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Sci/tech tidbits in and around New Hampshire

It’s windier than normal … or is it? (redux)

It’s windier than normal … or is it? (redux)

It's very windy today in New Hampshire - lots of power lines down but not the ones to my house, thankfully. I've posted a couple items about wind speeds at Concord Municipal Airport, the National Weather Service's official measuring spot, in response to reader...

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Building a better ‘canary trap’

Most of us have heard of computer network "honey traps" to lure in bad guys, but "canary traps" are new to me: "The canary trap technique in espionage spreads multiple versions of false documents to conceal a secret." At Dartmouth, cybersecurity folks are using AI to...

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N.H. patents through Feb. 28

By Targeted News Service The following patents were assigned in New Hampshire from Feb. 21 to Feb. 28. *** Parallel Wireless Assigned Patent for CDMA/EVDO Virtualization Parallel Wireless, Nashua, New Hampshire, has been assigned a patent (No. 10,932,164, initially...

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Grow kelp and sink it. Can that help the climate?

"Maine Startup Aims To Pull Carbon Out Of The Atmosphere By Growing — And Then Sinking — Kelp Farms" I think that headline says it all - lots of details in the story from WBUR right here, notably the fact that the idea is to grow kelp on buoys out in the deep ocean;...

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It’s a barn-raising but with solar panels

New Hampshire has long been a laggard when it comes to solar power. Maybe we need some banjos. “We’ve had fiddlers and guitar players at one of the raisers,” said Chris Kolb, president of a volunteer group called HAREI that installed 15 rooftop solar arrays atop homes...

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A ‘vertiport’ not a heliport for Manchester

New Hampshire is falling farther behind on electric vehicles and can't do anything new with passenger trains and has a so-so-at-best intercity bus system - but hey, let's talk about cargo-carrying VTOL drones, autonomous to some extent. (Definitely not helicopters)....

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A little non-maple syrup on your waffles?

The Union-Leader has a good story about UNH research project to study syrup from tree species other than maple. You can read it here. Apparently this has been a thing for a while, although it's new to me: "Our biggest customers are people that are really intrigued by...

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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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