Sanden Totten Science Reporter

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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

How much water are we using inside our homes?

The state has ordered communities across California to reduce water consumption by anywhere from 10 percent to 35 percent. Where in the home can we curb water use?

La Cañada among LA's worst when it comes to water use

La Cañada Flintridge used the most water per capita in L.A. County last month, according to a new report. Residents will need to start saving water soon.

How brain pathways are similar to airline flight patterns

New research yields a very complete picture of how mouse brains are wired. The findings could help researchers one day better understand the human mind as well.

Colorado River snowpack: better than Sierra's but still worrying

Southern California now gets about two-thirds of its water supply from the Colorado, but such deliveries are unsustainable if drought the in the Rockies continues.

Famous California sea otter dies after shark bite

Olive first made headlines in February 2009, when she was found covered in oil on Sunset State Beach.

30 new species of fly discovered in Los Angeles

Researchers sifted through tens of thousands of samples of insects to identity several new species of small fly living around Los Angeles.

New K-12 science standards emphasize hands-on learning

Schools have until 2017 to implement the new science standards, but a handful of districts, including Palm Springs Unified, are already piloting the new approach.

New 'Tsunami Playbooks' to help counties avoid disaster

The California Geological Survey and Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are creating tailor-made guidebooks to advise costal regions on dealing with tsunamis.

Mysterious ring fossils examined with help from social media

Geologists at UC Riverside turned to the social media site Reddit to help come up with possible explanations for bizarre, half-a-billion-year-old fossils.

Record heat destroys annual California poppy bloom

A large portion of the blossoms at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve were baked to death this past week as record heat hit in the area.

How to stay hydrated during Sunday's marathon

The L.A. Marathon's medical director suggests drinking three to six ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes during a marathon, slightly more on hot days.

Underground hot springs on Saturn moon? Study suggests yes

If confirmed, it would make the moon Enceladus the only other known body in the solar system besides Earth where hot water and rocks interact underground.

Fukushima radiation helps researchers study ocean currents

Scientists tracking radioactive isotopes from Fukushima are getting a clearer picture of how sea water cycles through the Pacific basin.

Mars Curiosity rover getting back to work after glitch

JPL engineers think a faulty circuit in the rover's drill bit is responsible for the malfunction that idled the machine last month. It should resume its work soon.

LA's fog disappearing due to urban heat

Over the last 60 years urban areas of Southern California have lost significant amounts of fog due to the heat created by paved roads and buildings.