Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

How yeast will teach NASA about the dangers of space

Monday, December 05, 2022

A NASA spacecraft passing by the moon on Monday is carrying 12,000 varieties of yeast. Researchers hope the tiny "yeastronauts" can teach them about how radiation will affect humans in space.


Former President Trump tweeted a classified satellite photo in 2019

Friday, November 18, 2022

A briefing slide obtained by NPR through the Freedom of Information Act shows that former President Trump tweeted a classified satellite photo in 2019.


Trump tweeted an image from a spy satellite, declassified document shows

Friday, November 18, 2022

More than three years after his tweet, the U.S. government has formally declassified the image from one of its most powerful spy satellites.


Researchers dig into why nose-picking is a common behavior

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

New research shows that a type of primate known as an aye-aye loves picking its nose. Researchers say the findings raise interesting questions about why nose-picking is such a common behavior.


Vaccines used to be apolitical. Now they're a campaign issue

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Advocates for inoculation are distressed by what they see as a new political focus on an old public health measure.


Genetic sequencing gives us the first-ever look at a Neanderthal clan

Thursday, October 20, 2022

"You know, this image of Neanderthals being brutes, is not quite accurate," says paleogenticist Laurits Skov. "The more we learn about them, the more like humans they appear to be."


Researchers uncover the first Neanderthals that are related to each other

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Researchers have uncovered the first Neanderthals that are related to each other. The finding shows that these ancient people lived in clans similar to those of modern humans.


Russia's nuclear arsenal is huge, but will Putin use it?

Monday, October 17, 2022

Experts in Russian doctrine worry that as the war in Ukraine gets more desperate, Russia might be tempted to detonate a nuclear weapon.


NASA officials say its asteroid defense test was a success

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

NASA says its mission to knock an asteroid off course — a test of planetary defense — succeeded beyond its expectations.


What are "tactical" nuclear weapons and how might they be used?

Sunday, October 09, 2022

President Biden's stark warning about the "tactical" nuclear weapons Russia might use is raising fears of a new crisis. But what are these weapons and how might they be used?


Seismologists suspect explosions damaged undersea pipelines that carry Russian gas

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The events on Monday in the Baltic Sea resembled blasts from depth charges or mines, according to a Swedish researcher. They caused major leaks from the inactive Nord Stream pipelines.


The last reactor at Europe's largest nuclear power plant has stopped

Monday, September 12, 2022

Operations at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were fully stopped on Sunday as a safety precaution. Russia and Ukraine are accusing each other of shelling the plant.


Here's why the risk of a nuclear accident in Ukraine has 'significantly increased'

Friday, September 09, 2022

The head of the world's atomic watchdog warned that the reactors at Zaporizhzhia might have to be shut down. That would start a clock ticking at the site.


U.N. calls for demilitarized zone around nuclear plant in Ukraine

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

The United Nations is calling for a demilitarized zone around a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.


A sixth reactor at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is now off the grid

Monday, September 05, 2022

The Ukrainian government says the sixth reactor at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is now disconnnected from the Ukrainian power grid from Russian attacks.


What inspectors will look for at Ukraine's war-damaged Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The international atomic watchdog has been to some of the world's toughest locations, but nothing quite like Europe's largest nuclear power plant in an active war zone.


Nuclear inspectors arrive at Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrive today at the troubled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to assess damage and establish safety and security conditions.


Ukrainian nuclear plant, controlled by Russian forces, temporarily went off line

Friday, August 26, 2022

Conditions at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine are deteriorating as international monitors are hoping to visit the facility in the coming days.


Some insects have quite the sweat tooth

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Sweat is essential to keeping humans cool and comfortable, but some insects also need our sweat to survive.


Here's just how close the war in Ukraine has come to Europe's largest nuclear plant

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Satellite images and social media analyzed by NPR show attacks have hit structures around the plant, coming dangerously close to causing a nuclear disaster.