The 13-year-old heading for the Olympics
Is determination the secret to success? Sky Brown is a skateboarder hoping to go to the Tokyo Games next month. If she is successful, she will be the youngest summer Olympian ever.
Hugging is back for the first time in a year
Is a hug the best way to show someone you love them? Today, more lockdown rules are lifting around the UK. For many people, this means hugging friends and family is no longer banned.
Siblings matter more than parents, say experts
Are siblings more important than parents? Some scientists say that your friendship with your brothers and sisters teaches you how to act towards others and shapes you more than anything else.
Google threatens to leave Australia
Has Google changed the way we think? The search engine is threatening to block searches in Australia because of a new law. It has left some people wondering if humans could survive without it.
Learning to love life in lockdown
Are occasional lockdowns a good idea? Schools have closed again as the UK goes into a third lockdown. This may make life more difficult, but some have been looking for silver linings.
New Year: Olympics, Disney and Moon robots
Will 2021 be a good year? Some are looking forward to enjoying many of the events that have been cancelled over the past 12 months. But others say trying to predict the future is pointless.
Fossil footprints reveal Ice Age tale
Would you like to meet Zoe? Scientists have discovered the longest trail of fossilised human footprints. They tell a story of a young child’s dangerous journey in difficult weather.
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.
Mice reveal moods through facial expressions
German researchers have discovered that mice move their ears, cheeks, and eyes in response to different sensory experiences, indicating that the creatures might experience emotions.
Elephants try to help each other like humans
Do elephants have the same feelings as humans? Scientists now believe that elephants will do anything to help each other — even if it means putting themselves in danger.
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The cat who decided to move house
Ozzy the cat had a perfectly nice home. But a friendly neighbour offered him love, food and warmth, so he decide to move in with her. She was delighted – but his owners were furious.
Flat-Earth conspiracy spreads around the globe
Is it sinister to believe the Earth is flat? Thousands do. In fact, flat-Earthers have recently held huge meetings in Brazil and Italy. But experts fear this strange belief has a dark side.
We have more than five senses, say scientists
Everyone knows that humans have five senses that let us experience the world around us. What if we had even more? Scientists now think that humans have a secret magnetic sense.
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Great news! Old people really are good for us
Should kids spend more time with older people? An important study says that it helps to boost reading and social skills. Some think that schools should be linked up with old people’s homes.
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The focus that drives an athletic star
Is self-discipline the key to success? Dina Asher-Smith isn’t just a brilliant runner. She is also a model, a writer and a gifted student. Even as a young child, she was fiercely determined.
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