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Sci/tech tidbits in and around New Hampshire

Electric boats coming (slowly) to Maine coast

The always reliable Tux Turkel has a piece in the Portland Press-Herald about the tentative arrival of electric boats along the Maine coast. (Read it here) This quote sums it up, I think: “I think we’re in the early, Tesla stages,” he said, making a car analogy. “It’s...

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Historic Vermont wind-power site gets NIMBY’d

A hill known as Grandpa's Knob near Rutland, Vermont, is generally considered to have been the site of the first large (1 MW) electricty-generating wind turbine, back in 1941. (VPR story here) A truly historic accomplishment that New England should be proud of. A...

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UNH: Tiny satellites have a big scientific ROI

From UNH News Service: Good things can indeed come in small packages, especially when it relates to satellite technology. Scientists at the University of New Hampshire have found that innovative miniature CubeSats, usually no larger than a box of tissues, can be just...

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Saving a bunny rabbit species as the climate changes

Saving a bunny rabbit species as the climate changes

Heidi Holman wants you to know that it’s not her fault all the lettuce you planted in the spring has disappeared. “I often get letters from people that are very upset about their garden because we’ve released so many rabbits,” said Holman, a wildlife biologist at New...

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… 2. Looking for a few good bassoon players

… 2. Looking for a few good bassoon players

The last couple of years have seen such a parade of problems that it’s hard to be surprised by them any more. Even so, here’s a problem you probably haven’t thought of: New Hampshire is facing a shortage of bassoon players. A combination of factors made worse by COVID...

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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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