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For online reviews, it’s ‘in mobile we trust’

How do you know which online reviews are real, honest opinions, and which ones are just propaganda or hidden advertising? A Dartmouth researcher found that one cue people use, probably unconsciously, is whether the review was written on a smartphone, or typed at a...

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Humans will never colonize Mars

There's no New Hampshire angle to this one, except for throwing cold water on all the hard science fiction fans in the state who dream of terraforming Mars. But I'm going to point to this piece on Gizmodo: "Humans will never colonize Mars" - because it's interesting...

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Biochar in Vermont

Biochar, which is sort of like charcoal,- is one of those products that seems too good to be true. Basically you burn low-grade wood in an enclosed space (pyrolysis) to create a substance that is praised as a soil amendment and eyed as a way to take carbon from the...

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Solar carports in N.H.

Solar carports in N.H.

Solar carports make a ton of sense. There's nothing more wasteful than a big parking area, so why not cover it with solar panels and at least get a little electricity out of it, while slightly reducing the need for summertime air conditioning in cars parked there....

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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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