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.

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
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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
10:15am
As the Trump Administration continues to reshuffle the cards in Washington, D.C., the CDC has a new acting director. Anne Schuchat, who has a long history of...
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1.23.2017
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The death rate for cervical cancer had been pushed down over decades through a combination of screening, awareness and modern medical vigilance against its...
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1.23.2017
10:07am
In one of the first actions in office, Trump’s administration has now promptly eliminated all mentions of climate change off the White House website. On the...
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1.20.2017
3:01pm
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The adage “move it or lose it” holds true – even down to your DNA, says a new study. Sedentary living means shorter telomeres at the ends of chromosomes – and...
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1.20.2017
10:20am
Heart failure affects nearly 6 million people in the United States alone at any one time. Besides transplants, mechanical implants like ventricular assist...
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1.19.2017
2:57pm
King Solomon had enormous wealth, in addition to his legendary wisdom, as the Old Testament recounts. Now archaeologists may have found a major economic source...
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1.19.2017
8:56am
Surface temperatures on Earth were the warmest ever recorded in 2016—marking the third year in a row the record was set. The analysis came from 6,300 sources...
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1.18.2017
1:26pm
The Donald will get his moth. Donald J. Trump, to be sworn in as the 45th President of the U.S.A. on Friday, is the namesake of a new species of twirler moth...
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1.18.2017
10:00am
Lawyers, with the gift of gab and the artful dodge, have historically made up a majority of Congress. Now a non-profit group is looking to draft scientists to...
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1.17.2017
3:12pm
If educated people delay having children and have fewer of them, while the uneducated procreate at prodigious rates, does the population get dumber?
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1.17.2017
9:50am
Tiny strokes leaving lesions in the brain could be responsible for vascular cognitive impairment and dementia, once they begin to pile up in the gray matter,...
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1.16.2017
2:57pm
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The man was dressed like a business executive as he boarded the plane, with a dark suit and black tie, on the afternoon of Nov. 24, 1971. Once the Northwest...
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1.16.2017
10:25am
Fiat Chrysler received a notice of violation for allegedly falsifying emissions checks, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
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1.12.2017
3:17pm
Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides are effective at killing unwanted plant growth, and are widely used across the globe. But scientists have...
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1.12.2017
10:05am
A musician’s timing and coordination through an instrument could improve general reaction time, according to a new study.
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1.11.2017
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The woman died at the time of pregnancy, around the age of 30. She was buried in the remains of the legendary city of Troy, some 800 years ago. But her...
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1.10.2017
2:54pm
Jeanette Epps, 46, will launch in May 2018 to be a flight engineer on Expedition 56, and will remain on board the ISS for Expedition 57, NASA announced last...
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1.10.2017
9:14am
Is history hidden in the words we read and write about the world around us? A massive study of 150 years of digitized British newspapers says events can be...
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1.9.2017
3:04pm
A new report reignites the call to make forensic science more quantitative, and casts doubt on work done in the lab.
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1.9.2017
2:04pm
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A medical oddity discovered in a Japanese girl has shed new light on a very rare medical condition. The 16-year-old girl underwent an emergency appendectomy....
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1.9.2017
9:40am
Fossils of tomatillos from 52 million years ago have been unearthed from the Argentinian soil. The findings, from the Physalis genus, which make up important...
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1.6.2017
2:50pm
A genetically-engineered form of malaria has been proven as a successful vaccine that could potentially save millions of lives. Ten human subjects were...
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1.6.2017
9:38am
A new syndrome involving cycles of vomiting and trips to the emergency room has been tied to extreme marijuana use, according to multiple news reports.
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1.5.2017
3:09pm
The complex responses to attack and defeat pathogens like chickenpox or other germs is driven mostly by what is in our DNA – while the innate, constantly-on-...
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1.5.2017
10:06am
An independent group of researchers has verified the same findings as a 2015 NOAA report: there was no global warming hiatus. The paper, published today,...
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1.4.2017
2:48pm
New studies are identifying the harmful proteins within the structure of the Zika virus, confirming its role in deadly conditions such as microcephaly – and...
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1.4.2017
8:59am
RMS Titanic sped across the Atlantic in the spring of 1912, striking an unseen iceberg and sinking with some 1,500 of those aboard. It has since become the...
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1.3.2017
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The amount of dark matter, the hidden mass making up a huge proportion of the universe, has decreased since the Big Bang, according to calculations by a team...
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12.30.2016
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Microscopic plaque on the teeth of our ancestors showed a bit of what was on the menu 1.2 million years ago. It also provides evidence of oral hygiene through...
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12.28.2016
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High body mass index, or BMI, changes the way DNA is expressed. Nearly 200 loci of the genome are affected by obesity and weight stressors – through the...
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12.27.2016
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Ebola virus was first discovered in Africa in 1976, and there have been intermittent outbreaks on the continent ever since. The biggest yet started in 2013 and...
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12.27.2016
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The Campi Flegrei supervolcano last fully erupted roughly 39,000 years ago, certainly the most powerful phenomenon of its kind in European history. But now...
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12.22.2016
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Prions are rogue proteins that can cause debilitating brain diseases in certain patients – and can be spread through surgeries or blood transfusions. Two new...
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12.22.2016
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The U.S. military had placed blast gauges on the heads of thousands of soldiers in Afghanistan to measure the potential damage caused by explosions. But the...
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12.21.2016
3:06pm
A breath test may be able to diagnose life-threatening conditions such as cancers or brain disease. The nano array, made of gold particles and single-walled...
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12.21.2016
9:34am
From David Bowie’s alien troubadour to a warlike Star Trek alien race, otherworldly inspirations have informed some of the naming of Earth’s species unveiled...
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12.20.2016
2:45pm
Female doctors have been shown in some studies to stick closer to clinical guidelines, provide more preventative care and communicate with patients more...
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12.20.2016
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