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.
17 April 2014 06:59 PM
A planet similar in size to Earth with surface temperatures suitable for water to exist in liquid form has been discovered orbiting a distant star in what is the strongest candidate yet for a habitable world outside the Solar System.
The moment of conception: Scientists isolate protein that governs first contact between egg and sperm
16 April 2014 06:11 PM
The moment of first contact between an egg and a sperm is controlled by a key molecule on the surface of the egg cell that allows it to fuse with a sperm to form a fertilised egg, scientists have discovered.
14 April 2014 08:50 PM
Couples more likely to have angry rows when hungry, says voodoo-doll test
Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study
14 April 2014 08:01 PM
Drying out of the rainforest threatens to ignite the tree-filled habitat – with its rich biodiversity – and convert it almost overnight into barren desert
Fruit flies have evolved to avoid death with 'barrel-rolls' performed 50 times faster than we can blink
11 April 2014 12:01 AM
Swatting a fly has never been easy and now scientists have found out why – the insect has perfected a cunning, high-speed technique for a quick U-turn.
The drugs don't work: Britain wasted £600m of taxpayers' money on useless flu pills stockpiled by Government in case of pandemic
10 April 2014 12:04 AM
Pharmaceutical giants failed to disclose crucial data revealing concerns over their products Tamiflu and Relenza
08 April 2014 06:36 PM
A radical new form of cancer treatment that relies on the body’s natural “killer cells” to attack tumours has proved a success in the first clinical trials on patients suffering from advanced skin cancer, scientists have said.
08 April 2014 01:51 PM
One implication of study could be that chronic stress in early life could lead to shorter-than-expected lifespan for some boys
The gambler's fallacy explained? Misguided belief in the big win just around the corner could be down to brain activity
07 April 2014 08:26 PM
Gambling addicts are likely to have developed a different pattern of brain activity than non-gamblers which gives them a misguided belief that they can always beat the odds in a game of chance, scientists have said.
04 April 2014 07:11 PM
It is a sign of Allen’s foresight that others have followed his path
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
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