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Eat better and get a few bucks – Harvard Pilgrim tries a different shopping rewards cards

Economists will tell you that human beings only respond to incentives. Getting healthy would seem to be a pretty good incentive, but getting money might … Full story    
Published:  July 21, 2014

GraniteGeek is going to hide under a rock for a week or so - see you then 

I'm about to go on vacation with the family and doing it tech free (without paying for a Tech-Free Camp, thank you), so GraniteGeek is … Full story    
Published:  July 16, 2014

Electricity from leaky landfills is bigger than solar power in NH

Nashua is in the process of signing a new contract with a company called PPL to operate the electricity-generating system at the city landfill (story … Full story    
Published:  July 16, 2014

Government can improve with A/B testing, which is good: unless they experiment on me, of course

The tech world loves A/B testing - basically releasing two versions of a product or website or marketing campaign out into the real world and … Full story    
Published:  July 15, 2014

Teaching chess in school is a good idea - but where will you get the teachers?

This is a week for celebrating chess (as in my column today, anticipating the first junior Womens Championship, taking place at UNH-Manchester this week) so … Full story    
Published:  July 14, 2014

Texas Medical Board files 202-page complaint against cancer "cure" being used in NH

The Texas Medical Board has issued a 202-page complaint against Stanistlaw Burzynski, the Houston-area doctor who has been peddling a cancer "cure" for three decades. … Full story    
Published:  July 14, 2014

This week: The most impressive collection of female chess talent ever gathered in NH history

The most impressive collection of female chess talent in the history of New Hampshire is coming to Manchester this week, including two 10-year-olds who are … Full story    
Published:  July 14, 2014

Graduating science PhD's face a surprisingly stagnant job market

Slate has a long and well-researched piece about the job prospects for graduating Ph.D.s in science fields in the U.S., tracking not just employment and … Full story    
Published:  July 11, 2014

Is the next-but-one China lunar probe a manned moon-landing practice run?

China plans to land Chang'e 5, a lunar lander that would return samples to Earth, in 2017. That would be very cool - more moon … Full story    
Published:  July 11, 2014

Australia decides patent for "circular transportation facilitation device" (i.e., wheel) was a mistake 

Marc Abrahams, who is the mind (if that's the right word) behind the Ig Nobel awards, reports that the Australian patent office has decided it … Full story    
Published:  July 10, 2014

We don't have mountain lions but we do have bobcats - although how many, again?

I know a few people who have seen bobcats in New Hampshire. Unlike mountain lion sightings, however, these are often accompanied by photos - because … Full story    
Published:  July 10, 2014

Northeast is behind the U.S. curve when it comes to ditching landline phones

We in the Northeast like to think of ourselves as urbane and sophisticated and with it (dare I say "hep"? "groovy"?), yet we're national laggards … Full story    
Published:  July 9, 2014

NH firm tries to expand bitcoin ATM industry with open source code

Lamassu, the Manchester-based bitcoin ATM company, has created open-source software for "back end systems" of bitcoin ATMs, in hopes of goosing the whole business by … Full story    
Published:  July 9, 2014

Peer review scandal - like fake Amazon reviews, except for scientific papers - is very bad

I assume that all online reviews for books, hotels, restaurants, etc., are fake, because there's a strong upside to faking them and almost no downside. … Full story    
Published:  July 9, 2014

Needle in haystack? Try finding moons around planets outside the solar system

The New Hampshire Astronomical Society does some interesting stuff: On Friday, July 11, they'll host a talk by David Kipping, a NASA Carl Sagan fellow … Full story    
Published:  July 8, 2014

BBC told: Don't invite fringe cranks on science shows for 'balance'

In a really lovely memo, BBC Trust on Thursday published a progress report into the corporation’s science coverage because it has been criticised for giving … Full story    
Published:  July 7, 2014

Unproven cancer cure for Hudson girl - compassionate treatment or medical profiteering?

My column in The Telegraph today tackles a difficult subject: Whether all the energy, hope - and money, lots of money - being gathered to … Full story    
Published:  July 7, 2014

Can a dog sniff out hard drives? Rhode Island police say that their dog can 

The Providence Journal has a long but not very fact-filled article about police efforts against child pornography which includes an astonishing piece of information: The … Full story    
Published:  July 7, 2014

Is allowing ‘unproven cancer cure’ to help Hudson girl compassionate treatment or medical profiteering?

Why would anybody want to prevent a sick child from getting treatment that might be her only hope of staying alive to see her 13th … Full story    
Published:  July 7, 2014

Who needs pick-your-own and hay rides when you've got oyster-bed tours?

New England has seen a huge increase in the number of farms in the past decade, but most of them are tiny - hardly farms … Full story    
Published:  July 5, 2014

Uber, the ride "sharing" company, may be coming to Portland, Maine

Uber, the company that allows ride "sharing" (to use the wod loosely) as a sort of peer-to-peer alternative to taxis, is recruiting drivers in the … Full story    
Published:  July 3, 2014

DNA analysis of Bigfoot hairs shows they actually came from (insert joke here)

In a bid for free publicity that worked quite well, Oxford University in Britain ran DNA tests on samples of hairs collected by people who … Full story    
Published:  July 2, 2014

Stop the presses: Using energy more efficiently saves businesses money! Who knew?

A report about energy efficiency pushes by Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. says they saved about $1.1 billion in costs in 2012 - including … Full story    
Published:  July 2, 2014

At last, something fun with the World Cup: Guessing relative populations

The World Cup is lots of fun, except for the soccer part. All those countries mashed together in eye-popping costumes - it's awesome, even if … Full story    
Published:  July 1, 2014

Hey, Telegraph: Maybe you should put tick repellant in your ink

One way to avoid getting bitten by Lyme-disease-carrying ticks is to wear clothing that has been soaked with permethrin, a synthetic insecticide that is very … Full story    
Published:  July 1, 2014

Study: 3,000 people exposed to measles because of one kid in a vaccine-shunning family

The 2 1/2-year-old child of a family in Minnesota that thinks vaccines are dangerous brought measles back to the U.S. from Kenya, eventually exposing 3,000 … Full story    
Published:  July 1, 2014

There's a long, skinny strip of NH where you can't fly drones

Following up onreports that National Parks won't allow drones, I discovered that despite our lack of national parks this rule does ban any drones in … Full story    
Published:  June 30, 2014

Flying drones in New Hampshire backwoods? Make sure you avoid a certain long, skinny place

There’s nothing simple about drones, or at least about regulation of these autonomous flying devices. Case in point: Where can you fly them in New … Full story    
Published:  June 30, 2014

Demanding bitcoin via snail-mail - does that seem odd to you?

I have a story in today's Telegraph about a Manchester pizzeria that is among at least four around the country who received an extortion letter … Full story    
Published:  June 28, 2014

Portsmouth's science cafe turns into a science-at-sea sailing event

One of the goals of the founders of Science Cafe NH three-plus years ago was to spread the wealth - get other science-related discussion groups … Full story    
Published:  June 27, 2014