KQED Radio Staff
Amy Standen is a science reporter for KQED whose work also appears on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and other shows. She was a 2013-14 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Reporting and lives in San Francisco with her family.Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow her on Twitter at @amystanden.
Stories (252 archives)
Thirty miles south of San Francisco, Martins Beach was once a hidden gem, known to just a handful of surfers and folks who rented cottages along the shore. Those days are over. The small beach has become ground zero for a protracted legal battle between locals and one Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to keep the public out.
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.