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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 email@example.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @amystanden.
Stories (249 archives)
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.
Proposition 37 could make California the first state in the country to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients. It's shaping up to be one of the most contentious and expensive battles on the state's November ballot. The ballot measure raises a host of issues -- but at the heart of it there are questions about science, and how it's perceived.
In the updated "Bible of psychiatry," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there's a new category called the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum. It includes not just OCD, but other behaviors that are far more common.