Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:
Friday, February 24, 2017
A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Trump transition at the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a bumpy start. External communications have been frozen, and this morning NPR reported that even academic papers by agency scientists will be subject to review during the transition.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."
Friday, January 13, 2017
A company has submitted a design for what it describes as a "modular" nuclear power plant — a radical departure from other nuclear plants. Each module would be small enough to fit on a flat-bed truck.
Friday, January 06, 2017
Many independent arms control experts suspect that North Korea will test a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. later this year. There may not be much the U.S. can do about it.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A new analysis of existing data suggests that MH370, which vanished in March 2014, might have gone down to the north of the existing search area in the Indian Ocean.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
New satellite photos suggest Russia is preparing to base new nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The missiles are likely meant as a warning to the West.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Why and when tickling makes us laugh is still mysterious. But researchers who studied what happens in rat brains when they're tickled say they emit ultrasonic giggles, too — when in the mood for fun.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
A new analysis of debris found from the plane suggests it was not attempting an emergency landing.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The remains of two titanosaur species discovered in Australia provide clues about how ancient plant-eaters proliferated.
Friday, October 14, 2016
It can be hard for different animals to get along, but Pea and Jotto have figured it out.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to David Thouless, who gets half the prize, and Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, who share the other half.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Scientists are worried about how Britain's departure from the European Union would hurt the continent's mega-projects and its researchers. Scientific collaboration "should know no borders," says one.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Two individuals have been flown out of the South Pole in the dead of Antarctic winter. It's only the third such evacuation ever conducted.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
A sick worker at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station must be evacuated by plane at the height of the Antarctic winter. The current temperature is -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
For the second time in recent months, scientists say they have picked up distortions in space and time. The find suggests smaller-sized black holes may be more numerous than many scientists thought.
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.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Researchers have created tiny robots that can perch on surfaces, which could someday make them useful for communications and surveillance.
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.