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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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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/16/a-crispr-solution-to-bubble-boy-disease/ target=_blank >A CRISPR Solution to “Bubble Boy” Disease?</a>

KQED Science | March 16, 2015

A CRISPR Solution to “Bubble Boy” Disease?

Researchers are racing to see what kinds of diseases might be cured through a hot new gene-editing technique. But if CRISPR lives up to the hype, who — other than patients — will profit?

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A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters

KQED Science | February 23, 2015 | 3 Comments

A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters

From the dust of the former Hewlett Packard campus in Cupertino, a glass and concrete ring is taking shape. Apple is building a new headquarters, and it's going to be bigger than the Pentagon. KQED got a tour and a look at the campus' green features.

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What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

Stanford retired its famed pack of narcoleptic research dogs almost a decade ago. But one researcher says there's more to be learned from a sleepy Chihuahua puppy who goes limp at the sight of a good snack.

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UCSF’s New Hospital Offers Robots and Other High-Tech Bells and Whistles

KQED Science | February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

UCSF’s New Hospital Offers Robots and Other High-Tech Bells and Whistles

UC San Francisco's new $1.5 billion Medical Center at Mission Bay opened up over the weekend. That meant transferring 120 patients from other facilities to new rooms complete with flat-screen TVs and Spanish-speaking robots.

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How Science Can Help Prevent a (Bad) Hangover

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

How Science Can Help Prevent a (Bad) Hangover

In the annals of medical research, you won’t find many studies on the common hangover. But one intrepid Bay Area scientist has taken on the topic -- and even has an inexpensive remedy you probably haven't heard about.

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Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)

KQED Science | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)

Humans have been sending messages into outer space for decades, hoping some intelligent extra-terrestrial might come upon them. Now, for the first time in history, we have addresses. So, what should we say?

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Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 12 Comments

Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought

Scientists say it’s possible California’s drought may last a lot longer than a few years. No one knows for sure, but we could all simply have to adjust to a drier climate. That could mean changing the way we build cities to make them more porous. The 'Hydramax,' a futuristic design pictured above, rises with the tide and captures water from the air.

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Do Wearables and Health Apps Belong in the Doctor’s Office?

KQED Science | October 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

Do Wearables and Health Apps Belong in the Doctor’s Office?

Wearables and health apps made a multi-billion-dollar industry out of healthy peoples' desires to count calories and rack up steps. Now can this technology make the transition to a medical setting, to help people with chronic illnesses?

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How Big Data Is Changing Medicine

KQED Science | September 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

How Big Data Is Changing Medicine

Used to be that medical researchers came up with a theory, recruited subjects, and gathered data, sometimes for years. Now, the answers are already there in data collections on the cloud. All researchers need is the right question.

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Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

KQED Science | September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

Two new California laws aim to keep flame-retardant chemicals out of furniture. But how can consumers know for sure?

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Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

KQED Science | August 11, 2014 | 8 Comments

Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

People who hear auditory hallucinations say the voices can be quiet or cacophonous, singular or crowd-like, but they are almost always harsh and disapproving.

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What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 8 Comments

What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?

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New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

KQED Science | July 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

A psychotic break can lead to social isolation, hospitalization or medications with sometimes disabling side effects. Now some clinics are taking a controversial approach and trying to intervene earlier.

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Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

KQED Science | June 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

Bear, the narcoleptic dog who stole the heart of a Stanford specialist in the disease, has died.

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Chevron Refinery Plans in Richmond Pose Risks, Says Attorney General

KQED Science | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chevron Refinery Plans in Richmond Pose Risks, Says Attorney General

In a letter to the city, Harris says she still has questions about the oil company's $1 billion expansion project.

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Judge Orders Silicon Valley Billionaire to Testify in Dispute Over Beach

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Judge Orders Silicon Valley Billionaire to Testify in Dispute Over Beach

Venture capitalist expected to appear Monday in case involving access to a popular local beach.

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True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

KQED Science | April 28, 2014 | 12 Comments

True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

With California deep in a drought, communities are cracking down on water wasters, right? Demanding that residents take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns? Not exactly.

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Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

KQED Science | April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

The planet, about 500 light-years from Earth, orbits in its star's habitable zone.

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California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report

KQED Science | April 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report

Despite some of the strongest renewable energy incentives in the country, California produces less than half the wind energy generated in the Lone Star State.

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

KQED Science | April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

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 21st.

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