Steve Connor

Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent and i. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; four times highly commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigations into the tobacco industry. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.

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Parents and research charities welcomed the deal struck over the weekend between the government and the vaccine’s manufacturers which means that the first babies could be inoculated as early as this September in time for the next meningitis season.

Meningitis B: Britain to offer a nationwide vaccination programme against disease

The illness is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis that kills one in ten infected babies and leaves many more maimed for life

Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Andreas Lubitz

Germanwings plane crash: ‘Murder-suicide’ cannot be explained as depression, say experts

Events from Andreas Lubitz's chequered past have been used to suggest that this was an act of a deranged madman intent on mass murder

The Nasa/Esa Hubble’s images of six galaxy clusters which were observed to study how dark matter behaves when the clusters collide

The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists valuable insight into mystery of space

The genome research is the largest project of its kind

Mass sequencing of islanders’ genes will shed light on what triggers many common diseases

Icelandic genome study gives insight into disease

From friendly Scots to irritable Londoners: Plotting the UK’s psychological map

A survey of 400,000 people has found significant regional differences

A scientist takes a close look at wild solanum plants as they are harvested in Peru

Trials of GM ‘super spud’ scheduled after election due to public sensitivity

Field trials are expected to be announced in June

The Gulf Stream helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter, but is now slowing down faster than it ever has in the past 1000 years

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say

Gulf Stream stops Britain from freezing over in Winter

The Fieldbrook Stump, in California, not long after it was felled in 1890. Cuttings from it have been cultivated at the Eden Project

Reborn – the giant tree felled as a result of a bar-room wager

Clone of a redwood as tall as 30-storey house will be planted on Cornish coast

The genetically modified insects could wipe out many mosquito-borne diseases

Genetically engineering mosquitoes to end malaria could have 'unintended consequences'

Plan to spread malaria-resistant genes could backfire scientists warn

Map of the UK showing population clustering based on genetics, and its striking relationship with geography. Each of the genetic clusters is represented by a different symbol (combining shape and colour, with legend at the sides). The ellipses give a sense of the geographical range of each genetic cluster

New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years

White indigenous English people share about 40 per cent of their DNA with the French

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor