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After a difficult year for Britain, with so much news coverage devoted to Brexit, it was a nice relief to see some positive news in the form of the birth of Baby Sussex (who's now known as Archie). He is the son of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, and was born at 5:26 on the 6th May in London's Portland Hospital. His full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten - Windsor. The couple shared the news on Instagram with an image of Queen Elizabeth and Megan's mother Doria Ragland, meeting their newest great - grandson. BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said there was a "strong indication" that Archie won't be brought up as a formal 'royal'. Harry and Meghan Markle have made it very clear  that they plan to break tradition and raise their son away from the spotlight, so as to give him the most ‘normal’ upbringing possible, possibly even in South Africa, where Harry's uncle, the Earl of Spencer, lives.  
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Whilst most of us have been busy taking closeup selfies, scientists have been busy taking images of something 500 million trillion miles away; a black hole. This incredible phenomenon has been described by scientists as "a monster" because of its massive diameter of about 40 billion km (three times that of the Earth) and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world. Profesor Heino Falcke, from Radboud University in the Netherlands, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87. "What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System," he said. "It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun and it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe." Surrounding the perfectly circular black hole is, in the words of Professor Falcke, "a ring of fire." The mesmerising halo was formed by superheated gas, falling into the hole. The white - hot flames are one million times brighter than all the stars in our galaxy combined, scientists told BBC News. A team of 200 scientists is now imaging another enormous black hole at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Despite how it sounds, this is harder than getting an image from a distant galaxy 55 million light-years away. This is because, for some unknown reason, the "ring of fire" around the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way is smaller and dimmer; therefore harder to picture and harder to reach. I think I'll stick to taking selfies!
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On Monday 18 March, Barnes Primary had the privilege of having our local MP Zac Goldsmith coming to visit. Zac gave us a little speech on climate change and how it will effect the whole wide world. He also told us that a few years ago all the politicians in the world met in Paris to discuss climate change and to stop the world from reaching 2 degrees hotter but now they want to make sure the world doesn't reach 1.5 degrees. The only problem is that all the politicians don't care about reaching 1.5 degrees, any more only 2 degrees. When he was done we were allowed to ask questions and this is what Jack Fernie asked Zac: "Zac, which do you think is more important Brexit or climate change?". Zac replied: "There is no doubt in my mind that climate change is more important than Brexit".
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By Ella and Jack As we write, school children ,my age, are out in the streets by parliament protesting that not enough is being done about climate change and we  have to agree. It all started on 20th of August, when one girl missed one day of school. She sat with her one homemade sign, about one big issue. Little did she know, but her unnoticed 'strike' would soon turn into the most important climate strike of history. Who would have thought that one Swedish schoolgirl created a strike that would captivate the world and follow on in England, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand and Uganda? Greta Thunberg ,a Swedish school girl, spoke out on behalf of her people saying that the world's politicians are not doing enough to save our planet. She calls her strike skolstrejk för klimatet, which translated into English means school strike for climate.The heroine is so passionate about the problem, that she has persuaded her mum to stop flying planes and her dad is now vegetarian.He explained 'She has changed us and now she is changing a great many other people.' Although her strike has been a great success, capturing the imaginations of millions around the world, she still wants important people to do more. Earlier this year, in a conference, she stated, 'I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel everyday, and then I want you to act.' If politicians are claiming that children are the most important things why are they saying that Brexit is more urgent than Climate change. It's our future that you are corrupting and we need to remember that we are not the only ones on this planet. The extinction rate of animals has rapidly increased by almost 20,000 since 2001 and 16 out  of the 17 hottest years ever were recorded after the year 2000.  
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Recently, children who have access to WhatsApp messaging have been receiving challenges from a terrifying cartoon 'woman' called Momo. She threatens anyone opening her message, challenging them to harm and even kill themselves. Her message is followed by the threat that she would be coming after you or a loved one should you fail to obey. Police have been informing parents and teachers to look out for this eye bulging figure. She has been depicted with: bulging eyes, deformed smile, bird legs and black hair with a fringe. Momo mostly targets younger children and teens but rarely aims for adults. Although she has contacted and threatened many people, she hasn't yet managed to convince anyone to officially kill themselves but has been close to. The most popular way that she contacts people is by the messaging server: Whats App. Police officers confirmed that this Momo 'person' is fake and is just run by a group of hackers that want to gain information from other people. The game was said to have started in Mexico, with players “challenged” to communicate on WhatsApp with an unknown person known as Momo, according to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit of the State of Tabasco, Mexico. And the hoax went viral. To conclude, I advise people to block and report Momo immediately and tell your parents to get her banned from Whats App as soon as possible. As well as that, you should never take notice in any of these challenges either. (Image Getty copyright)
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Thousands of pupils from all over the UK went "on strike" on the 15th February 2019, as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. children and teens from around 60 towns across the UK walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problems facing our planet. The  strikes, organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate, have resulted in tens of thousands of young people taking to the streets with additional thousands expected to do the same amid the growing concern about the escalating climate crisis. The movement was started in August 2018 when 16 year old Greta Thunberg protested outside the Swedish Parliament and accused her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement. Jake Woodier, from the UK Youth Climate Coalition said: "The images of what Greta did and the huge strikes by school children have been widely shared by young people on social media and have really inspired people." There have been some pushbacks against the protests by people such as politicians and climate deniers. Recently, Belgian's environment minister was forced to resign after falsly claiming that the protesests were a "set up". She has since resigned her post, given the controversary caused by her remarks. However, overall the protests have been getting broad support. Zoe Bonnet, aged 14, who has already organised a protest in Bristol, said: "People seem to think this is an issue that can be solved another time, but there is no other time, it is is is quite a big step that I am taking, but I do feel strongly that we have to solve it now … I have to do something!" Zoe heard about the strikes after seeing a video of Greta online. The National Association of Head Teachers has expressed disapproval of the strikes saying: "Nothing is more important than a child's education." Despite this comment, Energy Minister, Claire Perry said she was "incredibly proud" of young people's passion and concern. She told the BBC: "I suspect if this was happening 40 years ago, I would be out there too." The BBC also report that Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said schoolchildren were "right to feel let down by the generation before them," while Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said it was the "most hopeful thing that's happened in years". Theresa May has made it clear that she disapproves of the  protests, saying that the "disruption increases teachers' workloads and wastes lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared." However, First News reports that every single child they spoke to said they would do it again if the Government didn't  start listening, so the Prime Minister should expect similar activity if the Government fails to act. A global school strike is planned for Friday 15 March 2018 with 40 countries already taking part. (Image copyright Getty Images)
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What do Selena Gomez and the Queen have in common? They now both post on Instagram! Queen Elizabeth II posted her first ever Instagram photo of the royal family on the official "Royal Family Instagram Account" for which she used an iPad as she examined "Top Secret exhibits" in the Science Museum. Members of Newsnuggets along with Barnes Primary, were fortunate enough to experience the arrival of Her Majesty in a black Range Rover at the main entrance of the Science Museum. Some were even able to learn about computer coding tequniqhes while interacting with the Queen. After this, Her Majesty said: "Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post at the Science Museum, which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors." During this, other members of Newsnuggets were interviewed by Sky News and First News. The Queen's post was inspired after reading a letter written in 1843 to Queen Elizabeth's great - great grandfather, Prince Albert, from computer pioneer: Charles Babbage. Over 170 years later, the invention that Babbage developed enabled Her Majesty to communicate with all her subjects "Instantly." Image Credit : Getty Images. Author Thalia is in the background looking on.
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On Wednesday 27th February, almost a month to the day from the UK's scheduled departure from the European Union (Brexit), our Newsnuggets' Club at St Osmund's Primary School in Barnes, South West London took to the streets. We conducted a very small, anonymous poll (we only had 30 minutes) in order to find out what the general public thought about their options on whether or how to leave the EU, today. This coincided with the Labour Party's pledge that it was prepared to back another EU referendum to prevent a "damaging Tory Brexit". Barnes is part of the Borough of Richmond, which backed the Remain Campaign by 65%. We interviewed a total of 12 people, across all demographics. In bold are the 3 questions we asked and the yes/no percentage of their answers. Did you vote Leave or Remain in the 2016 Referedum? Leave : 25% Remain : 75 % Do you think we should leave the EU with No Deal? Yes, just get on with it: 20% No : it would be very damaging for the economy: 70% Not sure : 10% Knowing what you know 2 years on, would you want a second Referendum? Yes: 70 % No, we must get on with it : 30% It was fascinating to see that some of those who voted to Leave in 2016 would now welcome a second referendum. It was also interesting that some who voted to Remain, don't want any further delay and just want to government to reach a deal and get on with their promise. On a national level, the survey by polling firm YouGov conducted that same week showed that if a referendum were held immediately, 46 percent would vote to remain, 39 percent would vote to leave, and the rest either did not know, would not vote, or refused to answer the question.   By : The St Osmund's Team            
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Richard Slocock is legally blind and only has peripheral vision after losing his sight two years ago due to macular dystrophy. But this has not stopped him from becoming the number one paraclimber in the UK after winning many international and national competitions. Richard needs someone to guide him and advise were to place his feet and hands. But I think we can all agree that this climber is very talented to be able to climb even though he is visually impaired. The climber's achievements don't end there though; he has recently been rated  as one of the best climbers in the world. "I love climbing more than anything, if I could just give up work and climb every day and train every day I really would," said Richard. He is part of Team GB and came fourth in the world cup in France last year, in June. "It really comes down to not letting your disability define you, just push your way through it  and do what you love," he said.      
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Down in the sewers of Denmark a medieval sword has been dug out from the sewer's mud. The sword was from the 1300s and still seems to be awfully sharp and in super condition. The sword was covered in human waste and no one is really sure how it got there. Archaeologists think that the sword belonged to a magnificent warrior, from the 1300s. At the time, the swords were really expensive so only people from a royal family could afford to have one. It is going to be displayed in the Nordjyllands history museum in Aalborg, Denmark. The sword weighed about 2 pounds, and the sword was pushed and shoved so deeply in the sewers' mud that it was not noticed till now.  
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A huge tropical ocean storm struck Kalija only a few weeks ago yet the impact of the winds and waves are monstrous. The death toll was 30 people, which is small considering the amount of buildings toppled. The coastline is relying on help from navy crews from India. Over one million people were saved and are now in hospitals recovering. Traders have lost their businesses as the rivers and sea have flooded so their future hangs in the balance. Electricity has been cut from many houses and offices. Apparently,the power infrastructure was severely damaged and this was responsible for about 50 percent of the people who died. This tragic event is not the fist of its kind. India had a terribly damaging cyclone that hit them in 2007 called Cyclone Yemyin and one in 2018 called Cyclone Gaja.
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A new £2 coin has been revealed to honor 75 years since the historic D-Day landings. The royal mint - the company who produces coins - made the announcement earlier. The D-Day landings happened in 1944 during WWII , it was the biggest invasion by sea in history and is a key date in the story of the Second World War. The coin is inspired by military maps and represents the huge scale of the D-Day landings and what people call Operation Overlord. Sadly, we will not be able to find the new coin at your local shop as it will not be in circulation but it will be available for purchase on the Royal Mint website. The coin can be purchased in a special box and comes in four different colors. The money from every D-Day coin will go to the Imperial War Museum to help them to continue their work on WWII.
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On the twenty fourth of April, Some Voices performed at the Clapham Grand. Some Voices were called 'London's coolest choir' when they performed BBC Radio Two's Friday Night is Music Night. The theme of the concert was Hollywood classics so they sung songs from numerous films including The Greatest Showman and Trainspotting. There are over 400 singers, amateur and professional, in the group.  They have sung loads of songs from Queen to Tina Turner and have always had brilliant costumes to match. Oh and my dad is one of the singers!
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Every year we celebrate an International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day, which falls on the 11th February, is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and that their contribution needs to be celebrated. Here are a few women from the present and the past who have well and truly left their mark in the world of science. Alice Ball Long ago, there was no cure for leprosy, a disease that attacks the body and can leave victims terribly disfigured. Because there was no treatment and people believed leprosy was very contagious, sufferers used to isolated in leper colonies with nothing to do but wait for death-or for a cure to be found. In search of that cure, was an incredibly talented Hawaiian chemist who was studying the properties of the oil extracted from the chaulmoogra tree. This oil had been used in many Chinese herbal cures and a couple of times on lepers which the results would always differ. Alice's question was why didn't it always work every time. Alice teamed up with a surgeon from a hospital to try and find the answer to that question. She developed a way to separate the active elements of the chaulmoogra oil and created a new extract that could be injected directly into the patients bloodstream-with incredible results. Unfortunately, Alice died before she was able to publish her findings so the University of Hawaii did it for her-without giving her any credit. Many years later, her contribution was recognised and now Hawaii even celebrate Alice Ball Day on February 29 every four years. Caroline Herschel Though she was only 1.2 metres tall, she made up for her small stature with her contribution to our understanding of space and the world beyond. Born in Germany, 1750, she was 22 the year she left to join her brother William, in the English city of Bath to train as a singer, but it was soon astronomy that took the focus of their lives. She worked as a assistant to William, recording his observations and helping him produce more accurate lenses to search the endless sky. Between them they were able to record around 2,500 new nebulae and star clusters. She then became an independent astronomer and was the first woman to discover a comet. In recognition of her work she was employed by King George III in 1787 as William's assistant making her become the first woman ever to be paid for scientific work. In total she discovered 14 new nebulas, eight comets and added 561 new stars to Flamsteeds Atlas. Caroline's contribution has been honoured many times, including a gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society in 1838. She also has a comet, an asteroid, a crater on the moon and a space telescope named after her. Jane Goodall Attitudes towards wildlife and animal conservation has changed dramatically in recent years thanks to the research and dedication of scientists in the are of biology and zoology such as Chimpanzee lover, Jane Goodall. From childhood Jane yearned for a life among African wildlife away from the war-stricken England she was born into. As she was unable to afford going to university, Jane settled to the job of a secretary. When 23, she had saved up enough money to go to Kenya where she met renowned anthropologist and palaeontologist Dr Louis S B Leakey. Leakey impressed and amazed with Jane's enthusiasm and knowledge, embarked alongside her on an investigation of wild chimpanzees in Gombe at a time where the concept of a young woman cohabiting with wild and unknown African animals was preposterous.
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Jeweller Lam Sai -Wing built a HK$27 million washroom in his Hong-Kong shop made entirely out of gold and precious jewels. The toilet bowls, wash basins, toilet brushes, toilet paper holders, mirror frames, wall mounted chandeliers, wall tiles and doors are all made of solid 24-carat gold. The ceiling is decorated by sapphire, emerald and amber and even the floor to the washroom is embedded with 2 lb of gold bars. The inspiration for the toilet came from Lenin who in 1921 said that toilets of gold should be built to serve as a useful reminder of the waste of capitalist warfare. It was built in 2001 and has held the record for over 17 years! The unreal room is in Hong-Kong (China) and is worth 3500000 US Dollars.  
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Many Harry Potter fans are elated that the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and where to find them "The Crimes of Grindlewald" has finally been released. The new film came out on 16 of November and as you can imagine, the tickets sold out extremely quickly. There are various new brilliant characters who star in the new fantastic (no pun intended) film. One of them is Nagini, the star of miraculously magical French circus. Nagini has a terrible blood curse on her that means at some point in her life she will turn into a murderous beast of some sort. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) travels back to London to look after his many, many pets. One of the new additions to his collection of creatures is 6 baby nifflers! The babies are impossibly cute but twice as cheeky. 'An enchanting return visit to the Wizarding World with stunning set design, an engaging story, and masterful performances,' said one audience member. In all, this film is incredibly popular among the public so I recommend you go and see it.
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On the 3rd of May, it was Word Press Freedom Day. Around the world, hundreds of journalists are imprisoned for writing stories. The highest number is in Turkey. Zehra Doğan, a Kurdish journalist and painter, was taken to court and sentenced to be in prison for nearly three years for doing artwork of the Turkish military forces destroying Nusaybin,Turkey. Luckily, her story gained worldwide attention in 2018 after others drew a mural calling for her release. In jail, Zehra secretly published a newspaper and created materials to paint. Now released, she is determined to continue sharing stories and drawing pictures. Doğan is an artist and journalist from Diyarbakir, Turkey. She is the founder and editor of Jinha, a unique Kurdish news site with a female-only staff. In a now deleted tweet, Doğan wrote, “I was given two years and 10 months in prison only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, the Turkish government caused this. I only painted it.” She also wrote,“This painting was worth my time in prison because I managed to show the reality of  Nusaybin.” Since her release, lots of twitter users have shown their friendship accompanied by hashtags like #TurkeyCrackdown, #TerroristTurkey, and #FreeTurkeyMedia.
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The list of the richest people in the world has been published.  At the bottom of the list is Lee Shau Kee who is the co-founder of Sun Hung Kai, a successful property development company. He grew up in a very poor family, but today he is worth over $30 billion.  Next is Li Ka-Shing, who is one of the most influential businessmen in Asia and is the current chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings. However, he plans to step down from the position this year. As of March 2019, Li Ka-Shing’s net worth is roughly $32.7 billion. The American businessman, Sheldon Adelson, is the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and he is worth $35.4 billion. Although these people may sound rich, they are at the bottom of the list of the richest people. The richest person used to be Jeff Bezos - founder of Amazon - but now it is the famous Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
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The lake in Melbourne's Westgate Park (which is a man made lake) has naturally turned incredibly bright pink in the recent weeks.The lake has become a tourist attraction for all and has apparently become a hit on Instagram (great for getting likes).  Since 2013, the lake's environmental conditions have produced a red pigment called beto carotene which give the water a pink hue. The vivid color  is being produced by sunlight which causes warm temperatures and low rainfall. Tourists flock to the area and some visitors bizarrely dress up to help their photos to look better against the pink background.  
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A startling discovery of yet another dead grey whale on San Francisco Bay’s Ocean Beach was made May 6th, 2019. This is the ninth grey whale to wash up dead on these shores since March 2019. This particular whale is thought to have been killed by an impact with a ship, however, also showed signs of malnutrition. Examinations carried out by the The Marine Mammal Center show that four of the other whales were killed by an impact with ships, three by malnutrition and one by causes yet determined. It was also noted that it is usual for 1-3 whales to be found dead in this area during the entire migration season which puts the current count at three times the normal rate. Grey whales normally migrate through the San Francisco area twice yearly in Decembers/January and again in April/May. The whales are travelling from their feeding ground in Alaska to their breeding ground in Baja, California which is 11 000 miles away. Scientists are speculating that the grey whales  are having trouble finding food in Alaska and as a result do not have enough nourishment to make the long journey to Baja. Scientists have also observed the whales feeding in San Francisco waters,  giving birth in the open ocean prior to arriving at their breeding ground and as a result arriving later in Baja, all of which are highly unusual activity for these mammals. It appears that the death of the whales were caused by human activity either by direct impact with ships  or indirectly by climate change. Although grey whale populations are currently stable, marine scientists are fearful that this might not be the case for long.  
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Sadly a girl has died very recently after already having a problem with her lungs. Ella Kissi-Debrah was nine when she died on 4th July 2018. She died because of an asthma attack which her family and scientists believe had something to do with pollution. Videos show she already had problems with her breathing. Ella was shown in a video after getting out of a swimming pool. She was really struggling and was breathing very heavily. She was also breathing in pollution when ever she went out. An inquest is going to be held to decide if the pollution was to blame. I feel sorry for Ella because her tragic death wasn't even her fault. Pollution isn't a new problem. A long time ago, in the Victorian times, the streets of London were filled with air pollution known as smog.
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Arsenal  have confirmed  a signing from Barcelona of the 25 year old midfielder Dennis Suarez. Suarez is on loan at Arsenal until June 2021. He played for Barca 71 times since joining  in 2013. He has has already played under Unai Emery at Sevilla when he was  at the club on loan. Dennis played for Man City as a teenager but he only made two first-club appearances before being sold to Barcelona at the age of 19.
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By Oliver, Sydney and Raphael On the 7th of February 2019, Emeliano Sala's body was recovered and identified. After the news had spread, Chelsea's German defender, Antonio Rudiger quoted the following: "Heartbreaking to hear the news about Emeliano Sala. Rest in peace! Thoughts to go out to the family and friends of Emeliano and the pilot." Sala had just joined Premier League side Cardiff City for £15m when the private jet he was on disappeared from radar. It was also carrying pilot David Ibbotson. This happened on 21 January. After three days of searching, crews of search men decided to give up. Sala's family pleaded them to keep on searching but they had already made their minds up so a privately funded search began. A woman later found a blue cushion on a beach in France's Cotentin Peninsula beach and recognised that it was a backrest of a seat, thought to be from Sala's plane. The plane was eventually found 63 metres under the sea.