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Sci/tech tidbits in and around New Hampshire

Can old wood-burning electricity plants make money?

The Valley News reports that a Maine firm called Stored Solar has bought wood-burning power plants in New Hampshire that have shut down because their electricity is too expensive to compete in the deregulated market. The whole story is here. It's a good story that...

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Did ocean noise levels change during the pandemic?

Did ocean noise levels change during the pandemic?

From UNH News Service: An international development team, led by researchers at the University of New Hampshire, has created a software program that can process sound data collected from the world’s oceans in a more standardized format that will enhance research and...

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You are my sunshine, excessive sunshine …

A lot of meteorological records that are kept - wind, precipitation, snowfall, temperature - but I didn't realize that sunshine was one of them. Silly me! The Blue Hill Observatory in Massachusetts says that March tied for the sunniest on record with 1915: 243 hours...

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2020 was state’s deadliest year in recent history

NHPR crunched the numbers and found that more New Hampshire residents died in 2020 than any year on record, thanks to COVID-19. The story is here. An interesting tidbit is that not only did more people die, more died at home: "Medical providers cautioned early in the...

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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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