Geoff Brumfiel http://wcqs.org en A Milestone Marked In Disposal Of Syria's Chemical Weapons http://wcqs.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 22441 at http://wcqs.org Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm http://wcqs.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 22230 at http://wcqs.org Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm After 78 Years, A First: Math Prize Celebrates Work Of A Woman http://wcqs.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 20:17:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 22190 at http://wcqs.org In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey http://wcqs.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 20:45:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 21828 at http://wcqs.org In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There http://wcqs.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 21788 at http://wcqs.org After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker http://wcqs.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 21599 at http://wcqs.org How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker http://wcqs.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 21513 at http://wcqs.org Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades http://wcqs.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 21461 at http://wcqs.org To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades What Brought Down The Malaysian Airliner? http://wcqs.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 20989 at http://wcqs.org Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser http://wcqs.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 20949 at http://wcqs.org Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser