Donate

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.

rss feed

Amy Standen's Latest Posts

Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

KQED Science | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

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

Continue Reading

California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report

KQED Science | April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Leaky Natural Gas Pipes Are a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leaky Natural Gas Pipes Are a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

U.S. could make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by stopping methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, says a new Stanford study.

Continue Reading

Should Wine Bottles Carry a Deposit?

KQED Science | February 3, 2014 | 15 Comments

Should Wine Bottles Carry a Deposit?

Some are calling for bottle deposits on wine and liquor bottles to solve the deficit in the state’s recycling fund, but the industry says its recycling rates are already high.

Continue Reading

As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

A UCSF researcher explains how public pressure on makeup manufacturers seems to work, and why it's "common sense" to keep plastic dishware out of the microwave.

Continue Reading

Silicon Valley Billionaire Battles Surfers Over Beach Access

KQED Science | January 13, 2014 | 123 Comments

Silicon Valley Billionaire Battles Surfers Over Beach Access

A small beach in Half Moon Bay has become ground zero for a drawn-out legal battle between locals and one Silicon Valley billionaire who would like to keep the public out.

Continue Reading

Our Ten Favorite Science Sounds of 2013

KQED Science | December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Ten Favorite Science Sounds of 2013

From whales and elephant seals to brain music and killer electrons, our best sounds of the year.

Continue Reading

SF Clothing Company Accused of Knowingly Selling Lead-Laden Products

KQED Science | December 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

SF Clothing Company Accused of Knowingly Selling Lead-Laden Products

Three youth-focused clothing chains, including San Francisco-based retailer Charlotte Russe, sell products with illegal levels of lead, according to an Oakland-based nonprofit group.

Continue Reading

Historic San Jose Observatory Faces Closure

KQED Science | December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Historic San Jose Observatory Faces Closure

Lick Observatory, on top of Mount Hamilton, is in danger of being mothballed if University of California officials can't come up with new sources of revenue.

Continue Reading

Jupiter’s Moon Has Vast Geysers, Says NASA

KQED Science | December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jupiter’s Moon Has Vast Geysers, Says NASA

If there’s life swimming around in Europa's ice-covered oceans, the geysers are most certainly spewing it into the atmosphere, where future NASA missions might be able to grab and study it.

Continue Reading

En Route to Jupiter, Juno Sends First-Ever Video of Earth and Moon

KQED Science | December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

En Route to Jupiter, Juno Sends First-Ever Video of Earth and Moon

In San Francisco this week, NASA scientists presented rare video footage of the Earth and moon, plus a first for citizen space science.

Continue Reading

Meet ISON, the “Comet of the Century” That, Sadly, Wasn’t

KQED Science | November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Meet ISON, the “Comet of the Century” That, Sadly, Wasn’t

Comet ISON may not have survived its close brush with the Sun, but astronomers are still going to "study the heck out of it," says Foothill College astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi.

Continue Reading

It’s Official: Toxic Flame Retardants No Longer Required in Furniture

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 20 Comments

It’s Official: Toxic Flame Retardants No Longer Required in Furniture

California overturns a nearly 40-year-old law that made your sofa potentially menacing.

Continue Reading

NASA Launches its New Mars Mission

KQED Science | November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

NASA Launches its New Mars Mission

NASA's newest Mars probe, MAVEN is now shooting through the solar system. A mere 440 million miles stand between the robotic explorer and its final destination: the Martian atmosphere.

Continue Reading