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1 sur­prise swarm

Sci­en­tists in Colorado, Amer­ica, were left baf­fled when they no­ticed a big or­ange blob on their weather radar. At first they thought it was birds and asked peo­ple to help iden­tify them. In fact, it later turned out to be a 70mile swarm of mi­grat­ing painted lady but­ter­flies. Amaz­ing!

2 Rare spi­der

A rare spi­der has been spot­ted at Clum­ber Park in Not­ting­hamshire. The di­a­mond spi­der has not been seen in the UK for al­most 50 years, lead­ing many to be­lieve it had gone ex­tinct. The dis­cov­ery was made by a spi­der ex­pert who was do­ing a sur­vey of the park.

3 first look

Eek! We’ve just re­ceived a brand-new ex­tract from the up­com­ing Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Get­away, and we’re shar­ing it with you over on First News Live! at first.news/theget­away.

4 air pol­lu­tion

Lon­don­ers are breath­ing in toxic air par­ti­cles which are at lev­els above the global guide­lines. New re­search shows that in cen­tral London, the av­er­age an­nual lev­els of the par­ti­cle PM2.5 are al­most dou­ble the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion lim­its. Air pol­lu­tion can be very bad for peo­ple’s health.

5 speak out

UNICEF UK has launched its an­nual schools cam­paign, Out-Right. The cam­paign helps chil­dren and young peo­ple to speak out about chil­dren’s rights. This year, pupils will speak out in sup­port of refugee chil­dren. To find out more, visit first­news/out­right. To sign your school up, go to unicef.uk/Outright2017.

6 storm nate

Storm Nate hit Louisiana and Mis­sis­sippi in Amer­ica last week. It brought strong winds, heavy rain and some flood­ing. More than 100,000 peo­ple lost power, al­though it was later re­stored.

7 Al­ter­ing DNA

NASA is look­ing at al­ter­ing astro­nauts’ DNA to pro­tect them from cos­mic ra­di­a­tion on the way to Mars. The US space agency wants to launch a mis­sion to the Red Planet in the 2030s but needs to fig­ure out how to tackle ra­di­a­tion. Ex­perts are look­ing at ways of pos­si­bly chang­ing DNA to make astro­nauts more equipped to cope.

8 Poll re­sults

Soon we will be able to fly to any­where on Earth in un­der an hour. That’s the claim of rocket and car busi­ness­man, Elon Musk. We asked you: Would you travel in a fly­ing taxi? 72% of you said you’d go for a spin in a fly­ing cab! Yes! “I say YES, but it does de­pend on how badly it’ll pol­lute the Earth and whether it is safe,” says bel­le­cat96 on First News Live! at first.news/polls.

No! “We al­ready have enough pol­lu­tion, and these taxis are EN­COUR­AG­ING it. What we re­ally need is a type of trans­porta­tion that doesn’t/barely pol­lute, but peo­ple are will­ing to use it in place of cars,” says dance-munch on First News Live! at first. news/polls.

9 movie magic

The Film Dis­trib­u­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion (FDA) is host­ing a free movie ex­hi­bi­tion on 25-26 Oc­to­ber, com­plete with a vir­tual re­al­ity fun­house, a dig­i­tal graf­fiti wall and a Hal­loween film quiz. You can check it out at the Bate­man Street gallery in London.

10 Cat re­united

A lady who sur­vived the Gren­fell Tower fire has been re­united with her cat. Kerry O’Hara thought her beloved pet had died in the fire, but two months later she re­ceived a call from a vet say­ing the cute moggy had been found!

11 Smelly sit­u­a­tion

A school in Amer­ica had to be evac­u­ated, after pupils and staff com­plained about a foul smell. It was so bad that some peo­ple got stom­ach up­sets. Thank­fully it didn’t turn out to be any­thing se­ri­ous; it was just a pongy pump­kin spice air fresh­ener!

12 Smart cross­ing

A smart cross­ing has been de­vel­oped that can alert driv­ers when peo­ple are sud­denly go­ing to step out into the road. The cross­ing uses LED lights.

13 new al­bum

Sam Smith has an­nounced the name and date of his new al­bum. The Thrill Of It All will be re­leased on 3 Novem­ber.

14 cash back

A lady is to have her wal­let re­turned, nearly 30 years after she lost it! Sarah Dale thought she’d never see the wal­let again, un­til staff in a Manch­ester club found it be­hind a ra­di­a­tor. The wal­let had just 12p in it, which Sarah says she’s look­ing for­ward to fi­nally get­ting back!

15 old £1 coins

On 15 Oc­to­ber 2017, our old, round £1 coins will no longer be classed as le­gal ten­der. That means they won’t be ac­cepted in shops or vend­ing ma­chines. The Royal Mint in­tro­duced a new 12-sided £1 on 28 March 2017. It has been called the most se­cure coin in the world. Find out more about the new coin and where your old ones are go­ing over at first.news/idont­getit.

16 new but­ton

Face­book is test­ing a new ‘con­text’ but­ton to help tackle fake news. The but­ton will al­low users to find out more in­for­ma­tion about the source of a news story. It’s hoped the but­ton will help peo­ple de­cide if a source is trust­wor­thy or not.

17 UK dif­fer­ences

This week, two re­ports were re­leased high­light­ing the dif­fer­ences within our so­ci­ety. One showed how chil­dren from the poor­est fam­i­lies in the UK are much more likely to be be­hind in school. The other, re­leased by the Govern­ment, showed how peo­ple all over the UK are treated de­pend­ing on their race and back­ground. Don’t miss our Spe­cial Re­port on the data in next week’s is­sue.

18 Up at the 02

Up at The O2 is of­fer­ing vis­i­tors an ex­tra spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence this half term. If you com­plete the Sun­set Climb be­tween 2327 Oc­to­ber, you’ll get a com­pli­men­tary hot choco­late at the top!

19 Clever crows

Crows could soon be­come lit­ter-pick­ers! A cou­ple of in­dus­trial de­sign­ers in Am­s­ter­dam be­lieve they could train crows to pick up cig­a­rette butts, in ex­change for food re­wards. It’s just a plan at the mo­ment, but do you think it could work?

20 Star wars

A new trailer has been re­leased for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Check it out at first.news/last­jedi. The movie will be re­leased in cin­e­mas on 14 De­cem­ber.

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