Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

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

NASA's Curiosity rover is on an epic trip to a distant mountain, but it took a brief break Wednesday to dip its drill into the Martian soil.

The drilling is taking place at a place called Waypoint Kimberley. The area is a point of convergence for several different types of ...

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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

One month ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. 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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Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Monday, March 31, 2014

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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Can A 250-Year-Old Mathematical Theorem Find A Missing Plane?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Searchers are feeling overwhelmed by the task of locating the wreckage of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

"We're not searching for a needle in a haystack — we're still trying to define where the haystack is," Australian Air Marshal Mark Binskin said Tuesday. The current search zone stretches across ...

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Can Mathematics Find Missing Malaysia Jetliner?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Investigators will be using every tool available to hunt for the missing Malaysian Air flight. Probabilistic analysis played a big hand in finding the missing Air France flight several years ago.

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Missing Jet May Be Thought Lost At Sea, But The Search Carries On

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Malaysian prime minister announced that the missing airliner was likely lost in the Indian Ocean. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses how this was determined and where the search will go from here.

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Russia-U.S. Tensions Could Stall Syrian Chemical Weapons Removal

Saturday, March 22, 2014

As U.S.-Russian relations sour, some observers fear the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal might stall.

This past week, the removal of chemicals from Syria reached the halfway mark. Without pressure from both superpowers, however, some believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will begin to drag his feet.

"I think what ...

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