Sanden Totten Science Reporter
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
Last year, so many space fans flocked to JPL's annual Open House that some were turned away. Now, the space lab is using a ticket system to help manage the crowds.
USC and NASA are teaming up to send fungus to space in hopes that the harsh conditions there will jolt it into producing compounds that could be used in medicine.
Despite rain and snow up north, Southern California faces another summer of hot, dry, drought-like conditions. Farmers and water managers are already preparing.
Environmentalists worried the Marine's plan to relocate desert tortoises in the Mojave desert would endanger the animals. Now the Marines are delaying any action.
A Spider-Man-like adhesive inspired by geckos and developed at JPL could help NASA where glue and tape fail — the icy, cold vacuum of space.
Winter rains helped ease drought conditions in Northern California, but the southern half of the state remains in severe drought, according to NOAA's spring forecast.
Major reservoirs up north like Lake Shasta and Lake Orville are close to their historical average. Meanwhile, the reservoirs in Southern California are still low.
The mission, which would send a lander to detect marsquakes and study the planet's interior, has been delayed because a pivotal piece of equipment was flawed.
LISA Pathfinder is a new mission to test technology that could one day pave the way for gravitational wave detectors in space.
Weather watchers predicted this year's El Niño would soak Southern California and leave the Pacific Northwest dry. Instead, the opposite happened. What gives?
On the Brains On! podcast, kids (and adults) learn about and get engaged with the world around them. Help Brains On! grow by contributing to its $48,000 Kickstarter campaign.
Researchers estimate that the leak spewed more than 100,000 tons of greenhouse gas into the air, which would make this the nation's single largest methane release.
There's a fungus among us and it's threatening California's salamander populations. Here's why that's a big deal.
The space line founded by Sir Richard Branson unveiled the craft Friday afternoon at California's Mojave Air & Space Port, where it was assembled.
But scientists say extended dry periods are common in Sierra winters even during El Niños.