Australian consumers are about to get a clearer idea of where their food comes from, after the Government unveiled a new labelling system last week; Thursday the 6th of August will mark 70 years since nuclear weapons were first used in war; The Northern Territory has flagged that it intends to upgrade to a state within the next few years. But why?; world famous scientist Stephen Hawking has launched the biggest ever search for intelligent alien life and; horses have been used in law enforcement for longer than you'd probably realise.
Mick Fanning's dramatic brush with a shark during his World Surfing League final had the whole world talking about - and fearing - these predators of the deep. But what are the chances of actually being attacked by a shark and what can you do to lessen that risk? and we look at the controversy surrounding Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop.
Has your class ever seen a BtN story and wanted to know more? Well now we're giving kids around Australia the chance to ask. Each week BtN will now hold a live Q&A session with one of our reporters. Classrooms can tune in live online via Periscope, whilst students can submit their questions on twitter using the hashtag #AskaReporter. To find out more about the sessions and how you can integrate them into your classroom, head to - http://www.abc.net.au/btn/aar.htm.
Wind farms were a hot topic of conversation last week, after the Prime Minister said they "make a lot of noise" and are "visually awful". He also suggested that he wished there were fewer of them in Australia. We take a closer look at the outrage surrounding this renewable energy source and the science behind how it works. This story includes teacher resources as does our story on Ramadan.
The leaders of seven of the world's most powerful countries have now agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. It's been labelled as a historic decision, but what are fossil fuels? There are teacher resources available for this story and Refugee Day.
There's a lot of discussion going on at the moment about Australia's citizenship laws. The government wants to be able to take away some people's citizenship if they commit acts of terrorism, but some politicians don't think that's right. We look at what citizenship is, how you get it and why many say it's so important. There's teacher resources for that story and Magna Carta.
With the issue of marriage equality in the headlines again, there's a debate going on amongst Australia's politicians over whether or not it should be decided by a conscience vote. We look at a conscience votes are and why political parties may or may not allow them to decide controversial issues. Plus there's teacher resources for our stories on Food Waste and China Kids.
It's Reconciliation Week on Behind the News. We kick off the show with a look at an experiment by one young indigenous girl that aimed to promote acceptance in the community through free hugs.
Nepal has been hit with another major earthquake, just three weeks after the last big shock that killed thousands and decimated the country; The Bureau of Meteorology's just announced that Australia has now moved into a El Nino weather pattern. But what does that mean for the country?; Energy experts say new batteries could be the key to unlocking the full potential of renewable energy in the future; which music genre has the biggest influence on the charts today? Plus and American boy with a great imagination and what does the new budget mean for Australians?
Economists have described it as a 'horror story' - and that's before it's even been revealed! But why are some people so worried about this year's federal budget? Poverty is something we've all heard of, but very few of us have experienced it firsthand. This week, some young people are trying to experience that as a fundraiser. Did you know that The Bust a Move dance group is made up of kids with disabilities there's a type of pollution being released from every city around the world, every single night. And it seems no one is trying to reduce it at all. Should kids study chess at school? And the Bust a Move dance group is made up of kids with disabilities.
BtN looks into the geology behind the tragic Nepal earthquakes; the Hubble telescope turns 25; an interesting Minecraft experiment plus dinosaurs and an 11 year old DJ!
One hundred years on from the day Australian soldiers first landed at Gallipoli, Behind the News is giving kids a special insight into this formative event. From the strategy behind the battle, to what life was like in the trenches and how things unfolded on the other side; well take a look at this famous battle from every angle. Plus, well have an Anzac day quiz to test yourself on too.
The federal government has confirmed it's chipping in a extra $100 million to tackle the environmental problems plaguing the Great Barrier Reef; this week, Australia will pay tribute to its 22nd Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, who died recently aged 84. We take a closer look at what Australia was like when he took power and how it changed during his time in office. There are teacher resources available for these two stories.
Aid agencies have now declared cyclone Pam one of the worst natural disasters to hit the pacific. Seventy percent of the population of Vanuatu has been left homeless by it, and every school there has been badly damaged or destroyed. We meet some of the kids of Vanuatu to find out exactly what happened and what they need now to get back on their feet. There are teaching resources for this story and our story on Bionic Body.
Friday March the 20th is the National Day of Action Against Bullying, and this year, Behind the News wants to encourage all kids to stand up for those who need it, whether in class, in the playground or online. So we've come up with the #BehindYou campaign. We're asking all schools to get involved.
Is it blue and black, or white and gold? That one simple question got millions of people fired up last week, after a picture of a dress with a debateable colour scheme went viral. There are teacher resources available for Too Loud and Andy Griffiths Writing Lessons.
BtN looks at the history of the death penalty and the countries that still practice it. Also, should we change the census? There are teacher resources on this topic and the story, Drought Doco.
Fifty years ago, 29 university students left Sydney to tour rural New South Wales. The trip was led by the university's first Aboriginal student and it highlighted many of the problems facing Indigenous people at that time. Now, some kids are involved in a recreation of this important event. We also have teacher resources on our Solar Energy and Upcycling Kids stories.
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