Last Friday, Britain’s Prince William announced the winners of this year's Earthshot Prize. The prize is meant to encourage new ideas and rapid action to help protect the planet. Each prize-winner won $1.2 million for their efforts.
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US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese have both met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. These were the first in-person meetings the leaders have held in a long time, and represent an effort to improve relations between the countries.
Southeast Australia has been struggling as it faces its third year of flooding in a row. Thousands of homes have been flooded or cut off by flood waters. Because the ground is already soaked, and more rain is on the way, more flooding is expected.
Researchers in Australia have shown that human nerve cells in a dish can form a "brain" that can learn to play a simple video game. The research could help scientists understand the brain better. It could also lead to new kinds of computers.
Scientists report that people in Sydney, Australia are in a battle with cockatoos. The birds have learned to open the lids on trash bins, and people are figuring out new ways to keep the lids closed. But the clever birds are quickly discovering new tricks.
In today's news roundup, England's Queen Elizabeth II passes away at age 96, voters in Chile reject a new constitution, and four challenging codes included on a new Australian coin were cracked by a 14-year-old boy in about an hour.
Labor party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia's new leader on Monday, as the ruling Coalition government was voted out. The result marks a huge change, as Mr. Albanese becomes Australia's first Labor prime minister in nine years.
Ash Barty, the world's #1 women's tennis player, shocked the sports world on Wednesday by announcing that she was retiring from tennis. Barty, who's just 25, says that it's time for her to "chase other dreams and to put the racquets down."
The group in charge of caring for Australia's Great Barrier Reef reports that the reef appears to be going through another widespread coral "bleaching" event. Once again, rising ocean temperatures are threatening this massive underwater treasure.
In today's news roundup, South Korea elects Yoon Suk-yeol as its next president, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares an emergency over recent floods, and cities rename streets near Russian embassies to show support for Ukraine.
Eastern Australia has been pounded by record-setting rainfall for over a week. The floods caused by the rain have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. In recent days, many people have been rescued from their roofs as waters kept rising.