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OVERSEAS LAWS Most of us have got a pretty good idea of what's illegal in Australia, and if we break the law, we know what sort of punishment to expect. But what if we go overseas on holiday? We take a look at how laws and punishments vary between countries... and examine the role of embassies in helping out Aussies in trouble. STRIKE ACTION Over the past few months you might have heard about workers going on strike at Qantas. People go on strike when they're not happy about conditions at work. But just because you're unhappy doesn't necessarily mean you can walk off the job. BtN explains what has to happen before people are allowed to take strike action. SUN SCREEN It's nearly summer and you know what that means? Summer holidays, sunshine and days at the beach or by the pool. But with summer comes a danger... sunburn. BtN explains how sun screen protects your skin and gives tips on the best ways to use it. FOOD ADDITIVES How much do we really know about what goes into our food? One school in South Australia has been trialling healthy foods that don't contain colours or additives. And both kids and their parents say it's making a big difference. SELLING SOCCER The Socceroos continued their flawless start to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with an easy win over Oman last week. But the state of the game for juniors in Australia is looking a bit shakier. It's one of the most popular sports for kids to play, but it's also one of the most expensive, and that's pricing some kids out of the game.

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WOMEN IN COMBAT The Australian Defence Force has lifted the ban on women fighting on the front line. It means women will be allowed to take part in dangerous combat providing they pass some fitness tests. It makes things more equal, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea. SHARE MARKET Wall Street is possibly the world's most famous street, behind Sesame Street. It's home to the New York Stock Exchange, and recently it's been home to lots of protesters too. So what are they protesting about, and why is Wall Street so important? ZOO FINANCE Even if you've never been to Adelaide, you might have heard of Adelaide zoo. It's home to Wang Wang and Funi, the only pandas in the Southern hemisphere. But even with its famous guests, Adelaide zoo is struggling to make enough money to survive. It owes the bank millions of dollars, and it's not making enough money to cover its debts. So why is keeping animals at a zoo so expensive? FOOD WASTE What do you do when you're eating a meal and you're so full you just can't finish it? The easy option is to chuck what's left straight in the bin. On average we each throw out 136 kilos of food every year, while across the world one billion people go hungry. So why are we wasting so much food.... and what can we do to change it? AFL DRAFT With the Grand Final in the AFL now over, you could be forgiven for thinking that it's now holiday time for those involved in the sport! But for young guys aiming to hit the Grand Final stage someday the year is only just winding up. Last week the best under 18s from around the country flew to Melbourne for a special camp. And it's at this camp that their future's in the AFL could be decided.

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HIGH COURT BtN looks at the role of the High Court in Australia. It recently made a decision which effectively blocked the government's policy on how it deals with asylum seekers. We examine how the court works, and what options are open to the government now. SKINNY MODELS The issue of body image is back in the news again, after some controversial comments were made about a size 8 girl on a reality TV modelling show. It's got a lot of people talking about the kind of message it sends to young girls...and the unrealistic idea of what beauty is. Body image is a serious problem that affects many young people, so are shows like this making things worse? ADVERTISING IN SCHOOLS School is a place for learning, study and lessons. But how about advertising? A major supermarket has hit the headlines because they've been trying to get their brand into schools. It's all in an effort to convince more families to shop there... but is it right? EYESIGHT It's really common for kids to wear glasses. Even if you don't, there's a good chance that you might need to wear them as you get older. We take a look at how the eye works, and find out what it means to be short or long sighted. MAKING FOOTBALLS Back in the day, footballs were made by hand. But nowadays most of them are produced in factories overseas. Fortunately handmade footballs are making a comeback here in Australia. And as Kirsty found out, it's also giving some people much-needed jobs!

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9/11: TEN YEARS ON This week will see the 10th anniversary of one of the most significant terrorist attacks in living memory. On September 11th terrorists hijacked aeroplanes and deliberately crashed them into buildings in America. Nearly three thousand people died. As Nathan finds out, the effects of the attack have been long-lasting. DANGEROUS DOGS There's about to be a big crackdown on dangerous dogs in Victoria, where a four year old girl died after being attacked by a pitbull cross earlier this month. BtN looks at whether people should people be allowed to keep dangerous breeds of dogs. And examines some new laws that are being brought in to tackle the problem. ON THE SCENE Can you always believe what you see on the news? A few journalists from channel 9 lost their jobs last month when they pretended to do a news report from a helicopter... even though they never actually left the ground. We look at why news programs think it's so important to show their reporters on the scene of the story. Whether it's standing in front of a court building, at a crime scene or in a storm... location it seems... is important. OLD COMPUTERS When the boss of the tech giant Apple announced he was going to step down... it was such big news that even the company's shares took a hit. Steve Jobs has been one of the leaders in the tech world since the early days of the home computer. So, we thought we'd take a journey back to a time to when your parents thought their computer was so cool... but in truth... it was actually really lame. SPRINT SCIENCE Surely, to be a top sprinter all you need to do is be able to run really, really fast. Well, there's a actually a lot more to sprinting than that. Tash examines some of the science and techniques behind sprinting... all designed to shave a fraction off your finishing time.

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PASSING A BILL After a winter break, the pollies are back in town. The next session of Parliament is going to be a busy one. Many of those controversial bills like the mining tax and carbon tax will have to be pushed through to be turned into law. BtN takes a look at how a bill gets passed. ENERGY SAVING An energy company has revealed that Aussie households are now using less power. It's the first time since the 1950's that there has been a fall in energy use. It's being put down to things like energy efficient hot water systems and light bulbs. But there are a whole lot of little electricity-saving steps you can take at home. that most people don't even think about. RADIATION FEARS You've probably heard about the clean up going on in Japan to get rid of the damage left by the earthquake and tsunami that hit earlier this year. Well it's not only bricks and rubbish that they're trying to get rid of. When the earthquake struck it also caused a leak at a nuclear power plant. It's meant many people living nearby have been exposed to something called radiation. So what is this stuff? And what does it mean for the people living near it? TAXIDERMY Museums are packed with some pretty amazing animals. Some are so life-like, they're almost scary But have you ever wondered how these exhibits are actually made? Well, there are experts who turn dead animals into works of art for everyone to enjoy. X GAMES The Olympics and Commonwealth games are known by pretty much everyone... but have you ever heard of the X-Games? It's a big event for extreme sports like skateboarding, BMX and Moto X. It's held in the U.S. but the big winners this year were the Aussies!

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AFRICA AID Over the past few decades Australia has experienced its fair share of droughts. For us, a drought can mean crops and animals suffering. But over in East Africa the situation is threatening millions of lives. It's potentially far more deadly than anything else happening on earth... yet we don't hear much about it. PRICE OF FAME When many kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up... the answer is often, "famous". Whether it's through music, TV or sport, it doesn't matter. It's often simply the recognition that people desire. But we often read about celebrities struggling to cope under the pressures of fame. So is fame all it's cracked up to be? TEEN SLEEP If you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, then there could be a good reason why. It might not be that you're just lazy. It might not be that you've stayed up too late watching TV. It could actually be down to some biological changes that happen in teenagers. Nathan explains. COMICS Comic books have been bringing joy to kids for decades. And they're a great way for kids to learn to read. But these days, with easy access to TV and the Internet, are comics still popular? SRI LANKAN FOOTY We're always hearing that football players are a bit like movie stars these days. Well, it's not as ridiculous as it sounds... because a few of them are about to make their debut on the big screen. A new doco follows some AFL players as they travel to Sri Lanka to sell the Aussie Rules message to a nation that's more used to catching cricket balls.

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PHONE HACKING For years journalists have snooped around trying to sniff out good stories to put in the news. But now the snooping techniques of a small group of journalists in the UK have made people very angry. It's led to a massive police investigation and has forced the closure of Britain's biggest selling newspaper. CARBON TAX The proposed carbon tax has turned into the biggest political issue facing Prime Minister Julia Gillard. We go beyond the jargon to try to explain what a carbon tax actually means. And we find out why it's splitting opinions. SPACE MISSIONS When you think of NASA, you think of astronauts and space missions. But that might be about to change. NASA has brought home its last space shuttle and announced that no more will be going up. So what does this all mean for space exploration? POLICE HORSES Police work can be a dangerous job, but it's not only humans who put themselves on the front line. We look at the role of police horses and find out why they're still considered to be such an effective part of policing. And what does it take to train a horse to be ready for a role with the police? FENCING The sport of fencing has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest sports at the Olympics. So why is it that not many people take it up? Tash takes a look at how the sport is played and meets some bright young Aussies who are making their mark.

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E. COLI Thousands of people have been made sick and 22 have died after an outbreak of E. Coli. It started in Germany and has spread through Europe and has even reached the U.S. Now Australian doctors have been warned to look out for the symptoms here. So, what is E. Coli and how does it start? CLOUD COMPUTING These days we have so many devices in our lives. Computers, laptops, phones, mp3 players, tablet computers, digital cameras and more. This week Apple has announced the next technology breakthrough will be in "cloud computing". So, what is it, and how will it affect you? ABSTRACT ART A 4 year old Australian girl has just sold one of her paintings for $24,000. Some art lovers have praised her natural talents. But just as many are saying that a child throwing paint at a canvas isn't really art at all. So, what is art? And in the world of abstract art, how can you tell the difference between a masterpiece and a mess? GOOD MANNERS In the past, a lot of importance was placed on having good manners. There were even special schools devoted to learning what was polite and proper. So what about today? Are we letting our manners slip? Or have we developed a different idea about what it means to be polite? TASSIE DEVILS A few years ago BtN reported on the problems facing Tasmanian Devils. They were in danger of being wiped out by an unusual disease. Since then a team of zoo keepers has been working hard to save these iconic Australian animals.

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CARBON AD There's been a lot of controversy this week over a new TV ad. It's not selling a product... instead it's selling an idea. The ad uses celebrities to try to convince people that a carbon tax is a good thing. But why go to the expense of trying to gain people's support... when the government's already made up its mind? LIVE EXPORTS There's been a lot of talk lately about whether Australia should be exporting livestock like sheep and cattle overseas. Some shocking vision has come out showing animals being treated badly. Now, some people want livestock exports banned. RIPPED OFF? Consumer group Choice says Australian shoppers are being ripped off. It says the same item of shopping can often be bought overseas for much less. So how do shops justify charging higher prices in Australia, and what can we do about it? TV CAMERA TV cameras used to be large, heavy... and difficult to move around. But now, thanks to new technology, they're a lot easier to use. And it might surprise you to learn they don't even need a person to operate them! Sean's gone behind the scenes to find out how we use cameras to make the news. CONDUCTOR They're one of the key players in an orchestra... but this person doesn't even make a noise. And they don't belong with woodwind, brass, strings OR percussion. We're talking about the conductor. It's an unusual job... and as Tash found out, there's a lot more to conducting than waving around a baton.

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ASYLUM DEAL BtN looks at the government's new plan to deal with asylum seekers who try to get into Australia by boat. Is the swap deal with Malaysia in the best interests of Australia? And why does the government think that the new plan will stop people smugglers? INFORMATION FOOTPRINT We leave traces of ourselves everywhere... whether it's signals from our phones, information from our bank cards or when we're giving away details on facebook. We look at our information footprint, and what can happen if our details fall into the wrong hands. ORGANIC FOOD Business experts have tipped organic food to be this year's fastest growing industry. But what does organic actually mean? And what has to happen so that a food can be sold with an organic label? MACQUARIE ISLAND Macquarie Island is part of Australia, about half way between New Zealand and Antarctica. It's full of penguins and seals and other great wildlife. But there's a problem. Rabbits and rodents which were brought to the island are now running out of control and destroying the habitat. We look at an extraordinary $25 million plan to rid the island of pests. BODY BOARDER Most kids hop on a body board when they're young... and then move up to surf boards as they become more skilled. But did you know that body boarding is a sport in its own right? We join a professional body boarder as he holds a master class for a group of kids.

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WEB CHAT We all know that it can be hard to keep a secret, especially if it's a really juicy one. But did you know that some secrets are so important that the law can get involved to make sure no-one blabs. These things called suppression orders can stop the media from revealing a story if a judge thinks it is either not in the public interest, or could affect a court case. But the power of the courts is being challenged... by an online thirst for information. FOOD ALLERGIES A study has found that Aussie kids have the highest rate of food allergies in the world. We look at what it's like living with a serious food allergy. We also learn the difference between having a food allergy and being food intolerant. TV TRICKS MasterChef, Australian Idol, Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars... these are some of Australia's most popular TV shows in recent years. And while they're different shows... about completely different things... in some ways they're actually all the same. James looks at the reality TV template... and the tricks TV producers use to make their programs a hit. ALIEN SEARCH The idea of aliens on other planets isn't just something made up for the movies. There are scientists who take the possibility really seriously. Millions of dollars are spent every year in the US searching for signs of life on other planets. But now a cut to their funding means the search for extraterrestrial life is under threat. BOARD GAMES With lots of new technology and fun gadgets to play with, kids seem to be spending less time playing traditional board games. Some teachers reckon that board games can be really good for developing the brain and for learning about strategies. We visit one school which has decided to teach board games as part of the curriculum.

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