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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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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
Human Head with Brain Activity

How does your brain clean itself?

Deep sleep doesn’t just rest your body – Australian scientists believe it’s also when the brain washes away toxins, with a new project looking at whether the brain’s self-clean can be boosted

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Why do we have leap years?

Could you imagine a world of opposites where the seasons swapped every few hundred years? This was the problem facing our earliest calendar-makers, but luckily maths had the answer

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Two humpback whales swimming near the surface near Niue Island

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How do whales sing underwater?

Ever wondered how whales are able to sing underwater without choking? After examining the voice boxes of three baleen whales, a team of scientists believe they now have the answer

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Fresh start for pollies to play nice

First day nerves and jostling at the gates is all part of getting back to school and cartoonist Mark Knight suggests kids aren’t the only ones navigating playground antics as politicians return

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An environmental activist wearing a costume displays a placard in a hallway during the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on December 3, 2023. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Climate topics tackled at COP28

Phasing out fossil fuels across the globe is just one major challenge set to be discussed by more than 100 world representatives at this year’s UN climate change summit

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An Israeli rescuer walks in front of a damaged shop in Tel Aviv, after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023. Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise large-scale attack against Israel on October 7, firing thousands of rockets from Gaza and sending fighters to kill or abduct people as Israel retaliated with devastating air strikes. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

What is the Israel and Palestine conflict?

Sudden, shocking events in faraway places can be pretty confusing and scary – but it helps to know what is going on, how it started and what the UN and world leaders are doing to respond

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Dramatic photo illustration of a nighttime sky with brightly lit clouds and large, full, Blue Moon would make a great background.

Rare ‘super blue moon’ is rising

A super blue moon will light up Australian skies for the first time in 14 years – but despite its name, the rare astrological event won’t make the moon turn blue