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Earthquakes Two earthquakes in two months... it's a scary start to 2010 for the countries of Haiti and Chile. The latest event was a huge 8.8 magnitude quake that struck Chile, destroying some areas and causing tsunamis that devastated many more. However this disaster is not looking like it will kill anywhere near as many people as the Haiti quake a month ago, despite being far more powerful. Nathan looks into what factors made the difference between the two earthquakes. Floods If you live in some of the northern parts of Australia right now, you might be feeling a little wet underfoot. You might even be flooded in! Huge rainfalls have created flooding and havoc across parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland. So where has all this rain come from? And will it solve some of the problems with drought through the Murray Darling Basin? Kirsty cracks out the weather charts to find out. Plastic Fantastic The invention of plastic products like bags, bottles and containers has been super convenient, because they're waterproof, strong and reusable. But it's also created big problems for the environment. However.. there is a way to "build a bridge and get over it". Confused? Catherine explains what can happen if you do the right thing and recycle. ACDC They are the rock band making a huge splash touring the country right now, packing out stadiums and bringing fans from every generation in to party. But for the guys that recorded the track 'it's a long way to the top, if you want to rock and roll,' it certainly seems like they've stayed on top for just as long! Kirsty went out to meet some young fans, to find out what it is about these aging rockers that's drawing 'em in. Closing the Gap Later this month, 'National Close the Gap Day' will be held - a day designed to bring attention to the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It's an issue that has touched a lot of people, and Catherine went out to meet some that have come up with a very unique way of raising money to help. It involves little characters called the schaffas!

21:30 | News and current affairs
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Insulation Inquiry How can something as harmless as house insulation kill people? Well that's the question being asked right now after some insulation installers were electrocuted while putting it into people's roofs. They were up there as part of a government program - so now one minister is taking some heat for the problems. Kirsty looks into what went wrong and who's responsible. India Sport India is a sports mad country and they certainly have a lot of big events coming up. The Commonwealth Games, the Indian Premier League and the Hockey World Cup are all scheduled to take place there over the next year. But some terrorist groups have threatened to attack these events, so now some athletes taking part are fearing for their safety. Catherine discovers who made the threats and whether they might stop some events altogether. MASH 2010 You might have seen MASH, the TV show about a mobile army hospital set during a war 50-years ago. Well in this story you'll get to see the real MASH - an American Army hospital working near the frontline in Afghanistan right now. Many of the people working there were still in school when the war started - but these days they face helicopter evacuations, fire fights and surgical operations in tents. Nathan shows what work they're doing behind the scenes to try to help the injured survive. Pole Dancing With the winter Olympics winding up, attention will now be turning to the summer games coming up in London in 2012. But there is one fairly different kind of sport that would love to get a run at an Olympics soon. Pole dancing groups are becoming increasing popular, and the world champs of it reckon they should be up there vying for gold. Some young kids love it here in Oz, so Catherine went to meet them to see what's involved. Rock Orchestra Orchestra has a reputation among many young people as a pretty slow, dreary kind of music... but that doesn't always have to be the case! Orchestras are mixing it with superstar rock and indie groups to spice things up a bit and appeal to a whole different audience. Kirsty took a look at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, who've teamed up with The Panics for their next performance!

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Hospital Checkup When you get sick, the last thing you're thinking about is how much you'll have to pay for treatment. But depending on which hospital you go to, you could either pay nothing, or heaps! So what's the difference? Tash takes a look at the difference between public and private hospitals, and why some pollies are thinking about changing how they're set up. Food Bowl Making sure we have enough food to feed everyone in the country is a pretty important thing; right up there with making sure we have enough water! But because we've got less and less water in some big food producing areas, it's leading to less tucker too! It's got people thinking about where's the best place to grow all the food we'll need in the future. Nathan looks at two of the candidates, and finds out why one has recently been nipped in the bud. Gold Rush Have you ever read about the gold rush of the past and wished you could strike it rich? Well now might be your chance! Previously closed gold mines are opening up again, but before you grab a pick-axe and start digging, Sarah discovered that it's new technology that's responsible for opening up these old mines. Wild Dogs We all love our pet dogs, but they aren't so lovable when they escape into the wild. Once there, experts say they breed with dingos and can end up killing livestock. Tash looks at the new tricks scientists are using to try to stop them. Unicycling You've seen it in circuses, you've seen it in street performances, but have you seen it as an extreme sport?! Sarah gets on one wheel to see why this amazing new sport is taking off.

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Leadership Lowdown It might have felt way too short for the kids of Australia, but for pollies it's been a long, hard summer holiday; with a new leader, new policies and a whole lot of arguing in between. So why are they all hot and bothered? Because this is an election year, of course! Nathan wraps up all the summer action from Canberra and introduces a new face you'll be seeing a lot of throughout the year. NASA Funding 40 years ago man first landed on the moon and everyone back home started dreaming of a space future. But these days it seems to have drifted into the background. NASA's space shuttle fleet are due to be retired this year, and President Obama wants to scrap plans to go back to the moon. Sarah looks at the history of the space shuttle program and why NASA's no longer aiming for the moon. Rock Eisteddfod It's the show that had kids around Australia doing 'spirit fingers' all year long, but this year will be the first in three decades that students won't be able to take part in the Rock Eisteddfod. It's been canned, and Tash discovers why. Biodiversity Year It's one of those terms you probably hear thrown around in environment class every now and again, but what does 'biodiversity' actually mean? Well this year is the year of biodiversity, so Sarah decided to take a look a new museum exhibit to find out what it is, and why it gets a whole year to devoted to raising awareness for it. Cane Toad Snags Sausages are a staple food for heaps of us over summer, but what about throwing one on the barbie made of cane toads? Luckily you don't have to, because these strange culinary inventions aren't for humans, they for native animals! Tash gets a taste of this new conservation program.

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Cane Toads Cane toads are big, poisonous and ugly and they're marching across Australia. They're a growing environmental problem and for a long time scientists have been searching for a way to stop them or at least reduce their numbers. Now they might have found an answer and it's a tiny Aussie! One of our Darwin reporters, Gina, will introduce you. Story explains about kids who go out at night searching for cane toads as part of toad buster group. Discusses how meat ants attack baby cane toads. Indigenous Games How many games can you play at school? Soon you might find out about a whole lot more! A program has been researching the games that Indigenous kids used to play and found lots of exciting new ones that have been forgotten over the years. Now they're being introduced to schools so Kirsty went a long to see what they were like! Story explains about Australian Sports Commission Indigenous Games project. Talks with kids playing games. AFI Kid When Australia's top movie awards are handed out later this year an 11 year old kid will be walking the red carpet with all the stars. How did he get a great gig like that? Catherine meets him to find out. Interview with 11 yo Tom Russell who is nominated of ran AFI awards. Talks about acting in movies. 2009 Remembered What an amazing year of news! From the serious stories to Catherine being attacked by penguins - we've covered it all. Plus we've talked to kids all over the country! The team has a look back at the year that was.

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Code Red Some schools have been closed and families were warned to leave their homes because of a catastrophic fire warning. What is going on? After Black Saturday earlier this year, the rules for bushfires have changed and it could mean big changes for schools in heatwaves. Kirsty explains why. Story explains new fire warning system and school closures. Sports Funding Aussies love sport and its athletes do really well in international comps. But a new report says the government should rethink how much its spends on chasing Olympic gold. How can that be? Catherine investigates why. Story explains Crawford Reports and reactions to it Forgotten Australians Can you imagine what it would be like if you were bullied or treated badly and didn't have someone to turn to for help? 30 years ago that's what life was like for some kids. They're called the Forgotten Australians and the Prime Minister has now said he was sorry for the way they had been treated. It was an enormously emotional moment which made adults break down and cry. Why did it happen? Kirsty finds out. Story explains background to Forgotten Australians. Rhino Rap Another animal facing the danger of extinction is the rhino. However one 12 year old Aussie schoolkid is doing his bit to save them and becoming a rap star in the process! Catherine has his amazing story. Story explains extinction problem for rhinos. Catherine meets kid who has become a YouTube star with a rap song about them. Imaginary Friends When you grew up did you have an imaginary friend? Did your parents give you a hard time? Maybe they were wrong! Research has found some surprising results about invisible friends! Story looks at a play by school kids about imaginary friends. Research shows many kids have imaginary friends and they might help kids learn socialisation and communication skills.

24:29 | News and current affairs
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United Nations When kids are in trouble around the world they're often helped by the United Nations. it feeds the starving, runs schools, sets up hospitals and looks after people escaping wars. So what exactly is the UN and why does it go around helping everyone? Kirsty looks for answers.. Story explains how UN was set up and why. How it operates and its different agencies. Endangered Koalas Where are all the koalas going? Scientists say their numbers are in a massive decline and the species could be extinct in decades. Nathan looks at why. Story explains how researchers arrived at their findings and what they say is causing the problem. Indigenous Language Can you imagine going to school and having to learn your lessons in a different language? Tough work? For some Indigenous Aussie kids that's what they have to do for some of their day and it's causing quite a bit of controversy. Kirsty explains what's been going on Story explains decision in Northern Territory to make students learn in English for four hours a day. Discusses concerns in Indigenous communities. Remote Art In remote mining towns life can be a bit tough for kids. They don't have as many options as city kids so it can get a bit dull! In one town however that's changing with a project that's getting kids to make some pretty amazing movies. Sarah has more. Story explains project in Newman WA that gives kids a chance to make movies. Talks about problems kids face in a remote community. California Classroom On the TV each night we see life in schools in the United States. Often it seems much more glamorous and exciting than the way we live in Oz. Catherine has been to a school in California to find out if it's really like the movies. Story tours school in Santa Monica in California. Interviews with kids.

5:00 | News and current affairs
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Copenhagen Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Copenhagen. Why are pollies always talking about Copenhagen? Is it because they love ice cream? No. It is actually a place where a vital meeting is going to be held about the future of the planet. Sarah has been finding out why Copenhagen could be crucial for climate change. TV Ban Is TV making you dumb? Some people say it is and they want to ban kids from watching before they turn two. They also want TV time limited for older kids! Kirsty has been looking at why there's a push for a ban and what kids think about it. iPod Inattention Could listening to your favorite song get you arrested? Probably not - but it's not as crazy as you think! In at least one state police are getting tough on pedestrians listening to music players. However it's not because of bad music, it's to avoid bad accidents. Nathan explains. Wombats When you think about famous Aussie animals the main ones that come to mind are kangaroos and koalas - wombats tend to be forgotten. In fact there's a big debate about what to do with them. Some farmers want them culled, some conservationists say they're endangered. Nathan decided to find out why. Cadet Camp You might think army cadets is all about marching around a parade ground there's a lot more to it than that. In the school holidays heaps of cadets had a great time together at cadet camp. What's that all about? Sarah went a long to find out.

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