleached for two consecutive years by warming sea temperatures on Australia's Great Barrier Reef with "zero prospect" of recovery, scientists said on April 10, 2017, blaming climate change for the large-scale destruction. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / Greg Torda / --EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREG TORDA  / ARC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIEVE
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PART 2: Just like other places in the world, Australia is counting the cost of climate change. Bushfires, droughts, floods and coral bleaching on the Barrier Reef are all part of the toll

Meet the greenhouse gas makers

Close-up view of a huge coal-fired power station
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PART 3: Human activity is warming our planet. We look at where greenhouse gases come from and which countries are the biggest emitters

How the world is working as one

Child hands holding planet earth over sky background with copy space. World map used to create the globe furnished by NASA: https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/57752/blue-marble-land-surface-shallow-water-and-shaded-topography/57759
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PART 4: The Paris Agreement was a turning point in bringing countries together to fight climate change. How we’re doing will be in the spotlight at a conference in Glasgow in November

Australia’s climate plans and promises

Student activists from School Strike for Climate Australia (SS4C) hold a 'Solidarity Sit-down' outside the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne, Friday, November 29, 2019. (AAP Image/Erik Anderson) NO ARCHIVING
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PART 5: As a party to the Paris Agreement, Australia has agreed to join the fight against climate change. But just how are we doing?

Towards net zero 2050

Vestas V112 installation at AGL's Macarthur wind farm in Victoria, Australia: Photo courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S
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PART 6: Fixing climate change might not be as simple as doing better in the future. We also need to repair the damage we’ve already done. This is what achieving net zero 2050 is all about

How to tackle the climate challenge

NORTHERN DISTRICT TIMES/AAP. 7 year old Miranda Xu prepares the trees to be planted at Carlingford Public School in Carlingford. Carlingford, Friday 26 July, 2019. Children are getting involved in National Tree Day. Pic of some youngsters planting trees. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
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PART 7: Cutting greenhouse gas emissions is key to tackling climate change. While this requires some big solutions, there are many little changes we can all be making

How kids can make a difference

DAILY TELEGRAPH/AAP. Climate Emergency Student Activists Jasmine Vogel 12 and Olivia Mountain 12 from Faulconbridge Public School, protest at the climate emergency student strike in Springwood on Friday 20 September, 2019. The Macquarie Electorate Student Activists (MESCA) are leading students of the Blue
Mountain and Hawkesbury area to strike for the Climate Emergency. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
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PART 8: Young people are making a big difference when it comes to tackling climate change. You can too. Here’s how

When nature plays a part

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
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PART 9: Did you know that Earth has experienced at least five major ice ages? Climate change isn’t only caused by humans, it occurs naturally too. Let’s look at some of the natural causes

How to cope with climate worries

Sad cute girl holding planet model - climate change anxiety
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PART 10: Climate change can be a pretty scary topic. It’s understandable that kids might feel worried. But three are tools and strategies that can help you cope with climate concerns

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

The Royal ChildrenÕs Hospital will trial a new coronavirus testing method for kids over the coming weeks.
ItÕs a much less invasive but an equally effective test. 
The new device will sit at the base of a childÕs nose and collect any virus particles. Harry, 7, with the device.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Getting a Covid-19 test is no joke, but it could become a lot more fun for kids thanks to a new Australian made testing device in the shape of moustaches and cat noses

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

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

Cheeky duck learns human insult

Rare and protected: The distinctive musk duck is a protected waterbird species in Victoria. Picture: supplied.
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Researchers got more than they bargained for when it came to studying old recordings of Ripper the Australian musk duck, who had learned to mimic a human in need of a swear jar