The Prime Minister has announced that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will now be processed in Papua New Guinea. And if they're found to be genuine refugees they'll not be allowed to stay in Australia but they can settle in PNG. Some think it's a good idea - others say it's unfair.
A new date for the next Federal Election is expected soon. And when it happens people who aren't on the roll only have a short time to register. We look at the campaign aimed at getting young people on the electoral roll.
These days kids have access to a lot of hand held digital devices....but there's a potential downside. Researchers have found that using tablets or phones just before bedtime can actually keep you awake. It's all to do with the light they give off and the mixed messages sent to our brains.
Imagine you could be principal of your shcool for a whole day. Would it be easy or hard - fun or stressful? We meet one girl who got the chance to do just that ...and followed her around as she tried to juggle friendships and discipline.
Kids living in outback towns don't always get a chance to experience some of the things city kids do - like surfing at a beach. But a group of students has been given a taste of surfboard riding as well as some valuable lessons on beach safety.
A humorous and engaging series of short films, exploring fundamental philosophical concepts through everyday questions that children ask, and adults often struggle to answer. Today, during a long and dangerous voyage Dave's ship needs several repairs, eventually meaning that every single part of the ship has been replaced. When he gets home his wife is convinced he has a different ship.
In this BtN Special we explore the many facets of food and eating. Food is an important part of our lives and we visit a school where kids are growing their own garden and cooking their own meals. How do we sustain food quantities so everyone in the world eats fairly and healthily? We look at the food of the future and ask should we be eating insects? In contrast, some eat far too much. Even in developing countries obesity is becoming a health crisis.
In this Behind the News Special we focus on the good things kids do. From the guys going without to raise money for those less fortunate, to kids learning surf lifesaving and first aid to help save lives, there's a lot of good being done.
The history of astronomy. From the Babylonians and ancient Chinese, the first astronomers, to the Egyptians, who created our calendar of 365 days, and the Greeks who discovered Earth is round. Copernicus, in the 16th century, worked out that the planets orbit the Sun. Galileo first used a telescope on the sky. Isaac Newton improved it - and described the effects of gravity. In the 20th century, Edwin Hubble revealed an ever-expanding Universe – into which today we peer ever deeper.
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.
Ford has said it's going to stop making cars in Australia. More than a thousand people will lose their jobs. So what does that mean for the future of the car industry in this country?
Malaria is one of the biggest killers of children in the world. So why don't we hear more about it? Some well known people are trying to raise awareness about malaria and the ways we can fight the problem.
We look at the future of community radio. The Government has decided it will cut funding to digital radio stations. Some digital stations say they may have to close.
FOOTBALL FOR ALL
Sport can be a great way of bringing people together and that's exactly what's happening at one football club in Victoria. A group of mainly Muslim girls have got together to create their own team. While they may be struggling on the ladder they're making their mark in other ways.
Dog sledding is a sport that people might associate with cold and snowy conditions overseas. But did you know that people also compete at dog sledding in Australia? So how do you race on dry land? Tash finds out.
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 300-year old Paris Opera Ballet School is today a fabled place with an international reputation. It is home to 130 pupils, aged from 8 to 18, all driven by an intense desire to succeed. Over the course of one year, this series follows the young dancers in their endeavours to survive the gruelling disciplines and training, to eventually form an elite group of ballet dancers at the top of their profession.
Powerful tornadoes have devastated parts of America. People have died and thousands of buildings have been destroyed. BtN explains how tornadoes happen and why they are really common in this part of the world.
The vaccination debate is back in the news after the NSW Opposition said they want to introduce a plan to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres. Figures have also been released that show immunisation rates in some parts of NSW have hit record lows. BtN explores the impact vaccines have had on controlling disease over the years and why people are opposed to the new plan.
June 3rd marks the anniversary of the Australian High Court's landmark Mabo decision which gave important land rights to Indigenous Australians. We take a look at the life of Eddie Mabo and why he's considered a significant Australian.
Nas Campanella has a voice that you may recognise as she's the newsreader on the radio station Triple J. But recently the newsreader was in the news herself when she let it be known that she is blind. So how does Nas read all those news bulletins and operate all the buttons and knobs if she can't see?
BtN profiles a crazy and dangerous winter sport called luge. We meet an amazing athlete who's overcome some huge setbacks to become one of the best young competitors in Australia.
Behind the News loves to look ahead and in this 'Future Science' Special we do just that. We meet the lab team working on a shark repellent. Then there's the scientists inventing synthetic meat in the lab. And finally we discover how using sound in the same way that bats use it can help blind people to see?
EveryBODY should be a PART of this episode of SCOPE that's all about bodies and their parts! We find out what it takes to build a prosthetic limb, check out a computer program that allows people to control other people's body parts via a Smart Phone, and learn about some animals that have a special talent - regrowing body parts!
Tempt yourself with this tasty episode of SCOPE, dedicated to something we all love -food! Bite off more than you can chew when we discover the scrumptious process of making creamy brie cheese, learn how it's possible to make 200 litres of olive oil in an hour, experiment with crunchy, crispy honeycomb and seek out some salty science when we take a look inside a salt refinery.
Kids around the world have unique stories to tell. From the young Afghan refugee who overcame the odds to make a life in Australia to the boy who survives the constant bombardment of life in Syria, to the Aussie schoolgirls who travel to a Cambodian school we are taken on an emotional and uplifting journey in this BtN Special.
A boy finds a ring of invisibility and must decide what to do with it. This film explores the concept of morality, considering how we know the difference between right and wrong and where our motives for behaviour come from. It encourages children to reflect on the origins of morality; whether it be parents and teachers, a religion, or whether we are born knowing the difference between right and wrong.
The series provides a balanced perspective of the country and uses illustrated graphics maps to help locate the children geographically. Today, Yangshuo lies on the Li River. Local farmers access the markets via the river.
Do you know your Marks from your Francs... your Liras from your Pesetas? If you've no idea what I'm talking about then this story will interest you. As we see news stories about the struggling European currency, the Euro, we take a look at the currencies that were around before it... and we examine why many countries decided it would be a good idea to ditch their local currencies in favour of joining them together.
At some schools students can turn to a school chaplain like a priest or pastor to chat about any problems they might have. But there's been a debate about whether Christian helpers should be used in public schools that don't necessarily follow the Christian religion. We take a look at both sides of the argument.
Australia has seen a rise in the number of kids with eczema... now 1 in 4 has the skin condition. We take a look at what it is, how you get it and how it can be treated.
We examine a few interesting techniques that teachers are using to try to make science more fun for kids. From a national video competition... to a hands-on science lesson in the top end.
BtN goes along to an animal rescue centre to see how they work. We follow the journey of a dog from the moment it's picked up to when it finds a new home.
Cyberchase is a fun, fast-paced animated series encouraging Primary-aged viewers to see, think and practice Mathematics in their day-to-day lives. Today, With a plan to capture Aquarium's giant energy-feeding slug to drain Motherboard of her energy, Hacker heads off to Aquarium. To make matters worse, he has a secret device that can listen in on everybody's conversation.
There's been a lot of recent media coverage on gender equality - mainly centred on how the media and others deal with Australia's female Prime Minister. But what is gender equality and why are so many people sensitive to the role of women in society? These days women can aspire to the highest office in the land but it wasn't always so. BTN goes back in history to uncover some surprising facts.
This week the leaders of the eight countries that make up the organisation known as G8 are meeting to discuss some pressing world issues - issues that they don't always agree on. BTN looks at what the G8 is and what it does.
BTN meets some schoolkids who have been working on a fascinating project. They were each given the task of researching the life of an Australian Digger who fought in the First World War. Their research saw them travel to far way battlefields - and ultimately the soldiers' final resting place.
Aussie Rules football is a sport that's very much dominated by men. But recently the women's league has been getting a bit more attention. BTN talks to a young player who reckons more girls should get involved.
A trip to the movies is a lot sweeter with a box of popcorn. It's been sold in cinemas for decades...but not all corn can produce popcorn. BTN meets a leading grower to find out where popcorn comes from and how it pops.
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.
Life is all about change, and in this episode of Scope we meet the experts who study it! Get up close with some ever-changing cuttlefish, check out a robot that monitors changes in ice sheets and learn how the mummification process prevents change when we experiment with apples and some dehydrating ingredients!
Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 130 years. In episode nine, Kath and Lorna are the best of friends. The two set off on a day of harmless relaxation, wheeling Kath's baby brother in his pram with her annoying younger sister, Bridie, in tow.
BtN loves to showcase the Arts. From a Colombian street circus to the canines starring in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' to adapting Shakespeare to a Primary school class there's something for everyone. And with a bunch of talented schoolgirls taking the ukulele to a worldwide audience we wonder if this little instrument might become much bigger!
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.
This series is designed to stimulate children's interest and active involvement in science. Each episode investigates a particular scientific topic using clips and bright graphic animations. Today's program explains the properties of heat energy and the difference between heat and temperature.
Without plants, the world would be a very different place. We depend on them for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the house we build and the very oxygen we breathe. So join Dr Rob and his green thumb as he SCOPES out all the science behind plants.
Ever wanted to crack a killer serve at a Grand Slam? Or break a world record at the Olympics? With the help of technology you just might be able to! Today on Scope we discover the science behind some of the latest developments in sports technology.
The rollout of the NBN has hit some controversy after it was revealed that contractors doing the work may have exposed residents to asbestos dust. BtN explains what asbestos is and why it can be a dangerous material if it's not treated in the right way.
Last week we saw Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull both agreeing on the same issue, even though they're from different political parties. They want Australia to become a republic. But what would it mean if Australia was to become a republic and how would a head of state be chosen?
Every year, the world's best young scientists get together for a huge international science and engineering fair in the United States. It gives students a chance to talk about their ideas with science experts and showcase their work. We meet some of the winners and look at their amazing inventions.
How do you feel about public speaking? Could you convince a group of people to buy a house? We meet a group of school kids who are part of the Auction Idol competition where they put their public speaking skills to the test. And, as Matt discovered, it's a lot harder than it looks.
A group of city kids are getting a taste of what life was like for their Aboriginal ancestors. They've travelled to the Queensland bush to learn about their culture and to experience bush tucker. They took a video of what they got up to.
This week on Scope it's out with the old and in with the new! We bring you stories on the newest technologies, news, discoveries and competitions in the big wide world of science! Be the first to learn about wearable computers when Dr Rob checks out Google Glass, join a scientist on his trek through the forest to track to down a newly discovered species of mammal, and witness a group of students break a world record using one very long tube track and a giant marble!
The future - what does it hold for our food? Much the same as it is now, or are we preparing for a food revolution? Join us this week as we discover what all the fuss is over purple carrots, find out what goes on in a flavour factory and Dr Rob samples a buffet of edible insects!
Carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals - Food! Have you ever wondered how much science goes into making, eating and storing food? Dr Rob has so join him as he puts his tastebuds into overdrive and SCOPES out all the science behind food!
Watching the news, you will find out about all kinds of emergencies that are happening around the country - but what about the science behind all those emergencies? From sirens and new inventions to our heroes the fire fighters and paramedics, we have it all under control as SCOPE calls in Emergency Science!
Minna lives with strict German-born parents who privately hope their young daughter's friendship with the well-to-do Owen children - Toby, Harold and Adelaide - will do her some good. However, Minna's parents have no clue what these kids get up to when they're on their own. Their favourite game is seeing who can scare the others the most. But when the Owens blame Minna for a disaster caused by their own children, Minna decides to give them the fright of their life.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted by police to face criminal charges in Sweden. But for quite a while now he's been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. While he's in there he can't be captured by British police. So what are embassies and why do they seem to have these special powers?
We check out a program that's teaching children as young as 12 how to drive. It's aimed at teaching good driving habits to people from a very early age. The organisers hope it will make our roads safer in the future.
Every day on the news we see new crimes that need solving. Sometimes it just takes great detective work, but often police turn to science to help them catch criminals. BtN takes a look at some of the ways that forensic science is used to solve crimes.
After the excitement of the Olympics a few weeks ago, a lot of people started counting down to the next games in Rio in 2016. But there's more Olympics action coming up in only a few days time! It's the Paralympics - the pinnacle of athletics for the world's physically and intellectually disabled. We take a look at the history of the Paralympics and focus on the really physical sport of wheelchair rugby.
When humans get older it's common for us to retire from our jobs and spend some quality time relaxing. Well, it's no different for Gorillas. Taronga Zoo's oldest gorilla, a male silverback, is close to retirement. Now the zoo staff are looking for a suitable replacement to lead the zoo's gorilla family.
Each week on SCOPE we catch up on what the world's scientists have been up to - but have you ever wondered how they become scientists in the first place? Well this episode looks at that journey! We catch up with researchers and professions at different stages of their adventure through science; from junior F1 engineers, to a penguin researcher and an AFL fitness coach.
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.
When Qantas decided to stop flying its planes recently, it made lots of people angry. Some said they wouldn't fly Qantas anymore, and others said the Qantas brand had been damaged. So why would Qantas bosses do something that was going to make lots of people angry? And is the company's brand damaged beyond repair?
The reserve bank has cut interest rates for the first time in a year. But what are interest rates? And why does everyone think they're so important?
The world's population has just reached 7 billion. Experts reckon it's going to continue to grow at a fast rate. Some people are worried about how this rapid growth will affect the world as we know it.
MIGRAINE VS HEADACHE
A migraine is a common reason for workplace sickness in Australia. But how do you know if you've got a migraine or just a headache? What's the difference? And what causes them?
With the cricket season back in full swing, we take a look at one of the most important jobs in the sport. The grounds keeper can affect the outcome of the game depending on how they prepare the playing surface. We go along to see what their job involves.
On this episode of Scope, check out some of the coolest machines going around! One prints in 3D, another pulverises old bits of road; there's a robotic jogging companion, an autonomous surf life saver and the best one of all - a water-powered jet pack that Dr Rob takes for a spin!
Frenemies. BFFs, Besties. Whatever you call them, what does it really mean to be a true friend? With young people pushing boundaries, entering new social territories and leaving the safety nets of their parents - friends become their new safety net. We help them make sure they know what a real friend is, what a real friend isn't, and how to a good one in return.
DENTAL CHECK UP
A new report has found that too many Aussies have bad teeth, especially people in poor areas. It says about a third of us don't go to the dentist because of the cost. So what can be done about the problem?
If you watch the news this week you'll probably see stories about a big vote which could affect who becomes the next President of America. But you won't see Barack Obama taking part... so what's this vote all about?
For years we've seen unmanned flying machines in science fiction movies.
But now increasingly we're actually seeing them in the sky. It's not just the military that are using drones to watch people from above... now the media's getting involved too.
Aussie athletes are making sure they've got the best technology ahead of the London Paralympics. But not everyone thinks the cutting-edge technology available to Paralympians is fair.
Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion where someone can make a variety of musical sounds using only their mouth. We meet one of Australia's best beatboxers as he tries to pass on his skills to younger kids.
Scope is taking off for another episode full of rockets, rockets and more rockets! From rockets made from balloons to space shuttles designed by NASA, and everything in between, this episode of Scope is a blast!
Up there in the sky, there are birds and there are planes but what else? A whole heap of science that's what! This week on SCOPE we find out how they control the traffic at a busy airport, take a look at a robot bird and gaze far beyond the blue with a radio telescope.
Most weeks there�s a big court story in the news. Recently we were able to watch as Michael Jackson�s doctor was found guilty of helping to cause his death. But if it was in Australia, we wouldn�t have been able to see it. That�s because here, there are rules which stop TV cameras filming inside courts. But some people think that should change. We take a look at the arguments.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world�s largest coral reef. It�s home to thousands of different types of sea creatures. And it�s important to Australia�s economy too because it creates lots of money through tourism. It all sounds good... but some people are worried that new development around Queensland could be a threat to the future of the reef.
How much do you know about diabetes? It�s World Diabetes Day which aims to raise awareness about the condition. BtN takes a look at what it�s like to live with diabetes, and explains the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
It�s approaching 100 years since Sir Douglas Mawson led the first Australasian expedition to Antarctica. His aim was to map and explore the coastal area of Antarctica closest to Australia. We take a look at how his work is continued today.
TEACHER NOTE: The Australian Antarctic Division is holding a national competition relating to this story. Students are invited to write 100 words about what Antarctica will look like in another 100 years. The BtN website will link to the competition details after Tuesday�s program.
Imagine if your school lessons involved riding a horse through 60 kilometres of outback terrain, chasing cattle and sleeping under the stars. Sound pretty cool? Well that's what some kids in the Northern Territory have been doing. They've been learning how work in the cattle industry, and they're keeping alive a proud Aussie tradition.
We have trekked through the desert and flown through the sky but this week, Scope is plunging into the ocean to find all the science that flows beneath. Join us as we listen out for whale songs, check in with some oyster farmers and spend a day in the life of a busy port.
While we know disability hinders people in certain ways, we can also celebrate the fact that it enhances them in others. Being disabled is not something to fear or shy away from - amazing potential is present in all of us, no matter what our capabilities! We help kids understand disability and what it means for people, and to discover the great achievements made by our community - both as individuals and as groups.
Alex and Zoe are two kids who find themselves in an extraordinary situation. After stumbling across a magical portal hidden in the town library they're led to a parallel dimension, a sophisticated world called ANIMALIA.