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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There are currently about 7.1bn people on Earth, and demographers estimate that this number could rise to about 9bn by 2050

Humanity's 'inexorable' population growth is so rapid that even a global catastrophe would not stop it

Even a world war or pandemic would result in at least 5bn people by 2100

Glen Clunie in Perthshire in December 2010, when heavy snow caused widespread disruption

Global warming ‘will make our winters colder’

Climate scientists discover that melting Arctic sea ice is creating chilly winds

Australian surgeons perform first successful 'dead heart' transplants

New method of storing hearts could mean more donors

Women miners search for gold on waste rock from mines in La Rinconada, Peru

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than first thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America

An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

Radioactive fallout and the lessons of Chernobyl

We cannot see radioactive contamination without the help of specialised equipment, but the mere risk of it being present is nevertheless enough for the authorities to evacuate inhabitants within a certain radius of the stricken plant.

A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that could one day produce transplant 'spare parts' for repairing diseased tissues and organs using a patient’s own skin cells

Human intestine grown in mouse for first time as scientists say there is hope to create 'spare parts' for people

Whole organs, composed of a complex arrangement of specialised tissues, could one day be made inside a patient’s body

Denis Duboule

French scientist admits to making up saucy acronyms for genetics research papers as part of a dare

'You have to visualise these French postdocs thinking it over a Friday beer,' Professor Duboule says

Russell Edwards, left, and Dr Jari Louhelainen with the shawl

Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'

'Error of nomenclature' undermines case against Polish immigrant barber accused of carrying out the atrocities in 1888
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Ebola: Don't rely on vaccine to curb epidemic this summer, say drug firms

One expert says aim was to immunise frontline healthcare workers and other first responders in West Africa by January

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