Seth Augenstein
Senior Science Writer

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.

Ticks are the ultimate vector of disease: tiny insects hauling a dizzying array of viruses and bacteria varying from continent to continent, and forest to...
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2.24.2017
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Modern humans who do not have African ancestry can trace about two percent of their genome back to our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. Now a...
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2.24.2017
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The brainy teenagers of Britain drink more and smoke cannabis at greater rates – but are less likely to pick up the cigarette habit, according to a new study...
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2.23.2017
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The Human Parechovirus, one of the causes of the common cold, has been with us for a long time. It is one among many strains that make the rounds each autumn...
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2.23.2017
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Humanity has trained its telescopic eye on a series of far-off planets beyond our solar system that could be just the right temperature and size to hold life,...
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2.22.2017
2:38pm
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Researchers continue to look for painkiller substitutes amid the opioid epidemic, which is killing a growing numbers of thousands of Americans every year. The...
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2.22.2017
9:39am
An artificial antioxidant that counteracts free radicals released from the mitochondria can be used to stave off natural aging, a group of Russian and Swedish...
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2.21.2017
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A Chinese national who worked at a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas was convicted of conspiring to steal seeds of experimental rice, and send them...
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2.17.2017
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A tiny oil-rich Middle Eastern nation is aiming to lead humanity beyond Earth – and settle Mars in the 22nd century, according to the monarchical society’s...
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2.17.2017
9:50am
The DNA legacy of the first human settlers of the Americas has started to paint a complex picture of multiple waves of migration and genetic variation. Now it’...
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2.16.2017
3:33pm
Genetic engineering should be tightly controlled by stringent regulations – and should focus on treating disease, not enhancing the human species, according to...
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2.16.2017
9:41am
Autism can be predicted in most infants through measurements of the brain, according to a groundbreaking new study. Bigger brains between the ages of 6 and 12...
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2.15.2017
3:26pm
Deep underground in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the search for the dark matter of the universe will soon begin. A new project by the U.S. Department of...
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2.15.2017
9:45am
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Hospital staff will tell you anecdotally that amid heavy snowstorms, they will see an uptick in heart attacks coming into their emergency rooms – ostensibly...
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2.14.2017
3:07pm
Animal protection groups have sued the USDA, saying the agency’s removal of standard online records two weeks ago violates the Freedom of Information Act.
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2.14.2017
10:15am
Two long-lasting chemicals used as dielectric insulators and flame retardants have leached into the deepest parts of the oceans, reports a new study.
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2.13.2017
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A white dwarf star about 200 light years from our Earth holds the ingredients for incubating life, according to a new study.
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2.13.2017
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NASA researchers have developed a new branch of silicon carbide tools that can extend exploration on hot surfaces, like Venus, up to weeks – and perhaps even...
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2.9.2017
2:55pm
A team from Hebrew University says they’ve unearthed an undiscovered 12th cave in the West Bank that contained more scrolls – until the cave was cleared out by...
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2.9.2017
9:27am
Included within the recommendations are immunization plans for accelerated HPV vaccines for children and teens, two-dose meningitis shots for adolescents, and...
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2.8.2017
3:13pm
The experiments themselves sound like something out of a horror movie: electrodes plunged into the skulls of subjects, who are alternately shown movie clips of...
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2.8.2017
10:11am
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The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has uncovered enormous, unknown geoglyphs carved into the Earth itself 2,000 years ago, according to a new study.
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2.7.2017
2:55pm
A gel injection blocking the travel of sperm has been proven to be an effective birth control in monkeys – and trials in human males could be coming soon.
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2.7.2017
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Snails, clams, squid and octopus all can trace their family tree back to a common ancestor: a spiky and helmeted little slug which lived 480 million years ago...
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2.6.2017
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Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to present hurdles to the scheduled cleanup of the site. The plan to decommission some fuel from one of the...
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2.6.2017
9:56am
Mexico City air was so bad two decades ago, that locals said it was the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Slowly, the city of 17 million...
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2.3.2017
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DNA extracted from human bones buried in a cave 8,000 years ago in East Asia shows the Stone-Age peoples’ descendants have stayed very close to home, according...
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2.3.2017
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A new CDC rule scheduled to take effect on Feb. 21 allows the federal health agency to quarantine "ill" aircraft passengers flying into the U.S. for...
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2.2.2017
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A massively long cable that was intended to be deployed in orbit to drag down and incinerate thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth has hit a...
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2.1.2017
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The island of Mauritius, a tropical destination in the Indian Ocean due east of Madagascar, was the hub of a lost continent hundreds of millions of years ago,...
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2.1.2017
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Nearly 70 bills encouraging the teaching of theories other than evolution – creationism or intelligent design, or some combination thereof – were pushed in...
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1.31.2017
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Crystals repeat in their atomic structure through space. But a team of scientists have demonstrated that they can also repeat in time – and in so doing, they...
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1.30.2017
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The three astronauts were scheduled to lift off in February 1967, the first manned mission of the program that had its sights set on placing American...
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1.27.2017
9:56am
Commercial tomatoes have been selected for size, hardiness, bigger yields and brighter colors by farmers since World War II. Left by the genetic wayside was...
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1.26.2017
3:19pm
The world has inched closer to global disaster, according to the latest update to the Doomsday Clock. The Clock was advanced 30 seconds forward this morning,...
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1.26.2017
10:29am
Whatever does not kill you does not necessarily make you stronger. Infections in infants are now linked to shorter protective parts of DNA that are markers of...
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1.25.2017
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The crypt-keeper wasp victimizes another wasp, laying in its insides the larva that will eventually erupt as adults straight through the head of the host,...
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1.25.2017
1:35pm
The administration of President Donald Trump is reining in federal agencies, their message – and some science funding. The new directives from various federal...
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1.24.2017
3:06pm
The Anasazi were a regional powerhouse in the American Southwest – and the ruins of their settlements are still perhaps the most startling archaeological finds...
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1.24.2017
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