Steve Connor

Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. 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; twice 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 investigative journalism. 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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Giant asteroid unlikely to have created firestorms big enough to kill off dinosaurs, scientists say

Scientists believe that a giant asteroid hitting Earth would not be able to ignite a firestorm on a global scale

A ballistics expert using a microscope to help compile a report for Scotland Yard in 1927

Forensic science: How its use revolutionised the way we detect crime

Science Editor, Steve Connor, explains why forensic evidence has become so important

Scientists have identified words from inside the charred remains of a papyrus scroll

Ancient texts on papyrus scrolls damaged during 79AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius can be deciphered at last

Scientists use powerful X-ray to analyse nearly 2,000 year-old scrolls that cannot be unrolled without destroying them

Fancy a lie-in on weekends? New study finds it could lead obesity and diabetes

People with sleeping patterns which differ significantly between work days and rest days may suffer from a chronic metabolic disturbance that causes them to gain weight and to develop diabetes and other health problems

Doctors tried to revive the baby, after it became obvious that she had suffered extensive brain damage, by cooling her body for 72 hours

Organs from a recently-deceased baby successfully transplanted to two patients

It is the first time in Britain that transplant surgeons have carried out such an operation involving a new-born child

Casablanca was referenced as one of the films that produced some of the most long-lived influences

A film's popularity depends on how many references are made to it in future movies, according to new study

An analysis of nearly 15,500 films found that it was possible to predict which ones would be considered among the greatest ever made by looking at how often its themes, images or overall message are picked up by other directors

Jamie Grifo, the programme director of the New York University Fertility Centre

Three-parent baby pioneer Jamie Grifo: ‘The Brits will be ahead of the world’

Exclusive: Doctor behind first 'three-parent' babies insists technique is safe despite mother losing twins

Professor Colin Pillinger with a model of ‘Beagle 2’

Beagle 2 found: The 11-year mystery of the probe that did manage to land on Mars after all

The Beagle, which went missing Christmas Day 2003, landed on Mars but couldn't transmit a radio signal after failing to deploy its solar panels

Women are less likely to become scientists because of a 'misconceived idea of brilliance', study finds

Genius is seen in characters such as Sherlock Holmes, while female intelligence is shown as a result of hard work, exemplified by Hermione Granger

The start of the nuclear age began the 'Great Acceleration' of human progress

'The Anthropocene': The human epoch started with first atomic bomb test, scientists decide

The start of the nuclear age began the 'Great Acceleration' of human progress

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