Geoff Brumfiel

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Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

More hospitalized patients are surviving than early in the pandemic. Improved treatments make a big difference, but so does flattening the curve to keep hospitals from overfilling, researchers say.


3 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physics For Discoveries Related To Black Holes

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The prize goes to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez. Ghez says she hopes it will inspire young people, and particularly women, to pursue careers in science.


New Chinese Space Plane Landed At Mysterious Air Base, Evidence Suggests

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The mission took place this past weekend, shrouded in secrecy, but some clues are emerging about what China sent into space, and why.


President Trump's New COVID-19 Adviser Is Making Public Health Experts Nervous

Friday, September 04, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas is a radiologist from Stanford with some unorthodox ideas about managing the pandemic. The White House says his thinking is just what's needed, but scientists aren't so sure.


Who's The President's New Coronavirus Adviser? What's His Plan For Managing Pandemic?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

NPR's White House and science correspondents discuss President Trump's new top coronavirus adviser, Scott Atlas, and his approach to dealing with the pandemic.


A Look At The History Of The Nagasaki Bombing, 75 Years Later

Saturday, August 08, 2020

75 years ago this weekend, the U.S. killed tens of thousands when it dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. It was a mission marked by arbitrary decisions, technical problems, and bad weather.


Satellite Images Show Aftermath Of Beirut Blast

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The massive explosion leveled the city's port and scattered debris across a road thousands of feet away. The blast killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more.


Without A Vaccine, Researchers Say, Herd Immunity May Never Be Achieved

Friday, July 24, 2020

A growing number of researchers think until there's an effective vaccine, the coronavirus will simply persist in the population, causing illness indefinitely. Better to squelch the spread instead.


Herd Immunity Response To COVID-19 Pandemic Can Be Problematic

Thursday, July 23, 2020

As the pandemic drags on, researchers are increasingly doubtful that so-called "herd immunity" can be reached without a vaccine. Many now believe COVID-19 may be around forever.


Bug Hunt: Fuzzy Reddish Nonflying Ant That Is Actually A Wasp

Monday, July 20, 2020

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel has been passing the time in part by looking for bugs with his two kids. Recently, they came across an ant that was actually a wasp that leads a relatively solitary life.


Good News: This Comet Won't Cause A Mass Extinction In 2020. Also, It's Really Pretty

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The celestial visitor should be visible just after sunset for anyone who wants to see it. Bring along the binoculars for an even better view.


Satellite Images Reveal Damage At Iranian Nuclear Facility

Thursday, July 09, 2020

An incident last week at an Iranian nuclear facility appears to be sabotage. A look at the chief suspects and what the impact could be on Iran's nuclear ambitions.


Bug Hunt: Bumblebee Millipede That Could Be A Pet

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel has been passing the time in part by looking for bugs with his two kids. While wandering in the woods, they found a millipede. It can be poisonous but also makes a great pet.


Predators That Walk On Water: Some Facts To Know About Water Skaters

Friday, July 03, 2020

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel has been stuck at home with his two small kids since March. They have been passing the time in part by looking for bugs. Recently, they have found a water strider.


NASA And SpaceX Launch First Astronauts To Orbit From U.S. Since 2011

Saturday, May 30, 2020

After an aborted launch attempt to the International Space Station on Wednesday, the weather cleared and the launch went ahead on Saturday.


Weather Delays Launch Of SpaceX Dragon With 2 Astronauts Aboard

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

With astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken strapped inside the capsule and the countdown narrowing, poor weather conditions forced an abort. The next opportunity to try will be on Saturday.


Here's How The Pandemic Is Changing America's Plans For Its Newest Spaceship

Monday, May 25, 2020

Later this week, NASA and SpaceX will launch the first rocket carrying astronauts from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle era. But COVID-19 has forced some changes to their plans.


World-Wide Travel Restrictions Violate International Health Regulations

Monday, May 18, 2020

Countries around the world have imposed various travel bans to fight the pandemic. But those restrictions are contradicting international health regulations and might not be viable long-term.


Countries Slammed Their Borders Shut To Stop Coronavirus. But Is It Doing Any Good?

Friday, May 15, 2020

An analysis by NPR finds many nations are tossing aside international health regulations and imposing strict travel restrictions. Experts say the benefits are likely to be small.


As Trump Pushes Theory Of Virus Origins, Some See Parallels In Lead-Up To Iraq War

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The White House continues to say the coronavirus may have leaked from a Chinese lab. That's at odds with the assessment of the intelligence community and reminds some of the run-up to the Iraq war.