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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The territories and estimated numbers of uncontacted tribes around the world

We need to make contact with isolated Amazon tribes, say academics

Should official policy on ‘uncontacted’ peoples be changed?

A security officer stands guard over a burning pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory in Africa

Two geographical 'hotspots' in Africa account for 85 per cent of illegal elephant poaching, DNA study finds

The identification of the geographical origins of the ivory trade could help to channel anti-poaching resources more effectively

(FILE IMAGE) Research has found that Kennewick man is more closely related to living indigenous people than any other known group

Kennewick man: DNA taken from 8,500 year-old skeleton found to be related to nearby native American tribe

The skeleton became one of the most controversial figures in American anthropology when tribes living in the region claimed that he was an ancestor

A child suffering from malaria lies on a hospital in Tanzania

Scientists develop new malaria drug that treats symptoms and prevents infection being transmitted

Researchers estimated that the new drug could eventually be sold for less than $1 a dose

2 per cent of wild bee species now account for 80 per cent of global crop pollination

Wild bees 'just as important as honeybees' for pollinating food crops

Honeybee colonies around the world have collapsed

The light was so intense it could be seen with the naked eye even though it was on the atomic scale

Scientists use graphene to create the world's smallest light bulb

The miracle material is a near-perfect conductor of electricity

The Sumatran tiger is one of the species that would benefit from the suggested policy

Raising palm oil prices could help to save endangered tigers and orangutans, study claims

If money raised from a price premium on palm oil went towards conservation, the habitats of some of the world's rarest species could be protected

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James Dyson takes on the taboo of 'toilet plume'

Dyson's PR claims droplets from flushing can carry diseases and viruses

There is enough data stored in DNA molecules of every life-form alive to occupy capacity of a billion trillion supercomputers, say scientists

'DNA is the fundamental molecule of life and by extent all biological processes that take place in the world are encoded in this molecule'

A model of a Yamnaya, the people who came to northern Europe about 5,000 years ago

Our European ancestors brought farming, languages and a love of dairy, study shows

Thousands of Bronze Age migrants from the Caucuses came to northern Europe in a major movement of prehistoric people in the third millennium BC

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