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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The AUV SeaBED robot under the Antarctic sea ice

Antarctic sea ice could be thicker than thought, robot submarine finds

Political situation has made submersible surveys tricky

The nerve cells created at Harvard respond to immediate physical injury, the acute “ouch” pain, as well as the more subtle forms of chronic, longer-term pain

'Pain in a dish': Scientists create living model of human nerve cells

Study could help discover new forms of pain relief

Narrow boats line the Regent's Canal in London, England

Canals plan revived as answer to South-east’s water shortage

The 370-mile 'natural water grid' would cost about £14bn to construct but would provide a boost to jobs and local economies on its route

Melinda Gates speaks at Chatham House yesterday

The word of Mrs Gates: 'Invest in a woman and you invest in everyone'

Steve Connor is treated to a tour de force from the woman who helped divert the Microsoft billions to those most in need

Two leading scientists have said creating IVF embryos with a third party is a viable way of offering women affected by mitochondrial disorders the opportunity of having their own biological children who will be free of the diseases.

Benefits of 'three-parent babies' will likely outweigh the risks, experts claim

Senior science advisers write in praise of controversial mitochondrial transfer technique

The tapeworm was found in the man's brain

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

Only 300 cases of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei have been reported worldwide - and never in Britain

Reindeer graze on lichen in Norway – when it isn’t covered by ice

Reindeer threatened after heavy rains in Norway freeze their food solid

Freak temperature fluctuations are a new danger

In the test, participants were asked to repeatedly flip a coin and report the results

Bankers are more likely to cheat, at least according to one worrying experiment

“Our results suggest that the banking industry undermines the honesty norm"

A study has found that a commonly used anti-bacterial agent added to bathroom and kitchen products, Triclosan, promotes the growth of liver tumours in mice fed relatively large quantities of the substance

Triclosan: Soap ingredient can trigger liver cancer in mice, warn scientists

Despite other scientists calling for caution over findings, researchers say chemical may cause similar changes in people

A senior science adviser has warned that plans to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children

Exclusive: The three-parent baby trap - is new IVF technique safe?

Britain is set to become the first country in the world to allow a procedure that promises to prevent inherited disorders being passed on. But from the US comes a warning that we may be acting prematurely

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Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
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24-Hour party person

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A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
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What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital