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 Jebel Qurma region of northeastern Jordan is considered a desolate place of desert and winds. A British soldier traveling through the area said it...
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7.21.2017
8:54am
Energy storage is one of the main limitations of solar power. But a new meta-analysis of the progress of green energy forecasts coming lithium-ion improvements...
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7.19.2017
12:51pm
The United States was engaged in a nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union for half a century. It came to be known as a Cold War, since most of the blows in the...
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7.17.2017
8:44am
A molecular pathway that connects the growth of hair across the human body could be key to future cosmetic treatments of baldness and unwanted growth,...
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7.14.2017
10:08am
For less than a penny, a new fungal test could find deadly pathogens that contaminate water, spoil crops, and kill an estimated 2 million people in the...
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7.13.2017
10:02am
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The six-month wait is over: a gigantic 5,800-square-kilometer Antarctic ice shelf monitored by scientists finally broke away this week. The Larsen C Ice Shelf...
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7.12.2017
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Some 200 species of vertebrates have gone extinct over the last century. The normal extinction rate would dictate that those species would die off over much...
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7.11.2017
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The discovery of water streaks on the slopes of Mars two years ago bolstered hopes back on Earth that there could be life on Mars. But the Martian environment...
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7.11.2017
10:00am
A herpes virus strain that infects nearly all of us at an early age may be the hidden agent behind multiple sclerosis and other tough neurological diseases,...
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7.10.2017
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The Swedish countess who discovered the culinary adaptability of potatoes – and thereby revolutionized agriculture in Northern Europe – was born 293 years ago...
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7.10.2017
10:04am
Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases, infecting an estimated 78 million people annually. The drug-resistant strains of the...
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7.7.2017
2:41pm
Chemotherapy opens a molecular door for metastasis, and the aggressive spread of breast cancer, according to a new study that promises to prompt some worries...
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7.7.2017
10:10am
Non-medical vaccine exemptions correlate geographically with spiking numbers of whooping cough, according to a new study. The link between pertussis and...
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7.6.2017
2:51pm
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Trihydrogen, an ion discovered a century ago, makes up most of the space between the stars, and is one of the most abundant forms of matter throughout the...
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7.6.2017
9:57am
Shortness and an increased risk for arthritis wouldn’t appear to be advantageous to human evolution. But if those traits hitched a genetic ride along with...
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7.5.2017
3:14pm
When Congress needs an answer to a complex question, they often turn to an agency known as the Congressional Research Service to do some digging. But the...
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7.5.2017
9:44am
A creationist geologist who sued the National Park Service to collect rocks from the Grand Canyon was issued his permits – and dropped his lawsuit. Andrew...
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7.3.2017
9:54am
A huge investigation into the effects of pesticides’ unintended consequences on honeybees has found some striking declines in parts of Europe.
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6.30.2017
10:13am
Human speech requires a variety of coordinated motor control involving a network stretching across the brain. Alzheimer’s disease, which degrades the brain,...
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6.29.2017
11:42am
Antiquities analysis requires a balance between scientific inquiry and preservation. Parts of artifacts or artwork can be destroyed by investigative techniques...
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6.29.2017
9:16am
Deep incisions and drilled holes along the top of 10,000-year-old skulls at the famed Gobkeli Tepe site is proof there was a “skull cult” that existed before...
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6.28.2017
3:28pm
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The American Chemical Society has sued a Kazakhstan-based science piracy website for making its subscription-only, copyrighted materials available in open...
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6.28.2017
9:48am
The online group Anonymous released a video last week in which a person behind a Guy Fawkes mask, voice distorted digitally, claims that a NASA scientist...
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6.27.2017
2:36pm
The owner of the Massachusetts-based drug compounding center who was blamed for a meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds and killed dozens nationwide was...
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6.27.2017
10:05am
The huge amounts of plastic that have been gradually leaching into the world’s bodies of water have come in microscopic, but constant amounts. So-called “...
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6.26.2017
2:54pm
The existence of a massive and far-off Planet Nine was proposed last year, based on the erratic movement of objects out in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. But...
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6.26.2017
10:07am
Darkness and sleep, and light and wakefulness, are linked in the circadian rhythm of zebrafish, much like it is in their human counterparts. One particular...
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6.23.2017
3:16pm
A woman in her 30s went to the doctor with symptoms of fatigue. She was diagnosed with “chronic Lyme disease” and other tick-borne germs. But her condition...
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6.23.2017
10:35am
Antimicrobials like triclosan are no better at killing bacteria than soap and water – and could actually instead help to fuel the rise of “superbugs,”...
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6.22.2017
3:08pm
Most genetic searchers for the roots of autism have compared massive populations of those on the spectrum with huge numbers of unrelated peers who are not. A...
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6.22.2017
10:02am
A new study of the overall economic and energy costs confirms some suspicions: corn is better off on your dinner plate than in your gas tank.
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6.21.2017
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A series of studies in recent years has linked older fathers with psychiatric disorders like autism and schizophrenia in their children. But the latest among...
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6.21.2017
10:12am
The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico – an oceanic blob of oxygen-low water that kills marine life – is forecast to expand to the size of New Jersey, according...
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6.20.2017
2:53pm
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a potential breakthrough in producing oil from algae. The two companies have collaborated on the promise of...
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6.20.2017
9:59am
The traditional thinking on electric cars: they are hooked up to the power grid to charge. But reversing that flow of energy from vehicles back into the grid...
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6.19.2017
3:09pm
Wildfires release three times the particulate pollution than traditionally believed – and serve as a major source of pollution during intense seasons,...
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6.19.2017
10:07am
The downward dog, the repetition of mantras and other mind-body interventions can actually affect the expression of your DNA, according to a new study.
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6.16.2017
3:12pm
The current cost to send a single person to Mars would be about $10 billion. But that price tag needs to come down to the median cost of a house in the United...
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6.16.2017
10:25am
The U.S. still leads the world in biomedical research, but its dominance is being lost to gains by emerging industries such as China, according to a new study...
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6.15.2017
2:44pm