Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Monday, March 10, 2014
NASA needs Russian rockets to reach the International Space Station, and Russia needs NASA's money to help finance operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, July 29, 2013
People are building everything from satellites to desk lamps with the help of the Arduino microchip.