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 Trump Administration’s EPA reversed an Obama-era petition to ban a widely-used pesticide. The new EPA said that the previous administration had not proven...
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3.30.2017
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The predominant theory in wildlife biology is that primates, like humans, developed bigger and bigger brains due to social pressures and species inter-...
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3.30.2017
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The military is now developing a new passive “third arm” attached to soldiers that would allow them to carry more, and perhaps even have better marksmanship.
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3.29.2017
2:55pm
A vicious cycle of pain strikes sufferers of peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Reduced blood flow in the legs of the some 8.5 million Americans who have the...
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3.29.2017
10:09am
President Donald Trump signed an executive order today reversing much of the climate change policy and regulations that were started during the two terms of...
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3.28.2017
2:53pm
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Some 18,000 water lines with lead and galvanized metal in Flint, Mich., will be replaced over the next three years, to settle a massive lawsuit residents...
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3.28.2017
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Rotavirus is a germ spread through fecal matter in drinking water in impoverished parts of the world. The main cause of severe diarrhea, it is estimated to...
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3.27.2017
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Those frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night may be a side effect of a salty diet, says a group of Japanese scientists. Known as nocturia,...
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3.27.2017
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Working-class white Americans at the turn of the millennium were living longer than their black and Hispanic peers. But in the 21st century, as minorities...
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3.24.2017
3:19pm
The U.S. has been “modernizing” its 20th century nuclear arsenal for about a decade. But while the stated goal has been to increase safety, and extend the life...
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3.24.2017
10:39am
The growth of forensic science and art has allowed a look into the faces of kings, from the famous Shakespearean villain Richard III, to the famed boy-pharaoh...
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3.23.2017
2:56pm
The Pavlovian response – the involuntary anticipation of reward – has been tracked to a small cluster of brain cells in mice, according to a UCLA team of...
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3.23.2017
10:10am
Addiction can be a strong mix of physical and mental programming proving insurmountably deadly – especially when it comes to substances like heroin. But a new...
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3.22.2017
3:25pm
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An ongoing excavation off Taiwan has shown that the Spanish were colonizing the Asian Pacific and spreading a trade network at the other end of the world as...
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3.22.2017
2:37pm
By using massive computing power to look within the DNA of a group of 70,000 patients with the disease, researchers were able to find commonalities to...
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3.22.2017
12:43pm
The Deep Space Atomic Clock has been in development for years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The ultra-precise clock, which represents the...
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3.22.2017
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Pluto was booted off the list of planets by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, a controversy that still smarts for some skywatchers. But Pluto...
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3.20.2017
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The owner of a Kansas laboratory that synthesized carbon-14 was federally indicted for illegally storing waste and attempting to obstruct agencies from...
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3.20.2017
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Autism can be accurately diagnosed in blood by a new algorithm assessing blood metabolites, according to a new study. The algorithm uses big data to find two...
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3.17.2017
3:23pm
At the climax of the Cold War's race for nuclear superiority, the U.S. detonated 210 atmospheric blasts around the world. Scientists captured the...
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3.17.2017
10:12am
The bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef reached “unprecedented” levels last year. And this year has brought yet more bleaching for the second year in a row –...
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3.16.2017
2:51pm
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Roundup is likely to be labeled as a known carcinogen in California, following a much-anticipated court decision last week. Monsanto pushed back against...
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3.16.2017
10:09am
Climate change is predicted to cause massive ecological shifts, crop failures, and resulting humanitarian chaos as humanity heads deeper into the 21st century...
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3.14.2017
2:38pm
Man’s best friend also knows how to play the angles on their masters. A group of dogs have shown that they can purposefully mislead humans to their own...
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3.14.2017
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The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, said that carbon dioxide produced through human industry and activities was not...
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3.13.2017
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Six years after the catastrophic nuclear meltdown, a new chapter for the Fukushima Daiichi plant will soon open. Even as residents prepare to move back into...
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3.13.2017
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An Indian spacecraft launched in 2008 to explore the moon was lost to scientists the next year. But using some calculations, deductive reasoning – and...
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3.10.2017
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A “colossus” that stood 8 meters tall in the ancient city of Heliopolis has been pulled from the mud of a modern-day Cairo slum. The statue was discovered...
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3.10.2017
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IBM scientists have shrunk one bit of data onto the world’s smallest magnet, consisting of a single encoded atom. The breakthrough could allow magnetic data...
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3.9.2017
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Mars has water locked and frozen in its surface, but it’s trapped within its rocky structure. Solar wind has whipped across the barren surface of the red...
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3.9.2017
10:40am
A protein pathway on the cell surface that goes rogue in a wide range of cancers can be blocked with a minimum of side effects, according to a new paper by...
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3.8.2017
3:27pm
Humanity is planning its forays out to reach Mars over the next few decades. Such trips would have to traverse an average 140 million miles of vacuum, and take...
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3.8.2017
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A young computer scientist at the University of Bristol had worked for years with his colleagues on an early version of quantum computing, currently known as a...
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3.7.2017
3:34pm
Social-media networks are meant to link you with long-lost school friends, college roommates, and Army buddies. But instead of establishing connections through...
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3.7.2017
9:37am
The “reproducibility crisis” in science has shown that individual laboratories can make attention-grabbing, sometimes even amazing, findings that make it into...
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3.6.2017
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Pollution and environmental hazards like dirty water continue to amass a staggering yearly death toll, mostly in the developing world, according to a new...
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3.6.2017
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Ancient skull fragments found in central China have characteristics like their Neanderthal cousins from halfway across the world, but also have some modern...
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3.3.2017
2:56pm
Humankind has left an indelible imprint on the Earth, leading some to propose a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Mining and human objects, from roads to...
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3.3.2017
10:19am
Humans have historically altered their environment, and have bred species for their own use. But it’s only recently that they have begun to tinker directly...
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3.2.2017
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