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Supernova 3.6

In this issue:

  • Smallest dinosaurs
  • Women inventors, Atoms
  • N|u – a threatened San language
  • Circus acrobatics
  • Turtles of South Africa
  • Paying it forward



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Ever heard of the butterfly effect? One tiny beat of a butterfly’s wings causes the air around them to move. Now imagine that ripple in the air moves faster and faster, gathering more and more air around it to create a breeze, then a strong wind and eventually a hurricane on the other side of the world. It’s a metaphor for how even our smallest actions can have great consequences in our lives.

Dinosaurs may not be around anymore, but even the smallest dino to ever exist had a great purpose in the circle of life. Imagine that? Without microraptors, for example, all those pre-historic rats would’ve overrun the place. Now that’s one really scary consequence!

The atom is rather tiny too. In fact, it’s so small you can’t even see it through a microscope. Yet atoms make up everything around us. What’s more, if you split an atom (very difficult to do, so don’t worry), it creates an explosion. Seems like the butterfly effect skipped a few steps there and went straight for destruction!

Speaking of dynamite in small packages, and seeing as August is Women’s Month, there have been many women who have taken their ideas and turned them into things that changed the world forever. We may be seen as the ‘fairer sex’, but we sure can make a difference!

What have you done today that can make the world a better place? Write to me and let me know about those small actions that made a big difference!

Editor: Andrea Vermaak
ISBN: 9772224144204-00306
Genre: Children’s Magazine
Ages: 9-14


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Dimensions 19.5 × 27 cm