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.

In a galaxy 22 million light-years distant, a black hole was born. For the first time in recorded history, humans were watching the astronomical phenomenon,...
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5.25.2017
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Societies in the Americas were complex and thrived millennia before the arrival of Europeans, according to a growing body of anthropological and genetic...
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5.25.2017
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The Chemical Safety Board has investigated about 130 chemical-related industrial accidents over two decades. Like many science-related federal funding items,...
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5.24.2017
3:33pm
Gonorrhea cases have continued to climb as STD rates have recently spiked across the nation. But doctors have had one less drug in their toolkit over the last...
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5.24.2017
10:01am
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, could observing something as simple as pupil dilation indicate which of the survivors will be slammed with depression?
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5.23.2017
2:56pm
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KIC 8462852, popularly known as Tabby’s Star, has been spotted dimming its light again inexplicably. The star that has been the focus of theories about alien...
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5.23.2017
10:03am
A massive genetic study of individuals has identified 52 genes that appear to drive intelligence levels. The genes – including 40 totally new discoveries –...
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5.22.2017
3:03pm
Switzerland voted for a pivotal new energy plan that includes phasing out nuclear power in favor of renewables. The referendum held Sunday passed by an...
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5.22.2017
10:00am
The majority of U.S. travelers who visit a doctor prior to traveling are already immune to measles, primarily from already receiving the appropriate vaccines....
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5.19.2017
3:11pm
Antarctica has progressively grown more plant life like moss over the last 50 years. The cause is climate change, say British researchers. The conclusions were...
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5.19.2017
10:13am
The urban centers of the United States have progressively started to use water more efficiently over the last several decades. But at the same time, rural...
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5.18.2017
3:22pm
Every so often, the slate is wiped clean on the Earth. The “mass extinction” events that come close to wiping out life on the planet have been triggered by...
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5.18.2017
9:44am
Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a strange phenomenon started. The tropical forests of some Central American countries began disappearing at an ever-...
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5.17.2017
9:58am
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The survivors of Ebola virus, one of the most aggressive hemorrhagic fevers known to man, have felt the aftereffects in the months and years since their...
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5.16.2017
3:09pm
Henderson Island is roughly halfway between Australia and South America in the South Pacific. It is a unique site, with dozens of diverse species of flora and...
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5.16.2017
10:00am
CODIS was set up nearly 30 years ago with an eye toward making it an exacting identification system based on 13 markers. Those 13 locations, or loci, on the...
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5.15.2017
3:14pm
The HIV/AIDS epidemic appeared in the early 1980s in the United States, gradually spreading to millions, and killing thousands. But now the end could be in...
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5.15.2017
10:20am
Every so often, oxygen levels on Earth plummet, causing mass extinctions globally. Such “anoxia” downturns take a long time to naturally reverse themselves –...
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5.12.2017
3:06pm
A regulation mandating more training and safeguards for people using the most toxic pesticides has been delayed for one year by the Environmental Protection...
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5.12.2017
10:03am
Superbugs currently making the rounds in some hospitals, killing patients and generally causing havoc, have apparently been a long time in coming. The...
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5.11.2017
3:07pm
In just a few years, there will be 9 billion people on the Earth. All those mouths will demand food – and especially animal protein. But the current waste...
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5.11.2017
9:56am
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A massive trove of MRI scans of babies during pregnancy and in the first weeks of life are being shared online by a British team.
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5.10.2017
3:18pm
A creationist geologist who has tried unsuccessfully for four years to get permits to collect rocks from the Grand Canyon to verify the Earth was created in...
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5.10.2017
10:41am
A new algorithm proposes a more-complex understanding of the development of proteins – and how their structure and function is driving those larger changes of...
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5.9.2017
2:45pm
It’s been a century since the last worldwide influenza pandemic. The next pandemic-level strain could be brewing in China, according to health officials. It’s...
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5.9.2017
9:43am
Hominids made a gigantic leap in tool making about 1.75 million years ago, when they started producing two-sided and shaped tools like axes and cleavers. For...
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5.8.2017
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Four years ago, teams doing some minor roadwork dug into the clay on campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They found 66 coffins buried from...
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5.8.2017
10:17am
One hundred years ago, thousands of British and Australian troops trained with shovels and explosives along a miles-long network of trenches in the Salisbury...
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5.4.2017
3:04pm
Stephen Hawking is one of the most influential minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. But besides theoretical physics, he also knows how to grab a headline....
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5.4.2017
9:57am
A queen’s path to the top of the hive is based on a bit of destiny – special pheromones – but also a bit of luck in timing, according to a new study in the...
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5.3.2017
3:10pm
Ketamine, an anesthetic that can cause hallucinations and has been used for decades as a recreational club drug, could be a valuable new anti-depressant,...
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5.3.2017
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The dead trees of the world’s forests could be a valuable and efficient source of a kind of oil, according to new research published by a team of scientists at...
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5.2.2017
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Regular use of low-dose aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs lowers the risk of certain breast cancers, a new study reports. The population-level study is...
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5.2.2017
10:01am
A whistleblower lawsuit filed against Duke University and two scientists that alleges fraud enabled them to secure $112 million in federal funding can proceed...
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5.1.2017
3:12pm
Contrary to many studies pointing to the downsides of stress, worrying actually has its physical and mental benefits, according to a new paper. The meta-...
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4.28.2017
3:15pm
Seventy years ago, a zoologist at Indiana University who collected and inspected millions of wasps for small variations began a very different project. Alfred...
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4.28.2017
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Heat blasts. Flying debris. Tsunamis and earthquakes. A major asteroid strike would rip havoc across the Earth, if large enough. A new assessment of the...
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4.27.2017
3:07pm
Smashed mastodon bones unearthed in California show that hominids were in the Americas 100,000 earlier than previously thought. The controversial claims, based...
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4.27.2017
10:00am
The spacecraft Cassini’s swan song is making history today. The “Grand Finale,” as it’s being called by NASA, is to cut a path between Saturn and its rings – a...
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4.26.2017
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