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Sci/tech tidbits in and around New Hampshire 

Power prices went insane on Xmas Eve – why?

Wholesale power prices in New England rose more than 10-fold for a while on Christmas Eve, apparently because an unnamed power plant stopped producing as much as expected and we couldn't import as much electricity from New York and Canada - presumably because they...

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Why is NH still burning coal for power?

Why is NH still burning coal for power?

Two reporters with the Granite State News Collaborative took a long look at why Merrimack Station in Bow is still burning coal for electricity - the last plant in New England to do so. (Spoiler alert: Capacity auction.) The story doesn't cover anything that I and many...

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Patents in NH through Jan. 1

(Links to each patent can be found here, using the patent number.) By Targeted News Service WASHINGTON – The following federal patents were assigned in New Hampshire through Jan. 1 *** Sanitization Device and Adaptor for Use With the Same SOCLEAN INC., Peterborough,...

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Home battery backup is rare in NH but it does exist

Robert Holt’s reaction after his neighborhood lost power in the recent storm was different than mine. “This is, like, perfect! This is how it’s supposed to go!” he said, looking back at how his home performed. Holt was happy because his home is one of the few in New...

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Coyote hunting in Massachusetts

Shooting coyotes is, surprisingly, a poor way to reduce the population because of the way they react as a group. (I mentioned it in this story about attempts to regulate coyote hunting in the state; right now you can hunt coyotes any time you want.) But that doesn't...

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Manchester is NH’s grid leader

Manchester is NH’s grid leader

Thanks to digital mapping, it's possible to calculate how grid-like any city's street layout can be. This story in The Economist explains it: Geoff Boeing of the University of Southern California created a measure of city “entropy”, looking at how consistent the...

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N.H. patents through Dec. 25 (w/ no Santa jokes)

(Links to each patent can be found here, using the patent number.) By Targeted News Service WASHINGTON – The following federal patents were assigned in New Hampshire through Dec. 25. *** Pre-Assembled Coupling Assemblies With Pipe Fitting ASC ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS,...

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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 WGIR-AM radio..

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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