Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

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.


Virus Researchers Cast Doubt On Theory Of Coronavirus Lab Accident

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Trump administration is investigating the theory that the virus leaked from a lab. Scientists who work with viruses say that's virtually impossible and point to transmission from an animal.


Scientists Debunk Lab Accident Theory Of Pandemic Emergence

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Scientists dismiss the idea that the coronavirus pandemic was caused by the accident in a lab. They believe the close interactions of people with wildlife worldwide are a far more likely culprit.


Examining Trump's COVID-19 Rhetoric Against Factual Evidence

Friday, April 17, 2020

President Trump is ready to reopen America — at least the parts where coronavirus is less of a problem. How has his rhetoric throughout the crisis matched with the reality on the ground?


Why Some COVID-19 Patients Crash: The Body's Immune System Might Be To Blame

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

An overblown immune response could be killing a portion of the sick, and some doctors think that new treatments being tested could help at least some of those patients.


Think You've Got COVID-19? Here's What Doctors Say About When To Seek Help

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Many people can ride the disease out at home, but doctors are getting a better idea of who should seek medical attention and when.