KQED Radio Staff
Amy Standen is a radio reporter for QUEST, KQED's science and environment show. She was born and raised in San Francisco, but cut her teeth in public radio at New York City's KPFA. Since then, she's been a producer on Pulse of the Planet, editor of Terrain Magazine and an editor at Salon, and a "roving reporter" for KALW's Philosophy Talk. These days, she reports features and news spots for KQED News and QUEST and contributes frequently to NPR.
A recipient of the James Madison Freedom of Information Award, Amy's work has also been recognized by the National Association of Public Radio News Directors and Northern California's Society of Professional Journalists.
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Stories (241 archives)
People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered -- and that requires watching the human brain in action. We meet one patient who has volunteered to let scientists study his brain by opening it up.
Investigators say the massive Rim Fire began when a hunter let an illegal fire get out of control. And they've found the precise spot where it happened. So how exactly do they do that?
A law intended to protect Californians from toxic chemicals may be getting an overhaul. Proposition 65 requires business owners to post warning signs anywhere consumers could be exposed to chemicals -- from lead to car exhaust. State regulators hoping to reform the law say the law has created a cottage industry for unscrupulous lawyers.
After scientific research at UC Irvine tied certain chemicals to the loss of ozone in the earth's atmosphere, nearly 200 nations pledged to phase out their use with the signing of the Montreal Protocol. But in California, where the state's $2.3 billion strawberry industry has come to rely on the chemical methyl bromide, a new report by the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation suggests strawberry growers will be using it for years to come.
It's been called a modern-day moonshot, "revolutionary science" and "the mother of all boondoggles." It's the National Ignition Facility in Livermore. NIF is a $5 billion taxpayer-funded super laser project whose goal is to create nuclear fusion inside a laboratory. But so far that hasn't happened.