Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:
Thursday, April 30, 2015
A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
A new analysis of particles believed to be from the bottom of oceans inside Enceladus suggests the moon is toasty warm.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Environmentalists and Democrats have launched investigations into the funding of climate skeptics. Some say the probes are necessary, while others worry they could rightly be seen as harassment.
Friday, March 06, 2015
NASA's Dawn mission has reached its destination and is orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. It's the end of an odyssey to explore an odd, in-between world.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
The U.S. Navy has completed the largest robotic survey of the Arctic ever attempted. Warming waters are absorbing more sunlight and melting more ice there each summer, the gizmos and gliders suggest.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The administration says the reactors are good for the climate, good for American industry and for strengthening ties with India. But some worry the deal also has a dark side.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Two scientists say the New England Patriots could have gained some advantage from deflating a ball in Sunday's game. But was it worth the risk?
Thursday, January 15, 2015
A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.