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Geoff Brumfiel

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SpaceX Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

Monday, June 29, 2015

In Florida, an unmanned supply rocket blasted off for the International Space Station, but something went wrong. The loss of the rocket, which was also carrying experiments, is a setback for NASA.

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NASA Satellites Show World's Thirst For Groundwater

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New data from NASA's GRACE satellites show that many of the world's biggest aquifers are being sucked dry at a rate far greater than they are being replenished. Although scientists don't know how much water is left, they hope their findings will serve as a "red flag" for ...

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Solar Sail Unfurls In Space

Monday, June 08, 2015

A nonprofit has successfully tested technology that could one day be used to explore the solar system on a budget.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's a question that bedevils dog owners the world over: "Is she staring at me because she loves me? Or because she wants another biscuit?"

Research published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that love (or something close) could be behind that stare. The work shows that when dogs ...

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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.

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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.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Researchers have answered a question that has been nagging them for years: Exactly how long is a day on the planet Saturn? The result (10 hours and 32 minutes or so) was published this week in the journal Nature, and could teach scientists more about the giant, ringed planet.

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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A yearlong investigation by government scientists has concluded that a major accident at a nuclear waste dump was caused by the wrong brand of cat litter.

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a 277-page report into an explosion that occurred on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Waste ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Earlier this month the U.S. Navy's research office rented out a conference center in Washington, D.C. to show off some of its hottest new technology.

On display was an electromagnetic gun, and drones that could swarm around an enemy ship. But it wasn't all James Bond-style gadgets.

In a ...

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