Inside our latest issue: Quest Vol. 20 No 2

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Quest Vol 20.2

From the Editor: My eyes were opened to the mind-boggling implications of gene editing after I watched a YouTube video seven years ago by Kurzgesagt, which was titled ‘Genetic engineering

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Quest Vol 20.1 – Opening AI

In this edition, aptly titled “Opening AI,” we embark on an illuminating journey to demystify the realities, dangers, opportunities, and limitations of AI, with a keen focus on its implications

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Quest Vol 19 No. 3 – Generation SPACE

From the Editor: It is becoming clear that we have indeed entered a new era of space exploration and innovation, both commercially and at the nation-state level. No surprise then, that many young people are dreaming of a career “amongst the stars”. After all, it is today’s youth who will be exploring the cosmos tomorrow. That is why we decided to create a special space- and astronomy focused edition of QUEST, with the theme “Generation SPACE”.

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All South African school are invited to enter the competition.

Winners of SA IYBSSD School Competition announced

ASSAf (Academy of Science of South Africa), representing the DSI (Department of Science and Innovation) and NRF (National Research Foundation), is delighted to announce the winners of the aforementioned competition, which was launched on 14 March 2022, on the UNESCO International Day of Mathematics under the theme “Mathematics Unites.” This special day not only celebrates the power of mathematics in our world but also provided an opportunity to engage South African school learners as part of the UN (United Nations) International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD).

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Quest Vol 19 No 2 – Power and Nature

From the Editor: Power and nature are on every body’s lips these days. With Eskom’s loadshedding, power– or rather the lack of power – is a constant topic of conversation for South Africans. And for many, it is also a daily struggle. Similarly, due to Climate Change, there is an increasing awareness of the need to live sustainably in order to conserve our planet’s nature and its resources.

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Genetics 2.0

My eyes were opened to the mind-boggling implications of gene editing after I watched a YouTube video seven years ago by Kurzgesagt, which was titled ‘Genetic engineering will change everything forever – CRISPR’. You can watch it here. CRISPR is of course a reference to the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique discovered by Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, which allows for the easy, fast and cheap editing of an organism’s genetic material, or DNA. Read more