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.

Problems were raised recently with a 73-year-old doctoral dissertation that claimed to describe the effects of plague germs on monkeys in a controlled...
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9.21.2018
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Sleep studies have often focused on the duration of sleep, with an optimal eight hours being key to health. But consistency in bedtime could be just as key.
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9.21.2018
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Tiny earthquakes in the area of San Jacinto and San Andreas faults have given rise to a new theory: there is a “deep creep” of plate drift that has not been...
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9.20.2018
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Researchers are using a DNA testing database to isolate the handful of cartels and ports that are continuing to ply the illegal ivory trade.
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9.20.2018
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On New Year’s Day, the New Horizons spacecraft will venture into uncharted territory at the farthest reaches of the solar system.
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9.19.2018
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A new study of energy consumption suggests that human societies tend to converge together in a kind of “globalization” pattern—even as far back as 10,000 years...
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9.19.2018
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The tropics are expanding outward from the Equator due to the various factors causing climate change, according to a new study.
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9.18.2018
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A new study of traces left on stone mortars in an ancient cemetery in modern-day Israel shows beer may have been with us as far back as 13,000 years ago.
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9.18.2018
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A new study uses advanced weather radar and complex screening algorithms to determine the staggering number of birds going one way, and coming back.
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9.17.2018
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The particulate matter from air pollution was found in a small sampling of placentas, according to new research.
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9.17.2018
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In 2006, The International Astronomical Union took a vote redefining what a planet was, leaving Pluto out. Now, researchers are suggesting that the vote was...
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9.7.2018
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Humans altering the land for farming steered the global climate off the natural course that was heading for another ice age, according to a new study.
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9.7.2018
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Humans altering the land for farming steered the global climate off the natural course that was heading for another ice age, according to a new study.
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9.7.2018
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Researchers extracted DNA from 13 skeletons uncovered in a burial site and found that most of them were related, and that their genetic ancestry came from...
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9.6.2018
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Goop, the “wellness empire” of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, settled a consumer protection lawsuit this week filed by local prosecutors alleging medical claims “...
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9.6.2018
10:04am
A new theory finds a collection of symptoms that Leonardo da Vinci captured with his brush, indicating that Lisa Gheradini had hypothyroidism.
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9.5.2018
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Now an epidemiological investigation has tied a novel flu strain, that nearly killed a woman, to the vector: the poultry in her backyard, and the wild birds...
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9.4.2018
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A large population-level study of aging people in Denmark has resulted in an “absolute” 10-year risk factor for developing various forms of dementia, including...
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9.4.2018
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The skies are finally clearing after a dust storm on Mars that caused Opportunity to lose communication back to Earth. Now NASA could make contact again, once...
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8.31.2018
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A group of scientists have reverse-engineered a very short, but stable, primal protein that may have been the first baby step toward life as we know it.
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8.31.2018
10:05am
A new study indicates that climate change made life impossible for the Neanderthals, who vanished amid food pressures in the increasingly inhospitable...
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8.30.2018
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The mystery illness that struck a series of American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba in late 2016 may have been microwave hearing, according to an expert.
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8.30.2018
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Tree felling is causing triple the carbon emissions. But the trees that survive provide a serious chance to bounce back environmentally.
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8.29.2018
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The extra deadly nature of a volcanic eruption was the toxic concoction spewed into the atmosphere, wiping the terrestrial and marine slates nearly clean,...
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8.29.2018
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The latest study, looking at millions of people in the health records of 195 countries and territories, found that alcohol was the seventh-leading risk factor...
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8.28.2018
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A team says they have cracked Jupiter's genesis: that the gas giant’s core was formed by the quick gathering of countless small pebbles, and only...
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8.28.2018
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Tesla, the car-battery-solar company has decided to stay publicly traded after some highly-public soul searching, according to a blog post by the inventor and...
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8.27.2018
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Volkswagen needs to do more to be transparent about steps it's taking to clean up its corporate workings, three years after American authorities announced...
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8.27.2018
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Isotope ratio mass spectrometry, which measures the abundance of isotopes in a sample, has proven to be a vital technique in forensic laboratories.
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8.24.2018
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A bone fragment recovered from the famed Denisova Cave in Siberia shows that it was from a female that had a father that was one of the Denisovans, and a...
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8.22.2018
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The waters of American lakes shifted from blue and clear to greenish-brown and murky over a period of five years, according to a new study.
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8.22.2018
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The culture in the Late Chalcolithic in the Levant, often referred to as the Ghassulian society, was different than what came before and after it, and it was...
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8.21.2018
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The moon's poles have locked away water ice in sheltered shadowy craters for millions of years, according to a new study,
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8.21.2018
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The global star cluster probably doesn't host any life.
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8.20.2018
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Chagas disease has now resulted in enough infections to prompt an official scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
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8.20.2018
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A nearly 6,000 year-old mummy that was conserved in prehistoric Egypt shows most of the same embalming “recipe” as those performed at the height of the...
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8.17.2018
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Researchers were finally able to crack the genetic sequence of wheat after 13 years of work and the involvement of 200 scientists from 73 institutions.
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8.17.2018
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The FDA has announced the approval of the first EpiPen generic by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, who will now be able to market the epinephrine auto-injectors,...
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8.16.2018
2:53pm
A series of independent laboratory tests have confirmed that roughly three-quarters of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, snack bars and other products have levels...
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8.16.2018
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