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Geoff Brumfiel

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Friday, October 24, 2014

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from a comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas In The Sky Ease Congestion

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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LED Lights Shine In Nobel Prize; Now How About Your Home?

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The time has never been better to invest in LED lighting, with the price of LED bulbs — which use the Nobel-winning blue LEDs — now below $10 each.

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3 Win Nobel In Physics For New Light Source

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Scientists — 2 from Japan and 1 from the U.S. — have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source.

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A Simple Question Can Stop Ebola: How Do You Feel?

Friday, October 03, 2014

Modern medicine offers no easy way to spot Ebola early. The key to preventing an outbreak is still old-fashioned detective work.

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Officials In Dallas Race To Make Sure Ebola Virus Doesn't Spread

Friday, October 03, 2014

Federal, state and county health officials in Dallas are trying to figure out how many people had contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

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Health Officials Watch Those Who Had Contact With Dallas Ebola Patient

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Health officials in Texas say they will be looking at up to 100 people who may have come in contact with the Dallas Ebola patient or people close to him.

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.

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Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

Monday, September 22, 2014

The eruption has been going for weeks. So far it hasn't been catastrophic, but it has been creating new ground.

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How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Friday, September 19, 2014

Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here's how they compare.

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Ebola Outbreak Presents Special Challenges For U.S. Military

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On Tuesday, President Obama announced a larger U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that will put 3,000 troops on the front line. What can the military can provide and how quickly they can do it?

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What The U.S. Has Given To Fight Ebola (And Why It's Not Enough)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

U.S. aid is beginning to flow into the countries fighting the deadly virus. But while protective equipment and food supplies are vital, what's really needed now are health workers.

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Can The U.S. Military Turn The Tide In The Ebola Outbreak?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Some say our military has a big role to play in bringing Ebola under control. But sending in troops is trickier than it sounds.

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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

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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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