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 remains of Richard III, found under a car park in Leicester in 2012

Richard III: DNA analysis on remains raises questions over royal succession

Scientists have found a possible break in the male lineage after DNA tests

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking gets synthesiser upgrade to help him speak faster

Computer giant Intel spent three years revamping scientists' interface

Only Sizewell B power station in Suffolk will still be operating beyond 2030

The coming nuclear crisis: All but one of Britain's ageing reactors 'will need to close in 15 years'

Nearly all the UK's stations were built in the 70s and 80s

The manufacture of the synthetic enzymes could lead to new ways of developing drugs and medical treatments

Major synthetic life breakthrough as scientists make the first artificial enzymes

Breakthrough could change our understanding of medicine - and aliens

A graphene sample - the material continues to astonish scientists

Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries

Recently discovered wonder-material could have major new applications

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

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Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
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Cult competition The Moth goes global

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The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
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After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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