20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
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.