Geoff Brumfiel http://apr.org en A Milestone Marked In Disposal Of Syria's Chemical Weapons http://apr.org/post/milestone-marked-disposal-syrias-chemical-weapons <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Milestone+Marked+In+Disposal+Of+Syria%27s+Chemical+Weapons&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDE2ODUyMDEzNjkxNjcyNDgxNWNhMg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 57978 at http://apr.org Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm http://apr.org/post/do-not-fear-giant-robot-swarm <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK54Bu9HFRw</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 57689 at http://apr.org Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm After 78 Years, A First: Math Prize Celebrates Work Of A Woman http://apr.org/post/after-78-years-first-math-prize-celebrates-work-woman <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+78+Years%2C+A+First%3A+Math+Prize+Celebrates+Work+Of+A+Woman&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3ODg0ODc2MDEzMTE4NzIxMjhiYTVmNQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Today, the International Mathematical Union presented four researches with the Fields Medal. The Fields is considered to be the Nobel Prize in mathematics and among the winners, the first woman in the prize's 78-year history. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 57627 at http://apr.org Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase http://apr.org/post/rosetta-spacecraft-arrives-comet-after-10-year-chase After a decade of travel, the European Space Agency's <a href="http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/">Rosetta</a> spacecraft arrived at a comet early this morning.<p>"Ten years we've been waiting in the car to get to scientific Disneyland," ESA's Mark McCaughrean said. "It's a wonderful moment."<p>The comet, called 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, orbits the sun once every six years or so. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:30:57 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 57178 at http://apr.org Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey http://apr.org/post/quest-harpoon-comet-spacecraft-stalks-its-prey Tomorrow morning, a European space probe will arrive at a comet with a tongue-twister of a name: Churyumov-Gerasimenko.<p>Getting there has been proven even trickier than pronouncing it.<p>The <a href="http://rosetta.esa.int/">Rosetta</a> spacecraft began its journey way back in March of 2004.<p>First it swung past Earth to gather speed. Then it catapulted out to Mars, for a boost from that planet's gravity field. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 57129 at http://apr.org In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There http://apr.org/post/after-decade-comet-chasing-spacecraft-nearly-there It's been a long journey, but it's nearly over. On Wednesday, the European Space Agency's <a href="http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta">Rosetta</a> spacecraft will finally arrive at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/15/133788829/a-close-encounter-with-a-comet" target="_blank">Humans have sent spacecraft hurtling past comets before</a>, but Rosetta is doing something very different. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:36:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 57082 at http://apr.org After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker http://apr.org/post/how-order-pizza-nuclear-command-bunker I spent months working with the U.S. Air Force to get access to a remote underground nuclear bunker in Nebraska for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/29/335293314/welcome-to-the-nuclear-command-bunker">our radio series</a> on America's missile forces. There was only one question left to answer before I left.<p>What did I want for lunch?<p>The menu provided by the press office was eclectic. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 56827 at http://apr.org How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker Should America Keep Its Aging Nuclear Missiles? http://apr.org/post/should-america-keep-its-aging-nuclear-missiles Sixty feet beneath western Nebraska, Lt. Raj Bansal sits in front of an ancient-looking computer console used to monitor 10 nuclear missiles.<p>Everything in this command bunker feels outdated, including the tiny toilet. It's working today, but like a lot of equipment down here, it doesn't always. Bansal points to a drain under the command post.<p>"At some point, sewage has flooded this bottom area," he says. "It smells awful."<p>For decades, the United States has kept hundreds of nuclear-armed missiles on alert. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:22 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 56786 at http://apr.org Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker http://apr.org/post/welcome-nuclear-command-bunker The stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Lincoln, Neb., is straight and flat. High plains stretch out on either side.<p>But scattered along this unremarkable road, the Air Force keeps some of its most powerful weapons — <a href="http://www.boeing.com/boeing/history/boeing/minuteman.page">Minuteman III nuclear missiles</a>.<p>Outsiders are rarely allowed to see the missiles up close. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 56699 at http://apr.org Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades http://apr.org/post/stop-cheating-nuclear-officers-ditch-grades The young officers at <a href="http://www.warren.af.mil/">F.E. Warren Air Force Base</a> have an enormous job: to keep 150 nuclear-tipped missiles ready to launch at a moment's notice.<p>Understandably, they're expected to know exactly what they're doing.<p>Three times a month, they're tested on the weapons and the codes used to launch them. Anything less than 90 percent is a fail.<p>But until recently, even 90 percent wasn't really good enough. "I was told that if I got a 90 on a test, I was a D student — and I would be treated that way," says Lt. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 56616 at http://apr.org To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades What Brought Down The Malaysian Airliner? http://apr.org/post/what-brought-down-malaysian-airliner Shortly after news broke that a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, suspicions began to swirl that the plane had been shot down. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel speaks with Audie Cornish about the feasibility that a missile brought down the airliner. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 55981 at http://apr.org Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser http://apr.org/post/physicists-crush-diamonds-giant-laser Physicists have used the world's most powerful laser to zap diamonds. The results, they say, could tell us more about the cores of giant planets.<p>"Diamonds have very special properties, besides being very expensive and used for jewelrey etc.," says <a href="https://www-pls.llnl.gov/?url=about_pls-scientific_staff-smith_r">Raymond Smith</a>, a researcher at <a href="https://www.llnl.gov/">Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory</a> in California. "It's the hardest substance known to man."<p>And diamonds aren't just here on Earth. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 55919 at http://apr.org Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox http://apr.org/post/lab-fridge-unsettling-surprise-lost-vials-smallpox Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery last week as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities. The vials have since been transferred to a secure lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 55360 at http://apr.org Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space http://apr.org/post/carbon-observatory-monitor-greenhouse-gas-space NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 54901 at http://apr.org Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch http://apr.org/post/carbon-sensing-satellite-prepares-second-launch NASA is preparing to launch a satellite capable of monitoring carbon dioxide emissions from space. The <a href="http://oco.jpl.nasa.gov/">Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2</a> (OCO-2) will be the first U.S. spacecraft dedicated to seeing the greenhouse gas from orbit, and could pave the way for new technology to enforce future global warming treaties.<p>But first OCO-2 needs to make it off the ground. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 54873 at http://apr.org Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch