Bionic mushrooms are a thing now

Matthew du Plessis

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

​Bacteria turn sewage into clean water and electricity in self-powered plant

Sipho Kings

A microbial fuel cell can process sewage on a small or very large scale and solve the problem of water treatment, some five years from now.

Your toilet is cleaner than the kitchen - health study

Phyllis Mbanje

A new study has found that your kitchen counter is more likely to be contaminated by disease-causing bacteria than the handle of your toilet.

Fears of new deadly virus mount

James Meikle

Health authorities fret at the prospect of a global outbreak similar to the 2003 Sars crisis.

Enzyme teaches bacteria to resist drugs

Sipho Kings

A new strain of drug-resistant bacteria has made landfall in South Africa.