Geoff Brumfiel

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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

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.


Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

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.

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Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

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.


As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

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.


NASA Probe Reaches Orbit Around Dwarf Planet

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.


Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

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.


'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

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.


Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

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.


Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

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.


Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side

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.


X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

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.


Scientists Say The NFL's 'Deflate-Gate' Isn't All Hot Air

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?


Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

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.


Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

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.


SpaceX Plans A Perfect Landing

Monday, January 05, 2015

The space firm will send a supply capsule into orbit, and then try a new way to recover the part of the rocket that carried it. If it works, the cost of going to space could be reduced dramatically.


A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens, families of the lost passengers and crew struggle to cope. Many are unwilling to declare their loved ones dead.


Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.


Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Close stars as a suburban matron in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 play. She tells NPR about the timelessness of Albee's play and getting a nosebleed in the middle of a recent matinee.


Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Monday, December 08, 2014

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All of the others have been, well, crummy.


Lots Of Work Remains After Successful Orion Launch

Friday, December 05, 2014

NASA successfully launched and landed a test version of its next-generation Orion spacecraft on Friday morning. The unmanned test is the first for the follow-on to the shuttle.