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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Human settlement has cost Europe most of its forest cover

Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought

The best computer algorithms only work well with high quality images

Humans still much better at recognising faces than the best computer algorithms, study finds

People will continue to be needed in border control for the foreseeable future

An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

Calls for IVF laws to be changed to take advantage of gene editing technique

Genetic modification of human embryos 'could eliminate some genetic diseases'

Almost every seabird will have eaten some kind of plastic object by the middle of this century, a systematic survey of marine pollution has found

Almost every seabird 'will have eaten plastic by 2050' because of ocean pollution

Study says nine out of ten species already get rubbish lodged in their stomachs

The Rocky Fire in California earlier this month, where 9,000 firefighters tried to contain a blaze that ravaged 60,000 acres

Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say

Exclusive: Findings make a nonsense of claims of a 'pause' in global warming

Ablaze: Forest fires threaten homes near Camarillo, California in 2013

Climate change: A 'pause' in global warming? Not on this evidence

2015 is likely to follow 2014 and 2010 as the next record hot year

Just 39 per cent of research studied could be reproduced universally

Study reveals that a lot of psychology research really is just 'psycho-babble'

Of 100 studies, more than half could not be reproduced using the same method

Knut the polar bear, who drowned in 2011 in his outdoor enclosure

Mystery of celebrity polar bear Knut's death finally solved

Scientists say wild polar bears may also suffer the same brain disorder as Knut

There are no current cures for dementia

Dementia sufferers start losing their memory up to three years before disease takes hold

Those who developed dementia begin to lose awareness of their own memory abilities several years before being diagnosed

Digital image of the first 3D computer modelled tumour

Battle against cancer: Scientists develop first 3D computer model of how a solid tumour grows

The virtual tumour allows researchers to imagine what happens when cancer cells begin to divide and mutate within a solid structure

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