Geoff Brumfiel
Geoff Brumfiel
Geoff Brumfiel works as a senior editor and correspondent on NPR's science desk. His editing duties include science and space, while his reporting focuses on the intersection of science and national security.Source
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Herd Immunity Is At Risk If Many People In U.S. Say 'No' To Vaccine

Herd Immunity Is At Risk If Many People In U.S. Say 'No' To Vaccine

Herd Immunity Is At Risk If Many People In U.S. Say 'No' To Vaccine Vaccines have created a way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, but public health experts are worried that hesitancy and misinformation may stop the U.S. from reaching the goal of herd immunity.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsVaccines have created a way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, but public health experts are worried that hesitancy and misinformation may stop the U.S. from reaching the goal of herd immunity.NPR thanks our sponsors

Apr 7
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New Chinese Space Plane Landed At Mysterious Air Base, Evidence Suggests

New Chinese Space Plane Landed At Mysterious Air Base, Evidence Suggests

Experts Say It Is Possible China Flew A Space Plane This Past Weekend The mission took place this past weekend, shrouded in secrecy, but some clues are emerging about what China sent into space, and why.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsA commercial satellite photo may reveal a new Chinese space plane just moments after it landed at a remote site on the western side of China. The photo, which is too low resolution to be conclusive, was snapped by the San Francisco-based company . It shows what could be the classified Chinese spacecraft on a long runway, along with several...

September 9, 2020
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Satellite Photos Reveal Extent Of Damage From Iranian Strike On Air Base In Iraq

Satellite Photos Reveal Extent Of Damage From Iranian Strike On Air Base In Iraq

Satellite photos taken Wednesday show that an Iranian missile strike has caused extensive damage at the Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq, which hosts U.S. and coalition troops. The photos, taken by the commercial company Planet and shared with NPR via the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, show hangars and buildings hit hard by a barrage of Iranian missiles that were fired early Wednesday morning local time. At least five structures were damaged in the attack on the base in Anbar province, which apparently was precise enough to hit individual buildings. "Some of the...

January 9, 2020
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Virus Researchers Cast Doubt On Theory Of Coronavirus Lab Accident

Virus Researchers Cast Doubt On Theory Of Coronavirus Lab Accident

Virus researchers say there is virtually no chance that the new coronavirus was released as result of a laboratory accident in China or anywhere else. The assessment, made by more than half-a-dozen scientists familiar with lab accidents and how research on coronaviruses is conducted, casts doubt on recent claims that a mistake may have unleashed the coronavirus on the world. The accident theory has been advanced by the Trump administration in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a set of State Department cables leaked to The Washington Post pointed to U.S. safety concerns at labs in Wuhan,...

April 23, 2020
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