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Geoff Brumfiel

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Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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Comet's Rugged Landscape Makes Landing A Roll Of The Dice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Researchers admit their estimates that the comet was "potato-shape" were way off. Luck may now be the deciding factor in the attempt for a soft landing early Wednesday.

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Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Putting a probe on a comet's surface would be a first for mankind. But it doesn't look like it will be easy.

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Even After SpaceShipTwo Crash, Many Space Tourists Hold On To Tickets

Friday, November 07, 2014

Virgin Galactic says there have been some cancellations in the week since its experimental craft went down, killing the co-pilot. But many ticket holders say they don't plan to ask for refunds.

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Test Flight Crash Fails To Deter Space Tourists

Friday, November 07, 2014

Last week, a commercial spaceship built by Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight. More than 700 had signed up for flights on the craft, and many are sticking with the project — for now.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Incorrect Command May Have Doomed Virgin Spaceship

Monday, November 03, 2014

On Friday, an experimental space plane crashed in the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now new details have emerged about what went wrong in the moments before the crash.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

Monday, November 03, 2014

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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Virgin Galactic 'Spaceship Two' Crashes In Calif.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.

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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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