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Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Friday, June 20, 2014

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

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Bye-Bye To The Home Of A Favorite Internet Conspiracy Theory

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The U.S. military is closing a facility scientists have used to study the edge of Earth's atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists suspect it's also been used for nefarious activity — like mind control.

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Ice Wall May Stop Radioactive Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Workers are building an underground ice wall around the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The wall is the latest attempt to try to keep radioactive water from leaking out of the plant.

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SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit

Friday, May 30, 2014

The private space-launch company has taken its Dragon capsule design and taught it some cool new tricks.

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SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Reveals New Spacecraft

Friday, May 30, 2014

The private space flight company SpaceX has unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule at its California headquarters. Founder Elon Musk has promised to make space flight inexpensive.

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During A Drought, Senior Water-Rights Holders Have Privileges

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amid California's drought, some big farmers and corporations have unrestricted water because of special deals. David Greene talks to Jay Lund, a water resources professor at UC Davis.

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Rumors Of An Intergalactic Explosion Are Greatly Exaggerated

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

For a few hours Tuesday, cosmic storm chasers thought they'd detected a huge explosion in the Andromeda galaxy.

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Malaysia Makes Public Satellite Data From Missing Jetliner

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The release came in response to pressure from families, who have been mistrustful of the official investigation. What do the documents show, and where are they in the search for the missing plane?

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Organic Cat Litter Chief Suspect In Nuclear Waste Accident

Friday, May 23, 2014

The release of plutonium at a New Mexico nuclear dump may have been caused by a bad purchase at the pet shop.

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Big Bang's Ripples: Two Scientists Recall Their Big Discovery

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fifty years ago today, two astronomers in New Jersey accidentally discovered the Big Bang's afterglow. The roaring space static their hilltop antenna detected came from the birth of the universe.

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Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The California-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job

Monday, May 12, 2014

The wave of expectations that marked Hassan Rouhani's rise to power has given way to impatience from his supporters and attacks from his critics.

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Mars Rover Takes A Break To Drill A Hole

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Over the next few days, Curiosity will drill deeper and collect samples, telling scientists about the fluids that once flowed across the area, a point of convergence for different types of terrain.

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Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.

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What Spooked The Subs Of The '60s? Quacking Whales

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the '60s, submarines picked up a mysterious quacking sound in the Southern Ocean. New research shows that the quack is coming from minke whales, but researchers still don't know why.

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New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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Flight 370 Vanished A Month Ago. What Happens Now?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

An international search team has spent weeks combing the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Boeing 777. Here's a summary of where we are with the hunt for the jetliner.

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Many Theories But Few Facts On Why Malaysia Plane Went Down

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It's been one month since Malaysian Air flight 370 vanished with 239 people aboard. Even after combing thousands of miles of ocean for wreckage, the jetliner's disappearance remains largely a mystery.

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Deep-Sea Ping May Lead To Malaysian Jet — But Time's Running Out

Monday, April 07, 2014

Australia and China both claim to hear underwater pings from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel explains the pings, why they're tough to verify and what might happen next.

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Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

Monday, March 31, 2014

One researcher who participated in the latest U.N. report on climate change says the final product is simply too depressing. Others say the somber tone is justified — but that humans can also adapt.

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