Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

The Pentagon Wants These Robots To Save The Day

Friday, June 05, 2015

A competition in California is trying to ready robots for disaster response. But the bots have a ways to go.


Scientists Cast Doubt On An Apparent 'Hiatus' In Global Warming

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Though past measurements have suggested global warming all but stopped in the late 1990s, newly refined figures show Earth's warming has continued unabated.


CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.


NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.


After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Friday, April 24, 2015

Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.


Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)


Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.


The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.


After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.


A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.


Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

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Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A new analysis of particles believed to be from the bottom of oceans inside Enceladus suggests the moon is toasty warm.


As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Environmentalists and Democrats have launched investigations into the funding of climate skeptics. Some say the probes are necessary, while others worry they could rightly be seen as harassment.


NASA Probe Reaches Orbit Around Dwarf Planet

Friday, March 06, 2015

NASA's Dawn mission has reached its destination and is orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. It's the end of an odyssey to explore an odd, in-between world.


Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.


'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.


Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The U.S. Navy has completed the largest robotic survey of the Arctic ever attempted. Warming waters are absorbing more sunlight and melting more ice there each summer, the gizmos and gliders suggest.


Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.


Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The administration says the reactors are good for the climate, good for American industry and for strengthening ties with India. But some worry the deal also has a dark side.


X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.