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Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

What Spooked The Subs Of The '60s? Quacking Whales

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the '60s, submarines picked up a mysterious quacking sound in the Southern Ocean. New research shows that the quack is coming from minke whales, but researchers still don't know why.

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New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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Flight 370 Vanished A Month Ago. What Happens Now?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

An international search team has spent weeks combing the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Boeing 777. Here's a summary of where we are with the hunt for the jetliner.

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Many Theories But Few Facts On Why Malaysia Plane Went Down

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It's been one month since Malaysian Air flight 370 vanished with 239 people aboard. Even after combing thousands of miles of ocean for wreckage, the jetliner's disappearance remains largely a mystery.

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Deep-Sea Ping May Lead To Malaysian Jet — But Time's Running Out

Monday, April 07, 2014

Australia and China both claim to hear underwater pings from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel explains the pings, why they're tough to verify and what might happen next.

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Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

Monday, March 31, 2014

One researcher who participated in the latest U.N. report on climate change says the final product is simply too depressing. Others say the somber tone is justified — but that humans can also adapt.

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Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Monday, March 31, 2014

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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Can A 250-Year-Old Mathematical Theorem Find A Missing Plane?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

As one scientist puts it, Bayes' theorem, developed by a Presbyterian minister, isn't clouded by emotion, so it can be revelatory — and may be the best hope of finding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

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Can Mathematics Find Missing Malaysia Jetliner?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Investigators will be using every tool available to hunt for the missing Malaysian Air flight. Probabilistic analysis played a big hand in finding the missing Air France flight several years ago.

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Missing Jet May Be Thought Lost At Sea, But The Search Carries On

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Malaysian prime minister announced that the missing airliner was likely lost in the Indian Ocean. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses how this was determined and where the search will go from here.

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Russia-U.S. Tensions Could Stall Syrian Chemical Weapons Removal

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Under international agreement, the chemicals were to be destroyed aboard a U.S. ship escorted by Russian naval vessels. As the two nations square off over Crimea, that collaboration is over for now.

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Einstein's Lost Theory Discovered ... And It's Wrong

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Einstein's theory of relativity explains the universe. But — in part because of a math error — some recently uncovered work by the great physicist is wrong. Really, really wrong.

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Ripples In Space Could Point To The Universe's Beginnings

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Physicists say they've discovered a faint signal from just moments after the universe began. If confirmed, it could revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. But not everyone is convinced.

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Out Of Antarctica, A 'Grand Slam' That Leads Back To The Big Bang

Monday, March 17, 2014

Physicists using data from an Antarctica telescope say they've observed evidence of primordial gravity waves — in other words, echoes of the Big Bang. If real, this may be a big advance for physics.

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The Difficulty Of Making A Modern Airplane Disappear

Friday, March 14, 2014

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight was in contact with a satellite for hours after it vanished. Amid all the technology designed to keep it from doing so, how does a plane just disappear?

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Ex-Missile Crew Members Say Cheating Is Part Of The Culture

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Air Force has acknowledged a problem with cheating on tests by nuclear missile officers. NPR spoke with eight former officers, and seven said they had participated in some kind of cheating.

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Despite Diplomatic Tensions, U.S.-Russia Space Ties Persist

Monday, March 10, 2014

NASA needs Russian rockets to reach the International Space Station, and Russia needs NASA's money to help finance operations.

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Earthbound Tensions Don't Reach Russian-American Space Partnership

Monday, March 10, 2014

U.S. astronaut Mike Hopkins is expected to land in Kazakhstan, and despite diplomatic tensions the Russians plan to pick him up. It's another sign that U.S. and Russia remain tied at the hip in space.

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With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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13 Workers Exposed To Radiation At N.M. Nuclear Waste Dump

Friday, February 28, 2014

An accident at the site appears to be more serious than first disclosed. Nobody knows what happened, but it's shaping up to be a major setback for the nation's only dedicated nuclear waste dump.

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