Simon Usborne

Simon Usborne is a features writer at The Independent and i.

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Female students attend an anatomy class in 1880s Sweden

Public anatomy classes return: Can they escape the shadow of the bodysnatchers?

In the 19th century, when dissection was considered public entertainment, demand for bodies was booming with advances in medicine. People used to dig up fresh graves, and some even murdered others to supply corpses


The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

So why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
A case for Mulder and Scully? David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in ‘The X-Files’

The new X-Files: Can Mulder and Scully pull it off in a more cynical, post-Snowden era?

Plans for a new series of the 'The X-Files' have excited fans of the original show, Simon Usborne among them
Hard line: migrants queue for food in Calais

Why Ukhip is in no danger of being confused with Farage's party

Its purple and yellow logo may look familiar, but Ukhip helps hundreds of refugees in Calais

Brave mission: Omar Gabbar’s medical team in Syria now has 200 volunteers

Omar Gabbar: The surgeon fighting to save the shattered Syrian health system

As his homeland enters a fifth year of civil war, UK-based surgeon Omar Gabbar is fighting to bring care where others dare not

Don’t believe the wipe: wet wipes don’t break down as easily as paper, so they end up clogging sewers and causing floods

Soaring sales of wet wipes have contributed to increase in debris on beaches and 'fatbergs'

Simon Usborne investigates why we've become so obsessed with the moist squares of pseudo cloth, and what impact they are having on our environment

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

First democratically elected leader of Maldives jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges

Mohamed Nasheed's imprisonment has led to calls for protest and an international tourism boycott

Boss Tim Cook says it's time for the Apple Watch. But what can it do that we can’t do without?

Apple is launching a revival of the watch - but how do we really tell the time in the digital age?

Simon Usborne explores the cultural, historical and scientific significance of ticks and tocks

'Jihadi John': Why do we give notorious criminals nicknames?

Simon Usborne asks the experts whether these monikers make the grim sound glamorous

Bytes, camera, action: Leehom Wang in ‘Blackhat’

Cyber-crime thriller Blackhat used a former hacker to teach the cast to code

Mathematician and hacker Chris McKinlay seized the opportunity to help director Michael Mann achieve something film-makers often get really wrong

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Bradley Cooper is terrific
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When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
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Fashion's Cher moment

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Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
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'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
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German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral