Take a look back at some of the biggest stories covered in 2020. BtN runs you through the good, the bad and the fascinating things that happened throughout this year. Plus, there's the annual super quiz to test yourself on too.
The government recently announced its plans to get nearly all of Australia's state and territory borders open before Christmas. Meet some kids who are hoping to reunite with their family members. A report has found that wetlands in the Murray Darling Basin aren't getting the water they need. Find out why wetlands are important. Australia's oldest airline, Qantas, has turned 100. Learn about the history of flight in Australia and what the future might hold. With the help of researchers from the University of Melbourne, BtN has put together another BTN Happiness Survey. The finalists for this year's Sleek Geeks competition have been announced. Take a look at some of this year's top entries.
A pharmaceutical company has announced that the trials of its COVID-19 vaccine could be 90% effective. Find out what that means and how researchers go about testing vaccines. Take a look at the Virgin Hyperloop - a type of train that can travel at super high speeds and look at the future of transport. Indigenous activist Charlie Perkins helped draw attention to racial inequality and injustice, learn about about his life and legacy. Next week is Food Safety Week, when we're all encouraged to think a bit more about how we cook, store and eat our food. A school in SA have their own therapy dog who's been specially trained to make kids feel more relaxed.
US Election All eyes are on the US this week as the country heads to what some say is its most important election in recent history. We find out what happened and what we can expect in the weeks and months to come. England Lockdown The UK’s Prime Minister is the latest European leader to announce a new lockdown to try to deal with a devastating second wave of COVID-19. We meet some kids in England and find out how they’re coping. Conscription For Remembrance Day we find out more about conscription; an issue which divided Australians during the First World War and during subsequent conflicts. Ned Kelly Next Tuesday marks 140 years since Ned Kelly was hanged at Melbourne Gaol. Matt scores an exclusive interview with the famous bushranger to find out more about his life, his crimes, his death and his legend. Butterfly Migration The skies of south-east Queensland have been taken over by Caper butterflies! Millions of the winged insects are taking part in a mass migration which only happens at this scale every six to 10 years. We find out more about the phenomenon and why scientists are asking Brisbane residents to help them count butterflies.
US Election Candidates Voting is about to get underway in the US Presidential election. We take a look at the candidates in the running for America’s top job, and find out how this election is going to be different. Kidfluencers A new study of YouTube’s top “kidfluencers” has found most of them are marketing junk food in their videos. American researchers say the videos aren’t held to the same advertising standards as traditional media, and it’s leading to health problems for kids. We find out how big the problem is, and what’s being done to solve it. Moon Discovery NASA has found a new water source on the moon! It’s an exciting discovery, because it could help with the space agency’s plans to set up a research base there. Future astronauts could use that water to drink, grow crops and even refuel their rockets. Phar Lap The Melbourne Cup is here again, so we’re looking back at the story of Australia’s most famous race horse: Phar Lap. 90 years ago, the champion horse took out the competition and went on to become a household name all over the world.
Until there's a working COVID vaccine, and with the virus still around, Australians will have to get used to a 'COVID normal' life. BtN explores what this might look like. A new study has found deepfake videos are becoming more common and harder to detect. We take a look at the UN's history and the important role it still has today. As part of the ABC's Your Planet initiative, a new augmented reality app, Mt Resilience, is giving us new insight into ways our towns and cities will have to adapt to our changing climate. Meet 12 year old Jack Berne who has raised nearly two million dollars to help farmers around the country who are struggling with drought.
Rookie reporter Zo tells us about the upcoming US Election - the candidates and the election process. The World Food Program has just been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its work fighting hunger, find out more about the work it does. World Statistics Day celebrates all of the important things statistics can tell us, but experts say it's important to understand the difference between good and bad data. Authorities have been trying to wipe out Fire Ants in the world's biggest elimination program for an invasive ant, and now it looks like they've had some success. Meet some kids who are taking part in an online musical written especially for COVID-19.
COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed in many states.Find out what's happening and how kids are feeling about the changes. Learn more about what a Federal budget is and how the government is using this year's budget to try to help the economy. Australia is experiencing a La Nina weather event - find out what that is and what it could mean for Aussies this summer. Conservationists have released some Tasmanian devils into a national park which they're hoping could help devils and the environment in general. We meet three kids who've been using their time in lockdown to get creative.
We find out how political tensions between China and Western countries are affecting the release of Disney's new film, Mulan. The Australian government says Indigenous designs are being copied in overseas factories and sold to tourists, which is robbing Australian artists of income. A recent WWF report says that koala populations in some parts of NSW have fallen by 71 percent since the Black Summer bushfires. We find out more about this iconic Aussie species. Some of Australia's top female cricketers are taking part in a new program aimed at boosting women's involvement in cricket. We meet an 11-year old from Nigeria whose bare-footed ballet moves went viral.
Find out more about Victoria’s ‘roadmap’ for transitioning out of stage three and four lock-down. Some kids in Melbourne have been keeping a video diary documenting their life in lockdown. Australia could soon become the first country in the world to force big tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay for the news content they share. Take a look at Aussie plant species that are in trouble and how Australia’s botanic gardens and kids are helping to preserve them. A Japanese company has successfully tested a small flying car so BtN finds out what the cars of the future might look like.
Border Debate There’s been some debate about the decision of many states and territories to shut their borders to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. While some experts say it’s an effective way to keep people safe, it’s having a big impact on families and businesses and some, including the Prime Minister, have called for State Premiers to ease restrictions. We look at the issue of border closures and find out why state governments sometimes have more power than the PM. Hay Fever Season Spring officially starts next week, which means warmer weather and for some, hay fever. It’s a bigger problem than usual this year because the cold-and-flu-like symptoms of hay fever could be mistaken for COVID-19. We find out more about hay fever and what you can do about it. Going Cashless For years now cards and phones have been replacing cash in Australia and around the world and experts say the trend is accelerating because of COVID-19. We find out about the advantages and disadvantages of ditching coins and notes and what affect it could have on Aussies. Taste Adventures The CSIRO has launched a new program called Food Adventurers to try to encourage Aussie primary school kids to eat more vegetables. Studies show that many still aren’t getting their five recommended serves a day and that’s partly because they don’t like the taste. We find out more about the science of taste and how we can learn to love the things that are good for us. COVID Catch-Up We meet 10-year-old Suzy from Melbourne who’s been putting her time in lockdown to good use. She’s created a newspaper called COVID-Catchup to share information, ideas and inspiration with other kids in her neighbourhood.
Contact tracing is a term you might have heard a lot since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. BtN finds out more. The US Postal Service has been struggling in recent years and now some are worried that new cut-backs will affect the upcoming election. Meet some kids from Caragabal in NSW and find out how locals have been affected by the drought and how many are switching to sustainable farming methods. Find out more about the frog citizen science project and why frogs are so important to ecosystems. Plus, meet some kids involved in the Thank You Project – a way to say thanks to someone who’s been essential to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coping during COVID-19 While Victorians work to get their Coronavirus spike under control, there are worries about how their time in isolation could be affecting people’s mental health. BtN speaks to some young Melbournians about how the pandemic has affected them and get some useful advice from the experts at Kids Helpline. Mauritius Spill A massive clean-up operation is underway off the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese cargo ship ran aground on a reef and started leaking oil. Find out why that could be disastrous for the island nation and the people and animals who live there. Underwater Explorer BtN talks to aquanaut and ocean conservationist, Fabien Cousteau, about his plan to build the world’s most advanced underwater research station and find out why he and many others see the deep oceans as humanity’s next frontier of exploration. Dark Sky Sanctuary Recently, a part of the Swan Reach Recreation Park in South Australia was named as the country’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. BtN goes to Swan Reach to find out what that means, and why locals love living in a place with some of the world’s best stargazing. Stamp Collecting August is Stamp Collecting month - Australia Post’s annual celebration of a very old hobby. Learn about the history of stamps, why people collect them and why some of those little pieces of sticky paper are worth a lot of money!
Behind the News looks at the events that led up to World War II and gives a brief history of one of the deadliest conflicts that the world has ever seen. More than a million Aussie men and women served in World War II. Find out more about Australia's role in the war. On the 19th of February 1942 Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. Find out more about the day the war came to Australia. The grandparents of some BTN reporters share some of their memories of WWII. The effects of the World War II were felt for a long time after the war had ended. Take a look at the impact WWII had on the world.
BtN looks at the tough new coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne. Right now there's a lot of debate going on about whether kids under 14 should be put in detention. Meet an 11-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy who's passionate about the issue. The year 2020 marks 75 years since two atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Find out more about the bombing of Hiroshima. Meet a young person with alopecia and find out more about the condition. Catch up with Arlo, a young punk music fan from the UK who's now the editor of his own music magazine.
The University of Oxford has announced they have some promising results from a recent trial of its COVID-19 vaccine. Take a closer look at Oxford’s vaccine and why it’s got people excited. With face masks now mandatory in Victoria’s COVID-19 hotspots, find out more about masks, how well they work and how to wear them correctly. Scientists in New Zealand have developed a new way to warn people if a volcano is about to erupt. Learn about the giant cuttlefish and why there’s a push to protect them from fishing. Some students have come up with a creative and safe way for people to visit their school – using Minecraft!
Melbourne is back in lockdown after a big spike in COVID-19 cases. BtN finds out what’s been going on and checks in with some kids in Melbourne. China has passed controversial new laws for Hong Kong. Take a look at what the new laws are and why they’ve made a lot of people worried about the city’s future. There’s been talk in several countries, including Australia, about whether or not TikTok should be banned, so BtN looks at why that’s happening. Three rovers are set to blast off towards Mars in the next few weeks. Learn more about these missions and the history of Mars exploration. Plus, meet one of the young stars of Mackaroy Uncovered, a new ABC fictional podcast for kids.
Learn more about how Black Lives Matter protests have sparked the debate on Australia's historical monuments and statues. The end of an era for Australian TV as the country’s last two community TV stations go off-air for good. You probably know that Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. But how tall is it, exactly? Meet some school kids who teach us about aquaponics and show us how it can be used to produce food and help the environment. And check-in with some of the kids that BtN has spoken to during the COVID-19 pandemic who reflect on the past few months.
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