Geoff Brumfiel

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Miniaturized Nuclear Power Plant? U.S. Reviewing Proposed Design

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.


North Korea 'Very Far Along' In Developing New Ballistic Missile

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.


Missing Malaysian Aircraft Is Likely Outside The Search Area, Report Finds

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.


Russia Seen Moving New Missiles To Eastern Europe

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.


Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

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.


Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Plunged Into Sea, New Report Suggests

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A new analysis of debris found from the plane suggests it was not attempting an emergency landing.


Dinosaurs Down Under May Help Explain Prehistoric Migrations

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The remains of two titanosaur species discovered in Australia provide clues about how ancient plant-eaters proliferated.


In Other News: This Photo Of An Elephant Snuggling An Ostrich

Friday, October 14, 2016

It can be hard for different animals to get along, but Pea and Jotto have figured it out.


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.