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Of the famous big five, the lion is king. It’s known by many names: the king of the jungle, simba, and its scientific name panthera leo.

Can You Invent a Totally New Language?

Have you ever tried to invent a totally new language? Learn about the two major types of conlangs, artlangs and auxillary languages!

Snail Racing

You don’t need to be fast to be a world racing champion. Just ask Herbie 2. He is the current world champion and a snail! Herbie 2, owned by Colin Voss from Histon in Cambridgeshire, won the World Snail Racing Championships on 16 July 2016. Herbie 2 covered the 33cm...


Trains! It wasn’t too long ago that most children wanted to be train drivers. In the days of huge steam engines, there was a great attraction to standing on the footplate, driving the few thousand horsepower of thundering, steaming, smoking, whistling and...

Supernova’s 50th Issue: What to Expect

Supernova is celebrating its 50th issue! That’s right – the big 50. We’ve been planning this issue from before the lockdown. It’s filled with interesting articles for everyone! Here’s a sneak peek of what you can find in this issue. Supernova Issue 50 Photo feed on...

South African UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Anyone up for a road trip? Are you in? Let’s go!Our country is full of rich and diverse cultural, historical and natural elements. There are many wonderful places you can visit. You don’t just have to go overseas to experience the magic of new places. Eight great...

Easter Island and the Moai

The Moai statues, commonly known as the Easter Island heads, have always held great mystery. I was fortunate enough to see these enormous heads up close and learn what has been discovered about them. Megaliths The Moais are megaliths. In other words, each statue is a...

Discovering the History of Dogs

We all love our pets. Life just wouldn’t be the same without them. But did you know that dogs weren’t always tame? In fact, according to scientists, dogs originally descended from the grey wolf between 10 000 and 30 000 years ago. The first dogs There is no doubt that...

Proverbs and Phrases

Proverbs are short sayings that give advice or warnings. Here are some well-known proverbs and phrases, their meanings and where they come from. You may be surprised by what you learn! A bad hair day This is a day when everything seems to go wrong. It was first used...

Books, Books, Books!

A nose for books There is actually a name for ‘old book smell’! If you enjoy catching a whiff of those yellowed, dusty pages of old books, it’s called ‘bibliosmia’. Scientists can estimate the age of a book by just sniffing its pages. This is called...

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Win a Dragon Rider hamper!

Win a Dragon Rider hamper!

Supernova is calling all the great young artists of SA to send us your best dragon drawing. You could win fantastic double tickets to see the new Dragon Rider movie, plus a cool hamper, all valued at R650!

Supernova Issue 48 Emag

Supernova Issue 48 Emag

Read the Supernova Issue 48 (vol 8.6) Emag for free, exclusively on SN Online. Page through every awesome spread and...

South African Mysteries

South African Mysteries

Check out these spooky and unsolved South African mysteries. Share your own mad mystery with us and you could win a Scoob hamper!

Free Supernova Emag 49

Free Supernova Emag 49

Read the Supernova Issue 49 (vol 9.1) Emag for free, exclusively on SN Online. Page through every awesome spread and read amazing articles!

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