I used ‘wetware’ in a story about the electric grid because I wanted to

As anybody who works for a living knows, sometimes you have to indulge yourself. So I decided to use “wetware” in a story lede that had nothing whatsoever to do with artificial intelligence, robots or sci-fi author Rudy Rucker, who coined the term; I just like the word. Instead, it’s about the complications in modernizing … Read more I used ‘wetware’ in a story about the electric grid because I wanted to

The herring run on the Merrimack River is the best in two decades – but why?

Herring and/or alewife, which like salmon is an anadromous species (spawn in fresh water, live in salt water), are returning to the Merrimack River this year in numbers not seen since the early 1990s. Nobody knows why, just as we’re not sure why the numbers crashed in the past decade, but it’s kind of cool. Read … Read more The herring run on the Merrimack River is the best in two decades – but why?

It’s impossible not to smile when you see a picture of a pig’s snout

Go read the latest installment of Elodie Reed’s ongoing tale in the life of a pig, if only so you can smile at her photo of Pink 2.0’s muddy snout. Any excuse to see a picture of a pig’s snout is a good excuse. The series is titled “From Piglet to Porkchop so things are … Read more It’s impossible not to smile when you see a picture of a pig’s snout

NH sees first loon death from avian malaria – but how did we know?

Aubudon has a good story about “bird CSI” and how forensic necropsy work identified the cause of death for the first New Hampshire loon to succumb to avian malaria. (Read it here) It’s an interesting blow-by-blow account of how a pathologist figures out what has happened inside the body being dissected. Being that this is the … Read more NH sees first loon death from avian malaria – but how did we know?

Speaking of electric car charging, what we really need is wireless electric car charging

Plug-in chargers scattered around the place to use for filling up on long trips are part of what’s needed to make electric cars go mainstream, but  many people argue that the technology really needed is cheap, easy wireless charging for your home. Just park the car and it recharges by itself; no pluggin-in needed. There’s a big … Read more Speaking of electric car charging, what we really need is wireless electric car charging

Blast from the past: The story of N.H.’s famous Unix license plate

One of New Hampshire’s most famous geeks, Jon “maddog” Hall of Linux fame, is recovering from a serious cardiac illness. The news is public so I don’t mind mentioning it now that he’s on the mend. I thought I might wish him well by dusting off a story I wrote on May 17, 2009 for the Nashua Telegraph, in which he … Read more Blast from the past: The story of N.H.’s famous Unix license plate

Recent patents in New Hampshire

By Targeted News Service The following patents were recently issued to individuals and companies in New Hampshire. DEKA Products, Manchester, N.H., has been assigned an ornamental design patent (D755,975) developed by David E. Collins, Groveland, Mass., for an ornamental design for a “latch for an enclosure door.” The patent application was filed on June 5, 2014 … Read more Recent patents in New Hampshire

Report: Kamen teams with Toyota to update his i-Bot standing wheelchari

Back in September 1999 I saw Dean Kamen demonstrate the IBot in the DEKA offices in the Manchester millyard. The IBOT is – was? – a wheelchair that could stand upright and climb stairs using a variation of the technology that two years later fueled the Segway, and it was eye-popping.  My story not-very-originally began … Read more Report: Kamen teams with Toyota to update his i-Bot standing wheelchari

Electric car fast charger for the North Country – no, it’s not from Tesla

The new fast-charging system unveiled Friday at a popular campground in Lancaster, in the part of the state known as North of the Notches, is the first such public facility in the North Country and the first non-Tesla Level 3 charger available in the state for the public. It’s being paid for by what’s called the Forward … Read more Electric car fast charger for the North Country – no, it’s not from Tesla