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 fire salamander infected by the fungal disease Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, which experts believe has been exported from Asia to Europe by the pet trade

Deadly fungus killing British newts after spread from east Asia

Great-crested British newt at risk from east Asian parasite

A fracking drill near Montrose, Pennsylvania. High levels of benzene, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulphide were found at fracking sites in the US

'Dangerously high' levels of airborne carcinogens found at US fracking sites

"We should be very concerned about these findings," claims scientist who lead study

The new species of leopard frog has been named Rana kauffeldi, in honour of ecologist Carl Kauffeld who first noticed it more than a half century ago

New species of leopard frog discovered in New York City

Rana kauffeldi lives on Staten Island

The study found that a variant of a gene for monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) was significantly more prevalent in the most violent criminals

Two genes found linked to tendency for violent crime

Finnish study blames genes with between five and 10 per cent of severe violent crime

Taking a drug at a particular time of the day or night might be critical because different parts of the body become active at different times on a 24-hour biological clock

Take your medication at the right time of day or it might not work, scientists say

New study suggests different drugs work at different times on our body clocks

There are currently about 7.1bn people on Earth, and demographers estimate that this number could rise to about 9bn by 2050

Humanity's 'inexorable' population growth is so rapid that even a global catastrophe would not stop it

Even a world war or pandemic would result in at least 5bn people by 2100

Glen Clunie in Perthshire in December 2010, when heavy snow caused widespread disruption

Global warming ‘will make our winters colder’

Climate scientists discover that melting Arctic sea ice is creating chilly winds

Australian surgeons perform first successful 'dead heart' transplants

New method of storing hearts could mean more donors

Women miners search for gold on waste rock from mines in La Rinconada, Peru

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than first thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America

An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic
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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes