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21/02/2012

GREEK DEBT Rioting in Greece has put the country's debt problems back into the spotlight. Europe has promised more bail-out money, but in return many Greek people will have their wages cut or could lose their jobs entirely. We look at how and why countries borrow money, and find out what happens when they can't pay it back. SPEECH WRITING This week we saw speculation that Julia Gillard's team were writing her acceptance speech as PM... even while Kevin Rudd was still in the top job. It got us thinking about the role of speechwriters in politics. How much of what politicians say is actually written by them? And how can speechwriters have so much influence when we don't even know who they are? CROC CULL The government is considering overturning the ban on crocodile hunting. Some indigenous land owners in the Northern Territory say safari hunting could bring economic benefits to the bush. But animal rights supporters aren't happy. A BUG'S LIFE If you've ever seen a locust or a snail at work in the garden you'll know the damage that insects can do to plants. But did you know that insects actually help many plants to grow? That's the lesson Australian scientists are teaching to Cambodian farmers and their kids to help the country grow the food it needs. BASEBALL KID For many people their first experience of baseball... is playing tee ball as a kid. And that's exactly how Daniel McGrath started out. But now the Aussie teen is on the verge of becoming a huge star. He's just been signed up by the Boston Red Sox, one of the world's most successful baseball teams.

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15/11/2011

COURTROOM CAMERAS Most weeks there�s a big court story in the news. Recently we were able to watch as Michael Jackson�s doctor was found guilty of helping to cause his death. But if it was in Australia, we wouldn�t have been able to see it. That�s because here, there are rules which stop TV cameras filming inside courts. But some people think that should change. We take a look at the arguments. REEF THREAT The Great Barrier Reef is the world�s largest coral reef. It�s home to thousands of different types of sea creatures. And it�s important to Australia�s economy too because it creates lots of money through tourism. It all sounds good... but some people are worried that new development around Queensland could be a threat to the future of the reef. DIABETES DAY How much do you know about diabetes? It�s World Diabetes Day which aims to raise awareness about the condition. BtN takes a look at what it�s like to live with diabetes, and explains the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. MAWSON CENTENARY It�s approaching 100 years since Sir Douglas Mawson led the first Australasian expedition to Antarctica. His aim was to map and explore the coastal area of Antarctica closest to Australia. We take a look at how his work is continued today. TEACHER NOTE: The Australian Antarctic Division is holding a national competition relating to this story. Students are invited to write 100 words about what Antarctica will look like in another 100 years. The BtN website will link to the competition details after Tuesday�s program. DARWIN DROVERS Imagine if your school lessons involved riding a horse through 60 kilometres of outback terrain, chasing cattle and sleeping under the stars. Sound pretty cool? Well that's what some kids in the Northern Territory have been doing. They've been learning how work in the cattle industry, and they're keeping alive a proud Aussie tradition.

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18/10/2011

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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11/10/2011

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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24:29 | Published 7 years ago
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13/09/2011

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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6/09/2011

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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24:30 | Published 7 years ago
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23/08/2011

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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2/08/2011

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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