Geoff Brumfiel Geoff Brumfiel works as a senior editor and correspondent on NPR's science desk.
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Geoff Brumfiel

Senior Editor and Correspondent

Geoff Brumfiel works as a senior editor and correspondent on NPR's science desk. His editing duties include climate and environment, while his reporting focuses on the intersection of science and national security.

From April of 2016 to September of 2018, Brumfiel served as an editor overseeing basic research and climate science. Prior to that, he worked for three years as a reporter covering physics and space for the network. Brumfiel has carried his microphone into ghost villages created by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. He's tracked the journey of highly enriched uranium as it was shipped out of Poland. For a story on how animals drink, he crouched for over an hour and tried to convince his neighbor's cat to lap a bowl of milk.

Before NPR, Brumfiel was based in London as a senior reporter for Nature Magazine from 2007-2013. There, he covered energy, space, climate, and the physical sciences. From 2002 – 2007, Brumfiel was Nature Magazine's Washington Correspondent.

Brumfiel is the 2013 winner of the Association of British Science Writers award for news reporting on the Fukushima nuclear accident.

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Iran Announces It Will Ramp Up Nuclear Activities

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Satellite imagery from the company Planet shows construction of a small research reactor at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh. Planet Labs Inc hide caption

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As Saudi Arabia Builds A Nuclear Reactor, Some Worry About Its Motives

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The Jasons, a group of scientists who advise the U.S. government, have developed technologies such as a laser that can help reduce atmospheric distortion. The Air Force uses it to better photograph passing spy satellites. R. Fugate/Air Force Research Laboratory hide caption

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After Pentagon Ends Contract, Top-Secret Scientists Group Vows To Carry On

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President Trump vowed in January to "detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, anytime, anyplace." Doing so would likely mean basing defenses in space. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump's Plan To Zap Incoming Missiles With Lasers Is Back To The Future

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Japan's Hayabusa2, seen in this illustration, has been probing the asteroid Ryugu since 2018. The spacecraft is collecting samples that will be returned to Earth. JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita hide caption

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Japan (Very Carefully) Drops Plastic Explosives Onto An Asteroid

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Experts believe the target of Wednesday's anti-satellite test was India's Microsat-R, which is shown here launching in January. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India Claims Successful Test Of Anti-Satellite Weapon

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A missile carrying a dummy warhead was fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. It was intercepted by two defensive missiles fired from the California coast. Missile Defense Agency hide caption

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Protesters hold a banner showing images, of President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton during a rally against U.S. sanctions on North Korea, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Satellite Photos Show Activity At North Korean Missile Sites

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Activity At 2nd North Korean Missile Site Indicates Possible Launch Preparations

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North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launchpad in Dongchang-ri, North Korea, in this Dec. 12, 2012, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. KCNA via AP hide caption

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North Korea Seen Reassembling Rocket Test Site

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