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 2.8 million-year-old human jaw bone fossil found in Ethiopia

African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years

Incomplete mandible with teeth was found by Ethiopian graduate student Chalachew Seyoum

People are often confused by flu-like symptoms

Flu is much less common in adults than you might think

Scientists claim adults over 30 might get it twice a decade

Studies into long-term use of paracetomol have found it can have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system and the kidneys

Paracetamol should come with warnings about possible long-term health risks, say scientists

Paracetamol is widely considered to be a safe pain killer

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the pelvic region of a man with prostate cancer (orange at centre)

Prostate cancer sufferers may need healthy-looking cells treated too

Healthy-looking cells next to prostate tumours are actually harbouring genetic mutations

Soldiers seen during exercises on search, rescue and evacuation of a Soyuz TMA spacecraft; the exercises are conducted by air forces of Russia's Central Military District

British Antarctic researchers used to test effects of prolonged space travel

'The Antarctic allows us to simulate space flight without actually going into space'

Nuts are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, fibre, vitamins, and may protect against heart disease

More peanuts in the diet could reduce premature death in the world's poorest

The first time that scientists have looked at peanut consumption in different racial groups

The dress can be seen in different colours

Black and blue, or white and gold? The Independent's science editor gives the definitive verdict

One person’s “white” may actually be another person’s “light blue” when seen next to a different background or under different lighting conditions

A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction

Could full body transplants really be possible within two years?

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Over 20 per cent of people between 50 and 60 have blood cells marked with the same DNA mutations found in leukaemia cells

DNA develops to acquire genetic mutations linked with cancer as you get older, says study

Scientists estimated that over 20 per cent of people between 50 and 60 have blood cells marked with the same DNA mutations found in leukaemia cells

Space Invaders, one of the 49 classic Atari games that the Deep Q-network has mastered

New artificial intelligence can learn how to play vintage video games from scratch

The Deep Q-network has learned to play Space Invaders and Breakout

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own