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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Can LSD ease our fear of death? First scientific study in 40 years shows positive results

Scientists have carried out the first controlled medical experiment in 40 years with the hallucinogenic drug LSD which they used as part of a psychotherapy course to treat severe depression in terminally ill cancer patients.

This zircon crystal is estimated to be as old as 4.4 billion years

Crystal clear: How one tiny grain of zircon can tell us so much about our planet

The discovery in Australia of a tiny grain of zircon dating back to 4.374 billion years ago tells us much about the planet’s formative years

An image from an electron microscope showing a section of the pithovirus particle in an infected amoeba cell

Scientists revive giant 30,000-year-old virus from Siberian permafrost – and say it could signal return of smallpox in modern times

The virus had lain dormant since the age of Neanderthals – but became infectious again when thawed

The research found that tolerance towards other races is increased by living in a more integrated community

White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds

People who live in ethnically diverse streets are less racially prejudiced than individuals living in highly segregated areas and their increased tolerance is due directly to the experience of a more integrated society, a study has found.

Damage costs caused by devastating floods are expected to rise five-fold in Europe by 2050, say scientists

Frequency of severe flooding across Europe 'to double by 2050'

Floods and climate chance will be responsible for 30 per cent of losses by the same time, a study has found

Britain could become the first country in the world to permit DNA transfer between the eggs of two women

Ministers take next step towards approving IVF procedures that would allow three-parent babies

Procedure designed to prevent babies born through IVF from inheriting mitochondrial defects

An artist's concept of multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet

The search for 'Earth 2.0' continues apace as Nasa announces the discovery of four new 'Goldilocks' planets, taking the known total to nine

The search for “Earth 2.0” – another watery planet with life – has come a step closer with the discovery of 715 new planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System, Nasa scientists said.

A boat is seen seen among the icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland

Now the two most famous scientific institutions in Britain and the US agree: 'Climate change is more certain than ever'

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time and the indisputable warming of the world over the past century is largely the result of human activities, according to the two most august science bodies in Britain and the United States.

The flatness of the landscape in the Somerset Levels means that dredging will only have limited benefits

Government's £4m fund to dredge rivers in Somerset could only have 'marginal' effects on future flooding, experts warn

A government plan to begin the dredging of two rivers in the flooded Somerset Levels was taken without seeking the advice of senior engineers in charge of flood defences who happen to believe that the £4 million project will bring only “marginal benefits”, it has emerged.

Industrial-scale mining could change the face of the sea bed of the deep ocean

Scientists warn over coming era of deep sea mining

Strip mining and vacuum mining

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil