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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An artist's illustration of an approximately Mercury-sized object slamming into the early proto-Earth. File photo

Earth's collision with a Mercury-like planet may have been vital to life flourishing, scientists say

The study raises fresh questions about how the Earth ended up in its present state

'Love hormone' oxytocin could be used to treat mental health problems

Oxytocin plays in important role in manipulating how the brain processes social information, say scientists

Epigenetic changes involve modifications in chemicals attached to the DNA molecule – rather than mutations to the DNA sequence itself

DNA changes could explain why autism runs in families, according to study

This is one of the first studies to indicate that epigenetic changes may be involved in passing autism on from parents the children

'Dark matter' not as dark as first thought: Scientists find it interacts with forces other than just gravity

Hubble telescope enables first view of the cosmic entity 'interacting with itself'

Back from the dead? The woolly mammoth

Jurassic Park in real life: The race to modify the DNA of endangered animals and resurrect extinct ones

It is without irony that some scientists are seriously raising the possibility of bringing back the mammoth from extinction to help prevent our own demise

Haddock, lemon sole and plaice could well be replaced by more southern, edible species such as hake, red mullet, gurnard, John Dory, sardines and anchovies

Haddock, plaice and other North Sea fish could disappear in next 50 years due to global warming

Forecasts predict that many cold-water species will be unable to cope with rising sea temperatures

Scientists have detected the presence of a chemical substance in the Martian soil

Water on Mars: Nasa Curiosity rover discovers brine substance in soil

There is already overwhelming evidence that rivers and lakes once existed on the Red Planet

As many as a quarter of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries are excluded from official figures on the global poor, according to a study exposing the huge data gaps in governmental statistics around the world

350 million people in extreme poverty missed off official global poor estimate, study finds

Official figures are so unreliable that experts believe the true number should be at least 350 million higher

The catastrophic rise in seawater acidity is thought to have been caused by the continual eruption of super-volcanoes, releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide

Ocean acidification killed off more than 90 per cent of marine life 252 million years ago, scientists believe

Researchers say the oceans suddenly became more acidic, making it impossible for the vast majority of sea creatures to survive

Mountain gorillas may not be prone to the same genetic problems of inbreeding that have aided the demise of other species

Mountain gorillas could survive for thousands of years at very low population levels due to resistance to the genetic effects of inbreeding

The rare mountain gorilla has never numbered more than several hundred individuals for the previous few thousand years

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