Rescue workers battle wildfires in the US
Is climate change to blame? Search and rescue operations are underway to help people affected by huge wildfires in the western states of America. Many say global warming is mainly to blame.
Scientists find possible life on Venus
Is there life on our neighbouring planet? A gas floating through the clouds high above the surface of Venus could be a sign of life – but aliens might not look exactly the way we usually imagine...
The friendly robots fighting loneliness
Should we really trust robots? A growing number of people are turning to robots when they feel lonely – but critics warn against relying on mechanical friends.
‘A million species in danger’, say experts
Is it too late to prevent a sixth mass extinction? A new report from the World Wildlife Fund has warned that humans are destroying nature at a rate that has never been seen before.
Stormzy single released in schools
Should Stormzy be a role model for us all? His latest music video came out last week. The Superheroes animation is a salute to young people – and a celebration of the qualities that make you...
Banksy boat rescues hundreds of migrants
Are rescue boats a good idea? British artist Banksy has paid for a boat to help migrants in the Mediterranean. It is saving lives – but some people say it could make things worse.
Goal! Women football stars win same pay as men
Should all football teams be made to pay women the same? The Brazilian side has become one of several countries to pay its male and female players equally for representing their country.
All aboard! The hydrogen revolution is here
Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future? A growing number of trains, cars and buses are running on the element. Experts think it has the power to change our transport systems forever.
Excitement as Mulan returns to screens
Is Mulan the greatest Disney princess? After over 20 years, the film has returned as a live-action remake. For many, Mulan’s bravery, independence and intelligence make her a key role model.
Cave painting could be ‘oldest-recorded story’
Is this picture the world’s oldest recorded story? Dating of a painting on the wall of a cave in Indonesia has revealed it to be 44,000 years old. Does it tell the story of a buffalo hunt?
Scientists plan oxygen factory on the Moon
The European Space Agency is working on a scheme to support human settlements on the Moon. It aims to build an oxygen plant to make rocket fuel and breathable air.
The race to save the Great Barrier Reef
For the third time in a decade, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered mass coral bleaching. A recent survey found widespread damage as a result of a hot summer and rising sea temperatures.
Warning that water could run out in 25 years
The head of England’s Environment Agency has warned that we are set to run out of water in 25 years. To avoid a crisis, he says that we must urgently reduce the amount of water we use.
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The seven-year-old YouTuber earning £17 million
Is YouTube a good career goal? Seven-year-old Ryan earns around £17 million a year by reviewing toys on camera. Around a third of young people want to be a YouTuber.
The name’s Bond. Jackie Bond…
Is it high time the most famous spy in the world was played by a woman? There have been seven male Bonds since the famous film series was launched 55 years ago. But women can be spies too!
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