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.
Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study
14 April 2014 08:01 PM
Drying out of the rainforest threatens to ignite the tree-filled habitat – with its rich biodiversity – and convert it almost overnight into barren desert
Fruit flies have evolved to avoid death with 'barrel-rolls' performed 50 times faster than we can blink
11 April 2014 12:01 AM
Swatting a fly has never been easy and now scientists have found out why – the insect has perfected a cunning, high-speed technique for a quick U-turn.
The drugs don't work: Britain wasted £600m of taxpayers' money on useless flu pills stockpiled by Government in case of pandemic
10 April 2014 12:04 AM
Pharmaceutical giants failed to disclose crucial data revealing concerns over their products Tamiflu and Relenza
08 April 2014 06:36 PM
A radical new form of cancer treatment that relies on the body’s natural “killer cells” to attack tumours has proved a success in the first clinical trials on patients suffering from advanced skin cancer, scientists have said.
08 April 2014 01:51 PM
One implication of study could be that chronic stress in early life could lead to shorter-than-expected lifespan for some boys
The gambler's fallacy explained? Misguided belief in the big win just around the corner could be down to brain activity
07 April 2014 08:26 PM
Gambling addicts are likely to have developed a different pattern of brain activity than non-gamblers which gives them a misguided belief that they can always beat the odds in a game of chance, scientists have said.
04 April 2014 07:11 PM
It is a sign of Allen’s foresight that others have followed his path
Evidence of liquid oceans on Saturn's moon Enceladus increases chances of finding alien life in our Solar System
03 April 2014 07:48 PM
One of the moons of Saturn has turned out to be another possible habitat for extraterrestrial microbes after scientists have discovered that it possesses a large ocean of water beneath its icy surface.
02 April 2014 06:46 PM
Men who started to smoke before the age of 11 are more likely to have overweight teenage boys compared to men started smoking later in life or who have never smoked at all, a study has found.
Mysteries of the human brain revealed as scientists release detailed 3D image of its genes and pathways
02 April 2014 06:00 PM
Scientists have generated the first detailed pictures of the intricate events in the womb that result in the formation of the human brain. The study could prove to be a decisive breakthrough in understanding the many cognitive disorders thought to be triggered before birth – from autism to schizophrenia.
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
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