Amy Standen

Amy Standen (@amystanden) is co-host of #TheLeapPodcast (subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher!) and host of KQED and PBSDigital Studios' science video series, Deep Look.  Her science radio stories appear on KQED and NPR. Email her at astanden@kqed.org

Debate Takes on Safety of Flame Retardants

[UPDATE: EPA announces plans to study whether flame retardant chemicals are safe] Does injecting sofas and armchairs with flame retardants hurt us or protect us? That debate took place in Sacramento Tuesday as part of a hearing on an arcane but controversial law known as TB117. According to TB117, which was established in 1975, all … Continue reading Debate Takes on Safety of Flame Retardants →

NASA Robot Approaches Mars

Updates from NASA If all goes well, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, NASA’s Curiosity Lander will touch down on the surface of Mars, ending a 352-million-mile journey that began last November. That’s a big “if.” NASA engineers have half-jokingly referred to the landing as the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” referring to the time … Continue reading NASA Robot Approaches Mars →

Victim of Bacterial Meningitis at VA Lab Named; Lab Worked With Several Strains

The 25-year old lab worker who died on Saturday from a bacterial infection has been identified as Treasure Island resident Richard Din. Din died of a form of bacterial meningitis that he likely caught while working in a San Francisco VA lab. According to the VA, Din was working with Neisseria meningitidis serotype B, a … Continue reading Victim of Bacterial Meningitis at VA Lab Named; Lab Worked With Several Strains →

Lab Accident at San Francisco VA Leaves Man Dead of Bacterial Meningitis

A young lab assistant at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco died on Saturday after becoming infected with a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis that he had been working with in the lab. Officials at the VA wouldn’t release the man’s name, but said he was 25 years old and had been working at … Continue reading Lab Accident at San Francisco VA Leaves Man Dead of Bacterial Meningitis →