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Matthew du Plessis

Matthew du Plessis

Matthew du Plessis is the Mail & Guardian's managing editor, and chairs the Adamela Trust, an NGO that administers journalism fellowships. He writes on science, technology and culture.
Set course for the heart of the Sun
Set course for the heart of the Sun
The story of space is a story of flag-waving and one-upmanship.
Uh oh, there’s a disorderly Deadpool in the gene pool
Uh oh, there’s a disorderly Deadpool in the gene pool
Precision genetic editing may be the most significant development in molecular biology in the past 50 years. It offers promising new therapies for...
Oh great, even more water on Mars
Oh great, even more water on Mars
Liquid water has been found on Mars! At least, scientists have discovered signs of liquid water. Or rather, some scientists are...
Apple a day keeps Grim Squeaker away*
Apple a day keeps Grim Squeaker away*
The life of a mouse may not seem especially consequential to you, but it matters to the mouse. And it matters to scientists who are trying to...
Mind control for little monsters
Mind control for little monsters
Parasites influence the behaviour of their hosts. It is known. The tapeworm that cultivates rash behaviour in its host. The tiny bug that emboldens...
Is maths any of their beeswax?
Is maths any of their beeswax?
Bees were once thought to be geniuses, natural architects with supernatural mastery over mathematics. This reputation came in for a good kicking a...
Homeopathic space travel isn’t rocket science
Homeopathic space travel isn’t rocket science
Oscillococcinum — the homeopathic flu remedy concocted from duck or goose liver — doesn’t work. Its proponents may disagree vehemently, but the evidence for its lack of efficacy is compelling. In this it shares a direct parallel with the latest developments in propulsion...
Hunt for the octopus from space
Hunt for the octopus from space
Studies suggesting that the humble octopus might be from outer space have seized the attention of would-be xenobiologists.
From bored to board
From bored to board
There is a show being produced for Kenyan television that turns the issue of African migration to Europe on its head by depicting the opposite...
English has stolen from too many cultures to count
English has stolen from too many cultures to count
If language is wine upon the lips, as Virginia Woolf once told her husband over a bottle of Blue Nun, English in SA must be a bottle of Tassenberg:...
Toilet trouble leaves Rammulotsi on the edge of its seat
Toilet trouble leaves Rammulotsi on the edge of its seat
In the week leading up to the local government elections, the unenclosed toilets built in Rammulotsi, near Viljoenskroon in the Free State, have...