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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Lightning over central London as major storms kept the city awake overnight

Lightning storms: Why you can blame a 'kink' in the jet stream

It may be cool in America's eastern states, but Britain is suffering from Spain's humid heat

A study has found that, on average, close friends are likely to be as genetically related to one another as fourth cousins who share the same great, great, great grandparents

DNA tests prove your close friends are probably distant relatives

Professor Fowler and his colleague Nicholas Christakis analysed DNA to see how different or similar each member of a pair was to one another

Plastic beads are often invisible to the naked eye and can enter the food chain via fish

Microplastic waste: This massive (tiny) threat to sea life is now in every ocean

Researchers warn that only drastic action to eliminate it at source will protect marine wildlife for future generations
The baby's mother was not herself diagnosed with HIV until the time of the birth

No end yet in sight for scourge: Setback to Aids battle as child tests positive again

Doctors in Mississippi confirmed yesterday that the child, who was born in 2010, now has detectable traces of HIV in its bloodstream

Scientists have found that being a smart primate is down to genes rather than upbringing

Nature rather than nurture governs intelligent behaviour in primates, scientists discover

The findings could be important for the understanding of human intelligence and cognitive abilities

The starling is one of 15 bird species whose decline in population has been linked to pesticide use in the Netherlands

Increased use of controversial pesticides linked directly to decline of bird species, scientists show

The results will increase the pressure on the UK Government to change its relaxed stance on neonicotinoids

An artist’s impression of Pelagornis sandersi, which could fly great distances

Wingspan of the largest bird in history revealed by new scientific study

The bird, named Pelagornis sandersi, lived about 25 million or 28 million years ago

Volcanic ash, such as that from the Eyjafjoell volcano in Iceland which erupted in 2010, can find its way into the Antarctic ice sheet

The history of the planet's biggest volcanic explosions - deep in the ice of Antarctica

Scientists have been able to trace the history of volcanic eruptions over the last 2,000 years by analysing deposits of sulphate dust in a series of ice cores drilled deep into the West Antarctic ice sheet

Yoshihiro Kawaoka's study has yet to be published

US scientist Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka's mutated H1N1 flu virus 'poses a threat to human population if it should escape,' says critic

Professor Stanley Plotkin says serious questions remain about the validity of the research into mutated forms of the 2009 pandemic flu virus

Yoshihiro Kawaoka's study has yet to be published

Controversial American scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka criticised over safety levels of research into pandemic H1N1 flu virus

He created a virus that could render the human immune system defenceless

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam