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Amy Standen

Amy Standen is a radio reporter for KQED Science. Her email is astanden@kqed.org and you can follow her on Twitter at @amystanden.

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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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How Can We Listen to Just One Voice at a Crowded Party?

April 19, 2012 | 1:46 pm

How Can We Listen to Just One Voice at a Crowded Party?

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It’s called the cocktail party effect, and it’s a unique ability that’s been a scientific mystery: You’re in a noisy room filled with voices. Yet you’re able to shut out almost all of them, focusing only on the one person you’re listening to. To study this capability, UCSF neurosurgeon Edward Chang and his team took […]

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Arysta, About to Lose Methyl Iodide Lawsuit, Wants Case Dismissed

March 23, 2012 | 9:32 am

Arysta, About to Lose Methyl Iodide Lawsuit, Wants Case Dismissed

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When Arysta LifeScience abruptly pulled methyl iodide off the U.S. market this week, it cited the “economic viability” of the controversial fumigant, which is used to sterilize soil before crops are planted. But at a hearing in an Oakland courtroom Wednesday, a possible additional factor in the company’s decision emerged, as the judge revealed the company […]

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February 7, 2012 | 2:06 pm

SF Supes Pass Enhanced Plastic Bag Ban

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Update 3:50 p.m. The board has passed the legislation, adding an exception for oversize merchandise that doesn’t fit in a paper bag. Earlier post San Francisco shoppers may see plastic bags just about disappear from city stores, depending on a vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors today. San Francisco once had the most aggressive […]

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Judge Puts Onus on State to Prove It Considered Methyl Iodide Alternatives

January 12, 2012 | 5:05 pm

Judge Puts Onus on State to Prove It Considered Methyl Iodide Alternatives

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The lawsuit over California’s approval of a controversial pesticide may hinge on a seemingly straightforward question: Did regulators ever ask themselves what would happen if they didn’t approve methyl iodide? In an Oakland courtroom today, Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch presided over a one-day trial about the pesticide, a fumigant approved by state regulators […]

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