Sci/tech tidbits in and around New Hampshire 

Could you grow radishes on the moon?

If you, like me, often despair of producing a garden in the mix of stones, sand and grit that New Hampshire optimistically calls “soil,” remember that it could be worse. You could be working with dirt from the moon. “It’s hard to grow in this material. It’s basically...

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Those anti-vax bills have been shelved (whew!)

The two anti-vaccine bills that I wrote about last month have been shelved and are dead this year, although they can always come back. After they passed the House due to GOP support, the Senate Health and Human Services committee is sending both to "interim study,"...

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NH patents through May 12

(Links to each patent can be found here, using the patent number or inventor’s name.) By Targeted News Service WASHINGTON – The following federal patents were assigned in New Hampshire through May 12. *** System and Method for Generating a Drive Signal DEKA PRODUCTS...

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The murky world of town and city flags – yes, flags

When the Monitor ran a story recently that some residents in Boscawen were disagreeing about the design of a town flag, it produced this reaction among an awful lot of readers: “Wait – towns have flags?!? Who knew?” Not many people, it turns out, because the idea that...

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Science Cafe May 15: Cybersecurity Demystified

Science Cafe NH in Nashua will hold its monthly discussion-in-a-bar about cybersecurity on Wednesday, May 15. "Join us as we bring together a panel of experts from the realms of high-tech and law enforcement to shed light on the intricate workings of online...

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About Granite Geek

Dave Brooks has written a weekly science/tech newspaper column since 1991 – yes, that long – and has written this blog since 2006, keeping an eye on geekish topics in and around the Granite State. He discusses the geek world regularly on WGIR-AM radio, and moderated the monthly Science Cafe NH sessions when they were still a thing. He joined the Concord Monitor in 2015.

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, Writer of the Year award from the N.H. Farm and Forest Bureau (of all places) and his 2024 induction into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

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