With the park closed due to COVID-19, Phillip Island Nature Park has begun live streaming the island's penguins as they make their nightly return to shore. After spending a year campaigning around the world for climate change action, Greta Thunberg has returned to school. Kids in central NSW celebrate rain arriving after a long drought. In sports news, Lionel Messi has announced that he wants to leave Barcelona FC, a thrilling end to a netball match and a skydiver leaps from a solar powered plane.
Learn about the 'Thank You project Australia' kindness project initiated by some kids in Victoria. The labor party in the Northern Territory has claimed victory following the election on the weekend. Videos of an eleven year old boy in Gaza filmed rapping have gone viral, sending his message of peace around the world. In Croatia dog owners compete in a sporting event that's known as a 'dogathlon'.
Hundreds of wildfires have been burning across California with the President declaring a Major Disaster for the state and the Governor has called upon Aussie firefighters to help out. K-Pop sensations BTS break more records with their latest music video achieving 98.3 million views on YouTube in 24 hours. In sports news there's the UEFA Champions League final and NBA playoffs.
South Australia has closed the border with Victoria causing problems for people living, studying and working on the border. The AFL's 2020 Indigenous round is set to kick off with the AFL choosing not to display the iconic red, black and yellow flag on the fields due to a licensing disagreement with the company who owns it. BtN speaks to the grandson of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, about his plans to invent a new underwater research station.
This episode of BtN Newsbreak is dedicated to all things science during National Science Week 2020. Learn how you can help scientists and museums by becoming a citizen scientist. Watch some fun DIY chemistry experiments that you might want to try at home or in the classroom (with an adult supervising of course).
The Federal Government has announced a deal with a pharmaceutical company which will allow all Australians to access the COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available. The stars of Pitch Perfect have recorded a new song to raise money for UNICEF.
After a record air temperature has been recorded at Death Valley in the United States of 54.4 degrees celsius, BtN explains how we measure the air temperature. The major political parties in the US launch their national conventions in the lead up to the Presidential election. The NBA playoff season kicks off at the Disney World bubble. More big names have pulled out of the US Tennis Open due to COVID-19.
BtN highlights National Scams Week and explains why it is important to make people aware of online and phone scammers. New Zealand announces a new date for their elections and in sports news there's Moto GP, Winter Games Obsidian and an Aussie swims the English Channel for the 35th time.
Apple pulls Fortnite from their app store after Epic Games allowed in-app purchases. An 11 year old from Nigeria has gone viral after his dance teacher shared a video of him dancing in the rain. In zoo animal news there's indonesian babirusa pigs, a southern white rhino and orangutans keeping cool.
Dinosaur bones discovered by fossil hunters on the Isle of Wight in 2019 have been found to be a new species of dinosaur called the Vectaerovenator Inopinatus. Mauritius continues to deal with the oil spill from a ship that ran aground in a pristine coastal area of the island. BtN celebrates international left handers day celebrating all things left handed.
Russia announces that they have developed a COVID-19 vaccine but the World Health Organisation and other scientific experts are concerned about the speed of the vaccine's development and the potential for side effects. New Zealand records four new COVID-19 cases after over 100 days with no cases, leading to the Prime Minister putting all of Auckland into lockdown. Learn about the Arctic World Archive, a hidden vault and former coal mine holding important historical digital data for future generations.
Two beluga whales have been moved to a new open water sanctuary in Iceland after being held in captivity for many years. A volcano has erupted in Indonesia causing 30 000 people around the mountain to leave their homes. In sports news there’s AFL, golf and a women's AFL team singing their team song in Auslan as a surprise for their hearing impaired teammate.
A state of environmental emergency has been declared in the island of Mauritius after a cargo ship that ran aground on a coral reef near the coast has started leaking oil. Wild weather hits NSW including flooding, wind and rain. The famous radio telescope known as The Dish which helped broadcast the first moon landing is being added to the national heritage list. Australia Post has launched a special collection of Aussie wildlife stamps to celebrate Stamp Collecting Month.
BtN explains just how many satellites there are in space as SpaceX launches 60 new satellites into orbit and why experts think we should limit the number. Introduced beavers in the English countryside have been allowed to stay after a court ruling. In more animal news there's chicken racing, a cavoodle in the snow and a rhino calf at Monarto zoo.
BtN looks at the aftermath of the massive explosion which took place in Beirut, Lebanon. The Prime Minister explains that at the moment TikTok will not be banned but still advised people to be aware of their privacy when online. Meet Fluffy the robotic dog who works at Ford motors doing jobs that are too hard or time consuming for humans to do themselves.
The Premier of Victoria has declared a state of disaster with Melbourne entering Stage 4 lockdowns, BtN explains what that means and we hear the views of some young Victorians on the changes set to affect their lifestyles. NASA SpaceX Dragon Craft astronauts make it safely back to Earth. An underwater livestream from the Port of Miami has become hugely popular around the world as viewers enjoy observing the large array of sea creatures including a fish with no tail. A baby orphaned wombat has been recruited into the NSW Police Department after being rescued by an officer.
Donald Trump has called for the presidential election to be delayed due to his concerns over the potential for fraud with the likely increase in the number postal votes. NASA has launched its latest mission to Mars, the rover ‘Perseverance’ is expected to land next February. The NBA season has commenced in Disneyland. In mysterious news, a crop circle has appeared in Germany and in the UK scientists have figured out the source of the prehistoric stone used to build Stonehenge.
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