Geoff Brumfiel

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Astronomers Spot Most Distant Object So Far In The Solar System

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A random search has turned up a dwarf planet orbiting roughly 10 billion miles away. The far-off world is tiny, and probably very, very cold.


Did Exxon Mobil Lie To The Public About The Risks Of Climate Change?

Friday, November 06, 2015

Exxon Mobil is being investigated for keeping climate change research from investors. Since 2007, it has disclosed to shareholders about potential risks posed to its bottom line by climate change.


Researchers Reveal How Climate Change Killed Mars

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Mars used to be much warmer and wetter than it is today. Scientists are unraveling the mystery of why it dried out.


Physicists Probe Antimatter For Clues To How It All Began

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Physicists don't know why there's more matter than antimatter in our universe. New research smashed together atoms of pure gold to look for clues.


NASA Spacecraft To Skim Past Saturn's Icy Moon

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Cassini probe will pass within just 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The goal is to search for signs of habitability.


Why Hurricane Patricia Can't Be Blamed On Climate Change

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hurricane Patricia's record-breaking winds come as a powerful El Niño heats the Pacific Ocean. But researchers say that's not enough to blame climate change for the storm's rapid strengthening.


How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School

Monday, October 19, 2015

A nuclear agreement with Iran hinges on the work of nuclear inspectors. Here's a close-up look at how they train to do their job.


Distant Pluto Comes To Life

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pluto is not dead. That's the bottom line, according to new research published in the journal Science. The dwarf planet is home to mountains, glaciers and a hazy atmosphere that stretches for a hundred miles above the surface.

"It is this really active dynamic world," says Cathy Olkin, ...


NASA Rover Finds Evidence That Mars Once Had Lakes

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Mars is cold and dry, but billions of years ago, it was cold and wet. That's according to new evidence from NASA's Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring a large crater on Mars.

The rover has found geological evidence that lakes of liquid water existed in the crater 3.5 ...


Fukushima Study Links Children's Cancer To Nuclear Accident

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

A new analysis of data from Fukushima suggests children exposed to the March 2011 nuclear accident may be developing thyroid cancer at an elevated rate.

But independent experts say that the study, published in the journal Epidemiology, has numerous shortcomings and does not prove ...


Two Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physics For Neutrinos Discoveries

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Arthur McDonald of Canada and Takaaki Kajita of Japan were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics Tuesday for discovering that subatomic particles called neutrinos can switch from one kind to...


2 Scientists Win 2015 Nobel Prize In Physics

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass," the committee announced Tuesday morning in Stockholm.


How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The movie about a stranded astronaut is being hailed for its scientific realism. Andy Weir, who wrote the book the film is based on, is a longtime computer programmer who sees romance in numbers.


Studies May Overstate The Benefits of Talk Therapy For Depression

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Studies showing that a treatment works are more likely to be published than those with a negative result. So talk therapy and drug therapy for depression are probably less effective than thought.


Scientists Confirm There's Water In The Dark Streaks On Mars

Monday, September 28, 2015

The streaks on the Red Planet's surface appear to be caused by salty water, but how much water there is — and where it comes from — remains a mystery.


Scientists Find Fern Whose Parents Are Separated By 60 Million Years Of Evolution

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Scientists have found a fern whose parents are separated by some 60 million years of evolution. This story originally aired on February 24, 2015 on Morning Edition.


Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

Monday, August 24, 2015

Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.


U.S. Grants Patent For Free-Standing Space Elevator Tower

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Canadian company called Thoth Technology has patented a space elevator. The tower would rise some 12 miles into the sky, with a runway or launch pad on top.


Chatty Marmosets Have Something To Say About Vocal Learning

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scientists have found that marmosets have the capability to learn calls from their parents. Studying the small monkeys may provide insights into developmental disorders in humans, like autism.


This Salad Is Outta This World: Astronauts Eat Greens Grown In Space

Monday, August 10, 2015

Farming plants in space may prove critical for future deep space travel. On Monday NASA announced it had mastered romaine lettuce. "That's awesome, tastes good," astronaut Kjell Lindgren declared.