Geoff Brumfiel

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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.


Scientists vacuum zoo animals' DNA out of the air

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Researchers who detected environmental DNA, or eDNA, in two zoos say the technique could one day be used to look for endangered species in remote locations in the wild.


COVID vaccines may briefly change your menstrual cycle, but you should still get one

Thursday, January 06, 2022

The new research affirms what many individuals had reported. But it also shows the changes to the menstrual cycle are mostly minor and brief, more akin to a sore arm than a dangerous reaction.


'Vacuuming animal DNA out of air' may be a way to track wild endangered species

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Researchers sampled air from a zoological park and found DNA from nearby animals. They hope the work can be used to track endangered species in the wild.


Disinformation fueled 2021, and 2022 will likely see the same

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Disinformation — about the Jan. 6 attack, COVID-19, vaccines, etc. — shaped the nation's politics in 2021 and likely will continue to do so throughout the coming year.


Biologist E.O. Wilson, who influenced how people see evolution and nature, dies at 92

Monday, December 27, 2021

Biologist and environmental activist E.O. Wilson died on Sunday at the age of 92. Wilson advocated for biodiversity and conservation.


Inside the growing alliance between anti-vaccine activists and pro-Trump Republicans

Monday, December 06, 2021

As the U.S. heads into midterm elections next year, the political right and the anti-vaccine movement are drawing ever-closer together — potentially at the cost of thousands of American lives.


Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

Sunday, December 05, 2021

An analysis by NPR shows that since the vaccine rollout, counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump have had more than twice the COVID mortality rates of those that voted for Joe Biden.


What a telescope in Australia detected that began a search for alien life

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A few years back, a telescope picked up a radio signal that seemed to be coming from a nearby star. One possibility? Aliens! The story on how this real-life hunt for ET unfolded.


Debris from Russia's antisatellite weapons test is a hazard for ISS astronauts

Monday, November 15, 2021

Russia has conducted an antisatellite weapons test. The resulting debris field has forced astronauts on the International Space Station to take shelter while the debris flies by in orbit.


A doctor spread COVID misinformation and renewed her license with a mouse click

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Lee Merritt is a back surgeon with a long history of spreading COVID misinformation. But she renewed her medical license last month.


Behind murky claim of a new hypersonic missile test, there lies a very real arms race

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The U.S. and China are rushing to develop hypersonic weapons. Critics worry it's turning into a race without end.


Researchers who helped shape our understanding of climate change win Nobel Prize

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

The Nobel Prize in physics went to three scientists this year for their work on climate change and chaotic systems.


The Nobel Prize in physics honors work on climate change and complex systems

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for work on disorder, fluctuations and the ability to predict a changing climate.


YouTube Is Cracking Down On Videos And Creators Sharing COVID Vaccine Misinformation

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, YouTube announced it is expanding its ban on vaccine misinformation and deplatformed two prominent anti-vaccine advocates.


This Doctor Spread False Information About COVID. She Still Kept Her Medical License

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Simone Gold isn't alone. NPR found other physicians who retained their licenses despite spreading misinformation online and to the media about effective COVID-19 vaccines and unproven treatments.


NASA Helicopter Has Been Zipping About On Mars, Paving The Way For Drone Exploration

Monday, September 06, 2021

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has spent the summer circling around on Mars. Its success has been called an "extra terrestrial Wright Brother's moment" and has opened the door to otherworldly aviation.


Hurricane Ida Brings Heavy Flooding And Fierce Winds To Louisiana

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Ida had sustained winds of 150 mph as it made landfall on Sunday, before the storm weakened slightly by evening. New Orleans and its surrounding areas have lost power entirely.


Biden To Receive A Classified Report On The Origins Of COVID-19

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

It has been 90 days since President Biden ordered a review into the origins of COVID-19. Many scientists believe it likely came from nature, others say it may have leaked from a lab in China.


Bats Love To Babble — Just Like Humans

Thursday, August 19, 2021

New research finds that sac-winged bat pups — a species of bat found in Central and South America — like to "babble" in ways that are remarkably similar to human babies.