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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.
Bionic mushrooms are a thing now
Bionic mushrooms are a thing now
Before Hollywood’s preoccupation with turning old TV shows into awful movies had run its course, there was an attempt by comedian Jim Carrey to...
Eish, robot: The road to mecha
Eish, robot: The road to mecha
Not all of the side hustles of the average tech billionaire are batshit crazy. They are as varied as they are ambitious, and some are even...
Space beanstalk set to doom Earth
Space beanstalk set to doom Earth
The story of the space elevator is one you already know. Here is the executive summary: Jack, beanstalk, castle, giant, oh look a magic goose that...
New light on old civilisations
New light on old civilisations
Mapungubwe, where the Shashe river meets the Limpopo, the Inca Empire of South America, the Kingdom of Greater Zimbabwe and the Mayan city states...
Bug evolution thrown into Chaos
Bug evolution thrown into Chaos
Things that have been used to combat bacterial infections: Bread. Honey. Doorknobs. Antibiotics. Viruses. Lasers. And now: an anti-evolutionary...
Laziness: Lifeline or death knell?
Laziness: Lifeline or death knell?
Paleoanthropologists said last week that laziness led to the extinction of one of humanity’s close cousins. But now evolutionary biologists have...
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...