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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Lo-tech solution: close the lid first to avoid flush-borne bacteria

James Dyson takes on the taboo of 'toilet plume'

Dyson's PR claims droplets from flushing can carry diseases and viruses

There is enough data stored in DNA molecules of every life-form alive to occupy capacity of a billion trillion supercomputers, say scientists

'DNA is the fundamental molecule of life and by extent all biological processes that take place in the world are encoded in this molecule'

A model of a Yamnaya, the people who came to northern Europe about 5,000 years ago

Our European ancestors brought farming, languages and a love of dairy, study shows

Thousands of Bronze Age migrants from the Caucuses came to northern Europe in a major movement of prehistoric people in the third millennium BC

An artist's illustration of a cannibal feast in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1600 miles from Papa New Guinea

Scientists find mutation that protects against 'mad cow' disease after studying cannibal group

The researchers discovered the mutation after studying the genes of the Fore people of Papua New Guinea

A scene from 'Jurassic World', released this week

Scientists discover red blood cells and protein in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists used DNA from dinosaur blood extracted from entombed mosquitoes to bring the creatures out of extinction

Members of the public watch a performance of Verdi's opera 'Rigoletto' broadcast in Trafalgar Square last year

Want to relax? Listen to Verdi, scientists say

Research shows the Italian composer's music can lower blood pressure

Experts suggest there could be similarities in the way the brain works in creative people and in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Scientists find that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are linked to creativity

Thinking differently from others has been considered a hallmark of creativity

A glacial ice sheet in Greenland: global warming is melting ice and raising sea levels

It is a myth that global warming has slowed down

The true rate of global warming over the past 15 years has in fact probably been even higher because the warming of the Arctic has not been taken properly into account

Scientists believe the new blood test can be performed on a single blood sample for about £16, which would radically improve the disease surveillance of large populations

Scientists develop test that can detect every known human virus in single drop of blood

Scientists say it can confirm present and past viral infections, even if they occurred many years ago

The original ‘Jurassic Park’ movie

Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of fictional dinosaurs

The original film was praised by experts for its thoughtful depictions of dinosaurs. But with the latest instalment, the series’ resident paleontologist Jack Horner is getting a roar deal

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