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Sci/tech tidbits in and around New Hampshire

Emerald ash borer chews through NH basket maker

The continent-wide destruction of ash trees caused by an invasive insect has taken an economic toll in New Hampshire: The Peterboro Basket Co. is shutting after making its specialty baskets for 168 years, partly because it can’t get enough of the right sort of wood....

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Celebrating our ‘father of home video games’

Celebrating our ‘father of home video games’

This year would have seen the 100th birthday of Ralph Baer, as I've noted, and now that the weather's nice they're going to celebrate it in Manchester, where he lived for more than half his life. The event will take place Saturday (May 21) in Arms Park in Manchester,...

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N.H. patents through May 15

By Targeted News Service WASHINGTON – The following federal patents were assigned in New Hampshire from May May 8 through May 15. *** Allegro MicroSystems Assigned Patent for Rotary Inductive Sensor Allegro MicroSystems, Manchester, New Hampshire, has been assigned a...

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What kind of tick bit you? Bebop Labs will tell

It's tick season (although, as I noted back when snow as still on the ground, it's always tick season now) so time to remind New Hampshire folks that if you find a tick biting you, sending it to Bebop* Labs in Plymouth will help their database of tick population and...

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Why can’t you get Grade B syrup?

Found an excellent YouTube video about making syrup, spurred by the question of "why can't you get Grade B syrup any more?" - much more biology, chemistry and technical detail (using reverse osmosis means 11-1 rather than 48-1 ratio of sap-to-syrup) than the usual...

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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 WGIR-AM radio..

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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