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Geoff Brumfiel

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In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.

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Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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A Milestone Marked In Disposal Of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

President Obama has announced that the U.S. has completed disposal of the most sensitive parts of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The successful disposal is an impressive technical achievement, but serious questions remain about the regime's use of chemical weapons.

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Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Researchers created a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots to do their bidding. So far, the only job they're given is to arrange themselves into a shape. But future versions could perform all sorts of tasks.

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After 78 Years, A First: Math Prize Celebrates Work Of A Woman

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The International Mathematical Union has announced the four winners of its prestigious Fields Medal. The group includes Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prize in its long history.

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Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In November, Rosetta will release a lander about the size of a small refrigerator that will attempt to secure itself to the comet's surface using harpoons.

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In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The European Rosetta mission arrives at its target comet Wednesday morning. In the coming months, its lander unit will harpoon the space rock.

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After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There

Monday, August 04, 2014

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.

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To Find America's Nuclear Missiles, Try Google Maps

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some people were concerned about an NPR series that gave the locations of some missile facilities. In truth, the nation's intercontinental ballistic missiles are hiding in plain sight.

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How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A trip to an underground Air Force nuclear bunker becomes a unexpectedly delicious culinary experience. Just don't order the gravy bowl.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The most surprising thing about the latest film in the Marvel Universe may be as simple as its genre: while it certainly has your space battles and big fights, it's a straight-up comedy.

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Should America Keep Its Aging Nuclear Missiles?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The U.S. arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles is decades old and will have to be replaced. Now some are questioning whether the weapons are worth the cost.

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Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A small cadre of officers is responsible for keeping America's nukes on alert 24/7. Here's a peek into their world, and what it takes to do the job.

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To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

Monday, July 28, 2014

A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes.

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What Brought Down The Malaysian Airliner?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shortly after news broke that a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, suspicions began to swirl that the plane had been shot down.

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Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Researchers Aghast Over Discovery Of Smallpox Vials

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Federal health officials have found six vials of smallpox apparently forgotten in a lab storeroom. Officials want to know where the deadly virus came from and why it was left unsecured for so long.

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In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities.

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Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.

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Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

Monday, June 30, 2014

An earlier version of the satellite crashed into the ocean near Antarctica shortly after launch. Scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the second attempt.

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