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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A pill for obesity is a step closer, with two separate studies showing that it may be possible to influence the body’s tendency to build up damaging fat deposits beneath the skin

Scientists zero in on obesity pill 'that could replace the treadmill'

Two studies show positive results in different ways

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

Procedure to restore sight in dogs gives hope for future blindness cure

Scientists hope treatment could lead to cure for retinitis pigmentosa

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

Professor Mark Bishop says key human abilities, such as understanding and consciousness, are fundamentally lacking in so-called 'intelligent' computers
Male smokers had significantly fewer blood cells with a Y chromosome

Male smokers at risk of losing their Y chromosome

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

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

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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness