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.
EURO CRISIS Do you know your Marks from your Francs... your Liras from your Pesetas? If you've no idea what I'm talking about then this story will interest you. As we see news stories about the struggling European currency, the Euro, we take a look at the currencies that were around before it... and we examine why many countries decided it would be a good idea to ditch their local currencies in favour of joining them together. SCHOOL CHAPLAINS At some schools students can turn to a school chaplain like a priest or pastor to chat about any problems they might have. But there's been a debate about whether Christian helpers should be used in public schools that don't necessarily follow the Christian religion. We take a look at both sides of the argument. ECZEMA RISE Australia has seen a rise in the number of kids with eczema... now 1 in 4 has the skin condition. We take a look at what it is, how you get it and how it can be treated. FUN SCIENCE We examine a few interesting techniques that teachers are using to try to make science more fun for kids. From a national video competition... to a hands-on science lesson in the top end. ANIMAL SHELTER BtN goes along to an animal rescue centre to see how they work. We follow the journey of a dog from the moment it's picked up to when it finds a new home.
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!
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.
WAR REPORTING This week we�ve been seeing pictures from the front line of the war in Libya. But have you ever stopped to consider that behind every amazing picture is a person, risking their lives to get the news to you? We look at the history of war reporting and how it�s changed over the years. We also consider how the media can be manipulated in times of war... and how reporting can sometimes affect the outcome of a conflict. HAPPY FEET You probably don�t pay too much attention to your feet... but the experts say you should. With our lifestyle and fashion always changing, our feet are too ... sometimes for the worse. PUBLIC SPEAKING At school we put a lot of effort into learning to read and write... but what about learning to speak? You might think that it sounds pretty easy... but speaking in front of a crowd can be a nerve-wracking experience. We visit a group of kids as they prepare for a public speaking competition. YOUNG PILOTS BtN takes a look at what you have to do to become a pilot. We meet some kids who are learning at the controls of a plane even though many of them aren�t even old enough to drive a car. SQUASH Back in the 1980s lots of people played squash. It�s a really intense racquet sport with some interesting rules. We catch up with some of Australia�s finest young squash players to see what it�s all about.
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!
MONEY MAYHEM America seems to be getting bad grades... not in the classroom, but in its economy. The country was rated at Triple A, now it's only double A plus. It still sounds pretty good, but the change could have a bad impact on the global economy. FLOOD RECOVERY When was the last time you had a banana? Lots of kids aren't packing them in their lunch boxes anymore, because they've become really expensive lately. It's all to do with the Queensland floods which wiped out banana crops earlier this year. BtN takes a look at how the flood recovery program is going, and tries to find out when bananas might return to old prices. YOUTH SLEEP OUT On any given night in Australia 105,000 people are homeless and nearly half of these people are under the age of 25. BtN meets a group of school kids who are spending a night sleeping rough, as they try to raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness. DENTAL DECAY How often do you brush your teeth? Well, it should be twice a day. But the latest research says lots of kids are only doing it once a day. So it's no surprise that tooth decay is on the rise among Aussie kids. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS Aerobics is an activity you may have taken part in during P-E class. But did you know it can also be a competitive sport? Alfie gets a lesson from an aerobics team and discovers it's not just for girls.
CENSUS Census day is on the way, meaning the government will attempt to collect information about everybody living in Australia. We look at why they want the data, and discover what a census can teach us about the way we live. (Tash) THE NEWS EQUATION At BtN we're always reporting on stories that have been in the news. In this report we're going to look at some important stories that haven't been making it in the news recently... and try to explore why that's the case. What are the factors that make news bosses pick one story over another? (Nathan) RAMADAN We're into the month of Ramadan. It's the most important event in the Islamic calendar. So what is it all about? (Kirsty) SUMATRAN TIGER We look at the impact of mass deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia. There are concerns about what it's doing to the habitat of endangered Sumatran tigers. The trees are being removed to supply countries, including Australia, with paper for offices. (Nathan) OPERA Opera has been around for ages.. and some people reckon it's even influenced some of the music we hear today. To find out more about it, Kirsty meets two budding opera singers who show her it's much more than just belting out a tune. (
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.
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.
KIDS AT WORK The laws about the hours kids can work have just changed. Retailers have welcomed it and unions have slammed it. So who are the winners? Tash finds out what's changed and asks the kids affected what they think. EOFYS It's nearly the end of another year. But not the calendar year, it's the financial year! Besides shops pushing events like EOFYS, Nathan looks at why this time of year is very important. MOUSE PLAGUE Mice are causing our farmers way more problems than one an annoying mouse in the house ever could. Kirsty looks at the damage the mouse plague is causing and why mice are so difficult to control. ASIA LIFE SAVERS Around 300,000 kids drown in Asia each year. The Royal Life Saving Society hopes to slash that number with an education program it's running in Bangladesh. So far it's proving to be a success, and it's hoped it could be introduced to more countries in the region. TABLE TENNIS CHAMP Making it to the top of any sport is tough enough. But imagine doing that after fleeing your war-torn country and living with cerebral palsy! Kirsty meets the teenager who's tipped to take out gold in table tennis at the Paralympics.
ASH CLOUD An ash cloud from a volcano in Chile is causing serious disruption to flights in Australia. How did it get all the way over here? And why are some airlines flying, while others are keeping their planes on the ground? UNDERWATER MINING We look at plans for an underwater copper and gold mine near Papua New Guinea. It will be the first underwater open cut mine in the world. Some scientists are worried that the mining could be harmful to the ecosystem of the sea bed. DAILY BREAD Have you ever wondered about Australia's fascination with bread? From toast in the morning to sandwiches in your lunch box - we eat a lot of it. We're going to look at the huge bread-making industry. And we'll reveal why some types of bread are considered to be more healthy than others. COWBOY SCHOOL A school is taking boys out of the classroom for a lesson in balance, discipline and team work. They're part of a school rodeo club. And despite taking a few tumbles, the boys are keen to hone their cowboy skills. TWICE THE TALENT We meet a young woman who is about to become the first Australian to play in the World Cup in two different sports. She's already won a world cup with the Australian cricket team... and now she's heading off to the represent Australia at the soccer World Cup.
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.
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.
STRONG DOLLAR We often hear on the news about the strong Aussie dollar... but what does it mean? BtN looks at why a strong dollar is good news for some and bad news for others. TORNADO More than a hundred people have been killed by a series of tornadoes that hit parts of the US. We find out more about tornadoes, and how they start. HEAD KNOCKS Getting to the top in sport can sometimes mean putting your body on the line. But is our desire to win so strong, that we're prepared to put our health at risk? We look at why some sports have changed the way they deal with head injuries. POSTURE PROBLEM You've probably been told at least once before, to sit up straight. We explain why your posture is really important for your health. And we look at the latest research which suggests that modern technology is creating a posture problem for kids. REFUGEE KIDS Australia's known as a multicultural country, because people from all over the world come here to live. For refugees who now call Australia home, it's a fresh start. But it can also be really challenging for kids as they try to adapt to the culture of a new country. We take a look at a fun program helping a group of African boys find their feet.
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.
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.
OSAMA BIN HIDING Osama Bin Laden, the leader of terrorist group Al Qaeda, has been killed by the US army. We look at why his death is being celebrated by many American people. Who was he, and what will his death mean for the future of Al Qaeda? NT INTERVENTION 4 years ago BtN reported on the poor treatment of children in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. The Federal government had just declared the situation an emergency, and sent soldiers, police and doctors in to try to help. It became known as an "intervention". We look at the arguments for and against the intervention and examine whether people think it's working. VOLUNTEER WEEK It's National Volunteer Week, so we decided to spend some time with some amazing young volunteers. We join a group of school kids who've been giving up their time to look after the residents of an old people's home. SHAKESPEARE IN SCHOOL Are you bored with the bard? Why is it that we have to learn Shakespeare in schools? Some people love it, but for others it seems irrelevant and hard to understand. Nathan mounts an argument in support of Shakespeare. BIKE BOY We meet a teenager who's zooming through the ranks in the Australian Superbike Championships. He's only been in the sport for about three years but is already making his mark.
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