Mathew Ingram

Mathew Ingram

The Internet
I'm the chief digital writer for the Columbia Journalism Review
Nov
28

A 48,500-year-old virus revived from the permafrost

Seven types of viruses that have lain frozen in the Siberian permafrost for thousands of years have been revived. The
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Nov
25

Emperor Charles V's code cracked after 500 years

A team of researchers have cracked a five century-old code that reveals a rumoured French plot to kill the Roman
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Nov
24

This company is trying to recreate extinct animals

The Jurassic Park movies made it pretty obvious that bringing ancient creatures back to life was a very bad idea,
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Nov
23

This common parasite could make people more attractive

The idea that a parasite can cause its host to engage in certain kinds of behavior is not new – a
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Nov
22

Inside the beautiful, brutal world of bonsai

In the winter of 2002, a young American named Ryan Neil joined an unusual pilgrimage: he and several others flew
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Nov
21

She fell nearly two miles, got up and walked away

Just before noon on Christmas Eve in 1971, Juliane Diller, then 17, and her mother boarded a flight in Lima.
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Nov
18

Oldest known sentence discovered, on a lice comb

It’s a simple sentence that captures the hopes and fears of modern-day parents as much as the bronze age
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Nov
17

An investigation into the rise of what some call "Pretendians"

In June of 2018, artist Gina Adams took the stage at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She talked nervously about
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Nov
16

The silent-film star who laid the foundation for cellular networks

If you're a hard-core nerd, you probably already know this, but for those who don't, it's a fascinating story: In
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Nov
15

Most of our past theories about Egyptian mummies are wrong

Egyptian mummies, long an object of modern fascination, seem to link us with the ancient past by preserving distinct human
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