Supernova: The mag for curious kids

Power

First published in Supernova, the mag for curious kids volume 1, issue 1 in 2011. Reproduced with kind permission from BK Publishing.   Words by Dina Steyn ‘Power’ or, as it is sometimes called, ‘energy’ is an important part of modern life.  We use electricity to power everything from computers to …

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postgraduates: having your dissertation edited

Writing a dissertation takes planning and perseverance. Although it’s tempting, don’t stop planning once you’ve reached your final draft. Plan ahead for the language editing of your thesis. Dissertations have two seasons: the dry season and the monsoon. If you’re aiming to submit your dissertation by the end or the …

stand against the abuse of ‘during’

I have a dislike of repeat offenders. They are the insidious mistakes that creep in and infect people who write, say, reports. It spreads to different writers and their little encampments  of language terror hide all over a range of documents. The worst is when you start asking yourself if they’re right …

we remember differently nominated for Alan Paton Award

I’ve always casually taken note of the nominations for the Alan Paton Award, but this is the first year where I’ve followed the proceedings closely. Last year (2012) I worked in the Unisa Press books department as an editorial assistant while the usual occupant of the desk and (very comfortable) chair …

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