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Electric planes are real, maybe coming to Cape Cod

Not long ago everybody was saying that electric aviation is unfeasible for anything more than the smallest private planes because of weight-to-power limitations of batteries and electric engines. Maybe not. Cape Air, an independent regional airline that flies to...

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Pollinator gardens are a hot topic

Pollinator gardens are a hot topic

UNH research evaluating the relative attractiveness to pollinators of new varieties of old standards such as purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, a common garden perennial. Photo by Cathy Neal/UNH Pollinator gardens are a very hot topic - partly, I suspect, because...

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NH will peer at tiny houses (and wake boats)

The legislature has passed and Gov. Sununu has signed into law a bill to study tiny houses, specifically "issues associated with state and local permitting of tiny houses suitable for year-round occupancy, including both tiny houses on permanent foundations and tiny...

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Hashtag inventor is from New Hampshire

I've long been a fan of the Internet History Podcast which is, you'll be surprised to hear, a podcast about the history of the Internet. The most recent episode (listen here) has a long interview with Chris Messina, who was involved in lots of interesting things like...

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This was a ‘meh’ year for NH maple syrup

Unseasonably cold weather this year hurt New Hampshire’s maple syrup industry, which produced about 148,000 gallons of syrup, the smallest amount of syrup in five years. The data reflect another fact which might surprise people here: New Hampshire is not a major...

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About Granite Geek

Dave Brooks has written a science/tech column since 1991 – yes, that long – and has written this blog since 2006, keeping an eye on topics of geekish interest in and around New Hampshire, from software to sea level rise, population dynamics to printing (3-D, of course). He moderates monthly Science Cafe NH discussions, beer in hand, and discusses the geek world regularly on WKXL radio in Concord.

Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics but got lost on the way to the Ivory Tower and ended up in a newsroom. He has reported for newspapers from Tennessee to New England. Rummage through his bag of awards you’ll find oddities like three Best Blog prizes from the New Hampshire Press Association and a Writer of the Year award from the N.H. Farm and Forest Bureau, of all places. He joined the Concord Monitor in 2015.

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