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‘You can teach anything through beer’

The Brewing Science Lab has been a publicity gold mine for UNH. Reporters (including me) can't resist stories about the science of making beer. Here's the latest example: A nice piece in Foster's Daily Democrat, the weirdly-named daily paper of Dover, about the lab's...

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N.H. may outlaw phone-number spoofing

Scammers and some telemarketers change Caller ID information to get past your defenses. That may soon draw a $5,000 civil penalty in New Hampshire - although good luck finding the real perpetrators, especially if they're overseas. Here's my story today in the Monitor:...

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Half-empty Manchester airport is trying to rebound

When I moved to New Hampshire, Manchester airport (they hadn't added the "Boston" name) was still in the old terminal. You'd walk out to the planes, and park on the street. They'd put envelopes under the windshield wipers and ask you to mail in $3 (I think it was) per...

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More science talks amid beer

There are two ways to approach holding science talks in a bar or restaurant - programs that have names like Science Cafe or Science by the Pint or Science on Tap. One is to invited local scientists to talk about their research. That's the route frequently taken by...

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Talking about research on Mars (well – Utah)

Talking about research on Mars (well – Utah)

Erika Rydberg, a 3D printing expert with the interesting job title of Digital Creation Technologist at Plymouth State University, spent two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where people go to simulate life on Mars (except for the gravity) to help...

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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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