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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.

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

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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

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021

Covid vaccine race is finally on

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Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Woolworths announces return of  Fresh Foods for Kids Discovery Program for 2022. after research found almost 50 per cent of Aussie kids can't recognise a beetroot or leek. Pictured is Jennifer Young  and Lucy Young. Picture: Adam Dormand

Do you know your vegetables?

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Aussie kids are becoming less knowledgeable about where their food comes from and many can’t identify common vegetables, according to new research

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Healthy Harold wants to know RU OK?

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It’s RU OK? Day and Healthy Harold wants to check in with kids around Australia. Here’s his advice for looking after yourself and each other

Good moods from fresh foods

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

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

China cuts video gaming for kids

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.
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China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

More Aussie kids need glasses

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured is Georgie Payne and Clementine Schofield, both 7yo, who wear glasses. For a story on the increasing number of youngsters needing glasses due to heightened screen time in lockdown. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Digital technology is here to stay, but rising numbers of Australian students are copping the impact of screens right between the eyes

Milk is cream of the crop for bones

Teddy 7, and Millie Hawkins, 9 drinking milk for Healthy Bones week. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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It’s Healthy Bones Action Week and Healthy Harold is encouraging kids to think about their bones. Find out more about bone health and send your questions to Healthy Harold

Hotdogs land in hot water

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

Olympian sells medal to save baby’s life

Silver medallist Poland's Maria Andrejczyk celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for  the women's javelin throw event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)
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Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has a heart of gold, selling her Tokyo Olympics silver medal to fund lifesaving surgery for a sick baby she has never met

Why making up stories is good for you

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

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

Playground ban stirs up memories of the Fun Police

Mark Knight playground closure cartoon. For August 18, 2021.
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The closure of Melbourne’s playgrounds to combat Covid-19 reminded cartoonist Mark Knight of being labelled the Fun Police when he used to tell his kids it was time to go home

The power of puppy love

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN, Speak to Manny before using Pebbles the cavoodle and Onni the parrot are great friends and hang out together.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Aussies have been feeling the love from the nation’s pets throughout the pandemic, a new study shows

Teens share golden rules of gaming

Parents sharing video gaming with their children is not only fun but can help keep them safe online. For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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A new gaming safety guide for kids and their parents has some real expert input – a group of teenage gamers

‘Vaccas’ drive through serves up Covid jabs

Mark Knight cartoon on drive-through vaccination centre
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Cartoonist Mark Knight couldn’t resist comparing Australia’s first drive through Covid-19 vaccination centre with fast good favourite Maccas

Two hours of screen time hurts health

Patrick Hindhaugh, 13, tries to balance his screen time. Picture: Mark Stewart
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Just two hours on a screen is enough to cause health problems in girls, a new global study has found. But it’s a slightly different story when it comes to boys

Global climate changing by degrees

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

What is the Census all about?

CENSUS A 10x10 Collage of 100 unique faces, including people from a wide range of ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds, they are all from different walks of life.
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The story of our nation is updated every five years at Census time – and what a strange chapter this one promises to be as people around Australia continue to live, work and learn through Covid

Dumped food costing Aussies the Earth

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

Olympic high jump heroes strike a chord

TOPSHOT - Gold medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim (L) of Team Qatar and silver medalist Gianmarco Tamberi of Team Italy celebrate on the track following the Men's High Jump Final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (Photo by Christian Petersen / POOL / AFP)
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Olympic sportsmanship was on full display when two high jumpers decided to share gold rather than have a 'jump-off' to split their tie in the final

Call to turn off engines to protect kids’ health

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

Awesome foursomes start Olympic gold rush

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 04. 28/07/21. Rowing Finals at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan.  Australias Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre win Gold in the final of the Womens Four.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Both the women’s and men’s fours started strong and held on, taking rowing gold in two heart-stopping races – and that was before Ariarne Titmus’ late-run triumph in the pool

How healthy is your breakfast?

Finn, 4, and Olive, 23 months, enjoy a health breakfast. TODDLERS who have a less healthy start to the day are more likely to be overweight by the time they start school, new research as revealed. Picture: Mark Stewart
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A new Melbourne study shows that eating a healthy breakfast declines for children aged between 18 months and five – and researchers hope to learn why

Pfizer jab approved for Aussie kids

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

Vic and NSW lockdown styles in the spotlight

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 20th of July 21 Herald Sun Newspaper
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With 13 million Australians in Covid lockdown, cartoonist Mark Knight reckons the different approach taken by the leaders of our two most populated states is a bit like a famous movie scene

How to kick off the Covid blues

Pictured at their home at Baulkham Hills in Sydney is Sharon Debevc with her two boys kids Mathew (12) and Danyel (14).
Sharon is a full time working mum juggling her job and homeschooling the kids.
Picture: Richard Dobson
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The time has come to go easy on ourselves and each other – and there is still plenty of fun to set you free even while you are holed up at home

Triple-0 hero Archer saves his mum

Archer, 9, from Surrey Hills called triple zero when his diabetic mum Anastasia Barros fell unconscious during last year's second lockdown. He followed the call-takerÕs instructions, helped to open his mumÕs airway and conducted a breathing test. He is a Junior 000 Hero for 2021.                     Picture: David Caird
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Quick-thinking Archer has been recognised for his bravery and calmness in a crisis after dialling triple-0 to get help for his unconscious mum

Boy genius plans for humans to live forever

Eleven year-old Belgian-Dutch student Laurent Simons poses in Amsterdam on July 6, 2021, after receiving his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Antwerp. (Photo by ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT
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A degree in quantum physics is nothing compared to the bold ambition of this child genius – just don’t call him ‘Young Einstein’

Basketballer Ben Simmons out of Tokyo Olympics

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 20: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Atlanta Hawks tries to stela the ball from Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center on June 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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NBA All Star Ben Simmons has officially pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics but his Aussie Boomers teammates and coach have expressed their full support

Caterpillar venom could be used to make medicine

The caterpillar of the mottled cup moth, Doratifera  vulnerans, which is commonly found in eastern Australia, has been found by University of Queensland researchers to have a complex venom that could be used to make medicines and pest control. Picture: Jiayi Jin, University of Queensland
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It might deliver a nasty sting, but the venom of this common Australian caterpillar could be used to fight diseases in humans and livestock

How do astronauts clean clothes in space?

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

From laps in dam to Paralympic dream

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

Call to ditch school uniforms for sportswear

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

Daniher gives the MND beast a shove

Mark Knight cartoon on Big Freeze 7
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Though we are in a pandemic, the annual Big Freeze event reminds Mark Knight that there are other medical battles being fought that also deserve our attention

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

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

Aussie Dylan Alcott wins third French Open

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

Dinos illustrate Covid challenge

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News
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What does the age of the dinosaurs have in common with our modern coronavirus challenge? Mark Knight explains why he combined the two in his latest cartoon for Kids News

Grow your own fruit and vegies for good health

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

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

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

China lifts the baby limit to three

Chinese babies accompanied by their parents take part in a baby swimming contest, which the organizer hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the most babies swimming together, at a stadium in Beijing, China, 11/09/2010. China's government maintains that the one child policy has averted 400 million births since the strict policy implemented in 1979 and has vowed to enforce it until at least 2033, when the population is expected to peak at 1.5 billion.
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When China introduced the one-child policy in 1979 it was to prevent a population explosion, but now more babies are needed

Say goodbye to needles with vaccine patch

The UQ research team, featuring (foreground, L-R) Dr Chris McMillan, Dr David Muller, (background, L-R) Dr Alberto Amarilla, Dr Naphak Modhiran Ortiz and Ms Jovin Choo.
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We could soon be giving ourselves Covid vaccines without the need for a doctor, nurse or needle, thanks to a “game changing” discovery by Australian scientists

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

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

How to make a pen pal with purpose

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

Why some sounds drive us crazy

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

How airport sniffer dogs could detect Covid-19

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

Would you wash with snail slime soap?

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

Clever ads no cure for vaccine complacency

Mark Knight's covid vaccine cartoon
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Mark Knight was wondering what it would take to encourage a reluctant public to front up for Covid-19 vaccinations when the answer presented itself in the form of another outbreak

Repeat tastes the key to liking vegies

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

Five in six Aussie teens not moving enough

L to R, Chloe Tran 12 years old Stafford, Kyla French 13 years old Mitchelton, Sarah Kennedy 12 years old Grange, Mia Baudino 12 years old Arana Hills, all Members of QC Netball Association U12 and U13 representative teams, active teenager girls playing netball, Downey Park Windsor, on Sunday, 23rd May, 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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Most teenagers are not exercising as much as government guidelines recommend, prompting calls for a national strategy to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use

World Bee Day creates buzz

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

Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms unveiled

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

Meet Australia’s oldest ever man

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

Hank the cat worn out by mouse plague

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

Aussie attempts planking world record

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

Sherpa Kami summits Everest for record 25th time

In this photograph taken on May 2, 2021, Nepal's mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa (3R) performs a ritual after an interview with AFP at the Everest base camp in the Mount Everest region of Solukhumbu district, as Sherpa on May 7 reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for most summits of the highest mountain in the world. (Photo by Prakash MATHEMA / AFP)
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Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita has set a new record for the most Everest ascents, reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak for the 25th time

Siblings share Down syndrome message

Reef Fahey, 12, is planning on skiing 213kms to raise awareness for T21 (down syndrome) and Ski for Life. Reef with his Sister Mahala, 10 and little brother Koa, 5 who suffers from down syndrome at Murray Bridge, 6 May 2021. Picture Simon Cross
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A 12-year-old Adelaide boy is preparing to embark on an epic waterskiing journey on the Murray River to wash away myths about his little brother’s Down syndrome

Sniffer bees busy on COVID test training

Enjoy the spring! Everything is blooming and the bees are diligently flying from flower to flower. I would like to share this spring feelings with you and have taken this picture for you.
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Scientists have trained bees to identify COVID-19 in test samples, providing results almost instantly instead of waiting hours for regular test results to come through

Sleep just as good as exercise to keep kids trim

A new study shows that if kids get an extra 54 minutes sleep it is equivalent to an hour of exercise. Sisters, Elodie 10 ready for bed and Imogen 8, ready to play.                Picture: David Caird
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Sleeping an extra 52 minutes has the same benefit on a child’s Body Mass Index as exercising 17 minutes more a day, new Aussie research has revealed

Creepy-crawlies on the menu

Edible insects are high in protein, vitamins and other macronutrients.  For spread of bread, desserts etc. (Image: Boris Ceko)
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Bugs like witchetty grubs, bogong moths and green tree ants could soon be on Australian dinner plates under a plan to grow our edible insect industry

Group spends 40 days in French cave for experiment

Members of the French team that participated in the "Deep Time" study pose for a photo after exiting the Lombrives Cave in Ussat les Bains, France, Saturday, April 24, 2021. After 40 days in voluntary isolation, 15 people participating in a scientific experiment have emerged from a vast cave in southwestern France. Eight men and seven women lived in the dark, damp depths of the Lombrives cave in the Pyrenees to help researchers understand how people adapt to drastic changes in living conditions and environments. They had no clocks, no sunlight and no contact with the world above. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
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Imagine 40 days in a cave without light, clocks or technology. That’s what a group of 15 volunteers has done for a scientific experiment in France

Game on for girls’ cricket, footy and basketball

Girls Sport. Analysis of some five million community sport participation rates that show girls aged five to 14 were joining sports traditionally dominated by males, such as basketball, AFL and cricket, pre-COVID in greater numbers than ever before. Basketballers L-R Arden 11, Melody 11, Lia Green 11, front L-R Jazmin 12 and Stephanie 11 at Eagle Stadium Werribee. Picture Rebecca Michael
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A study of Australian sporting participation records shows an increase in the number of girls playing club sports traditionally played by boys, but fewer boys aged 5-14 are playing sport

How murderball relit Shae Graham’s Olympic flame

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

It’s time to get active, says Healthy Harold

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

Hi-tech mouthguards to help tackle concussion

Footy kids Harper Mai, 8 and Jonah Mai, 10, show off the new mouth guards. Picture: Jake Nowakowski.
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Junior footballers could soon be wearing new hi-tech mouthguards fitted with data chips to monitor head knocks and concussions

Kids’ screen time Aussie parents’ biggest worry

Brothers Tommy (blue top), 8, and Ollie (white top), 5. The latest national RCH Child Health Poll has found that Screen time, cyber bullying and lack of exercise are biggest concerns for parents. The brothers were both given iPads during lockdown to keep in touch with friends, but their use is heavily policed by parents. The boys are also super active. Picture: Mark Stewart
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Excessive screen time is the number one health concern of Australian parents, according to The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of almost 2000 parents

Young Australians not getting enough sleep

Why sleep is important - Ask Healthy Harold on Kids News. iStock image
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New research reveals young generations of Australians have reported poor sleep quality during COVID-19

Teens getting sunburnt rather than sun smart

Sunsmart twins Alex (pink top) and Georgie (black top, blue hat) Muir, 16. Worrying data shows presentations to Victorian hospital emergency departments for sunburn last summer were highest amongst teenagers (32% of all presentations). That is, of the total 177 presentations, almost one in three were aged 10-19yrs.  Picture: Mark Stewart
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Last summer, teenagers accounted for one third of the 177 people brought to Victorian emergency departments for treatment for sunburn, prompting calls for more to be done to protect kids

Jane’s V the sign of a little victory for science

Mark Knight's V is for vaccine cartoon.
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The first COVID-19 vaccination to be given in Australia was big news and though the photo opportunity didn’t quite go to plan, a V for Vaccine could be taken to mean a V for Victory after all

Animals lend a helping hand at the zoo

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Training Melbourne Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo’s oldest residents have shown no one’s ever too old to learn. Elephant Mek Kapah and tortoises Wilbur, Little John and Jean are all involved in their own health checks

Video games may help boys bond, study finds

(L-R) Imogen (18) and brother Brady (11) say gaming has helped them stay in touch with friends during covid. Boys aged 11 who play video games are 24 per cent less likely to be depressed than non gamers three years later. More of a worry is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok, because it can make them feel depressed. Picture: Josie Hayden
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Boys who aren’t active are not harmed by playing video games, a new study has found. More of a concern is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok

Big thrill when coronavirus vaccine arrived

Mark Knight's Pfizer vaccine cartoon. Right-click on the image to open in a new tab.
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Health Minister Greg Hunt was so excited when Australia’s first vaccine delivery arrived he was doing cartwheels — at least in cartoonist Mark Knight’s imagination

The search for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox

Healthy Harold from Life Education with his healthy lunchbox. For Kids News
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Healthy Harold has been looking for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox and he’s found some pretty impressive options. Check out the winning lunches

How does the coronavirus vaccine work?

Concept for the worldwide delivery of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine by plane.
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The first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Australia and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine now has approval to be used in Australia too. Kids News looks at how vaccines work

COVID maths: All the world’s virus in a drink can

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All the COVID-19-causing virus in the world right now could easily fit inside a single soft drink can, according to a fascinating calculation by a mathematician

New ads urge teens to rethink sugary drinks

Rethink Sugary Drink alliance is launching their ÒFull of CrapÓ counter-campaign on Monday. It hijacks sugary drink companiesÕ manipulative marketing and advertising tactics, with the aim of urging young people (males aged 14-24 are AustraliaÕs highest consumers of sugary drinks) to rethink their sugary drink consumption.1 in 6 teens downs 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks alone. (L-R) Kieran Johns (13), James Georgiou (13) and Nathan John (13) pouring 5.2kg of sugar into a bowl. Picture: Josie Hayden
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Teenagers and young men are the targets of new ads designed to shock them about how easy it is to be sucked into ads for sugary drinks and get hooked on drinking them

Warner girls are great all rounders

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Candice Warner and kids Ivy (6yrs old on right) and Indi (4yrs old) at Kensington Oval this morning playing some cricket. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
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Star batsman David Warner’s girls love cricket — and quite a few other sports too. And their mum, Candice, wouldn’t have it any other way

Do you have a question for Healthy Harold?

Healthy Harold from Life Education in a face mask. For Kids News
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Have you ever wondered how your body makes your heart beat or why face masks help protect us from COVID-19? Healthy Harold has the answers. Send him your questions

Farewell Sir Tom, inspiration to millions

British World War II veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised over £32 million for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic, has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19. MARSTON MORETAINE, ENGLAND - In this handout image provided by Capture the Light Photography, Colonel Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah celebrate his 100th birthday, with an RAF flypast provided by a Spitfire and a Hurricane over his home on April 30, 2020 in Marston Moretaine, England. Colonel Moore, formerly a Captain, received a promotion in honour of his 100th birthday and in recognition of the funds, in excess of £29m, he raised for the NHS by walking laps of his garden. (Emma Sohl - Capture the Light Photography via Getty Images)
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Captain Sir Tom Moore, the UK World War II veteran who walked up and down his garden to raise money for health care workers, has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 100

Robots to the rescue for kids too sick for class

Ethan Waller schooling from his home in Sandgate with The Lakes College students Lachlan Aitken and Ashleigh Stevens, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Picture: Richard Walker
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A telepresence robot nicknamed robo-ethan is helping Ethan Waller attend class virtually and keep connected with his classmates while he can’t be at school in person

Study finds ideal after-school screen hours

Ethan, 9, and Ryan Arnold, 13, at home, in Sans Souci, today. They play video games in the school holidays mainly and the parents say they have to finish their schoolwork before they spend time on the computer.
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Picture:Justin Lloyd.
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A study has found the ideal number of hours students can spend online and playing video games before screen time slows development and affects NAPLAN test results

Queensland schoolgirl gets special 3D-printed ear

Grace Smart with mum Debbie Smart pose for a photograph in a park in Goodna. Grace Smart was born a non-identical twin at 29 weeks with right sided anotia (absent external ear). Friday January 22, 2021. Picture, John Gass
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A 10-year-old girl has become the first person to receive a patient-matched 3D-printed ear in groundbreaking surgery just in time for the start of the new school year

Australian surgeons rebuild girl’s spine

HOLD FOR SATURDAY/SUNDAY HERALD SUN PIC DESK------ The Children First Foundation has brought Nichole Jamelo over from the Phillipines to have her spine operated on at Epworth Hospital in Richmond.    Nichole back at the retreat after surgery. .  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Standing straight and walking tall for the first time in her life, 11-year-old Nichole Jamelo can’t wait to take on the world now that two 90-degree bends in her spine have been straightened out

How much sleep do I need?

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Healthy Harold has lots of advice to help keep kids safe, happy and healthy. See his tips for getting a good night’s sleep and his answers to some of your great questions

US election, coronavirus top 2020 Google searches

(COMBO) This combination of files pictures created on November 4, 2020, shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after speaking during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware; and US President Donald Trump on election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. - Twitter confirmed on November 21, 2020, it will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss. (Photos by ANGELA  WEISS and MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
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It has been a year dominated by crises, from bushfires to coronavirus, yet neither were the most Google-searched terms in Australia. Instead, ‘US election’ was the most searched-for term

Healthy Harold is here to answer your questions

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Do you have a question about health and safety? Healthy Harold is here to help. Send him your question now.

Increase in sitting prompts new physical activity push

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The World Health Organisation has updated its physical activity guidelines, warning the increasing time we spend on our bottoms is putting our health at risk. Find out how much activity you need

Cricket star grows all out for charity

NSW cricketers Sean Abbott (L), Moises Henriques (centre) and Daniel Hughes (R) prepare for Movember in 2020. For Kids News. Supplied by Cricket Australia
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They might look a bit funny, but there’s a serious message behind the moustaches sprouting from some of our star sportsmen, including cricketer Moises Henriques

Vaccine maker ‘near ecstatic’ after study result

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: People walk by the Pfizer headquarters on November 9, 2020 in New York City. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced positive early results on its COVID-19 vaccine trial and has proven to be 90% effective in preventing infection of the virus.   David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has shown a 90 per cent effectiveness rate in tests, boosting global confidence. Australia last week ordered 10 million doses of this particular vaccine

Aussies are living longer as boys close the gap on girls

Life expectancy has increased to 85 for females and 80.9 years for males born in Australia today. iStock image. For Kids News
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A girl born today can expect to live to 85, while boys can expect to live to almost 81. But males are slowly closing the life expectancy gap on females

Aussie kids need less homework, more play

Single confused student studying reading notes sitting in a bar stressed high school kids . Picture: istock
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Homework headaches and “competitive parenting’’ are fuelling kids’ anxiety, Australia’s new National Children’s Commissioner warned, calling for kids to get more time to relax and play

Special ‘covid stamp’ printed on toilet paper

A customer puts a so-called "corona stamp" on a letter in a post office, as the 2.75 euro "corona stamp" is printed on three-ply toilet paper and sold individually as part of a 10 cm wide sheet, in Vienna, Austria October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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A European postal service has printed a stamp on toilet paper to reinforce an important coronavirus message — as Australia releases its own pandemic-related stamp

‘Bionic spine’ brings hope to people with disabilities

Melbourne researchers developing a "bionic spine" - effectively allowing a person to control robotic limbs through their thoughts. Royal Melbourne Hospital lead researchers Dr Tom Oxley and Dr Nick Opie are in the early stages of development.       Photo David Caird
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Melbourne scientists and surgeons have given patients with disabilities the power to work computers with their mind in a world-first “bionic spine” breakthrough

A typical day in the life of a ballet dancer

Naomi Hibberd Picture: Prudence Upton
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To celebrate World Ballet Day, Kids News talked to Australian dancer Naomi Hibberd about what she loves and finds challenging about being a dancer, plus what her typical day looks like

Gut bacteria could help control allergies, asthma

Yvonne Michaels and her two daughters (Giselle – 10 years old, Chloe – 7 years old) takes a holistic approach to managing her and their asthma.
Picture by Wayne Taylor 27th October 2020
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There are positive signs in new research that hay fever, asthma, eczema and other allergies — which affect one in three Australians — could be controlled by improving your gut health

Cricket star’s message to kids: tough times won’t last

Portrait of Australia's Alyssa Healy ahead of the ICC T20 Women's World Cup which starts tomorrow at Spotless Stadium in Sydney. Picture. Phil Hillyard
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She’s a superstar of Australian sport, but things haven’t always gone to plan for cricketer Alyssa Healy. Here’s her advice for bouncing back from difficult times

Hope for diabetics in three-minute thesis

University of Adelaide PhD candidate Khalia Primer, 23 originally from Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula, in the laboratory at SAHMRI. She working on gene therapy to treat diabetic ulcers. 14 September 2020. Picture Dean Martin
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Scientist Khalia Primer’s award-winning video cleverly explains years of complex gene therapy research that could help solve some of the serious health problems faced by people with diabetes

Mighty mice keep muscles in space

Astronaut to Mars
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As humans get ready for long trips to Mars, scientists are working on how to keep them strong and healthy by studying astronaut mice with big muscles sent to the International Space Station

Bullied by a friend? It’s still bullying

Cyber bullying. iStock image. For Kids News and Hibernation
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Young people are less likely to recognise behaviour as bullying if it is coming from someone they consider a friend, according to a new study from online mental health organisation ReachOut

Time outdoors is good medicine for hi-tech kids

For a story about SAHMRI/UniAdl research on the benefits of green time versus screen time.Lenny,7 and Nash,4, in their backyard having green time on the 2nd September 2020. Pic Tait Schmaal.
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New research has found green time can reduce the negative effects of too much screen time in front of TVs, computers and video games for kids