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 Cambridge scientists say Hallucigenia’s claws bear similarities to velvet worms, while the spikes are believed to be defensive

Hallucigenia revealed: The most surreal creature from strangest period in history of life on Earth

Scientists solve mystery of a creature from the Cambrian lagoons

Only as a result of the long-term monitoring of mountain glaciers did it become apparent that they were disappearing

The loss of our glaciers is a threat to millions worldwide

They are one of the most visible icons of the “cryosphere”, the cold parts of the world where temperatures fall below the freezing point of water, a natural tipping point that profoundly changes the environment.

Research has found that two thirds of the current rate of glacial melting is due to human influences on the climate

Melting glaciers are caused by man-made global warming, study shows

Scientists rule out natural causes for rapid melting

Psychologist Margaret McKinnon interviewed 15 fellow passengers who were involved in the ordeal

Scientist who took a flight that ran out of fuel conducts long-term PTSD study

A scientist who was a passenger on a transatlantic flight that ran out of fuel over the middle of the ocean has carried out a study to assess the long-term trauma of making an emergency landing at sea where everyone thought they might die.

Jo Pavey from Great Britain poses with the flag after the women's 10'000m final race

Jo Pavey gold medal: The science of her long-distance success

Just weeks away from her 41st birthday, we could have forgiven Jo Pavey, a mother of two young children, for hanging up her running shoes and switching to life in the slow lane.

Ilulissat, Greenland: Researchers from the National Science Foundation and other organizations are studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and its long-term ramifications for the rest of the world

Global warming: Rapid rise in Arctic temperatures linked to changes in extreme weather and global wind patterns

Scientists have linked the rapid rise in Arctic temperatures over the past two decades to weather extremes in the northern hemisphere such as heatwaves in the US and flooding in Europe.

Scientists based many of their ideas for the self-folding, crawling robot on the Japanese art form origami

Self-folding 'origami' robots could be the future of space exploration or search-and-rescue

They sound like real-life transformers – the toys that can change from one shape into another – but these robots are perhaps more akin to the flat-packed world of an Ikea catalogue.

Scientists regrow nerves in paralysed rats' spinal cords using human cells

Scientists regrow nerves in paralysed rats' spinal cords using human cells

Skin cells from an 86-year-old man have been turned into nerve cells that were able to grow within the damaged spinal cords of paralysed rats – raising the prospect that the technique might one day be used to treat paraplegic patients with spinal injuries.

Many older people do not get enough Vitamin D because of lack of exposure to sunlight, or poor diet

Vitamin D: Low levels ‘can double dementia risk’

Experts advise that supplements may protect ageing population from devastating brain illnesses

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seen from a distance of 150 miles

After 10 years, Rosetta closes in on comet – but is there a place to land?

European space scientists are poised to make one of the most important decisions of the Rosetta mission following the spacecraft’s successful rendezvous yesterday with the comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko at a distance of more than 250 million miles (402m km) from Earth.

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