The effects of cyclones
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The effects of cyclones

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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, ...

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.

An underground adventure
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An underground adventure

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We're exploring Kangaroo Island caves, learning how to pick pineapples and hanging with our new best buddies - quolls and camels, of course.

We're exploring Kangaroo Island caves, learning how to pick pineapples and hanging with our new best buddies - quolls and camels, of course.

Segwaying through the bush
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Segwaying through the bush

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Join us for some serious fun and adventure as Scott plays archery tag, Duane goes exploring on a Segway, and Alex takes on Lacrosse!

Join us for some serious fun and adventure as Scott plays archery tag, Duane goes exploring on a Segway, and Alex takes on Lacrosse!

Latitude and longitude and the shifting of Australia's coordinates
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Latitude and longitude and the shifting of Australia's coordinates

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CENSUS STATS: Surveying all 24 million Australians is no easy task. But on August the 9th, that's exactly what will happen. It's called the Census and it's so difficult and ...

CENSUS STATS: Surveying all 24 million Australians is no easy task. But on August the 9th, that's exactly what will happen. It's called the Census and it's so difficult and expensive that it's only done every five years. But this time around, some people are worried all of that data they collect may not be safe. We find out why they're concerned and what all that information will be used for anyway. OLYMPIC HISTORY: The biggest sporting event on the planet is about to kick off in Rio. But how do the Olympic Games now differ from the first time they were held? We travel back in time to find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world / Greece: Significant beliefs, values and practices of the ancient Greeks, with a particular emphasis on ONE of the following areas: everyday life, warfare, or death and funerary customs Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world: Roles of key groups in the ancient Greece, Egypt or Rome, including the influence of law and religion Year 7 The physical features of ancient Greece, Egypt or Rome and how they influenced the civilisation that developed there Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 COORDINATE CHANGES: Australia is moving up in the world - literally. Over the past 22 years, the continent has shifted north by approximately 1.5m. It might not sound like a lot, but many new technologies rely on precise measurements to function safely. So now, researchers are trying to make amends. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement Year 9 LEFT-HANDED: It's the slight difference that divides us all - are you a lefty or a righty? The 13th of August is International Lefthander's Day. So to celebrate, we thought we'd find out why people prefer different hands and how left-handedness was seen in the past. APP KID: An 11-year old app designer from Queensland recently travelled to the US as the special guest of an international entrepreneurship summit. While there, he got to hear President Barack Obama speak and had the opportunity to show off his games. He also filmed the trip exclusively for BtN. Tune in next week to see how it went.

Naturally Australia: Great Barrier Reef - Fishing and Tourism
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Naturally Australia: Great Barrier Reef - Fishing and Tourism

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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of coral reefs in the world and supports an amazing variety of marine life. This program takes the viewer underwater to look at ...

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of coral reefs in the world and supports an amazing variety of marine life. This program takes the viewer underwater to look at the living coral, see how the reefs came into existence, and witness the amazing life the reefs support. We explore some major natural reefs, as well as introduced factors which affect the growth of the reefs and we look at the significance of the Reef being declared a World Heritage area.

How rice is farmed on hillsides
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How rice is farmed on hillsides

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Jump on board with the Go Jetters, four explorers on a global adventure!

Jump on board with the Go Jetters, four explorers on a global adventure!

Spectacular lava tubes of the Galapagos
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Spectacular lava tubes of the Galapagos

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Once life arrived in the Galapagos, it exploded into unique and spectacular forms. David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind such evolutionary innovations. We ...

Once life arrived in the Galapagos, it exploded into unique and spectacular forms. David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind such evolutionary innovations. We learn that life must be able to adapt quickly in these ever-changing volcanic landscapes.

Coral reefs and penguins co-exist on the Galapagos
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Coral reefs and penguins co-exist on the Galapagos

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Once life arrived in the Galapagos, it exploded into unique and spectacular forms. David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind such evolutionary innovations. We ...

Once life arrived in the Galapagos, it exploded into unique and spectacular forms. David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind such evolutionary innovations. We learn that life must be able to adapt quickly in these ever-changing volcanic landscapes.

Uranium mining debated
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Uranium mining debated

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URANIUM U-TURN We all know how important energy is... so what if I told you that there's an energy supply that's thousands of times more efficient than coal, that doesn't ...

URANIUM U-TURN We all know how important energy is... so what if I told you that there's an energy supply that's thousands of times more efficient than coal, that doesn't create carbon pollution and that Australia has massive reserves of. Sound pretty good? Well it's a bit more complicated than that. Sarah finds out why Uranium is a controversial element and why new plans to mine and sell it have stirred up debate. AMERICA VOTES Elections in Australia are big news, but what about elections overseas? Right now Americans are getting ready to go to the polls and the story seems to be on the Australian news most nights. So why should America's election matter to people living here. SCHOOL SWIMMING Summer is just around the corner and most of us love cooling off at the beach or in a swimming pool. But a new report's found a lot more young people are drowning each year because they don't know how to swim. One idea that's being talked about is making swimming lessons compulsory in schools. DEVIL ISLAND Not that long ago Tassie devils were a common sight across Tasmania, but a nasty disease wiped out a big chunk of the population. Now conservationists are trying to bring the species back from the brink by introducing them to a part of the state they've never lived before. STONER GOODBYE If you know anything about motorbike racing, then you've probably at least heard of Casey Stoner. He was so young when he started winning races, that he's inspired a whole generation of young riders to follow in his tracks. As he completes his final race, we'll take a look at what he's achieved, and the legacy he'll leave behind.

Tsunami and earthquake warning systems
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Tsunami and earthquake warning systems

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TSUNAMI We've been reminded again of the devastating force of a tsunami. The Indonesian island of Sumatra was hit after a massive earthquake triggered a 3-metre wave that ...

TSUNAMI We've been reminded again of the devastating force of a tsunami. The Indonesian island of Sumatra was hit after a massive earthquake triggered a 3-metre wave that has killed over 100 people and hundreds more are still missing. Tash explains how tsunamis are caused and what systems are in place to warn people they're coming. MADE IN CHINA Workers are in hospital after being exposed to a toxic chemical while gluing computer stickers on laptops. This week Kirsty looks at how China's booming economy is affecting its people and the environment? VIDEO RENTAL For ages the local video shop has been offering up a good night's entertainment. But with the internet now becoming a convenient and fast place to pick a flick, where does that leave the good old DVD shop? With no need to go out and never any late fees, Nathan looks at the reasons why the DVD might be doomed. SEA CUCUMBER Animal, vegetable or mineral? These bizarre-looking creatures are like the vacuum cleaners of the sea. They're also considered a delicacy and are the new stars of the Vietnamese aquaculture industry. Tash introduces us to some kids and their families who are farming the beastie with no brain! ROBOT SOLDIERS Some kids are developing what could be the next generation of battlefield robots. Working with a university they are inventing new ways to suss out threats or bombs in a war zone. Kirsty met up with the brains behind these remote controlled soldiers.

Ocean 101
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Ocean 101

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Today we go on a nautical voyage down to the mysterious depths of the ocean. Join Dr Rob as he SCOPES out how scientists explore the deepest regions of the ocean, checks out a ...

Today we go on a nautical voyage down to the mysterious depths of the ocean. Join Dr Rob as he SCOPES out how scientists explore the deepest regions of the ocean, checks out a huge collection of fish and finds out how to map the sea floor.

Evacuating a town before a flood
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Evacuating a town before a flood

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FLOOD EVACUATION Large parts of Australia have been hit by floods. At times like these we hear a lot about evacuations. We're going to take a look at all the planning that ...

FLOOD EVACUATION Large parts of Australia have been hit by floods. At times like these we hear a lot about evacuations. We're going to take a look at all the planning that goes into evacuating a whole town of people. MEDIA POLICE The media can be very good at exposing people who are behaving badly. But what happens when the people doing the wrong thing are the journalists themselves? Who reports on the reporters? We examine the findings of a recent media inquiry which looked into how the media polices itself. COTTON COWS? A recent survey found that three-quarters of kids thought that cotton came from animals. And a quarter thought yoghurt came from plants. We visit a school which is going back to basics to teach kids about the origins of some of the stuff we take for granted. CLASS CLOWNS You might think you're a bit of a class clown... joking around when the teacher has their back turned. But have you ever thought about turning it into a job? We meet some kids who are learning the ropes on the comedy circuit. GIRLS CRICKET The cricket season is finishing up... and it's been a fairly decent summer for Australia. But while the sport is popular over here... there are many countries that don't even play it. We take a look at a program which is teaching cricket to Indonesian kids.

The effects of bushfires
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The effects of bushfires

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Cyclones, floods, bushfires and earthquakes might all be natural events but they have the power to cause immense damage and major destruction. Join Dr Rob as he goes on high ...

Cyclones, floods, bushfires and earthquakes might all be natural events but they have the power to cause immense damage and major destruction. Join Dr Rob as he goes on high alert and SCOPES out all the science behind natural disasters.

Crossing Cooper Creek in abandoned punt
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Crossing Cooper Creek in abandoned punt

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The bigger the drought, the bigger the flood. That certainly held true over the past year for the eastern half of Australia, with flooding rains ending the worst drought in ...

The bigger the drought, the bigger the flood. That certainly held true over the past year for the eastern half of Australia, with flooding rains ending the worst drought in history. The signs that the weather was turning began in 2009, when a deluge in the tropical north set the great desert rivers flowing through Central Australia. For the first time in years, the water flowed all the way to Lake Eyre, the huge salt pan in the dead heart of the continent. ABC TV reporter Paul Lockyer covered the drought in 2009, and now returns to Lake Eyre 12 months later to investigate the floods sweeping across much of south west Queensland.

Monsoon season and flooding
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Monsoon season and flooding

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Earthquakes Two earthquakes in two months... it's a scary start to 2010 for the countries of Haiti and Chile. The latest event was a huge 8.8 magnitude quake that struck ...

Earthquakes Two earthquakes in two months... it's a scary start to 2010 for the countries of Haiti and Chile. The latest event was a huge 8.8 magnitude quake that struck Chile, destroying some areas and causing tsunamis that devastated many more. However this disaster is not looking like it will kill anywhere near as many people as the Haiti quake a month ago, despite being far more powerful. Nathan looks into what factors made the difference between the two earthquakes. Floods If you live in some of the northern parts of Australia right now, you might be feeling a little wet underfoot. You might even be flooded in! Huge rainfalls have created flooding and havoc across parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland. So where has all this rain come from? And will it solve some of the problems with drought through the Murray Darling Basin? Kirsty cracks out the weather charts to find out. Plastic Fantastic The invention of plastic products like bags, bottles and containers has been super convenient, because they're waterproof, strong and reusable. But it's also created big problems for the environment. However.. there is a way to "build a bridge and get over it". Confused? Catherine explains what can happen if you do the right thing and recycle. ACDC They are the rock band making a huge splash touring the country right now, packing out stadiums and bringing fans from every generation in to party. But for the guys that recorded the track 'it's a long way to the top, if you want to rock and roll,' it certainly seems like they've stayed on top for just as long! Kirsty went out to meet some young fans, to find out what it is about these aging rockers that's drawing 'em in. Closing the Gap Later this month, 'National Close the Gap Day' will be held - a day designed to bring attention to the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It's an issue that has touched a lot of people, and Catherine went out to meet some that have come up with a very unique way of raising money to help. It involves little characters called the schaffas!

Nuclear disaster risk after tsunami
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Nuclear disaster risk after tsunami

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2011 has been a year of natural disasters. In this special we take a look at the NZ earthquake, the catastrophic situation in Japan and how the SES plays a vital role in ...

2011 has been a year of natural disasters. In this special we take a look at the NZ earthquake, the catastrophic situation in Japan and how the SES plays a vital role in helping Australians cope with damage and loss.

School prepared for bushfires
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School prepared for bushfires

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The spring fires in NSW showed us that it's always good to get your bushfire plans ready early. We visit a school in a bushfire danger zone to see how they've been preparing, ...

The spring fires in NSW showed us that it's always good to get your bushfire plans ready early. We visit a school in a bushfire danger zone to see how they've been preparing, we also take a look at Remembrance Day, how it started and why it's important to kids.

How floods are predicted
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How floods are predicted

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NEW PM It may have taken a long time, but finally Australia has a new government. All the political negotiations appear to have come at a cost with rural Australia the big ...

NEW PM It may have taken a long time, but finally Australia has a new government. All the political negotiations appear to have come at a cost with rural Australia the big winner. What will the new government look like and what are its major policies? FLOODS Recent heavy rain has brought serious floods to parts of Victoria. Many homes have been flooded and the emergency services are really busy. BtN looks at why some areas flood while others don't. LOCUST PLAGUE Farmers are preparing for a locust plague that could devastate the grains industry. The invasion could be the biggest since the 70s. Why are locusts such a problem and what's being done about it? NETBALL STAR Maddy Proud, a 16 year old schoolgirl from Adelaide, has become the youngest ever professional netball player. She's been handed a contract to play for the reigning Premiership side, the Adelaide Thunderbirds. We find out how she made it to the top so quickly and how she plans to juggle sport with her school work. SHOW COWS You only have to read Jack and the Beanstalk to realise that cows can earn you a tidy profit - even if it is in magic beans! We investigate the big business behind prize cows and get some tips from the kids who travel the country showing their livestock.