Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

Missing Jet May Be Thought Lost At Sea, But The Search Carries On

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Malaysian prime minister announced that the missing airliner was likely lost in the Indian Ocean. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses how this was determined and where the search will go from here.


Russia-U.S. Tensions Could Stall Syrian Chemical Weapons Removal

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Under international agreement, the chemicals were to be destroyed aboard a U.S. ship escorted by Russian naval vessels. As the two nations square off over Crimea, that collaboration is over for now.


Einstein's Lost Theory Discovered ... And It's Wrong

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Einstein's theory of relativity explains the universe. But — in part because of a math error — some recently uncovered work by the great physicist is wrong. Really, really wrong.


Ripples In Space Could Point To The Universe's Beginnings

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Physicists say they've discovered a faint signal from just moments after the universe began. If confirmed, it could revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. But not everyone is convinced.


Out Of Antarctica, A 'Grand Slam' That Leads Back To The Big Bang

Monday, March 17, 2014

Physicists using data from an Antarctica telescope say they've observed evidence of primordial gravity waves — in other words, echoes of the Big Bang. If real, this may be a big advance for physics.


The Difficulty Of Making A Modern Airplane Disappear

Friday, March 14, 2014

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight was in contact with a satellite for hours after it vanished. Amid all the technology designed to keep it from doing so, how does a plane just disappear?


Ex-Missile Crew Members Say Cheating Is Part Of The Culture

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Air Force has acknowledged a problem with cheating on tests by nuclear missile officers. NPR spoke with eight former officers, and seven said they had participated in some kind of cheating.


Despite Diplomatic Tensions, U.S.-Russia Space Ties Persist

Monday, March 10, 2014

NASA needs Russian rockets to reach the International Space Station, and Russia needs NASA's money to help finance operations.


Earthbound Tensions Don't Reach Russian-American Space Partnership

Monday, March 10, 2014

U.S. astronaut Mike Hopkins is expected to land in Kazakhstan, and despite diplomatic tensions the Russians plan to pick him up. It's another sign that U.S. and Russia remain tied at the hip in space.


With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.


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.

Comments [4]

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.