Premier Daniel Andrews has announced Melbourne's roadmap for reopening after Stage 4 restrictions begin to be lifted. Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open after hitting a lines person with a ball. A man in Austria sets a record for the longest time sitting in a box of ice.
BtN reports on magpie season with special guest Mark the magpie man. The star of The Batman movie has been diagnosed with COVD-19. A Melbourne girl has started a 'Local lockdown letter' program to allow children in her area to send letters to each other. NASA has tested a rocket booster in the desert in Utah.
Pilots in Los Angeles report a person flying in a jet pack near the airport. A fireball like meteor was spotted above NSW. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a deal with Netflix to produce nature series, documentaries and kids shows.
Coronavirus COVID-19 has been in the news all year and in this BTN special we look at what a virus is, how a vaccine might work, and get a lesson in handwashing.
For the first time in its history the AFL Grand Final will be held not at the MCG but at the GABBA in Queensland. Millions of students in Europe have headed back to school for the first time in months and the winner of Australia's best pie has been announced.
Experts advise that even if you're experiencing symptoms that appear to be hay fever we need to still be aware that it could be COVID-19. Facebook is not happy about a proposed new law that would mean the social media site and Google would have to pay news sources for sharing their reports. Ariana Grande becomes the first woman to have 200 million followers on Instagram. Aussie cyclist Caleb Ewan wins Stage 3 of this year's Tour de France. In more sports news there's two incredible golf putts and the US Open begins with many top players choosing not to participate. A 4.4 metre long crocodile has been captured in the NT.
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.
Star of Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman has died after a battle with colon cancer. The MTV VMA awards have gone ahead with some off site and pre recorded performances as well as smaller crowds. Sydney FC has taken home their fifth A League title. Plus, see some footage of the world's smallest flying car, a girl caught up in a kite at a kite festival and a record breaking sheep auction.
Melbourne has been hit by a deadly storm causing contamination to the water supply and power cuts. The NBA playoffs are going ahead after players voted for it to continue. Apple Fortnite users have restrictions on the features they can access within the game and families in Queensland vie to grow the biggest vegetable in some friendly extreme gardening competition.
Professional sporting teams across America have refused to play in reaction to a young African American being shot in the back seven times by a police officer. The first statue in Central Park featuring women has been unveiled, celebrating 100 years since women were given the right to vote. A young girl in Melbourne has started her own newspaper 'The COVID Catch Up'. Plus, Santas begin their COVID safe training in the lead up to Christmas, Tom Cruise goes to the movies and dogs learn to be lifesavers in Italy.
This special explores the importance of being able to manage money. We find out how the stock market works and how a kid decided how to spend his family's money for a month.
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.
You may have heard the term 'contact tracing' in the news lately. BtN explains what contact tracing is and how contact tracers do their job. Why is it important to do contact tracing when there is a bad virus spreading about the community? How might contact tracers find out where people with the virus have been? Does contact tracing always work to contain the spread of viruses?
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'.
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.
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).
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