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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Professor Colin Pillinger with a model of ‘Beagle 2’

Beagle 2 found: The 11-year mystery of the probe that did manage to land on Mars after all

The Beagle, which went missing Christmas Day 2003, landed on Mars but couldn't transmit a radio signal after failing to deploy its solar panels

Women are less likely to become scientists because of a 'misconceived idea of brilliance', study finds

Genius is seen in characters such as Sherlock Holmes, while female intelligence is shown as a result of hard work, exemplified by Hermione Granger

The start of the nuclear age began the 'Great Acceleration' of human progress

'The Anthropocene': The human epoch started with first atomic bomb test, scientists decide

The start of the nuclear age began the 'Great Acceleration' of human progress

Beagle-eyed: Professor Colin Pillinger used football terminology to explain the mission

Beagle 2: Remembering Colin Pillinger – the man who sent the first British space probe to Mars

Eleven years after it disappeared, the space probe could have finally been found on Mars. It's a pity that its biggest champion isn’t here to find out what happened to it, says Steve Connor

A fisherman passes near dead trees standing in flood waters from rising sea levels in Bedono, Indonesia. Sea levels are thought to be rising more quickly than originally predicted

The tides are changing: Sea levels rising at faster rate than predicted, study finds

The annual rate of increase has more than doubled since 1990

An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

New three-parent baby law ‘is flawed and open to challenge’, says senior lawyer

Lord Brennan QC raises doubts over legality of proposed regulations

The study involved using machine-learning software to analyse Facebook “likes” to assess a person’s personality based on the five main traits commonly used in psychological assessments: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism

Facebook knows you better than your friends do - because Likes reveal so much about your character

Study of 86,000 users reveals the power of intelligent machines, and they're getting better

First remains of new 'shark-like reptile' found on the Isle of Skye

During the time of the dinosaurs, the waters of Scotland were 'prowled by big reptiles the size of motor boats'

An artist’s impression of ‘Dearcmhara shawcrossi’

First remains of new 'shark-like reptile' found on the Isle of Skye

During the time of the dinosaurs, the waters of Scotland 'were prowled by big reptiles the size of motor boats'

Exposing yourself to low temperatures encourages healthier brown fat

Keeping cold could keep you thinner, scientists say

Exposing yourself to low temperatures encourages healthier brown fat

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The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
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How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
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14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss
Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

Blair has joined a strange and exclusive club

A new tomb has just gone up in the Middle East's graveyard of US and British political reputations, says Patrick Cockburn