D. Quest: Science for South Africa

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Quest: Science for South Africa is a full-colour, quarterly, popular science magazine aimed specifically at the youth and the general public who have an interest in the sciences. It aims to present the country's (South Africa's) foremost scientific work in an accessible form and can be used to support curricula work at various levels and institutions.

Peer-Review Status: Non-Peer Reviewed

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    Quest Volume 20 Number 1
    (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2024-03-28) Moodley, Deshen; Meyer,Tommie; Boshoff,Zoe; Watson-Saes, Nanette; Basson,Wilda; Duvenage,Engela; Nield,David
    AI in Africa: Realities, challenges and solutions; You and I; we and AI: Knowingly and unknowingly, we are increasingly using AI in everyday life; THREAT2023 Conference: Navigating cyber threats and AI opportunities for a brighter digital future; AI for better TB diagnostics: Diagnosing Tuberculosis is challenging, but AI is making things easier; Large Language Models (LLMs):Taking a look at the heavyweight contenders; Whose jobs will AI replace?: Here’s why a clerk in Ethiopia has more to fear than one in California; Nanodiagnostics: A revolution in disease management; A REFRESHing journey: ...to discover SA’s freshwater fish parasites; Collaring Himalayan brown bears: South African veterinarian part of collaborative effort; The future of microbiome-based therapeutics: It’s all in your gut; A spice as medicine: The possible role of turmeric in treating Parkinson’s disease; Nanotech pioneer: Prof Nyokong to receive sixth Honorary Doctorate; First underground lab for Africa in Du Toitskloof mountains: – accessed via the Huguenot tunnel; Clinical trials find firstever safe and effective TB treatment: preventing multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis in children and adults; Remove microplastics from drinking water: There’s a surprisingly simple way; Media reviews: AI text-to-image generators; Subscription
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    Quest Volume 19 Number 4
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2023-12-14) van Rensburg, Johnny Jansen; Namawejje, Hellen; Seetharam, Yudhvir; de Wit, Christo; Hansson, Johan; Mngwengwe, Luleka; Lugongolo, Masixole; Mthunzi-Kufa, Patience
    Money 101: Going from pocket money to a salary, a budget and life savings; The basics of the economy – and you: From inflation to interest rates to tax...; The not-so stoic investor: Your personality and emotions play a role in investing; ChatGPT and investing: Can ChatGPT help me to invest?; Crypto isn’t dead: The basics of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investment; Opinion piece: Only degrowth can save us; 2023 NSTF Brilliants Programme: Turning a scientific idea into a business; Pollen-savvy with AI:SA scientists using Artificial Intelligence to improve pollen forecasts; Citizen bird science in KNP: Citizen science and satellite data shed light on bird diversity in Kruger National Park; The light electric: Photonics and electronics is all around you; Ocean-friendly shark fence: Eco-friendly shark barrier technology from South Africa installed in the Bahamas; Biodiversity Biobanks: An insurance policy for the future of nature; FameLab 2023 winner: AI researcher crowned SA’s top young science communicator; Solve for Tomorrow schools competition: Winning school showcases innovative pothole solution; Ancient diamonds: Old diamonds shine light on the evolution of Earth’s continents; Electric minibus taxis: On the bumpy road to electric mobility in SA; South African women in science, take a bow!:2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science winners announced;
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    Quest Volume 19 Number 3
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2023) Nzuza, Sinegugu; Ombinda-Lemboumba, Saturnin; Lugongolo, Masixole; Mthunzi-Kufa, Patience; Takalana, Charles; Kubheka, Duduzile; Viviers, Alma; Tiki, Zodwa; Moleboge, Lekoloane; Bell, Lebohang,Teboho; Tsekoa, Tsepo; Chikwamba, Rachel; Moralo, Maabo; Pillay, Priyen; Kathrada, Fatima; Marimuthu, Thashree
    Generation SPACE: South Africa’s contribution to a new generation of space exploration; SA’s first National Space Conference: Celebrating South Africa’s ‘brilliant’ space future; A celestial journey: From stargazing in Ancient Africa to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) era; The #AfricaLookup campaign: Protecting our dark skies; Science in (Karoo) silence: Breaking ground on the future of ground-breaking space science; Turning stars into stories: The power of the naked eye to observe celestial objects; Careers focus: Exploring careers in astronomy and space science: Schools competition!; Win a trip to visit the SKA-Mid site in the Karoo; The power of solid-state lasers: A new way of exploring nature; Africa’s big dream: Making our own vaccines: Breaking barriers, blooming strength: Towards women’s health empowerment; NSTF Brilliants Programme winner profile: Matimba Manganyi is ready to join Generation SPACE; Chandrayaan-3: India puts lunar rover on the moon’s south pole - a historic first; Moon base incoming: South Africa joins China’s International Lunar Research Station; Home grown satellites: Dragonfly Aerospace ensures EOS SAT-1 sustainability with Neuraspace partnership.
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    Quest Volume 19 Number 2
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2023-06-30) Pandarum, Aradhna; Fatti, Christina Culwick; Khanyile, Samkelisiwe; Mashamba, Eve; Skosana, Amogelang; Mambane, Mncedisi; Mpye, Keleabetswe Lerato; Crompton, Rod; Young, Bruce; Mugadza, Alois Aldridge; Hlangwani, Edwin; Mpofu, Kelvin; Mthunzi-Kufa, Patience; Bragg, Robert; Swart, Wanja; McCarlie, Samantha; Naicker, Kerishnee
    Contents: South Africa’s energy transition - An overall analysis of what a just transition would (and should) mean for the country: The national power crisis - Going off the grid works for the wealthy - but could deepen injustice for the poor: Global and local energy crises?: - A look at what is meant by an energy crisis, and the shared responsibility of energy conservation: Green hydrogen - Sounds like a win for developing countries, but cost and transport are problems: Water-Energy-Food (WEF) - The challenges of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus in South Africa: From waste to watts -Leveraging agrowaste to address South Africa’s power crisis: Hello Iani! - South African sedimentologist part of team to discover new species of dinosaur in Utah: Using nanophotonic biosensors - Laser light used for advanced disease detection: The approaching storm... - ...of disinfectant resistance: ZA App Alert! - Looking at two new proudly South African apps: Winning essays - The first “Welcome to the Blue Planet” competition shows SA youth has tons of promise: Yellow jacket wasps, zoomed in - Using microscopy to see fascinating details on the bodies and wings of wasps: Apple takes on VR - The Vision Pro is billed as the first ‘spatial computer’: Deceptive daisy - Clever flower’s ability to create fake flies finally explained: ’Ghost’ imaging - SA team makes giant leap towards a 3D quantum camera: Medicinal mushroom - Matie student identifies species of medicinal mushroom endemic to Knysna forest: Book review: Subscription:
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    Quest Volume 19 Number 1
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2023-03) Smit, Janine; Adebo, Oluwafemi; Fouche, Daleen; Cunnama, Daniel; Prevec, Rose; Kariuki, Thomas; Marincola, Elizabeth; le Roux, Aliza
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    Quest Volume 18 Number 4
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022-12) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    Hot origins: The ancient history of natural glass - Master of disguise: The ubiquitous nature of glass - Zero-carbon glass? SA upping its circular economy game with glass innovations - At the cutting edge of glass manufacturing: From ‘lightweighting’ to innovative energy reductions - State-of-the-ART glass festival wows in Italy Venice, the home of glass art, this year partnered with Milan to celebrate the Italian Glass Weeks - Get the scoop on mental health (and healthy poop)! Our microbiome can play a significant role in our mental health - True mental health recovery for young South Africans - with the help of our peers: Making the case for a recovery approach to mental healthcare - Backing the bugs: To control South Africa’s water weeds - Young Scientist Profile: Young scientist visits with Nobel Laureates - The “How to get ahead during and after school” series: Part 3 - Grade 12, a survival kit and life after school - Back to the moon! - Six South African women scientists receive awards from L’Oreal and UNESCO - UFS geography lecturer joins research expedition to Marion Island - Bio-inspired nanofibres: Weaving biological tissue with nanomedicine to repair brains - A truly global effort to battle Parkinson’s disease: South African doctors and researchers partnering with counterparts all over the world
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    Quest Volume 18 Number 3
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022-09) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    The value of small-scale fisheries - Traditional fishing methods of Africa - Estuarine fisheries - Invasion of the Nile tilapia - A new way to count great white sharks - The potential for using forward contracts for fish stock - Women, STEMI, and Career Scientist Barbie dolls - Edible insects? How smart! - Rooibos skincare revitalised by nano-tech - Cervical cancer is a disease of inequity - Young scientist Interview: Rubbing shoulders with Nobel laureates - The “How to get ahead during and after school” series - First image of Milky Way black hole - Sterkfontein Caves 1 million years older than thought - First images from the James Webb Space Telescope – Book review – Call for articles – Subscription.
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    Quest Volume 18 Number 2 2022
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022-06) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    Getting the basics right: What are basic sciences and what do they mean for South Africa’s sustainability goals? - The science of stories, and the stories of science: ”Let me tell you a story...” - Bird is the word: The power of birding, birders and citizen science - Dung beetle guts!: A look at the critters that live inside other critters - Water services, South African law and your health: The role of science in legislation and service delivery - South African local, provincial and national government: A shared responsibility for adequate service delivery - Pushing the boundaries of SA wheat genetics: Genome sequencing for enhanced food security - The journey of a young science communicator: Building climate change resilience with the people, for the people - Air pollution in South Africa: Why are the WHO air quality guidelines important? - The “How to get ahead during and after school” series: Part 1 - South Africa: Are we making any progress?: Looking at our education goals and the National Development Plan - Space travel and the human immune system - Snowfall in the Sahara - What does it mean to be an environmental health campaigner? - Teacup artwork highlights environmental issues - Working to alleviate succulent poaching - Book Reviews: Africa’s digital future: From theory to action - Vision never dies - Call for articles - Subscription.
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    Quest Volume 18 Number 1 2022
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    Seismic surveys: what constitutes meaningful consultation? - Research in Africa to tackle the climate crisis: Bringing different expertise together - The role of language in climate conversations: Powerful tools to change human behaviour - How do people with disabilities struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic? Challenges that need to be overcome - Did health make it into the COP26 conversation? Talk the talk, but no walk the walk - Dust storms in South Africa: How research informs public awareness - Coronavirus in sewerage: How wastewater tells us where the next outbreak may be - Wonders of the Namib desert: Life you cannot easily see and the unexplainable - Explore the interactive digital landscape of the STEMulator: Explore the inside of a CT scanner or aeroplane - South Africa’s newest space satellites - Teacup artwork highlight environmental issues.
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    Quest Volume 17 Number 4 2021
    (Quest Volume 17 Number 4 2021, 2021-12) Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    The conclusion of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November 2021 disappointed a lot of participants and campaigners from various countries. The key change in the agreement, known as the Glasgow Climate Pact, called for an acceleration of efforts towards the ‘phase down’ – rather than the ‘phase out’ – of unabated coal power. South Africa was one of the countries that had objected to the ‘phase out’ version of the agreement, given that more than 80% of our electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. Making the transition would be enormously costly in terms of both financial resources and job losses, said the CEO of Eskom, so they are pursuing a Just Energy Transition Strategy. The theme of this issue of Quest –is the final one with Sue Matthews as Editor –it focuses on renewable energy. Briefly here are the topics covered: South Africa’s power generation plans are out of date; WASA 3 winds up; Dust, clouds and solar power; Renewable hydrogen and many more.
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