Geoff Brumfiel

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Do Showers Make Oranges Taste Better? NPR Investigates

Friday, March 03, 2017

The Internet is full of things, including a Reddit subgroup devoted to the act of eating an orange in the shower. We gave it a shot ourselves.


VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Friday, February 24, 2017

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.


EPA Scientists' Work May Be Subject To Review By Trump Team

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Trump transition at the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a bumpy start. External communications have been frozen, and this morning NPR reported that even academic papers by agency scientists will be subject to review during the transition.


U.S. Report Confirms 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."


Miniaturized Nuclear Power Plant? U.S. Reviewing Proposed Design

Friday, January 13, 2017

A company has submitted a design for what it describes as a "modular" nuclear power plant — a radical departure from other nuclear plants. Each module would be small enough to fit on a flat-bed truck.


North Korea 'Very Far Along' In Developing New Ballistic Missile

Friday, January 06, 2017

Many independent arms control experts suspect that North Korea will test a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. later this year. There may not be much the U.S. can do about it.


Missing Malaysian Aircraft Is Likely Outside The Search Area, Report Finds

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A new analysis of existing data suggests that MH370, which vanished in March 2014, might have gone down to the north of the existing search area in the Indian Ocean.


Russia Seen Moving New Missiles To Eastern Europe

Thursday, December 08, 2016

New satellite photos suggest Russia is preparing to base new nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The missiles are likely meant as a warning to the West.


Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Why and when tickling makes us laugh is still mysterious. But researchers who studied what happens in rat brains when they're tickled say they emit ultrasonic giggles, too — when in the mood for fun.


Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Plunged Into Sea, New Report Suggests

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A new analysis of debris found from the plane suggests it was not attempting an emergency landing.


Dinosaurs Down Under May Help Explain Prehistoric Migrations

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The remains of two titanosaur species discovered in Australia provide clues about how ancient plant-eaters proliferated.


In Other News: This Photo Of An Elephant Snuggling An Ostrich

Friday, October 14, 2016

It can be hard for different animals to get along, but Pea and Jotto have figured it out.


Physics Nobel Goes To 3 Scientists For Insights Into Matter's Behavior

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to David Thouless, who gets half the prize, and Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, who share the other half.


How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.


Brexit's Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scientists are worried about how Britain's departure from the European Union would hurt the continent's mega-projects and its researchers. Scientific collaboration "should know no borders," says one.


Risky South Pole Rescue Succeeds As 2 Patients Are Airlifted Out

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two individuals have been flown out of the South Pole in the dead of Antarctic winter. It's only the third such evacuation ever conducted.


U.S. Mounts Daring Rescue Mission At The South Pole

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A sick worker at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station must be evacuated by plane at the height of the Antarctic winter. The current temperature is -70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Gravitational Waves From Colliding Black Holes Shake Scientists' Detectors Again

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

For the second time in recent months, scientists say they have picked up distortions in space and time. The find suggests smaller-sized black holes may be more numerous than many scientists thought.


Lawmakers Reach A Deal To Expand Regulation Of Toxic Chemicals

Friday, May 20, 2016

If it passes, the compromise bill would be the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act in more than four decades. Supporters say it gives the EPA more power to ensure chemical safety.


WATCH: 'Robot Flies' Learn To Stick The Landing

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Researchers have created tiny robots that can perch on surfaces, which could someday make them useful for communications and surveillance.