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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 18 Number 2 2022 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022-06)
    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 ...

  • Quest Volume 18 Number 1 2022 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2022)
    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 ...

  • Quest Volume 17 Number 4 2021 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Quest Volume 17 Number 4 2021, 2021-12)
    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. ...

  • Quest Volume 17 Number 3 2021 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2021)
    MRI: Quest takes a closer look at magnetic resonance imaging - Boosting computer performance: Atsufumi Hirohata explains how spintronics allow more efficient data storage - Magnetism in accelerator-based science: Gillian ...

  • Quest Volume 17 Number 2 2021 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2021)
    Acids, alkalis, and the pH scale: Andy Brunning, aka Compound Interest, puts us in the picture - Acidophiles: living in acid! Don Cowan gives an overview of microorganisms of acidic environments – AMD: Mauro Lourenco tells ...

  • Quest Volume 17 Number 1 2021 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2021)
    Whale song Fannie Shabangu tells us about the underwater melodies of ocean giants - Whistlers of the waves Tess Gridley reports on her team’s research on dolphin communication - Deep-sea drumming Dave Japp and Kerry Sink ...

  • Quest Volume 16 Number 4 2020 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Smit, Izak; Mooney, Paul Damian; Browning, Claire; Ruther, Heinz; Wessels, Stephen; Black, Wendy; Stobie, Cora Sabriel; Bates, Michael (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2020-11-30)
    Light Detection and Ranging (lidar): Where did lidar come from, and where’s it heading? - Lidar probes the atmosphere: Improving knowledge of clouds and aerosols - Shedding light on DVM: Satellite-based lidar measures ...

  • Quest Volume 16 Number 3 2020 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Cowan, Don; Pramlall, Sejal; Labuschagne, Kim; Bruton, Michael; Joubert, Annie (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2020)
    It’s freezing out there!: Quest explores the coldest places - Journey to the sea ice: Sejal Pramlall shares her experience in the Southern Ocean - Monitoring ice from space: Quest reports on remote sensing news - Microscopic ...

  • Quest Volume 16 Number 2 2020 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2020)
    Content: COVID-19 early warning systems: Quest reviews some options. Flood warnings: Natasha Ramdass reports on the eThekwini FEWS. Predicting drought: Piotr Wolski explains the complexities of drought early warning systems. ...

  • Quest Volume 16 Number 1 2020 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2020)
    This year has been declared the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations General Assembly, the idea is to raise awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the ...

  • Quest Volume 15 Number 4 2019 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2019)
    Protecting Paralympians: Investigating injury and illness in Paralympic athletes - A helping hand: Prosthetic hands developed at local universities - Tukkies for the hearing Impaired: University of Pretoria academics ...

  • Quest Volume 15 Number 3 2019  

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2019)
    Machine learning: Benjamin Rosman gives us an introductory overview - The rise of the machines in our quest to understand the universe: Michelle Lochner explains how machine learning is used in astronomy and cosmology - ...

  • Quest Volume 15 Number 2 2019  

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2019)
    MicroCT: An introduction to microcomputed tomography - Digital avatars new in taxonomers’ toolkit: Helen Swingler explains how microCT can be used in taxonomy - Looking inside a brooding brittle star: Jannes Landschoff ...

  • Quest Volume 15 Number 1 2019 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2019)
    The periodic table –past and present celebrating the 150th anniversary of the periodic table’s discovery - transition metals elements in groups 3 to 12 benefit society in a variety of ways - elements of a smartphone our ...

  • Quest Volume 14 Number 4 2018 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2018)
    On the cover on the brink of catastrophe the world is heading for meltdown, as the latest IPCC special report shows - IPCC 1.5°C report: here’s what the climate science says It’s going to be tough, but we can do it. By ...

  • Quest Volume 14 Number 3 2018 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2018)
    The science of everything Reinhard Hiller explains how our understanding of DNA and the human genome can improve medical care - Precision medicine – Moving away from one-size-fits-all Stefan Kohler discusses how precision ...

  • Quest Volume 14 Number 2 2018 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2018)
    COVER STORIES: Studying chimpanzee language: how chimpanzee language is teaching us about our own, by Michael Wilson. A landmark in African marine science: Mark Gibbon explains the new EAF Nansen Programme. Studying the ...

  • Quest Volume 14 Number 1 2018 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2018)
    Unlocking pinnacle point: from tape measure to tripod - Using novel technology to unlock the past - The Palaeo-Agulhas plain: An ice-Age refuge for Homo Sapiens Richard Cowling explains how early modern humans could survive ...

  • Quest Volume 13 Number 4 2017 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2017)
    A plague of plastics Morgan Trimble and Katherine Hutchinson look at plastic pollution - Seamester: South Africa’s University afloat postgraduate educationt sea. By Morgan Trimble and Katherine Hutchinson - Science at ...

  • Quest Volume 13 Number 3 2017 

    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2017)
    Conservation through film (Lize Joubert-van der Merwe shares her excitement around a conservation documentary); ‘First light’: Expansion of the radio astronomy network to Ghana (Lorenzo Reynard showcases Ghana’s role in ...

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