Geoff Brumfiel http://wunc.org en Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution http://wunc.org/post/scientists-searching-alien-air-pollution Air pollution is clogging the skies of our planet. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 41130 at http://wunc.org Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution A Milestone Marked In Disposal Of Syria's Chemical Weapons http://wunc.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 40972 at http://wunc.org Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm http://wunc.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 40713 at http://wunc.org Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm After 78 Years, A First: Math Prize Celebrates Work Of A Woman http://wunc.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 40662 at http://wunc.org Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase http://wunc.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 15:53:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 40266 at http://wunc.org Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey http://wunc.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 40226 at http://wunc.org In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There http://wunc.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 40183 at http://wunc.org After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There To Find America's Nuclear Missiles, Try Google Maps http://wunc.org/post/find-americas-nuclear-missiles-try-google-maps Earlier this week, NPR ran <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/29/335293314/welcome-to-the-nuclear-command-bunker">a short series</a> I did on America's land-based nuclear missiles. One diagram in particular raised a few eyebrows: It showed the location of a Missile Alert Facility, along with the silos for 10 nuclear weapons.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/29/335293314/welcome-to-the-nuclear-command-bunker#comment-1511331693">Ken Albertson</a> summed up what several of our readers were thinking: "Thanks for the map. Can you now publish the GPS coordinates. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 39963 at http://wunc.org To Find America's Nuclear Missiles, Try Google Maps How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker http://wunc.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 39944 at http://wunc.org How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker http://wunc.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 19:48:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 39833 at http://wunc.org Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker