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

All 149 people on board the flight were killed (EPA)

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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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions