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Geoff Brumfiel

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Lawmakers Reach A Deal To Expand Regulation Of Toxic Chemicals

Friday, May 20, 2016

If it passes, the compromise bill would be the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act in more than four decades. Supporters say it gives the EPA more power to ensure chemical safety.

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WATCH: 'Robot Flies' Learn To Stick The Landing

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Researchers have created tiny robots that can perch on surfaces, which could someday make them useful for communications and surveillance.

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In Polluted India, Negative Ion Necklaces Vow To Help You Breathe Easier

Thursday, May 12, 2016

In India, there is money to be made fighting air pollution. NPR examines one product geared towards the bad air: a negative ion necklace.

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NIH Announces Leadership Shake-Up At Renowned Research Hospital

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Following a string of safety lapses, the National Institutes of Health is making changes at its Clinical Center, the world's largest research hospital.

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Geologists Find Clues In Crater Left By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Friday, May 06, 2016

Scientists drilling beneath the Gulf of Mexico have hit the layer deposited when an asteroid the size of Staten Island, N.Y., hit Earth. Samples might contain details from that fateful day.

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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

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Scans Show 'Brain Dictionary' Groups Words By Meaning

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brain maps constructed by MRI show that language meaning is distributed throughout the brain's outer layer. And it turns out that different people organize language in similar ways.

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Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The theoretical physicist is part of a team that wants to send postage-stamp-size probes to our closest star system, Alpha Centauri. But can they get the proper permits?

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Ambitious Project Would Use 'Starchips' To Travel To Alpha Centauri

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Internet Billionaire Yuri Milner on Tuesday announced plans to travel to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. A trip would take thousands of years with existing technology.

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SpaceX Rocket Sticks The Landing After Resupply Mission

Friday, April 08, 2016

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to resupply the International Space Station and landed the rocket on a drone ship at sea on Friday.

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Why Analysts Aren't Laughing At These Silly North Korean Photos

Monday, March 21, 2016

North Korea's bombastic propaganda and unpredictable leadership have made it a topic of frequent parody. But experts say it's time to take the nation's nuclear capabilities more seriously.

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Water, Soil And Radiation: Why Fukushima Will Take Decades To Clean Up

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Five years after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, progress has been made, but there's still plenty to do.

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How Google's Neural Network Hopes To Beat A 'Go' World Champion

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

On Wednesday in South Korea, a Google AI program will take on a top-level player in the ancient game of Go. Here's what you need to know.

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Astronauts Back Home After A Year In Space

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent most of a year on the International Space Station. Their landing brings an epic mission to an end.

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Scott Kelly Reflects On His Year Off The Planet

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

"I have taken a lot of pictures because I've been up here for a long time," NASA astronaut Scott Kelly said during a recent press conference from the International Space Station. "I've definitely taken some good ones and some memorable ones."

When he returns to Earth on Tuesday evening, ...

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Scott Kelly Reflects On His Year Off The Planet

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

During his 340 days aboard the International Space Station, the astronaut documented his time there with hundreds of photos. Kelly says the perspective makes him feel like an environmentalist.

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Sea Levels Rose Faster Last Century Than In Previous 2,700 Years, Study Finds

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A new study suggests that sea levels are rising at an unprecedented rate and that the problem will continue well into this century.

"Sea level rise in the 20th century was truly extraordinary by historical standards," says Bob Kopp, an associate professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers ...

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U.S. Navy Brings Back Navigation By The Stars For Officers

Monday, February 22, 2016

A decade after phasing out celestial navigation from its academy courses, the U.S. Navy has restarted that formal training. The shift comes at a time of growing anxiety over possible threats to GPS.

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Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves

Friday, February 12, 2016

On Thursday, researchers announced the discovery of gravitational waves --wrinkles in the very fabric of space-time.

But behind the headlines and news conferences were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.

"It's profoundly satisfying that it came out the way ...

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As Black Holes Collide, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

Friday, February 12, 2016

Scientists have seen gravitational ripples from two black holes colliding. The discovery is the culmination of decades of work. Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist a century ago.

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