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Goats vs. invasive weeds, an update

There are a ton of really horrible invasive weeds out there, but Japanese knotweed might be the horriblest. In the UK it has gotten so bad that you have trouble getting a mortgage if the plant is found within seven meters of your property line, partly because its...

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Lyme disease podcast listening guide

Lyme disease podcast listening guide

Podcasts can be a terrific source of long-form journalism, but if you don't have a long commute and don't want to sit in the living room and listen to the radio the way people did in the 1930's before TV, podcasts can be too long. That might be a problem with the...

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The Lyme vaccine that isn’t and one that might be

For obvious reasons there is growing interest in a Lyme vaccine and growing questions about why dogs have one but people don't. The issue was covered in the NHPR podcast Patient Zero - which includes an awesome takedown of a quackish chiropractic laser treatment for...

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A story about a whole bunch of ants

A story about a whole bunch of ants

Giant ant mounds are a fact of life in hotter climates but we don't see them much in New England. So when somebody found a number mounds from a single colony in a forest in the town of Temple, NH, they called in an expert. You can read the resulting story from 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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