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This photo taken between April and May 2022, and released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on June 23, 2022, shows a sampling sites among the mangroves of the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, where the giant bacteria Ca Thiomargarita magnifica was found. - Scientists say they have discovered the world's largest variety of bacteria in the mangroves of Guadeloupe. At up to two centimetres (three-quarters of an inch), "Thiomargarita magnifica" is not only around 5,000 times bigger than most bacteria -- it boasts a more complex structure, according to a study published in the journal Science on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Pierre-Yves PASCAL / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY / PIERRE-YVES PASCAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Big bacteria the ‘Mt Everest’ of microbiology

science

The discovery of a giant bacteria is giving microbiology a ‘shake up’, as the whopper found in mangrove water up-ends what was previously known about the size and structure of a single cell

KIDS NEWS: Australian eastern brown snake being defensive. Picture: Ken Griffiths/supplied

Deadliest snakes could save lives

science

Among the world’s deadliest snakes, Australia’s eastern brown and scaled viper could soon enjoy a popularity surge as a protein in their venom significantly slows patient blood loss after injury

Intermale competitions involving members of the giraffe family are seen in an undated illustration. In the foreground, two males of the extinct species Discokeryx xiezhi that lived 17 million years ago in what is now the Xinjiang region of northwestern China are seen. In the background, two males of the modern giraffe species Giraffa camelopardalis that inhabits parts of sub-Saharan Africa are pictured. Wang Yu and Guo Xiaocong

Ancient giraffe ancestor was a headbanger

animals

An ancient relative of today’s docile giraffe was a hardened, head-bashing battler, as males slugged it out in a bid to win a female mate around 17 million years ago in the grasslands of China

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Elephant ‘Happy’ … but not a person

Female Asian elephant Happy looking at herself in mirror at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Happy showed researchers that pachyderms can recognize themselves in a mirror _ a highly complex behavior previously known in only a few other species. (AP Photo/National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of Joshua Plotnik, Frans de Waal, and Diana Reiss.)
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animals

The US Court of Appeals has closed the gate on the question of whether Happy the elephant has the same rights under the law as a human being, ruling the ‘magnificent creature’ is not a person

Chores could boost kids’ brains

Happy little girl doing housework
humanities

It might sound like a tall tale cooked up by parents keen to escape the kitchen, but a new study suggests kids could get a brain boost by making family meals and helping out more with housework

Biloela family home at last

BILOELA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12:  Tharnicaa Nadesalingam celebrates her fifth birthday with her parents Priya and Nades and her sister Kopika on June 12, 2022 in Biloela, Australia. Four years ago, the Nadesalingam family, a Sri Lankan couple seeking asylum and their two Australian-born children, were removed from their home in central Queensland by the Australian Border Force and taken to immigration detention when their immigration protection visas expired. After a multi-year campaign led by members of the central Queensland community of Biloela, the incoming Labor government has released the family from detention, permitting them to return to live and work and Biloela on a bridging visa.  (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
humanities

The Nadesalingam family is back home in the Queensland town of Biloela after four years in immigration detention – just in time for a very special birthday party

E-skin to give robots the human touch

Ravinder Dahiya who has developed an electronic skin.
technology

Scientists are developing an electronic skin that is almost as sensitive as human skin when touched

The Aussie sport star you should know more about

SOUTHERN PINES, NORTH CAROLINA - JUNE 05: Minjee Lee of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the 77th U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 05, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.   Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
sport

Australian golfer Minjee Lee has scored the biggest win of her career, taking home the US Open trophy and $2.5 million in prize money

Golden chance for jobs in sport

Matildas captain Sam Kerr poses for a photograph before a press conference at HBF Park in Perth, Friday, June 26, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING
sport

Australia is on the verge of a “golden decade” of sport, with a host of international events headed our way, but still many teens and their parents don’t recognise career opportunities in sport

‘Voldemort’ sledge backfires

Mark Knight - Voldemort cartoon for Kids News.
civics

New government minister Tanya Plibersek has learnt the hard way that name calling is not on in federal politics any more, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Megalodon loses food fight with great white shark

Megalodon prehistoric shark, artwork
animals

An epic clash between aquatic apex predators may have helped drive the megalodon to extinction once they were forced to compete for food with the fearsome and fast great white shark

Fiery planet burns around sun-like star

While this artist’s impression shows what scientists think 55 Cancri e might look like, the James Webb Space Telescope will soon deliver images of the real thing, a rocky planet with a diameter almost twice that of Earth, orbiting close to its sun. Picture: NASA/ESA/CSA/Dani Player/STScI
space

NASA’s powerful James Webb Space Telescope will soon reveal hotly anticipated images of burning lava planet 55 Cancri e, racing around its sun-like star like a ‘super-hot super-Earth’

Google AI to help rescue Great Barrier Reef

A critically endangered hawksbill turtle about to eat a small jellyfish at Saxon Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Cairns on February 25, 2022. Picture: Shannon Myers/Down Under Cruise and Dive
environment

Global tech giant Google has teamed up with CSIRO scientists to tackle the crown-of-thorns starfish that preys on coral and is one of the top three threats to the Great Barrier Reef’s future

Cartoon captures election outcome

Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, May 23, 2022
civics

Cartoonist Mark Knight has summed up the federal election result in his latest drawing for Kids News

Ancient tooth provides clue to extinct humans

The tooth discovered in the cave sediments of Ngu Hao 2 Cave. Picture: Fabrice Demeter, University of Copenhagen/CNRS Paris
history

The discovery of a child’s tooth in a Laos cave can teach us a lot about an extinct and mysterious group of ancient people known as Denisovans

Tomato delivers vitamin D turbocharge

Purple tomatoes
health

Over a billion people worldwide don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet or from the sun – but an engineered tomato could prevent health conditions by closing the gap in dietary deficiencies

Golden arches go dark across Russia

A man walks past a closed McDonald's restaurant in Moscow on May 16, 2022. - American fast-food giant McDonald's will exit the Russian market and sell its business in the increasingly isolated country, the company said May 16, 2022. In a statement McDonald's said: "After more than 30 years of operations in the country, McDonald's Corporation announced it will exit the Russian market and has initiated a process to sell its Russian business. Many Western businesses have pulled out of Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in February. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
news

From fast food to fast exit, the world’s most recognisable golden arches will be dismantled across Russia as the burger giant quits the country for good due to the crisis in Ukraine

Surprise! Seeds grow in moon soil

Lunar Plants Research Documentation, Tuesday May 18th, 2021. Placing a plant grown during the experiment in a vial for eventual genetic analysis. Credits: UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones
space

Brought back by Apollo astronauts, soil from the moon has stunned scientists by supporting plant growth despite billions of years of cosmic radiation and solar wind on the lunar surface

First image of black hole in our galaxy

This handout image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on May 12, 2022, shows the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. - An international team of astronomers on May 12, 2022, unveiled the first image of a supermassive black hole -- a cosmic body known as Sagittarius A*. The image, produced by a global team of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, is the first, direct visual confirmation of the presence of this invisible object, and comes three years after the very first image of a black hole from a distant galaxy. Black holes are regions of space where the pull of gravity is so intense that nothing can escape, including light. (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
space

A global team of scientists has captured the first shot of a supermassive black hole in our own Milky Way galaxy

Gaming and sport could restore maths mojo

28/4/22: Samantha Devlin CEO of The Careers Department at St John XXIII Catholic College with year 6 students Mia Lucas (glasses), Rafael Nicodemus (boy) and Denika Fernandopulle (dark skinned girl) doing a science experiment. The story is about about careers counsellors going into primary schools to try to get kids interested in careers in maths and science.John Feder/The Australian.
mathematics

Online gaming or sports could help those teaching STEM subjects to better connect with kids, as dated methods fail to excite modern mathematical minds and experts warn of future skills shortage

Ms Pac-Man enters Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man cosplayers attend Comic-Con International on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
technology

An early trailblazer in the gender debate, Ms Pac-Man has chomped her way into history after popularising female video characters and proving girl gamers were ready to play

Inflation dragon turns up the heat

Mark Knight cartoon for Thursday April 28th
news

Economics might sound boring, but not when cartoonist Mark Knight conjures up a fire-breathing dragon and a postman PM to illustrate the challenges of rising prices

Warning on harmful sour lollies

Charlie, 11,  with sour lollies. To go with story on how overindulging can cause tongue torture and dissolve teeth. Picture: Tim Carrafa
health

Kids and parents have been warned about the dangers of sour lollies after children suffered burns to their tongues

Spinosaurus’ underwater life was in its bones

Undated : Artwork of 'Spinosaurus' : PicInternet - dinosaurs illustrations dinosaur extinct prehistoric animals
animals

Scientists have scratched their heads over Spinosaurus since the Cretaceous carnivore was first discovered – now a study has shed new light on how the giant dinosaurs hunted prey underwater

Inside tragic final months of King Tut’s life

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be showing at the Melbourne Museum in 2011. King Tut.
history

Archaeologists don’t know for sure what killed Egypt’s “Boy King” Tutankhamun but a new documentary reveals his final months were probably pretty miserable

How to have a native animal Easter

360Commercial: Coles - Towards a Better Future. Aussie Ark has teamed up with Coles with a free e-book. Coles is matching each free download with $1 to support koala conservation and recovery.  Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner is pictured with Coles' Sam McLeod. and a furry friend. Picture: supplied.
animals

Australia’s beloved koala is now officially an endangered species – but families can help conservation efforts simply by downloading a free children’s book over Easter

Star sighted from cosmic dawn

This image obtained from the European Space Agency on March 30, 2022, shows the star nicknamed Earendel (arrow) captured by  the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, establishing a new record by detecting the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the Universe’s Big Bang, the most distant individual star ever seen. - The Hubble space telescope has peered back to the dawn of cosmic time and detected light from a star that existed within the first billion years after the Big Bang -- a new record, astronomers said on March 30, 2022. The newly discovered star, called "Earendel," is so far away its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, when the Universe was seven percent its current age. "We almost didn't believe it at first, it was so much farther than the previous most distant," astronomer Brian Welch of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, lead author of a paper in Nature describing the discovery, said in a statement. The previous record holder was detected in 2018 when the universe was four billion years old. (Photo by NASA/ESA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA, ESA, B. Welch (JHU), D. Coe (STScI), A. Pagan (STScI)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

Mysteries dating back to the dawn of the cosmos may be one step closer to being solved as the Hubble telescope detects a super-hot, super-bright giant star formed nearly 13 billion years ago

Towering ice volcanoes found on Pluto

This image released by NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute on March 29, 2022, shows a perspective view of Pluto’s icy volcanic region. The surface and atmospheric hazes of Pluto are shown here in greyscale, with an artistic interpretation of how past volcanic processes may have operated superimposed in blue. - Strange lumpy terrain on Pluto unlike anything previously observed in the solar system indicates that giant ice volcanoes were active relatively recently on the dwarf planet, scientists said on March 29. The observation, which was made by analysing images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, suggests that Pluto's interior was hotter much later than previously thought, according to a new study in the Nature Communications journal. (Photo by Isacc HERERA and Kelsi SINGER / NASA/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY/APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY/SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Isaac Herrera/Kelsi Singer  - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has identified giant ice volcanoes on Pluto unlike anything else in our solar system – and they could still be active

Why do we have daylight saving?

a girl sets many clocks to daylight saving time
explainers

As many Australians prepare to wind back their clocks to regular time this weekend, let’s take a look at where daylight saving came from and why some states have it and others don’t

Solar storm could bring light show

A coronal mass ejection. Photo Contributed
space

The latest solar flare ejected from the sun could deliver a beautiful aurora light display … and possibly switch off the power

Hi-tech hunt for pharaoh’s tomb

‘Mysterious voids’ were discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza. Picture: Sui Xiankai/Xinhua via Getty Images
history

An ultra-powerful scan will be done of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza under plans to identify two mysterious spaces that could house the pharaoh’s secret burial chamber

Octopus fossil found with extra arms

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). Wildlife animal.
animals

A well-preserved, 10-armed fossil puts octopuses on Earth ahead of dinosaurs, more than 80 million years earlier than previously thought

Celebrating girls who changed the world

The Girls Who Changed the World: Ming and Flo Fight for the Future by Jackie French. For Kids News book club
book club

Jackie French says too many girls who changed the world are missing from our history books – and she is doing something about it. Start reading her latest book here

No more McDonald’s for Moscow

Women walk in front of a McDonald's restaurant in central Moscow on March 9, 2022. - McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Starbucks on March 8, 2022 bowed to public pressure and suspended their operations in Russia, joining the international corporate chorus of outrage over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Several of these companies, symbols of American cultural influence in the world, have been the subject of boycott calls on social media as investors have also begun to ask questions about their presence. (Photo by AFP)
news

McDonald's is closing its doors in Russia, joining other big businesses in pulling out as a protest against the country’s invasion of Ukraine

Students protest school’s personal grooming policy

Students from Elisabeth Murdoch College wear the 2022 school uniform.
civics

The grooming and appearance policy of a Victorian high school has caused controversy after a dozen senior students were denied a spot in their year group photo

Rain could last until August

DAILY TELEGRAPH. MARCH 8, 2022.

Pictured is flooding on Pittwater Road in North Manly today as Sydney is hit by another deluge of rain today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
weather

The east coast of Australia could be in for a wet, wet, wet autumn and winter as La Niña looks set to be here for the long haul

Stonehenge mystery finally solved

Stonehenge - the famous prehistoric stone circle in Wiltshire, England

Supplied by: English Heritage / Visit Britain
history

Experts believe Stonehenge was built as an ancient solar calendar that had 10 days in a week and three weeks in a month

Tech exists to resurrect Tassie tiger

Professor Andrew Pask is launching a project to bring the Tassie Tiger back to life. Involves the surrogate uterus of another animal. Professor Pask holds a skull of a Tasmanian tiger and a test tube containing DNA.                      Picture: David Caird
animals

A bold plan to bring back the Tasmanian tiger in just 10 years is fuelling the scientific race to restore the lost species to life

School’s out as Qld floods cause havoc

Bradman Avenue remains closed as residents prepare for more rain and heavy flooding to hit the Sunshine Coast. Making the most of it are Blake and Jack Emerson-Currell. Picture: Patrick Woods.
weather

A deadly eastern brown snake became an unlikely saviour to mice and frogs during severe flooding, as Queensland closed nearly 1000 schools and the storms headed south to northern NSW

Flying reptile fossil has scientists ‘gobsmacked’

Artist's impression of the pterosaur on Skye, by Natalia Jagielska.
animals

The discovery of a Scottish pterosaur shows the flying reptile grew larger much earlier than previously thought – and long before the Cretaceous period when they had to compete with birds

Why kids are better at fighting Covid

Generic photo of happy students in their classroom wearing their school uniform
health

Children’s "innate" immune systems are better at overcoming Covid-19 than adults’ – and another factor stalling the spread in schools is really something to sing about

Blinking star stuns with bright bursts

KIDS NEWS: An artist’s impression of what the object might look like if it’s a magnetar. Magnetars are incredibly magnetic neutron stars, some of which sometimes produce radio emission. Known magnetars rotate every few seconds, but theoretically, “ultra-long period magnetars” could rotate much more slowly. Picture: ICRAR/supplied
space

An energetic neutron star has been busting never before seen moves on the cosmic dancefloor in a ‘mind-bogglingly wonderful’ surprise for scientists

Ukulele a dangerous weapon in PM’s hands

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 14th of February  2022 herald Sun Newspaper
civics

Who’d have thought a ukulele could be such a dangerous weapon? Cartoonist Mark Knight says not even the Prime Minister’s security team could protect him from the damage

How did Beijing get Olympics blue sky?

A general view shows the the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
environment

Beijing’s smog is notorious. But the Chinese capital has enjoyed blue skies like this for much of the Winter Olympics. How did it do it?

Young dinosaur was crocodile’s last meal

KIDS NEWS: Artist's reconstruction of Confractosuchus devouring a juvenile ornithopod. Picture: Julius Csotonyi/supplied/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum
animals

The mortal struggles of Cretaceous Queensland have been vividly brought to life with the discovery of an ancient crocodile that ate a young dinosaur as its own last meal

Musos join push for Indigenous lessons

Australia Day Live Isaiah Firebrace
indigenous news

Singer Isaiah Firebrace’s petition for Indigenous languages and cultural lessons in schools is gaining momentum and could lead to changes in the teaching of First Nations history

Cloned Tassie tiger gets closer

Mounted thylacine specimen, thylacinus cynocephalus (Harris 1808) from Tasmania Australia positioned in front of The Earth of Sydney, mixed media sculpture, Alan Sonfist (Sydney, 1981)
animals

The Tasmanian tiger’s path back from extinction is one step closer after the successful genome mapping of its closest living relation

Nike jumps into world of virtual fashion

FEWOCiOUS x RTFKT, Nike has taken that proposition to a new level by acquiring a company that sells shoes people will never wear, or even touch. The brand has bought RTFKT Studios (pronounced “artefact"), a British start-up that creates virtual trainers and clothing that sell for thousands of pounds.
technology

Wearing the most exclusive fashion has always cost a lot and now the same can be said about dressing in the virtual world. Would you spend thousands of dollars on a pair of sneakers for your avatar?

Langer’s messy exit just not cricket

Mark Knight cartoon on Justin Langer quitting as Australian cricket coach
sport

An impressive collection of trophies was not enough to save former Australian cricket coach Justin Langer from the chopping block, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Row over ‘discovery’ of Captain Cook’s shipwreck

Computer generated image of the wreck of HMS Endeavour, which the  Australian National Maritime Museum believes it has found off Rhode Island. Picture: Australian National Maritime Museum
history

Australian maritime researchers believe they have found the wreck of HMS Endeavour, which Captain James Cook sailed to Australia in 1770. But US researchers have slapped down the claim

Giant ‘sea dragon’ fossil found in UK

Palaeontologists working on the Ichthyosaur skeleton found at Rutland Water August 26 2021 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 matthew@matthewpowerphotography.co.uk @mpowerphoto
animals

Britain’s largest and most intact ancient ichthyosaur fossil has been found in England – and it’s estimated to be 180 million years old

Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year

MELBOURNE.  26/01/2022. Australian Open Tennis.  Day 10. Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott with the Australian of there Year trophy at Melbourne Park this morning.     Photo by Michael Klein
humanities

Tennis champ and Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott is the first person with a disability to win the nation’s top award. He’s well known for his sport but that’s not his only achievement

Sam Kerr takes out pitch invader

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A pitch invader collides with Sam Kerr of Chelsea during the UEFA Women's Champions League group A match between Chelsea FC and Juventus at Kingsmeadow on December 08, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
sport

Australian soccer superstar Sam Kerr has been applauded for giving a pitch invader an AFL-style bump in England but not everyone was happy with her actions

3D printer pumps out a pizza

BeeHex - 3D printer for pizza. People sample the 3D printed pizza.
technology

Microwave ovens were huge when they hit the market, but this revolutionary food appliance prints food using edible paste as ink

Covid jabs for kids by January

A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP)
health

Primary school kids are on track to receive their first jabs before school returns next year, with the Pfizer vaccine cleared for use

Dino’s slashing tail weapon sets it apart

illostration of Stegouros dinosaur discovered in the Patagonia region of South America.
animals

Palaeontologists have unearthed fossils from a dinosaur with a unique tail they have likened to a weapon used by ancient Aztec warriors

Robotic bird feet designed for drones

This undated handout image courtesy of William Roderick/Stanford University shows the grasping robot that Stanford engineers developed based on studies of birds. - Inspired by how birds land and perch on branches, a team of engineers at Stanford University has built robotic graspers that can fit on quadcopter drones, enabling them to catch objects and hold on to a variety of surfaces. (Photo by William RODERICK / Stanford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / William RODERICK /Stanford University " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
technology

Engineers have built robotic graspers that can be fitted to drones to help them catch objects and perch on tree branches just like birds

Acting legend at one with the land

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News.
indigenous news

Cartoonist Mark Knight has paid tribute to Indigenous acting legend David Gulpilil Dalaithngu whose death was announced this week

Barbados breaks from Britain and becomes republic

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 30: President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square on November 30, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Prince of Wales arrived in the country ahead of its transition to a republic within the Commonwealth. This week, it formally removes Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and the current governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, will be sworn in as president. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)
history

Prince Charles won’t be head of state in Barbados when he succeeds Queen Elizabeth II – but he was on hand at the historic inauguration of the first president to wish the nation well

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
history

Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.
environment

Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

Girls more active in PE without boys

MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 11, 2021: Rowers at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, L to R Alexandra Williams, Georgie Gough, Amelia Kogler. Picture: Mark Stewart
sport

Girls get a bigger workout in single-sex school sports than they do playing on mixed teams with boys

Fibs all over your face

Pinocchio holding sheet of paper. ISTOCK
science

A new device for catching liars in the act has picked up facial signals that might prove to be more accurate than polygraphs

Mystery of maritime disaster solved

12/01/2009 NEWS: Artist's impression of 150 mm shell damage to the port side of HMAS Sydney. On 19 November 1941, the Royal Australian Navy Modified Leander Class light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY II, en route to Fremantle, intercepted the German raider the HSK KORMORAN about 100 nautical miles west of Steep Point off the coast of Western Australia. In the ensuing battle, HMAS SYDNEY was sunk with the loss of her entire crew of 645 men. The HSK KORMORAN was subsequently scuttled with the loss of 81 lives. Following the discovery of the wrecks of HMAS SYDNEY and HSK KORMORAN by The Finding Sydney Foundation in March 2008, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal A.G. Houston AC, AFC, established a Commission of Inquiry, charged with the followi
history

Australia’s worst maritime tragedy created an 80-year mystery – but after 15 years of DNA testing, the Unknown Sailor has been identified at last

Schools shut as smog smothers Indian capital

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 5, 2021, commuters make their way along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi. - Even as its capital was blanketed by toxic smog, India led the charge to weaken anti-coal pledges at the COP26 summit, with experts saying it is prioritising its economic growth over the planet's future. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-Environment-climate-coal,FOCUS by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA
environment

Authorities in the Indian capital of New Delhi have ordered the closure of schools and coal-burning power plants after air pollution reached more than 30 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended maximum

Aussie rocket blasts off

The Black Sky Aerospace rocket launched from a site on the NSW-Queensland border on Monday which reached 30,000ft before parachuting successfully back to Earth. Picture: Supplied via NCA NewsWire
space

Australia’s emerging space program has had an exciting win with the successful launch of Black Sky Aerospace’s first rocket

Call for more inclusive sports terms

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are playing a soccer game outside on a sunny day at the park.
humanities

Whether terms like ‘sportsmanship’ and ‘man on’ are discriminatory has sparked gender debate in physical education

Big Bird ruffles feathers after Covid shot

Sesame Street brings its Kindness stage show to Adelaide this
weekend, Nov 25 and 26.
health

Not even Sesame Street’s fictional feathered friends are safe on social media, as Big Bird’s Covid jab sets off US Senator Ted Cruz

Monster appetite of whales boosts ocean health

In this undated handout picture realeased on November 3, 2021 by Standford University humpback whale feeds on sand lance in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. - The Earth's largest whales may eat up to three times more than previously thought with crucial benefits for the ecosystems they inhabit, a study said on November 3, 2021. The largest creatures ever to live on Earth, baleen whales including blue whales, humpback whales and other species use filter feeding to consume krill and small fish. (Photo by Elliott Hazen / Standford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  STANDFORD UNIVERSITY / Elliott Hazen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
animals

Baleen whales are gigantic climate change crusaders, thanks to their huge hunger for krill – now they just need their own natural environment restored

Farewell to penguin protector Tula

COUNTRY LIVING: Maremma at Warrnambool
The Maremma dogs who guard the penguins at Warrnambool. Handler Phil Root is in charge of the dogs, while Peter Abbott is the manager of tourism services, running tours to the island and overseeing the Oddball Club (which is the name of the movie Oddball, which details the story of the Maremmas and penguins, due for release this year).
Pictured: Tula the Maremma DOGS CALENDAR 2016.
PICTURE: ZOE PHILLIPS
animals

One of the first maremma sheepdogs specially trained to watch over the penguins of Middle Island – just like in the movie Oddball – has died at the age of 13

Raven attacks delivery drone in Aussie capital

A PIONEERING drone delivery programme in Australia’s capital has been suspended after coming under attack by ravens., Picture: Benjamin Anthony Roberts via Storyful
technology

A battle of nature against the machine saw one riled up raven attempt to rumble a delivery drone in the skies above Canberra

Jupiter’s gigantic storm captured in infra-red

KIDS NEWS: JUPITER: Jupiter’s banded appearance is created by the cloud-forming “weather layer.” This composite image shows views of Jupiter in (left to right) infrared and visible light taken by the Gemini North telescope and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, respectively.
Credits: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/NASA/ESA, M.H. Wong and I. de Pater (UC Berkeley) et al.
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Spectacular infra-red images of Jupiter’s atmosphere taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have been revealed as fresh data shows the Great Red Spot storm extends hundreds of kilometres below its clouds

‘Weird’ signal excites alien hunters

The CSIRO Parkes Observatory is seen ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, 380km west of Sydney, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish" is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20 1969. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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The world’s extraterrestrial search community was sent into a frenzy when Australia’s famous Parkes radio telescope picked up a surprise signal from beyond our solar system

Ivory trade leads to tuskless elephants

Tuskless elephants in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Source: ElephantVoices
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Humans have sped up evolution in Mozambique where ivory hunters have caused an increase in the proportion of female elephants born without tusks

Billionaire’s plan to build new space station

This artist's illustration courtesy of Blue Origin obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on October 25, 2021 announced it wants to launch a space station that will house up to 10 people in the second half of the decade, as the race to commercialize the cosmos heats up. "Orbital Reef," described in a press statement as a mixed use business park in space that will support microgravity research and manufacturing, is a joint venture with Sierra Space and has the support of Boeing and Arizona State University. (Photo by Handout / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Blue Origin " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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As the International Space Station heads towards retirement age, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has announced its hopes of building a futuristic space station for business

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 23, 2017 a Ford Bronco rests in floodwaters on February 22, 2017, in the Rock Springs area of San Jose, California. - Rising global temperature, rising sea levels, intensification of extreme events... The publication of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled on August 9. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)
environment

The UN has issued a strong challenge to global leaders ahead of the COP26 summit, warning that greenhouse gas levels remain too high to meet temperature targets

Play influences kids’ career choices

Five kids standing with hands together, each one with a unique profession: policeman, sailor, firefighter, nurse and builder. Studio shot, isolated on white.
humanities

An Australian researcher wants toy shops to go gender neutral to help girls and boys break free of traditional gender roles when choosing jobs as adults

Lava flow makes Spanish island bigger

TOPSHOT - In this handout photograph taken and released by the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) on October 16, 2021, members of the GIETMA (Technological and Environmental Emergencies Intervention Group) of the UME monitor the evolution of a new lava flow, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary island of La Palma. - There is no prospect of the volcanic eruption in Spain's Canary Islands ending "in the short or medium term", experts said on October 13, 2021 after three-and-a-half weeks of activity. (Photo by Luismi Ortiz / UME / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LUISMI ORTIZ  / SPANISH MILITARY UNIT (UME) " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Satellite imagery shows molten rock has extended the size of La Palma’s western shore as volcanic eruptions continue

Lego to build blocks without bias

Child playing with colorful toys. Little girl and funny curly baby boy with educational toy blocks. Children play at day care or preschool. Mess in kids room. Toddlers build a tower in kindergarten. Picture: iStock
humanities

Lego has pledged to remove gender bias from its product range after an international study finds stereotypes persist

NASA to shoot rocket at asteroid

Artist’s illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube before the DART impact. CREDITS: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben. For MARTIN GEORGE'S col for the Mercury.
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A spacecraft will deliberately collide with an asteroid in space as part of a NASA defence technique to protect Earth from impact

Walk to the moon for kindness

Along the Coogee Beach esplanade messages of kindness and hope from community members has popped up on the fencing. Picture: David Swift
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Kids, schools and communities are being challenged to spread small acts of kindness while walking 382,000km – the distance from Earth to the moon – between now and World Kindness Day

Film crew to make first movie in space

This handout photo taken and released on October 5, 2021 by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos shows Russian crew members, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (L) and film director Klim Shipenko, shaking hands as their spacesuits are tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. - A Russian actress and director arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on October 5, 2021 to begin a 12-day mission to make the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY ROSCOSMOS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Russian movie star Yulia Peresild has beaten Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise into orbit, safely docking at the International Space Station to star in the first film shot in space

Fluffy clouds to help save Great Barrier Reef

Plume from sprayer jets Cloud Brightening project
environment

Cloud cover generated by a turbine is helping cool conditions and reduce coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

Fraser Island to be renamed ‘paradise’

Camping on Fraser Island (K'gari)

credit: Tyson Mahr

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indigenous news

Queensland’s spectacular Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is to be renamed K’gari, the word for “paradise” in the language of the area’s traditional owners

Giant marine fossil dubbed ‘the mothership’

KIDS NEWS: giant marine fossil. Titanokorys gainesi reconstruction. Picture: supplied. Illustration by Lars Fields, Royal Ontario Museum.
animals

Canadian Palaeontologists have discovered a 506-million-year-old marine fossil – a giant in its day that stalked prey along the ocean floor

Lava slows after volcano erupts

A river of lava approaches houses as Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. - The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Spain's Canary Islands today spewing out lava, ash and a huge column of smoke after days of increased seismic activity, sparking evacuations of people living nearby, authorities said. Cumbre Vieja straddles a ridge in the south of La Palma island and has erupted twice in the 20th century, first in 1949 then again in 1971. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)
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Tourists and residents have been safely evacuated from affected areas of Spain’s Canary Islands after the region’s first volcanic eruption in 50 years

SpaceX tourists orbit without astronauts

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 16, 2021 courtesy of Inspiration4 shows the Inspiration4 crew (L-R) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Sian Proctor in orbit. - The four private space tourists aboard a SpaceX capsule are due to return to Earth on sEPTEMBER 18, 2021, touching down off the coast of Florida after three days of orbiting the planet. (Photo by Handout / Inspiration4 / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Inspiration4" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A civilian crew has made history in space after successfully orbiting Earth for three days without a single astronaut on board

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

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

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

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

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

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

MooLoo to the rescue

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

Covid vaccine race is finally on

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

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

Space race continues on Mars

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

New plan to save Aussie animals

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

New class of planet could host life

A new type of planet, called hycean planets, has been identified as possible hosts of alien life.
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They are covered by oceans and much bigger and hotter than Earth, but astronomers believe a new class of planet, called hycean planets, could be the key to finding alien life

Travelling in style all the way to Perth

Mark Knight cartoon - AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan heads west for the Grand Final in the famous batmobile.
sport

If the 2021 Grand Final must go to Perth, the AFL boss and cup might as well travel in style in the famous “batmobile” from 1991, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

China cuts video gaming for kids

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.
technology

China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

Pocket money gender gap

Kristy Bautista, mum to Mila (9) and Evie (7), gives her daughters $2 for emptying the dishwasher and more for helping with other chores. She thinks it is good to teach kids about the value of saving their money.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
money

When it comes to pocket money, one gender gets more than the other – and the Aussie kids given the most cash are also revealed

Four-legged whale fossil found in Egypt

Paleontologists discover four-legged whale fossil, name it Phiomicetus anubis after Egypt's god of death
animals

The 43-million-year-old fossil of a fierce, four-legged whale species has been named after the ancient Egyptian god of death

Vegemite smell a key part of site’s heritage

AUSTRALIA has been surviving lock down by turning to one of its most iconic spreads - VEGEMITE. The brand has seen sales of its products during the lockdown skyrocket by more than 55 per cent across the country compared to the same time last year. Alex 6 enjoying his Vegemite by the spoonful while at home.   Picture: David Caird
history

Heritage is more than just buildings and other things we can see from the past, with a local council recognising the heritage value of the smell of Vegemite being made at an old Kraft factory

Good news in NAPLAN results

Naplan results show vic kids doing best in the country. Family with three kids in primary school, two did naplan. L-R Jude 6, Jasmine 13 and Elijah 10 are very happy with Victorias results at their home in Blackburn North.  Picture Rebecca Michael.
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Australian primary school students should pat themselves on the back, as 2021 NAPLAN results suggest pandemic disruptions have not hampered performance