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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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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?

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KIDS NEWS 2024: A view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarised light, Wednesday 27 March 2024. Picture: EHT Collaboration
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of our Milky Way black hole released in 2022, has captured a new view of the massive object at the centre of our Galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of Sagittarius A*. This image shows the polarised view of the Milky Way black hole. The lines overlaid on this image mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole.

New view of Milky Way monster

The twisted spiral pattern around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, newly observed by astronomers, reveals new qualities of the hugely powerful object lurking at the centre of our galaxy

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

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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

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TOPSHOT - This handout picture released by the Icelandic Coast Guard on March 16, 2024 shows billowing smoke and flowing lava pouring out of a new fissure, during a surveilance flight above a new volcanic eruption on the outskirts of the evacuated town of Grindavik, western Iceland. A volcanic eruption started on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland on Thursday, the third to hit the area since December, authorities said. (Photo by HANDOUT / Icelandic Coast Guard / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /HANDOUT/ICELANDIC COAST GUARD " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Iceland volcano still spewing lava

A 3km fissure that opened up late last year in Iceland continues to spew spectacular fountains of lava after a volcano near the capital erupted for the fourth time since December

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(FILES) This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill on March 13, 2024 that would force Tiktok to divest from its Chinese owner or get banned from the United States. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Why TikTok could be banned in Australia

National security concerns about TikTok, including its role as ‘the major source of news and information about the world for young Australians’, has Canberra watching the US as ban bill looms

Space
Two UFOs flying in fog with light below. 3D illustration monochromatic sepia-toned old-time photography. Concept image with blank space below the UFOs for texts and image.

New UFO report lands

Results of a Pentagon report have been released after analysis into whether there were secret government studies into UFOs and if reported alien sightings over the past 80 years were credible

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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 

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Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, March 4, 2024

Cake on face after by-election win

PM Anthony Albanese’s birthday coincided with a by-election win in Victoria, cause for celebration in the Labor camp but cartoonist Mark Knight calls ‘spin’ on scenes of happy Liberals partying too

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Allies of Donald Trump have the knives out for Taylor Swift fuelled by increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories that the singer is part of an elaborate plot to endorse President Biden as she did before the 2020 election

Don trumps Swift’s Super Tuesday

Taylor Swift rallied voters as US President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump each claimed resounding wins on Super Tuesday – now Nikki Haley is out, the rematch is on UPDATED

Health
Doctors stunned as deadly brain tumour ‘completely disappears’. Picture: Chinese Neurosurgical Journal

Boy’s brain tumour disappears

A 13-year-old Belgian boy has become the first in the world to survive a deadly form of brain cancer after his tumour vanished while taking part in a medical trial, creating fresh hope of a cure

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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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Mark Knight cartoon on Demon Angus Brayshaw forced to retire because of concussion

Tough call on hard knocks in AFL

Concussion-induced microscopic changes to Angus Brayshaw’s 28-year-old brain forced the AFL player’s painful decision to retire, prompting cartoonist Mark Knight to send him off in style

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MUSWELLBROOK, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Liddell Power Station stands next to Lake Liddell as chimneys at the Bayswater Power Station seen emit water vapour on April 27, 2023 in Muswellbrook, Australia. Liddell Power Station, one of Australia's oldest coal-fired power plants, will shut down on Friday, 28 April, after 52 years in operation. The AGL-owned facility opened in 1971 and was once the most powerful generating station in Australia. With Australia making the transition from coal power to renewables, the site will be transformed into a new low-carbon industrial energy hub. Demolition of the plant will begin next year, with more than 90 per cent of the materials to be recycled, AGL says. The closure of Liddell Power Station will stop 8 million tonnes of Carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year, media reported. (Photo by Roni Bintang/Getty Images)

Strange new idea to cool Earth

US scientists are studying whether we could cool the planet to counteract global warming by injecting ice into the atmosphere, as Australia swelters into autumn on the other side of the globe

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WARNING. WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL.  MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.      SS Nemesis: 120 year old shipwreck mystery solved and search for relatives begins, The 120 year old mystery of SS Nemesis and the 32 crew members lost at sea has been solved, with, the accidental discovery and subsequent identification of a shipwreck in waters off Port Kembla., With the wreck identified, the NSW Government is hoping to connect with relatives of the crew, members lost at sea, including the three men buried in an unmarked grave in Woronora Memorial, Park, Sutherland., Heritage NSW says members of the lost crew came from Australia, the United Kingdom and one, from Canada.    SS Nemesis Bulwark scallops starboard side_Credit CSIRO

‘Holy Grail’ of shipwrecks found

Australia’s oldest maritime mystery has finally been solved with the accidental discovery of historic ship SS Nemesis at the bottom of the ocean, 120 years after it vanished during a fierce 1904 storm

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This image obtained on February 26, 2024 courtesy of Intuitive Machines, shows Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lunar lander approximately 35 seconds after pitching over during its approach to the landing site. The camera is on the starboard aft-side of the lander in this phase. The first American spaceship to the Moon since the Apollo era is probably lying sideways following its dramatic landing, the company that built it said February 23, even as ground controllers work to download data and surface photos from the uncrewed robot. (Photo by Handout / Intuitive Machines / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INTUITIVE MACHINES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Odysseus moon mission cut short

The first ever privately owned spacecraft put the US back on the moon for the first time in 52 years – but the lunar lander is set to stop working ahead of schedule after it came to rest on its side

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This photo of a python digesting a big feed has gone viral on social media. Picture: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.

Big-bellied snake goes viral

Images posted online of the immense belly of this very well-fed Australian python have prompted many social media users to ask, what on earth did it eat?

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KIDS NEWS 2024: February 20 . This artist's impression shows the record-breaking quasar J059-4351, the bright core of a distant galaxy that is powered by a supermassive black hole. 
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, this quasar has been found to be the most luminous object known in the universe to date. The supermassive black hole, seen here pulling in surrounding matter, has a mass 17 billion times that of the Sun and is growing in mass by the equivalent of another Sun per day, making it the fastest-growing black hole ever known. Picture: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

‘Cosmic hurricane’ has black hole heart

Shining 500 trillion times brighter than our sun, a newly identified quasar as old as the origins of the known universe is chomping through the equivalent of 370 suns a year, an Aussie-led team says

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NCA NewsWire Photos - 15 FEBRUARY, 2024:  Taylor Swift fans flock to the Melbourne Jet Base to catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift as she arrives in Melbourne by private plane. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jake Nowakowski

Tay Tay’s Melbourne touchdown

Global superstar Taylor Swift landed in Melbourne in the early hours of Thursday as Australian fans gathered in darkness to try to catch of their idol amid global madness WATCH THE VIDEO

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