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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Health care workers at the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre

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Dr James Watson at Tribeca Film Festival May 8, 2004 in New York City

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Scientists have partially restored the sight of animals suffering from a form of inherited blindness using a gene therapy technique to replace the lost light-sensitive cells of the eye

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Stephen Hawking and out of control computers from I, Robot

Stephen Hawking right about dangers of AI... but for the wrong reasons, says eminent computer expert

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Male smokers had significantly fewer blood cells with a Y chromosome

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Men who smoke are more prone to certain cancers than women

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

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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

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