Geoff Brumfiel

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13 Workers Exposed To Radiation At N.M. Nuclear Waste Dump

Friday, February 28, 2014

An accident at the site appears to be more serious than first disclosed. Nobody knows what happened, but it's shaping up to be a major setback for the nation's only dedicated nuclear waste dump.


Burn, Bury Or Scorch? Why Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons Is Hard

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The ingredients used to make chemical weapons aren't environmentally friendly, and until recently the process of disposing of those weapons wasn't either. New rules make disposal safer, but are also a major stumbling block to the dismantling of Syria's stockpiles.


Science On Shaky Ground As Automatic Budget Cutbacks Drag On

Monday, October 28, 2013

As the cuts made under the sequester continue, scientists worry that U.S. research will fall behind. Budget cuts already are delaying plans for equipment upgrades and preventing new research — and a new generation of researchers — from getting underway.


Japan Plans Ice Wall To Surround Damaged Nuclear Plant

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it intends to build an underground wall of ice around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The wall could stop radioactive water from leaking out of the plant, if it can work.


In the Beginning, There Were ... Dumplings?

Monday, August 26, 2013

From Warsaw to Wuhan, people around the world love dumplings. They're tasty little packages that can be made of any grain and stuffed with whatever the locals crave. But where did they come from? Some think prehistoric people may have been cooking them up.


New Leak Reported At Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the plant, says about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water have spewed from a metal holding tank. The leak is reportedly the largest of several at the tsunami-damaged facility.


Has Voyager 1 Left The Solar System?

Monday, August 19, 2013

For the past decade or so, scientists have been waiting for the Voyager 1 spacecraft to cross into deep space. New research suggests it already has — over a year ago.

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Particle Physicists Want A New Collider To Study The Higgs

Monday, August 12, 2013

High-energy physicists are still riding high from last year's discovery of the Higgs particle, a major finding decades in the making. Now they want a big new machine to study the Higgs, but budget cuts and the high costs of building a new particle accelerator mean the world can afford only one.


No Tax Dollars Went To Make This Space Viking Photo

Monday, August 05, 2013

An enterprising Stanford grad student staged a striking photograph of Viking re-enactors pillaging through a park near San Francisco. And NASA officials, clad in garb, joined them — a move that led to an independent investigation and questions from a senator.


Tiny Tech Puts Satellites In Hands Of Homebrew Designers

Monday, July 29, 2013

People are building everything from satellites to desk lamps with the help of the Arduino microchip.


Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Water in all its forms has caused trouble at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant this week. They are reminders that the problems are far from over.


World's Biggest Virus May Have Ancient Roots

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Pandoravirus is so big you can see it in an ordinary microscope. Scientists say its size may have helped fool amoebas and other potential hosts into eating it. But this virus doesn't pose a threat to humans. It's more of a Trojan virus than a surprise from Pandora's Box.


New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune, But What To Call It?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Just 12 miles across, the little moon was discovered in photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. When scientists recently rejected Vulcan as the name for one of Pluto's moons, Star Trek fans complained. Naming conventions will bar Vulcan from being used for Neptune's moon as well.


Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.


Why You Can't Name New Moons And Planets Anything You Want

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Pluto's two newest moons received their official names this week, and the name that led in the popular vote was Spock's home planet, Vulcan. But it was rejected by the international team of astronomers who must approve every title bestowed upon the universe.


Baikonour, We Have A Problem. Russian Rocket Crashes And Burns

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A massive Proton-M rocket carrying three Russian navigation satellites veered off course shortly after liftoff.


NIH Takes Another Step Toward Retirement Of Research Chimps

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The vast majority of the animals are used in studies of things like genetics and behavior. But in recent years, the scientific community has begun to feel even these studies are unnecessary.


The First Web Page, Amazingly, Is Lost

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ironically, there's one piece of Web history that can't be found online: the very first page. Now, a team at the lab where the World Wide Web was born is on a hunt for old hard drives and floppy disks that might hold copies of the missing files.


Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NASA and Google have come together to buy a new kind of computer that the manufacturer says runs on the strange laws of quantum mechanics. But some physicists counter that the machine, known as the D-Wave Two, has never demonstrated a phenomenon known as "quantum entanglement."


A Small Shock To The System May Help Brain With Math

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The results are preliminary, and alpha parents seeking an edge for their children shouldn't risk electrocution. Still, the findings are provocative and may lead researchers down a new road.