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Giant pandas are no longer endangered in the wild.

Chinese authorities have reclassified the giant panda as ‘not vulnerable’ because the population outside of captivity is more than 1,800.

While giant pandas are no longer endangered in the wild, they are still vulnerable. The IUCN has said climate change could destroy more than 35% of their bamboo habitat in the next 80 years.

However, this week’s announcement was met with delight on social media. Related hashtags on Weibo have been read nearly 10million times.

Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty have been crowned 2021 Wimbledon Champions.

In the men’s competiton, Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title by beating Matteo Berrettini. The 34-year-old Serb won 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in front of a passionate and vocal 15,000 crowd on Centre Court.

The victory equals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 men’s Grand Slam victories.

Djokovic has now won all three Grand Slam men’s titles in 2021.

In the women’s competition, Ashleigh Barty won her maiden Wimbledon title as she beat Karolina Pliskova. She becomes the first Australian women’s champion for 41 years.

Barty won the match 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.

A new species of beetle has been found inside some dinosaur poo.

A group of scientists has examined dinosaur poo that was around 230 million years and discovered a beetle that no one knew existed before!

The tiny beetle was found in fossilized droppings of the Silesaurus opolensis. This was a lizard like creature, weighing about 15kg, related to the dinosaurs.

Scientists were looking inside of the poo to find more about what the animal ate when they discovered the special beetle.

The new beetle is so small the scientist think it may have been swallowed alongside larger beetles.

Have we found the world’s luckiest man?

A US man has won the lottery for the second time in the last four years.

Stephen Toto from Framingham, Massachusetts, bought the ticket at the A-1 Gulf store.

The ticket turned out to be a $1 million jackpot winner.

Toto was already familiar with the process for claiming a lottery jackpot, after winning $1 million from a $4,000,000 Payout scratch-off ticket in 2017.

The winner selected the lump sum option for his latest winnings, taking home $650,000 before taxes.

World Swimming governing body FINA, has announced a new style of swim cap is not suitable for international competitions like Tokyo 2020.

The Soul Cap is designed to be worn by athletes with afro hairstyles.

However, FINA argued that the hat didn’t follow “the natural form of the head”. It rejected Soul Cap’s application for the cap to be certified for use at big competitions.

Soul Cap says it makes caps to fit over and protect thick and curly hair. Afro hair is typically drier compared to other hair textures. This is because the of the strands are often very tightly curled, making it more difficult for naturally occurring oils to moisturise the hair.

There’s been lots of backlash following Fina’s decision to ban Soul Cap’s hats from international competitions. The federation has now said it will be reviewing it’s original decision.

The world’s fastest hotdog eater, Joey Chestnut has reigned supreme yet again.

The hotdog-eating champ took home first place at this year’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. It his 14th victory over the last 15 competitions.

Chestnut ate a record 76 hotdogs in 10 minutes, taking home the Mustard Belt and beating out second-place competitor Geoffrey Esper, who gulped down 50.

“This is what I love. I love eating in front of people and they love pushing me,” Chestnut said after the event.

Throughout his career at the contest, the frank-eating athlete has consumed 1,089 hot dogs, 30 of which he ate in the first three minutes of this year’s eat-off. This year’s 76 franks beats out Joey’s record of 75 at last year’s event, which had no fans in attendance.

The women’s competition was won by Michelle Lesco who ate 30¾ hot dogs. The previous champ Miki Sudo sat out because she is pregnant.


New Zealand has recorded the hottest June in over 110 years.

The average temperatures for the month were 2C higher than normal, with 24 separate locations in Aotearoa hitting their own records.

That makes this June New Zealand’s warmest since NIWA started recording temperature in 1909.

The warmth was right across the country. However, it was particularly warm in Motueka, near the top of the South Island, where the mean temperature of 10.8C was 3.2C higher than the town’s 1981-2010 average.

Of the six main regions, Auckland was the warmest and sunniest, Tauranga was the wettest, Christchurch was the coldest and driest, and Dunedin was the least sunny.

The highest temperature recorded was in Hastings (Hawke’s Bay) and Leigh (North Auckland) with both places reaching 22C on different days of the month.

NIWA puts the increase in temperatures down to above-normal sea-level air pressure to the east of the country and climate change.

Northland is currently building New Zealand’s largest solar farm.

Last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern turned the first sod of dirt as the build commenced.

The $30 million farm is being set up near Pukenui in the Far North. The farm will power around 3000 local homes when it is completed, which developers hope will be in the next six months.

But it is not only energy – the development will also create jobs, with the $30m spend split roughly 50/50 on gear and labour.

However, the project can claim the country’s biggest solar farm project only for the moment. There are a number of solar farms being planned which will be bigger than this one.

The farm’s expected to last 30 years.