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State health officials have become media stars

In parts of the county public health officials have been threatened and harassed by the pretend-COVID-isn't-a-problem brigade, but in New Hampshire they're respected, perhaps because Gov. Sununu has made Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette and state...

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Tracking COVID in NH: Testing has slipped

I am keeping track of four measurements as indicators of how the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing. This is my fifth weekly update and the news continues to be good, although state testing numbers have slipped. At the same time, news from parts of the country where the...

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Science Cafe NH has charms to soothe a savage breast

Science Cafe New Hampshire continues its digital existence next week with a conversation about Music Therapy: What is it? How does it work?  Why does it work?  How much of a difference can it make?  Goodness knows we all need therapy these days and music therapy might...

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N.H. patents through July 5

By Targeted News Service The following federal patents were assigned in New Hampshire from June 28 to July 5. *** Parallel Wireless Assigned Patent for Tracking Area Planning Parallel Wireless, Nashua, New Hampshire, has been assigned a patent (No. 10,701,668,...

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And (honk, honk!) we’re back ($#&*@!! traffic)

And (honk, honk!) we’re back ($#&*@!! traffic)

Traffic counts at E-ZPass stations on New Hampshire highways are back to the level they were at before the stay-at-home order arrived March 28. So one of the few benefits of the pandemic has faded away. Car traffic is actually slightly behind the long-term average -...

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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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