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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Why the elderly can go downhill, after the loss of their partner

Bereavement can have a devastating impact on the immune systems of older people and may explain why many elderly spouses die soon after the loss of their loved ones, scientists have said.

A snow plough clearing snow on the Northumberland border in February

British winters have been 'more volatile' in the last 10 years than in the last 100

Study finds fluctuations in mild and cold winters are increasing

Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents at Motol Hospital in Prague

Ashya King: Is proton beam therapy safe?

The NHS says it poses extra risk because whole spine needs to be radiated - but Czech experts insist this is simply not the case

Sacks of wheat burn in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain following air strikes by the Assad regime in 2012

Middle East wars could put world’s food security at risk

Genes from wild plants growing in Fertile Crescent vital for crops, say scientists

Russell Edwards (left) and Dr Jari Louhelainen looking at a shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes,

Jack the Ripper: Has notorious serial killer's identity been revealed by new DNA evidence?

With sensational claims emerging today that London's darkest 120-year-old mystery has been solved, Steve Connor takes a forensic look at the evidence

Dr. Vladimir Vondracek operates a machine in a proton therapy treatment room at Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic

Ashya King: Inside the Prague Proton Therapy Centre where British five-year-old will be treated

Steve Connor visits the pioneering clinic where Ashya will soon be treated - and is hugely impressed

Ashya King in hospital with his mother

Ashya King: NHS ignored offers of cut-price therapy at Czech Proton clinic

Prague centre tried for two years to talk to health officials – without any response

One small step for man, a giant leap for a lizard: a web-footed gecko

Animal astronauts: Geckos, chimps and dogs pay a high price for mankind's urge to explore space

Americans favour monkeys; Russians prefer dogs. It rarely ends well - as the death of a group of reptiles on a satellite reminds us. Steve Connor on sending animals into orbit
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