Sanden Totten Science Reporter
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As a Science Reporter, Sanden covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Before joining Southern California Public Radio, Sanden worked at Minnesota Public Radio, where he was co-creator of In "The Loop," a program that made the audience part of the show. He was also part of the team behind the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing project designed to bring unique perspectives to news.
Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “best writing” and the National Entertainment Journalism's award for “best radio news story.” He was a 2011 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. With a BA in Psychology and English from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Sanden also attended school in Japan and Sweden, and speaks both languages.He is a fan of fast music, comics and movies about time travel.
Stories by Sanden Totten
Tesla's all electric Model S scored the highest possible rating in federal crash tests. The company released a statement claiming it's the safest car ever tested.
In 2014 NASA will launch three new scientific missions designed to study the effects of climate change on Earth.
Next year, NASA's JPL will launch three missions focused on Earth. One will track soil moisture, another will study global C02, and a third will monitor wind patterns.
Government employees regularly sample and test ocean water. It's their job to make sure people don't get sick from swimming in polluted areas.
Opponents of the Hollywood Millennium Towers say emails show the city had concerns about the fault that weren't included in an Environmental Impact Report.
Red tide is a dangerous phenomenon that can sicken and even kill sea animals. To help scientists understand these tidessan USC has designed a seafaring robot.
In its first year on the red planet, the six-wheeled rover has driven a little bit more than a mile, drilled into rocks and performed chemical and mineral analysis.
A squirrel was recently found with bubonic plague in Angeles National Forrest. It's just the latest case in a 100 year history of the disease in California.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is planning a west coast cruise to study how rising levels of ocean acid are affecting marine life.
Developing a new drug, exploring space or mapping the human brain can cost millions. So some researchers are turning to the public for funding.
Federal grants for scientific research are getting harder to get. So many scientists are turning to the public to help fund their studies.
It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11. Here are the stories of some of those who died, including the five Californians.
The NRDC releases its annual report on the state of the nation's beaches. Among the 30 states with coasts, California ranked 20th.
The supermoon will occur around 4 am PT Sunday, June 23rd. If you miss it, you'll have to wait until August 2014 to see the next one.
News reports abound with ominous terms like "structurally deficient" and "functionally obsolete." Here's a guide to help make sense of the techno-jargon.