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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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Should Wine Bottles Carry a Deposit?

KQED Science | February 3, 2014 | 16 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.

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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.

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Silicon Valley Billionaire Battles Surfers Over Beach Access

KQED Science | January 13, 2014 | 134 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 25 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.

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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.

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Why Astronauts and Telecommunications Companies Fear the ‘Solar Maximum’

KQED Science | November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why Astronauts and Telecommunications Companies Fear the ‘Solar Maximum’

Every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun changes its polarity (in fact, this may already be happening) sending a ripple of changing current out way past Pluto, to the outer reaches of the heliosphere. This solar "flip" is happening now.

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Meditation May Ease PTSD in Combat Vets

KQED Science | November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Meditation May Ease PTSD in Combat Vets

The crisis of post-traumatic stress disorder -- both for newly returned vets and Vietnam vets who have lived with PTSD for decades -- is forcing the US military to explore some unorthodox treatments, including "compassion meditation."

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Meteor Crashed with the Force of 600,000 Tons of TNT, Say Scientists (And It’ll Happen Again)

KQED Science | November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Meteor Crashed with the Force of 600,000 Tons of TNT, Say Scientists (And It’ll Happen Again)

The Chelyabinsk meteor was a 65-foot hunk of space rock that entered the Earth's atmosphere at about 12 miles per second before exploding with a force equal to 600,000 tons of TNT, enough to level buildings and send 1,200 people to local hospitals.

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Kepler Team: Universe “Crowded” with Earth-Like Planets

KQED Science | November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kepler Team: Universe “Crowded” with Earth-Like Planets

A NASA scientist sums it up: “If we ever get star travel, we’ll probably see a lot of traffic jams.”

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How to Fly a Model Helicopter With Your Brain and Other Adventures in EEG Gaming

KQED Science | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to Fly a Model Helicopter With Your Brain and Other Adventures in EEG Gaming

In recent years EEGs, devices that measure brain waves, have gotten easier to use and much less expensive. They used to be mainly for scientific and medical research, but now developers are coming up with ways to harness them for fun.

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Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

KQED Science | October 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

The NIH has launched a five-year, $25 million dollar effort to explore what may be one of the great ethical dilemmas of the 21st century: Just because we can do genetic testing on infants, should we?

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What Does an Epileptic Seizure Sound Like?

KQED Science | October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

What Does an Epileptic Seizure Sound Like?

A neurologist collaborates with a music professor to translate the electrical signals of hidden seizures into sound. The result: a "stethoscope for the brain."

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Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

KQED Science | September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

Researchers wanted to know: Now that they've been banned, how soon would a controversial class of flame retardants called PBDEs start disappearing from women's bodies? The answer: Sooner than they thought.

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Epilepsy Reveals the Brain in Action

KQED Science | September 20, 2013 | 3 Comments

Epilepsy Reveals the Brain in Action

It's common sense: If you want to study the brain, open it up and take a look. That's not an opportunity scientists often get. One rare exception: patients with severe epilepsy, who volunteer their time as research subjects in the course of their treatment.

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