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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Visitors look at plastinated human bodies at 'Body - The Exhibition', in Sao Paulo, Brazil; the technology to store a high-resolution, three-dimensional copy of body organs and tissues already exists

Cadavers in the cloud would help doctors treat illness, claim scientists

A detailed 3D copy of your body could let your doctor diagnose illness or even rebuild body parts

A significant proportion of teenager are getting their first taste of nicotine from “vaping”

Fears that e-cigarettes are gateway drug as vaping outstrips puffing

36 per cent of 13- and 14-year-olds who had used e-cigarettes have never smoked a real cigarette

Digital objects like emails and pictures are becoming unreadable within a few years of being created as technology changes rapidly

Vint Cerf: The 21st century could become a digital black hole

"Unless we solve this, future centuries will wonder about us"

Plan to broadcast messages to alien worlds leaves cosmologists worrying

Astronomers consider sending radio signals to newly found habitable planets

The study estimates that 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped in the ocean each year

Plastic waste in ocean to increase tenfold by 2020

Study estimates that 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped in the ocean each year

Honey bees need a societal balance for colonies to survive and thrive

Bees in danger: Epidemic of colony collapses is linked to stressed out honeybees

When honeybees are under stress they respond by sending out the youngest workers

Mitochondrial donation involves the merging of three people’s DNA into a single embryo (Rex)

Three-parent embryos: Medical world falls out over eggs, cells and terminology

Professor claims terms are misnomers designed to make it easier for the public to accept the process

The “three-parent” technique for creating IVF babies free of mitochondrial disease could soon be offered to older women

Scientist who pioneered 'three-parent' IVF embryo technique now wants to offer it to older women trying for a baby

Exclusive: The doctor who pioneered the technique is pushing for it to be used for infertility in older women, raising hopes for millions. But its use beyond those suffering from mitochondrial diseases will provoke an ethical storm

Termite nests in Queensland, Australia. They allow rainwater to penetrate the soil in dry grasslands

Mounds of soil made by termites found to hold back encroachment of the desert, scientists find

The ground surrounding termite mounds stores nutrients and water, allowing plants to flourish while the empty, termite-free land further away dries out

Researchers analysed records since the beginning of the 18th century and concluded that evolution is still occurring

Humans are still evolving despite massive recent lifestyle changes, study finds

Falling death rates and a decrease in family size in the western world have not prevented Darwinian evolution from exerting its effect on the human gene pool

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