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KIDS NEWS 2024: Giant kangaroos bounce back from the past, April 6.

An almost-complete skeleton of Protemnodon viator is shown, missing just a few bones of the hand, foot and tail. This specimen, SAMA P59552 from Lake Callabonna, is the holotype for the newly described species. This means that this specimen is the best representative of the species, as chosen by the researchers that described it.

 A near-complete fossil skeleton of the extinct giant kangaroo Protemnodon viator from Lake Callabonna, missing just a few bones from the hand, foot and tail.
Picture: Isaac A. R. Kerr

Giant extinct kangaroos identified

Kangaroos have been bouncing across Australia for millions of years but ancient species have outpaced palaeontologists until now as new research points to distinct features in three extinct species

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This image obtained from the US Coast Guard on April 11, 2024 shows a "Help" sign on the beach made with palm leaves by three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. The crew of a Hawaii-based HC-130J Hercules aircraft makes contact with three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, after dropping them a radio on April 8, 2024. The aircrew was able to inform the mariners that USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) would arrive on April 9 and be able to transport them home to Polowat Atoll. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received a distress call from a relative of the three mariners on April 6, 2024, reporting her three uncles departed Polowat Atoll, Chuuk State, Easter Sunday for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest, and had not returned prompting the search. (Photo by US COAST GUARD / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US COAST GUARD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Castaways saved by sign on sand

After spending eight days shipwrecked on a Pacific desert island, stranded sailors have been rescued thanks to crafting a giant HELP sign made out of palm leaves that was visible from the air

Sport
DAILY TELEGRAPH MARCH 20, 2024. Young athletes from left James Mikan, U13s National Record Holder, Caitlin Probets  ALAC NSW Captain 2023 and National Champion for 80m Hurdles and Alexander Evans, MultiClass (wheelchair), National Champion 100m, 200m and State Medallist in Discus, at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Track. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Podium payday for Olympic gold

The Olympics has long been considered an amateur competition, where even pro-athletes do not get paid, but a new move from World Athletics could change that level playing field forever

Arts
New Bluey episode featuring the Heeler house for sale.

Is Bluey really moving home?

Moving home is something lots of kids have to go through, but could Australia’s favourite animated family really be selling their iconic Brisbane house? And if so, where would they move to?

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Juliette Wells's famous pets Peggy and Molly.

Magpie Molly makes it home

Their fame put authorities under pressure when Molly the magpie was removed from his carers, until the QLD Premier himself stepped in to help get the native bird returned to best buddy Peggy

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18/11/2010 WIRE: NOTE: All information about this discovery is EMBARGOED until 2PM ET on Thursday 18 November 2010 TO GO WITH AFP STORY US-SPACE-ASTRONOMY-EUROPE-GERMANY-CHILE This artist?s impression shows HIP 13044 b, an exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy. European astronomers say they have discovered the first planet that comes from a galaxy outside the Milky Way, according to research released November 18, 2010 in the United States. The exoplanet is slightly larger than the size of Jupiter, the gaseous planet that is the largest in our solar system, and is orbiting a star 2,000 light years from Earth that has found its way into the Milky Way. The pair are believed to be part of the Helmi stream, a group of stars that remains after its mini-galaxy was devoured by the Milky Way some six to nine billion years ago, said the study in Science Express. AFP PHOTO/ESO/L. Cal?ada/RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Stars snack on planets in space

The uneven composition of twin stars in the Milky Way suggests not all planetary systems are as stable as our own, with a new study concluding that some planets end up as dinner to the stars

Money

Eight-year-old Aussie buys home

Ruby McLellan, pictured in 2024, is an 8-year-old property investor. Her dad Cam, pictured, helped set up a trust that allows her to purchase homes. Source: Supplied. NSW real estate.

Meet Ruby McLellan, Australia’s pint-sized property investor, who along with her brother and sister turned pocket money into a house deposit – how did she do it?

Arts

Banksy mural sprouts in London

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Members of the public photograph a recent mural which has appeared on the side of a building in Islington on March 18, 2024 in London, England. The  'Banksy' artwork appeared on a North London street on Sunday. A mass of green has been painted behind a bare tree to look like foliage, with a stencil of a person holding a pressure hose next to it. The green paint used matches the colour the council uses on Islington road signs. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Graffiti artist Banksy is back with a green theme, claiming responsibility for a new wall mural that appears to bring bare boughs to life, prompting some to find an environmental message

History

The surprising history of chocolate

The surprising history of chocolate

 Before being used to make chocolate, cacao was used by ancient tribes for cooking and medicinal purposes, finds a new study tracing the history of the world’s favourite ingredient 

ANIMALS

Animals
Giant panda Fu Bao eats bamboo at Everland amusement park in Yongin on March 3, 2024. Fu Bao, a female giant panda born in South Korea's Everland amusement park and turning four years old this year, will be transferred to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province in early April under an international agreement. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun / POOL / AFP)

Korea farewells its firstborn panda

South Koreans have braved the rain to bid an emotional goodbye to the first ever giant panda born in the country, as Fu Bao heads to her natural homeland of China to be with her own kind

Animals
Zombie cicadas. Picture: West Virginia University Photo

Plague of ‘zombie’ pee champions

Two regions in the US are about to be overtaken by trillions of noisy periodical cicadas in the biggest plague since 1803 – but why are these so-called ‘champions of pee’ turning into zombies?

Health
In this March 16, 2024, image courtesy of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, surgeons perform the world’s first genetically modified pig kidney transplant into a living human. A team of surgeons have successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a living patient for the first time, the hospital said on March 21, 2024. The four-hour-long operation was carried out on March 16 on a 62-year-old man suffering from end-stage kidney disease, the hospital said. (Photo by Michelle ROSE / Massachusetts General Hospital / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Massachusetts General Hospital/Michelle ROSE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

First human receives pig kidney

In a groundbreaking medical advance, a 62-year-old man has made history as the first human to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig

SPORT

Sport
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14-year-old skater chases Olympics

Chloe Covell has just hit her teenage years and loves hanging out with her friends at the local skate park but she could fulfil a big dream and make history for Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics

Sport
CAMPBELL TOWN, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Emma Humphries (left) and Jack Riewoldt (right) pose for a photograph with Campbell Town District High School students (L-R) Charlie, Satsuki, Winnie, Linus and Patrick during the Tasmania Devils Media Opportunity at Campbell Town Football Club on March 19, 2024 in Campbell Town, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Tassie storms into the AFL

Tasmania’s Football Club has smashed its membership target, with a swarm of eager fans becoming founding members just 12 hours after the AFL’s 19th club was officially launched

SOCIETY & CULTURE

Health
How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition

New clue into left-handedness

There could be a genetic reason some people are left-handed, with a new study finding that a rare variant is present in more than twice as many lefties as right-handed folk

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In the heart of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, escalating violence has become a grim reality. In less than two weeks, this violence has led to the displacement of 2,500 people, with most of them being women and children.To address the urgent needs of children and families displaced by the recent armed violence in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF and its partners have established a nutrition site in Delmas.  Picture: UNICEF/ Herold Joseph

Young poets pen pleas for peace

Haitian students have shared heartfelt poems full of hope for peace in their ‘sweet country’, following years of conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis since bandits overtook the capital

Health
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 20, 2023: Editorial generic stock image of an iPhone with the popular apps: Instagram, Messenger and Facebook prominent on its home screen. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar

Health warning for kids on phones

A person that used to work for Facebook’s parent company Meta has issued a dire warning, saying the tech giant knows its algorithms are damaging the health of young kids and teens

History
Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach (kneeling, right) with fellow prisoners of war at Stalag Luft III. Picture: The Shrine of Remembrance

Aussie hero’s WWII Great Escape

A young Australian has been remembered for his role in the escape of 76 prisoners of war from Germany’s Stalag Luft III camp, 80 years after the breakout known as ‘the Great Escape’