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 cross-party group of women MPs wants the abortion law to be clarified to make it explicitly illegal for doctors to abort foetuses on grounds of gender alone

MPs introduce Bill in attempt to ban sex-selective abortion

Cross-party group of 11 MPs want to end legal confusion

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California

Virgin Galactic crash: Can joyriding in space for the super-rich survive?

Break-up over Mojave Desert happened during first test flight of a new plastic-based rocket propellant

A glacial ice sheet in Greenland: global warming is melting ice and raising sea levels

End fossil fuels by 2100 - the dramatic 'final warning' over climate change

Key UN report warns that time is running out

Climate change 'final warning' as IPCC report pushes for fossil fuel phase-out by 2100

Climate change impacts will be "severe, pervasive and irreversible," according to a report from the IPCC

The new stone edifice will pay tribute to all known species that have disappeared during the sixth great mass extinction that the planet has experienced in the 4.5bn-year history of life on Earth

A temple to 860 lost species planned for Jurassic coast

Cliff-top monument would re-create images of life forms made extinct over 500 years
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

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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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