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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A scientist takes a close look at wild solanum plants as they are harvested in Peru

Trials of GM ‘super spud’ scheduled after election due to public sensitivity

Field trials are expected to be announced in June

The Gulf Stream helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter, but is now slowing down faster than it ever has in the past 1000 years

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say

Gulf Stream stops Britain from freezing over in Winter

The Fieldbrook Stump, in California, not long after it was felled in 1890. Cuttings from it have been cultivated at the Eden Project

Reborn – the giant tree felled as a result of a bar-room wager

Clone of a redwood as tall as 30-storey house will be planted on Cornish coast

The genetically modified insects could wipe out many mosquito-borne diseases

Genetically engineering mosquitoes to end malaria could have 'unintended consequences'

Plan to spread malaria-resistant genes could backfire scientists warn

Map of the UK showing population clustering based on genetics, and its striking relationship with geography. Each of the genetic clusters is represented by a different symbol (combining shape and colour, with legend at the sides). The ellipses give a sense of the geographical range of each genetic cluster

New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years

White indigenous English people share about 40 per cent of their DNA with the French

A beetle with a backpack that allows a human operator to control its flight

Scientists manage to control flight of 'cyborg beetles' for the first time

Further advances could see insects used as drones

A new gene-editing technique being carried out in the US could eliminate inherited diseases

American scientists are trying to genetically modify human eggs

Exclusive: The new gene-editing method could eliminate inherited diseases from affected families

Eligible residents of East London will be asked whether their own parents are closely related as part of research into the genetic effects of intermarriages within the same family

Thousands of East Londoners to participate in huge genetic study

Some 100,000 people will be asked to participate

Summer storms such as this one in 2014 in France have become less frequent in Europe over the past few decades

Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe

Researchers find a link between melting Arctic sea ice and reduced storm activity

The Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva

Large Hadron Collider given the the go-ahead to be restarted after a two-year layoff

For ‘Season 2’, Cern to shed light on dark matter

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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'