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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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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 | 11 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 | 3 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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NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

KQED Science | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

Getting sick in space is no picnic. So scientists are sending bugs to the International Space Station, hoping to better predict some of the physical challenges that may befall astronauts when NASA eventually sends the first human mission to Mars.

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California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.

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New UCSF Lab Studies How Video Games Affect Our Brains

KQED Science | March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

New UCSF Lab Studies How Video Games Affect Our Brains

Video games do one thing very well: train people to become better gamers. But whether those results transfer outside the game into the real world is a source of lively debate among neuroscientists.

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Is Brain Stimulation a Medicine of the Future?

KQED Science | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is Brain Stimulation a Medicine of the Future?

While scientists study whether "electroceuticals" might treat depression or chronic pain, among other ailments, DIY "brain hackers" (including this reporter) are trying it out on themselves.

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Sends Back New Moon Images

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Sends Back New Moon Images

The NASA spacecraft is designed to answer a 42-year-old mystery about lunar dust, but it's also snapping photos along the way.

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