Geoff Brumfiel

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Encore: Scientists hope a volcano's song could contain clues to its future eruptions

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Scientists have recorded a song coming from a volcano. They think the musical notes may someday be useful for predicting dangerous eruptions. (Story aired on All Things Considered on June 6, 2022.)


A volcano's song could contain clues to its future eruptions, scientists hope

Monday, June 06, 2022

Scientists have recorded a song coming from a volcano. They think the musical notes may someday be useful for predicting when a dangerous eruption might occur.


Russia's war in Ukraine is threatening an outpost of cooperation in space

Monday, May 23, 2022

For decades, U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have lived side-by-side aboard the International Space Station. Now some are wondering whether that partnership can withstand the war in Ukraine.


Pro-Trump counties continue to suffer far higher COVID death tolls

Thursday, May 19, 2022

As Americans commemorate a million deaths due to COVID-19, the partisan divide of who has gotten sick and died continues to grow, mostly due to disinformation about the vaccines.


Their mom died of COVID. They say conspiracy theories are what really killed her

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Stephanie was usually careful about her health and regular vaccinations. But then she got into sharing far-out videos and fringe ideas. When COVID hit, misinformation put her and her husband at risk.


Satellite photo shows Russian troops were stationed in Chernobyl's radioactive zone

Thursday, April 07, 2022

The satellite image lends credence to the idea that Russia may have exposed its troops to unhealthy levels of radioactivity.


Amazon's planned satellite fleet has some experts concerned about space congestion

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Amazon has announced plans to launch thousands of new satellites into orbit over the next five years. Some experts fear that it will overwhelm the world's ability to manage congestion in space.


4 reasons why social media can give a skewed account of the war in Ukraine

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Images of Ukraine are flooding social media, but experts warn they don't show the full picture and can sometimes give a misleading account of the conflict on the ground.


Video analysis reveals Russian attack on Ukrainian nuclear plant veered near disaster

Friday, March 11, 2022

An NPR analysis of security footage and photos following the attack on Europe's largest nuclear power plant shows that many of the plant's critical safety systems were in the field of Russian fire.


Ukraine says the Chernobyl nuclear site has lost power

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Emergency diesel generators are providing power to critical safety systems at the facility, but they have only enough fuel for 48 hours.


Experts worry about the accuracy of online posts depicting the war in Ukraine

Monday, March 07, 2022

A torrent of satellite images and cell phone videos are shaping the public's view of the war in Ukraine. The speed and scale at which the information spreads is powerful, but it can also be deceiving.


What we know about Russia's capture of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power complex

Friday, March 04, 2022

Heavy fighting caused a fire to break out near one of the Zaporizhzhia plant's six reactors, but Ukrainian authorities say the fire has been extinguished. Here's what we know.


The fire at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been extinguished

Friday, March 04, 2022

A fire at Europe's largest nuclear power plant is out — it had been attacked by Russian troops in Ukraine. The U.S. Department of Energy activated its nuclear incident response team as a precaution.


Russian forces in Ukraine attack and seize Europe's largest nuclear power plant

Thursday, March 03, 2022

The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog says there was no release of radioactive material after a projectile hit a building at the plant facility.


Russian troops are attacking Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Russian troops appear to be at the entrance of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and are engaged in active combat. Footage shows what looks like a fire in one of its administrative buildings.


As Russia's Ukraine war intensifies, some warn nuclear escalation is possible

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave orders to his nation's nuclear forces over the weekend, but their exact meaning is unclear. Russia has more nuclear weapons than any other nation.


Scientists piece together what led to the massive volcanic eruption in Tonga

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Scientists are piecing together what led up to a massive eruption in Tonga last month. They found a likely sequence of events.


What a bottle of ivermectin reveals about the shadowy world of COVID telemedicine

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

An anti-vaccine group known for spreading medical disinformation is writing prescriptions for unproven COVID-19 treatments, with the help of a doctor whose medical license was revoked in Alabama.


A nuclear-test monitor calls Tonga volcano blast 'biggest thing that we've ever seen'

Friday, January 21, 2022

A station to detect nuclear weapons tests picked up the volcanic eruption in Tonga from Antarctica. Some experts say the blast could be more than 50 megatons, while NASA estimates 6-10 megatons.


NASA scientists estimate Tonga blast at 10 megatons

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Researchers who have been studying the volcano since 2015 say it was likely caused by seawater flowing into a chamber filled with magma.