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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ESA’s ExoMars programme plans to send two spacecraft to the Red Planet

Autumn Statement: Britain will invest £95m into the ESA's next missions to Mars

George Osborne pledges to invest in technology

2014 is set to be one of the warmest British years on record

No standstill in global warming: 2014 will be world's hottest year ever

21st century sees 14 of the 15 hottest years on record

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

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Christmas without hope

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect