Select Page

Ticks thrive where Acadia burned

A massive fire in 1947 burned much of Mount Desert Island, which is where Acadia National Park lies. A recent study finds that six decades later, those areas have a lot more black-legged ticks (a.k.a. deer ticks), which seems weird. Check the story about it in the...

read more
Oh, boy, another tree-killing disease is coming

Oh, boy, another tree-killing disease is coming

Have you noticed all the dead ash trees around, now that the emerald ash borer has gotten well established in the state. Wonderful, isn't it? Just the latest in a string of diseases, many consisting of fungus carried by boring beetles, that has hit eastern forests....

read more

Where do the commuters go?

Commuting is one of the biggest drawbacks to industrial society. Once people stopped working around their homes - mostly farming, but also small-scale businesses - they had to spend time going to and fro. The state occasionally analyzes where these commuters go at a...

read more

UNH gets big NASA contract to look at our coasts

UNH has received the biggest NASA award in its history - close to $108 million - for a space-based instrument that will make observations of coastal waters to help protect ecosystem sustainability, improve resource management, and enhance economic activity. The...

read more

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.

Pin It on Pinterest