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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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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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High-Speed Rail Officials: It’s Now or Never

January 5, 2012 | 4:31 pm

High-Speed Rail Officials: It’s Now or Never

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Officials with the state’s High Speed Rail Authority say it’s now or never for the plan to build a bullet train from San Francisco to LA. That’s in response to an internal watchdog group’s report, issued Tuesday, which recommended holding off on the project until more funding can be secured. If construction on the bullet […]

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

December 20, 2011 | 2:31 pm

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

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NASA scientists, including astronomers from NASA Ames and UC Berkeley, today announced they’ve discovered two rocky planets, each about the same size as Earth, orbiting a star almost 1,000 light years away. The Kepler project uses a space-based telescope to constantly monitor some 200,000 stars in the Milky Way system. Based on tiny flickerings of […]

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High-Speed Rail’s Original Champions Now Have Doubts

November 18, 2011 | 9:57 am

High-Speed Rail’s Original Champions Now Have Doubts

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If you were a reporter covering high speed rail in 2008, after voters passed Proposition 1A, two names would be at the top of your source list: Quentin Kopp and Mehdi Morshed. Both served on the High Speed Rail Authority, the body charged with overseeing the effort to build a bullet train from Anaheim to […]

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Another Slowdown for High-Speed Rail?

November 17, 2011 | 6:29 pm

Another Slowdown for High-Speed Rail?

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On Thursday, Congress delivered another blow to California’s embattled plan to build a bullet train from San Francisco to Anaheim. House and Senate negotiators agreed to kill President Obama’s high speed rail program, which would have funneled billions of dollars for high speed rail construction. Obama’s plan would have provided $8 billion in funding in […]

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