Geoff Brumfiel

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Forget Chess. A.I. Masters Wickedly Complex, Chinese Game Of 'Go'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A computer has bested humanity at one of the most complex strategy games ever devised.

Researchers at Google have developed a program that can excel at the game of "go," which originated in China and is considered a tougher problem for a machine than other strategy games such as ...


Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

Monday, January 25, 2016

In a NASA facility just outside Washington, D.C., workers are building the James Webb Space Telescope, an $8 billion successor to the Hubble. It'll be the largest ever, and it's set to launch in 2018.


Stomach Of Ancient Iceman Held Microbes Like Ours

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Scientists analyzed the tummy of a 5,300-year-old ice mummy and found bacteria that many modern humans still carry.


The U.S. Isn't Buying North Korea's Claim Of An H-Bomb Test

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

North Korea says it detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb on Wednesday. But the White House says it doesn't believe the claim.


SpaceX Successfully Lands Rocket After Launching It Into Space

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SpaceX, the commercial aerospace company, pulled off a major feat Monday night. After pushing satellites towards orbit, the rocket's booster separated, and safely landed back on earth.


Watchdog Pulls Back Curtain On Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

A new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency details the covert program, which ran until 2003. But experts say the findings are unlikely to derail Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.


Blue Origin Announces Successful Launch, Landing Of Rocket

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.


Astronomers Spot Most Distant Object So Far In The Solar System

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A random search has turned up a dwarf planet orbiting roughly 10 billion miles away. The far-off world is tiny, and probably very, very cold.


Did Exxon Mobil Lie To The Public About The Risks Of Climate Change?

Friday, November 06, 2015

Exxon Mobil is being investigated for keeping climate change research from investors. Since 2007, it has disclosed to shareholders about potential risks posed to its bottom line by climate change.


Researchers Reveal How Climate Change Killed Mars

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Mars used to be much warmer and wetter than it is today. Scientists are unraveling the mystery of why it dried out.


Physicists Probe Antimatter For Clues To How It All Began

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Physicists don't know why there's more matter than antimatter in our universe. New research smashed together atoms of pure gold to look for clues.


NASA Spacecraft To Skim Past Saturn's Icy Moon

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Cassini probe will pass within just 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The goal is to search for signs of habitability.


Why Hurricane Patricia Can't Be Blamed On Climate Change

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hurricane Patricia's record-breaking winds come as a powerful El NiƱo heats the Pacific Ocean. But researchers say that's not enough to blame climate change for the storm's rapid strengthening.


How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School

Monday, October 19, 2015

A nuclear agreement with Iran hinges on the work of nuclear inspectors. Here's a close-up look at how they train to do their job.


Distant Pluto Comes To Life

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pluto is not dead. That's the bottom line, according to new research published in the journal Science. The dwarf planet is home to mountains, glaciers and a hazy atmosphere that stretches for a hundred miles above the surface.

"It is this really active dynamic world," says Cathy Olkin, ...


NASA Rover Finds Evidence That Mars Once Had Lakes

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Mars is cold and dry, but billions of years ago, it was cold and wet. That's according to new evidence from NASA's Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring a large crater on Mars.

The rover has found geological evidence that lakes of liquid water existed in the crater 3.5 ...


Fukushima Study Links Children's Cancer To Nuclear Accident

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

A new analysis of data from Fukushima suggests children exposed to the March 2011 nuclear accident may be developing thyroid cancer at an elevated rate.

But independent experts say that the study, published in the journal Epidemiology, has numerous shortcomings and does not prove ...


Two Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physics For Neutrinos Discoveries

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Arthur McDonald of Canada and Takaaki Kajita of Japan were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics Tuesday for discovering that subatomic particles called neutrinos can switch from one kind to...


2 Scientists Win 2015 Nobel Prize In Physics

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass," the committee announced Tuesday morning in Stockholm.


How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The movie about a stranded astronaut is being hailed for its scientific realism. Andy Weir, who wrote the book the film is based on, is a longtime computer programmer who sees romance in numbers.