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.
11 June 2014 05:36 PM
The extinct influenza virus that caused the worst flu pandemic in history has been recreated from fragments of avian flu found in wild ducks in a controversial experiment to show how easy it would be for the deadly flu strain to reemerge today.
09 June 2014 04:28 PM
The idea that the Moon was created after a massive cosmic collision between a Mars-sized object and the primordial Earth some 4.5bn years ago has received its second boost in less than a week.
09 June 2014 12:03 AM
New study suggests facial features evolved to protect our ancestors from injury
05 June 2014 07:10 PM
Human stem cells have been used successfully to treat multiple sclerosis in mice. The treated mice were able to walk and run around normally while untreated animals continued to be paralysed by the disease, scientists said.
05 June 2014 07:00 PM
Scientists studying samples of lunar rock from the Apollo space programme have discovered evidence to support the theory that the Moon was created from the debris of a massive cosmic collision between the Earth and an object as big as Mars.
05 June 2014 12:05 AM
Taking cannabis doubles the risk of men under 30 producing abnormal sperm which could significantly lower their fertility and prevent them from having children, according to the world’s largest study into lifestyle and sperm quality.
Mekong River region named global biodiversity hotspot by WWF after 367 new species are discovered in two years
04 June 2014 06:00 PM
A skydiving gecko, a fish with genitals in its head and a cave-dwelling spider that has lost its eyes are among the 367 new species that have been discovered in the Greater Mekong region of South East Asia over the past two years, according to the WWF wildlife charity.
04 June 2014 12:00 AM
Scientists have found a potentially habitable planet in our galactic back yard. It orbits a star that can be seen with an amateur telescope and its surface may be warm enough for water to exist in liquid form.
02 June 2014 02:11 AM
Warmer summers will cause four or five times as many flash floods
01 June 2014 06:09 PM
A gene linked to breast cancer has now been found to increase the chances of someone developing lung cancer, especially if they smoke, a study has found.
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
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