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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'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

There are growing fears that the way the criminal justice system deals with sex crimes may be 'going backwards'

Men up to five times more likely to commit sex crimes than the average male if they have brother or father convicted of a sex offence

Scientists said the findings should not be used to excuse sex offending or to suggest that there are genes for rape or paedophilia

Situation abnormal: watching the Bin Laden raid

Psychologist Gary Klein has helped the US President make critical decisions and analysed the 'pathways' to Eureka moments

Eureka moments have led to great discoveries and saved lives. Steve Connors meets a psychologist who, in his new book 'Seeing What Others Don't', sheds light on those sudden realisations that can change the world

Activists light candles on World Aids Day in Manila. HIV infection rates have remained high in Britain for a decade

HIV breakthrough: New treatment shows extraordinary trial results leading to hopes for more efficient vaccines

The transfusion of a synthetic antibody specifically designed to block the key viral protein receptor needed to infect human blood cells resulted in a dramatic lowering of the virus

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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