The leaders of our two main political parties have already started campaigning ahead of the next election. Most of their time has been spent talking to voters in Western Sydney. So, if they want the whole of Australia to vote for them, why are they concentrating on just a few areas? Sarah looks at the importance of marginal seats.
A scheme to pay people for every bottle they recycle has had a positive impact on the environment in South Australia. It's so good that the Northern Territory government decided to bring in the scheme too. But that idea has been blocked by a court. Nathan explains.
For years fluoride has been added to water because it helps to prevent tooth decay. Most people regard it as an important public health breakthrough. But some councils in Queensland have been voting to remove it from their water supply. Tash looks at why.
SHAKESPEARE IN SCHOOL
Learning about the playwright William Shakespeare is usually something kids do in high school. But now his works are being studied in some primary schools too. So who is Shakespeare and why is it important for kids to study him?
We meet a kid who's been involved with monster trucks for most of his life. Find out more about these amazing machines and what they can do.
The fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip has been one of the biggest stories in the news all week. We'll take a look at the conflict and why it seems so hard to find a peaceful solution.
The World Bank has released a report saying it expects the world to warm up by 4 degrees over the next century. So what effect would that temperature rise have on the world as we know it?
We meet an orphan from Afghanistan who has decided to make Australia his home. So what's it like for a young person trying to make a new life in a foreign country?
A few weeks ago we told you how the government was trying to encourage kids to learn about Asia. As well as learning a language the government wants you to learn about Asian cultures. We meet some Aussie kids who are getting involved in an Indian tradition that's bigger than you might realise.
YEAR IN REVIEW
We take a look back at some of the most important stories that made the news this year.
This week on SCOPE it is all about people power, as we track down some science projects where research data is collected by everyday citizens like you!
The conflict in Ukraine has entered a dangerous new phase, with Russia sending troops into Crimea, against the wishes of the temporary Ukrainian Government. Many people are now calling this a fight between the east and the west. But what does that mean? Who is the east and the west? And why does there seem to be such tension between the two?
What is a tax? And while we're on it, what is a levy, an excise, and co-payment? They are just some of the taxing questions we're going to answer in the aftermath of this year's budget. Teacher resources are available for stories on Whaling and Electric Cars.
Operation Ouch is back! In the new series Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken show us just how incredible the human body is. With big stunts and experiments they'll explore the extraordinary ways medicine can fix us.
The 2016 Australian budget has now been revealed and one of the biggest talking points is planned tax changes. Some people and companies are in line for tax cuts, while other companies will soon be getting taxed more. But if the countrys deficit is growing to 37 billion dollars next year, why arent everyones taxes going up? We take a closer look at relationship between taxes and the economy to find out.
Authorities in Kenya have been fighting poachers and the illegal wildlife trade for decades. And last week, they took the dramatic step of burning more than 100 tonnes of seized elephant tusks. The aim was to send a message to the world. But some think they may have made a mistake.
** Ivory Trade will be next weeks BtN #AskaReporter topic! **
TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED
Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (Year 7)
Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (Year 4)
The main characteristics of the continents of Africa and South America and the location of their major countries in relation to Australia (Year 4)
SHORT SIGHTED KIDS
Over the past 50 years, short-sightedness, or myopia, has increased dramatically. Many researchers have blamed increased screen time for the growing problem. But now, some scientists think its actually our reluctance to go outside as often that is the real cause for concern.
TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED
Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences:
Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (Year 5)
Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples lives (Years 5 & 6)
Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating:
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (Years 5 & 6)
Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (Years 7 & 8)
English / Literacy / Creating Texts:
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (Years 5 & 6)
Kids camps usually aim to be a fun experience. But one camp in Norway is anything but fun. It attempts to give attendees a 24 hour glimpse into life as a refugee. But despite being a tough and gruelling event, Norwegian kids have signed up in huge numbers. Find out why next week.
To better protect endangered species, scientists often have to do massive surveys to work out how many there are in the wild and where theyre living. But some animals can be pretty tough to track down, like koalas that spend most of their time in the treetops. So one group of Australian researchers has come up with a pretty interesting way to track them down koala tracking dogs.
Breaking news of a terror attack in the capital of Belgium has shaken people around the world; the Prime Minister has announced that he is willing to dissolve both house of parliament and go to an early election; the federal Environment Minster has raised the coral bleaching threat level on the Great Barrier Reef to its highest point; celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver says Australia should follow the UK's example and introduce a sugar tax; scientists have enlisted penguins as mini-researchers and; no school in Australia has uniforms quite like Hazelbrook Public School. They are thought to be the first school in the country to source 100% fair trade uniforms.
How can an expensive gift cause a powerful politician to lose his job? We're taking a look at corruption this week; Each year on the 25th of April, we commemorate the lives of Australians who died in war. But for one young boy, the day has extra significance; Sometimes, it's hard enough to get through the day when you're feeling good. So imagine doing it with constant pain gnawing at you, on top of everything else; As they spread west, cane toads are starting to cause big problems for native Goannas and; The royals are here and they're making a big splash wherever they go.
Dr Chris and Dr Xand turn back the clock and look at what medicine was like in the First World War. They meet a Paralympian runner who swaps her blade for a Great War leather leg, look at the small creatures that infested the trenches and set up an experiment to demonstrate how soldiers' bodies coped with the pressures exerted by huge explosions.
What makes the stars twinkle? Why is the sky blue? What is a black hole? From astronomer Dr Alan Duffy's space lab, these questions and more are answered as host Grace Koh is launched into outer space.
After weeks of campaigning Australians finally got the chance to have their say about who should lead the country. So what will the Prime Minister do and what's their plan for Australia's future? Plus, the use of drones is back in the news again.
Harrison is visited by a real-life television weatherman who shows us how he predicts the weather. Viewers will learn how to gauge wind strength and direction from famous storm chaser George Kourounis as Harrison talks to him live from a location in America's Tornado Alley.
In this First World War special, the award-winning comedy sketch team, Bob Hale and Rattus Rattus, guide us through the horrible history of 1914-18.
It's a very 'down to earth' episode of SCOPE this week all about exactly that; Earth Science! We shake things up with the science of earthquakes, learn how to make our very own sandstone and visit a park that really rocks!
The ground shakes, your legs buckle and buildings fall down all around you! It may sound like something from a Hollywood blockbuster but geophysicists like Sandy Steacy from the University of Adelaide study these natural phenomenon every single day!
Take a step back in time with Tom Raimondo from the University of South Australia! We walk though millions of years of geological history at Hallett Cove Conservation Park and learn all about these natural formations.
DIY SCIENCE Sandstone:
Sandstone is a geological wonder that takes thousands if not millions of years to form in the wild. But thanks to DIY scientist Tom we've got an experiment that allows you to do in two days what takes nature millennia!
WAVE RIDER BUOYS
Earthquakes are one thing but how do you monitor a cyclone? Well that's one thing that John Ryan from the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation knows all about! SEPTIC
What happens after you flush may not be a pleasant thought. But it's the job of David Diaz from Yarra Valley Water and Ben Asquith from BMT WBM to ensure that what goes down your toilet gets to where it needs to go.
For a giant, geological dose of science join Dr Rob, as once again, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, under the SCOPE.
The doctors show you the awesome work that goes on inside your liver. Meanwhile over in Accidents and Emergency one patient has a massive lip from an allergic reaction and another has surgery to repair his broken nose.
This week BtN looks at how the internet is both the cause of and solution to all of Australia Post's problems. Teacher resources are included for the stories on 5 Cent Change and Brazil Profile.