Geoff Brumfiel

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Physics Nobel Goes To 3 Scientists For Insights Into Matter's Behavior

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.


How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

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.


Brexit's Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

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.


Risky South Pole Rescue Succeeds As 2 Patients Are Airlifted Out

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.


U.S. Mounts Daring Rescue Mission At The South Pole

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.


Gravitational Waves From Colliding Black Holes Shake Scientists' Detectors Again

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.


Lawmakers Reach A Deal To Expand Regulation Of Toxic Chemicals

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.


WATCH: 'Robot Flies' Learn To Stick The Landing

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Researchers have created tiny robots that can perch on surfaces, which could someday make them useful for communications and surveillance.


In Polluted India, Negative Ion Necklaces Vow To Help You Breathe Easier

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.


NIH Announces Leadership Shake-Up At Renowned Research Hospital

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Following a string of safety lapses, the National Institutes of Health is making changes at its Clinical Center, the world's largest research hospital.


Geologists Find Clues In Crater Left By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Friday, May 06, 2016

Scientists drilling beneath the Gulf of Mexico have hit the layer deposited when an asteroid the size of Staten Island, N.Y., hit Earth. Samples might contain details from that fateful day.


Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.


Scans Show 'Brain Dictionary' Groups Words By Meaning

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brain maps constructed by MRI show that language meaning is distributed throughout the brain's outer layer. And it turns out that different people organize language in similar ways.


Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The theoretical physicist is part of a team that wants to send postage-stamp-size probes to our closest star system, Alpha Centauri. But can they get the proper permits?


Ambitious Project Would Use 'Starchips' To Travel To Alpha Centauri

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Internet Billionaire Yuri Milner on Tuesday announced plans to travel to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. A trip would take thousands of years with existing technology.


SpaceX Rocket Sticks The Landing After Resupply Mission

Friday, April 08, 2016

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to resupply the International Space Station and landed the rocket on a drone ship at sea on Friday.


Why Analysts Aren't Laughing At These Silly North Korean Photos

Monday, March 21, 2016

North Korea's bombastic propaganda and unpredictable leadership have made it a topic of frequent parody. But experts say it's time to take the nation's nuclear capabilities more seriously.


Water, Soil And Radiation: Why Fukushima Will Take Decades To Clean Up

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Five years after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, progress has been made, but there's still plenty to do.


How Google's Neural Network Hopes To Beat A 'Go' World Champion

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

On Wednesday in South Korea, a Google AI program will take on a top-level player in the ancient game of Go. Here's what you need to know.


Astronauts Back Home After A Year In Space

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent most of a year on the International Space Station. Their landing brings an epic mission to an end.