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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One in six couples experience infertility in the UK

Chief medical officer urges Lords to legalise 'three-parent' IVF

Dame Sally Davies said that tests showed the procedure would be safe

A study has shown that Dry-roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than those that are 'raw'

Children fed peanuts are less likely to develop an allergy, study claims

Lead scientist: 'Our findings suggest that the previous advice was incorrect'

The findings come from a language analysis of more than 900,000 online reviews, comparing the wording people used in giving good and bad reviews, as judged by how many stars they gave to a restaurant

Diners associate fine restaurants with sexual pleasure, say scientists

But cheap eateries are more associated with drug addiction

The CIA is worried that a foreign power may develop the ability to manipulate the global climate in way that cannot be detected, a leading climatologist has claimed

CIA: Foreign powers may develop ability to manipulate the global climate undetected

Officials are worried foreign countries may develop geoengineering - the deliberate manipulation of the global climate

A scientist looks at a section of the Cern Large Hadron Collider during maintenance works in 2013 in Meyrin

Hadron collider set for triumph ‘bigger than Higgs boson’

An upgrade will allow the particle accelerator to work at even higher energies than were used for the discovery of the Higgs boson

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

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