Matthew Du Plessis

Matthew du Plessis is the Mail & Guardian's former managing editor and chair of the Adamela Trust. He writes on the environment, dinosaurs, particle accelerators, evolutionary anthropology, genomics and super-continental fields of molten lava.

Inside Facebook’s big bet on Africa

New undersea cables will massively increase bandwidth to the continent

Easter eggs from the most South African dinosaur

After years of data processing at the Wits laboratory, one evolutionary scientist has constructed a 3D model of a baby Massospondylus

The vax revolution will be filmed

New tech is poised to help vaccines last longer and reach many more people with far less fuss

Grass roots of Ice-Age extinctions

Mammoths and sabre-tooth cats once roamed the continent, but were our ancient ancestors responsible for their disappearance?

Jurassic parkour in SA lava fields

After stumbling on mention of tracks in a dissertation from the 1960s, scientists are shedding new light on the dinosaurs that hotfooted it through SA’s prehistoric past

Bionic mushrooms are a thing now

Scientists have the technology (and apparently the inclination) to make fungus better, stronger, faster

New light on old civilisations

Scientists are remapping the stories of ancient civilisations by shooting them with lasers

Bug evolution thrown into Chaos

Super-strains of bacteria need a new nemesis, and scientists reckon they’ve found one

Laziness: Lifeline or death knell?

Sluggish snails prevailed, but Homo erectus may have died out because, honestly, why bother?

Set course for the heart of the Sun

They promise the earth and never deliver, but sometimes the world’s leaders give us the sun, the moon and the stars

Uh oh, there’s a disorderly Deadpool in the gene pool

CRISPR-Cas9’s responsible use has been welcomed as an important stride in medical research and molecular biology

Oh great, even more water on Mars

We used to laugh at the idea that Mars had canals — now it turns out there’s a whole fricking lake

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