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Sanden Totten is KPCC's Science Reporter. He covers everything from space exploration and medical technology to endangered species and the latest earthquake research. He's also co-producer of Brains On!, a podcast for kids and curious adults about the scientific mysteries of the universe.

Before joining KPCC's Science Desk, Sanden was a producer for Take Two and the Madeleine Brand Show. He began his career in journalism at Minnesota Public Radio where he co-created the show "In The Loop," and helped develop the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing tool designed to bring unique perspectives to the news.

Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “Best Radio Medical and Science Reporting” and the National Entertainment Journalism's award for “Best Radio News Story.” In 2011 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, he graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a BA in Psychology and English.

Sanden has lived in Sweden and Japan and speaks both languages. He's a fan of comics, fast music and movies about time travel.

Stories by Sanden Totten

2013: A look back on the year in space

Russian fireball, zero-gravity Bowie cover among this year's highlights from the final frontier

'King tides' are coming to California

The phenomenon is the result of a new moon and the Earth's making its closet pass to the sun.

Here's why LA's outdoor ice rinks don't melt

Sure, it's warm and sunny in Southern California this Christmas, but that won't stop people from ice skating. Find out why, and where to go.

Natural History Museum removes reference to 'God' amid controversy

In the face of growing controversy, the Museum of Natural History has removed from a wall at the museum a quote from an anonymous donor that evokes God.

Why is Antarctica's Totten Glacier shrinking faster than its neighbors?

Totten Glacier is a massive ice sheet in Eastern Antarctica. It's shrinking much faster than other glaciers. New research looks at why.

Rising ocean acidity may lead to extremely anxious fish

New research suggests that as the level of acidity in the oceans rise, fish may start behaving very strangely.

Fans, friends gather to remember Paul Walker at crash site

Actor Paul Walker, star of the "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, died in a violent car accident Saturday. The driver was a friend and fellow racing enthusiast.

Lawyer: Alleged serial killer Ocampo died from ingesting Ajax

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, apparently accumulated the cleaning product over time while in custody, said his attorney, Michael Molfetta.

Thanksgivukkah: Behind the rare convergence of lunar, solar calendars

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah usually don't mix, but this year they overlap. We take a look at why they coincide this year — and why the won't again for 70,000 years.

The 405: A freeway tour through eons of geology (photos)

The project to expand the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may be a headache, but it's also a rare chance to see the insides of a mountain range.

Despite the rain, forecasters predict more drought likely in CA

It may be rainy in Southern California today, but NOAA climate scientists say even average precipitation this winter won't be enough to reverse the state's continuing drought conditions.

El Niño? La Niña? Nope. This winter, it's La Nada

Close to average temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean mean it's just as likely Southern California will have a dry winter as a wet one.

Video: NASA launches MAVEN mission to explore Mars' atmosphere

The MAVEN satellite launched Monday and will probe whether solar winds have been slowly chipping away at Mars' atmosphere. Watch the launch live.

How Typhoon Haiyan became so powerful

Haiyan is being described as a "super storm." Several factors led to its powerful rains and wind.

The science of fireballs and shooting stars

Most meteors are created by debris left by comets and asteroids. They can produce impressive light shows that give scientists clues about what they are made of.