Geoff Brumfiel

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NIH Takes Another Step Toward Retirement Of Research Chimps

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The National Institutes of Health says it will retire hundreds of chimpanzees that the agency had been using for research. Animal rights activists see the move as a big step towards ending the use of chimps in research, but it will be awhile before any of the research chimps ...


The First Web Page, Amazingly, Is Lost

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Given the World Wide Web's ubiquity, you might be tempted to believe that everything is online. But there's one important piece of the Web's own history that can't be found through a search engine: the very first Web page.

Now a team at the lab where the World Wide Web ...


Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's exactly the sort of futuristic thinking you'd expect from Google and NASA: Late last week, the organizations announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center.

But questions surround the new type of computer at the lab's core. D-Wave systems, the ...


A Small Shock To The System May Help Brain With Math

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stimulating the brain with a very small electrical current through the forehead could boost a student's ability to learn and remember basic mathematics, a provocative experiment suggests.

The work, published online Thursday by the journal Current Biology, could help those who struggle with mental arithmetic. But the study was ...


Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

When President Obama met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, one item was high on the agenda: how to handle North Korea, which has in recent months threatened to strike both countries.

Obama called such threats "a dead end."

"We remain open to North Korea taking a ...


Of Flybots And Bug Eyes: Insects Inspire Inventors

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A smartphone can tell you where to get a cup of coffee, but it can't go get the coffee for you. Engineers would like to build little machines that can do stuff. They would be useful for a lot more than coffee, if we could figure out how to make ...


Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home

Friday, April 26, 2013

Smartphones can check e-mail, record videos and even stream NPR. Now NASA has discovered they make pretty decent satellites, too. Three smart phones launched into space this past Sunday are orbiting above us even now, transmitting data and images back to Earth. The PhoneSats, which cost just a few ...


In NASA's Budget: Plans To 'Shrink-Wrap' An Asteroid

Friday, April 12, 2013

When President Obama released his 2014 budget for the federal government on Wednesday, much of it was spreadsheets and tables. But one corner of NASA's budget looked like something out of a movie script.

The space agency is planning to capture a small asteroid, drag it to the moon ...


Origin Of 'Mercury' Meteorite Still Puzzles Scientists

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A strange green rock discovered in Morocco last year was hailed by the press as the first meteorite from Mercury. But scientists who've been puzzling over the stone ever since say the accumulating evidence may point in a different direction. Maybe, just maybe, they say, the 4.56-billion-year-old rock fell to ...


Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

Thursday, April 04, 2013

It's life, but not as we know it. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive.



Tiny DNA Switches Aim To Revolutionize 'Cellular' Computing

Friday, March 29, 2013

If you think programming a clock radio is hard, try reprogramming life itself. That's the goal of Drew Endy, a synthetic biologist at Stanford University.

Endy has been working with a laboratory strain of E. coli bacteria. He sees the microbes as more than just single-cell organisms. They're little computers.



Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd

Friday, March 22, 2013

Physics and heavy metal don't seem to have a lot in common, but Matt Bierbaum and Jesse Silverberg have found a connection. Both are graduate students at Cornell University. They're also metal heads who enjoy going to concerts and hurling themselves into mosh pits full of like-minded fans.

About five ...


Depression And Anxiety Could Be Fukushima's Lasting Legacy

Monday, March 11, 2013

Two years ago today, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people living near the plant were forced to flee. The World Health Organization recently predicted a very small rise in cancer risk from radioactive material that ...