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Amy Standen

As a radio reporter for KQED Science, Amy's grappled with archaic maps, brain fitness exercises, albino redwood trees, and jet-lagged lab rats, as well as modeled a wide variety of hard hats and construction vests. Long before all that, she learned to cut actual tape interning for a Latin American news show at WBAI in New York, then took her first radio job as a producer for Pulse of the Planet. Since then, Amy has been an editor at Salon.com, the editor of Terrain Magazine, and has produced stories for NPR, Living on Earth, Philosophy Talk, and Pop Up Magazine. She's also a founding editor of Meatpaper Magazine.

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Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

April 18, 2014 | 9:29 am

Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

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The planet, about 500 light-years from Earth, orbits in its stars habitable zone. …read more

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Set to Crash-Land on the Moon

April 4, 2014 | 8:27 am

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Set to Crash-Land on the Moon

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Having solved a 42-year-old mystery about lunar “streamers,” the $280 million LADEE spacecraft is set to vaporize when it collides with the moon around April 21. …read more

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NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

March 24, 2014 | 10:05 am

NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

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Insects go into orbit as part of effort to understand challenges of a human mission to Mars. Read more. …

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New UCSF Lab Studies How Video Games Affect Our Brains

March 6, 2014 | 4:45 pm

New UCSF Lab Studies How Video Games Affect Our Brains

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Do skills acquired by playing video games transfer to the real world? That’s a debate driving new research. Read more. …

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Is Brain Stimulation a Medicine of the Future?

March 3, 2014 | 7:55 am

Is Brain Stimulation a Medicine of the Future?

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Scientists study whether ‘electroceuticals’ might treat depression and other ailments while ‘brain hackers’ experiment. . Read more …

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One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

February 27, 2014 | 8:08 am

One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

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NASA researchers announce they’ve verified 715 new planets orbiting around 305 stars. Read more …

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Debate Takes on Safety of Flame Retardants

March 27, 2013 | 10:03 am

Debate Takes on Safety of Flame Retardants

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[UPDATE: EPA announces plans to study whether flame retardant chemicals are safe] Does injecting sofas and armchairs with flame retardants hurt us or protect us? That debate took place in Sacramento Tuesday as part of a hearing on an arcane but controversial law known as TB117. According to TB117, which was established in 1975, all […]

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NASA Robot Approaches Mars

August 2, 2012 | 3:37 pm

NASA Robot Approaches Mars

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If all goes well, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, NASA’s Curiosity Lander will touch down on the surface of Mars, ending a 352-million-mile journey that began last November. That’s a big “if.” NASA engineers have half-jokingly referred to the landing as the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” referring to the time it’ll take Curiosity […]

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May 3, 2012 | 3:46 pm

Victim of Bacterial Meningitis at VA Lab Named; Lab Worked With Several Strains

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The 25-year old lab worker who died on Saturday from a bacterial infection has been identified as Treasure Island resident Richard Din. Din died of a form of bacterial meningitis that he likely caught while working in a San Francisco VA lab. According to the VA, Din was working with Neisseria meningitidis serotype B, a […]

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May 2, 2012 | 7:36 am

Lab Accident at San Francisco VA Leaves Man Dead of Bacterial Meningitis

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A young lab assistant at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco died on Saturday after becoming infected with a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis that he had been working with in the lab. Officials at the VA wouldn’t release the man’s name, but said he was 25 years old and had been working at […]

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