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Crash-test dummies are getting fatter, too

A major manufacturer of crash-test dummies is redoing its line to "represent thicker waistlines and large rear ends of Americans. The new model of Humanetics … Full story    
Updated yesterday

In Maine, a two-headed snapping turtle is thriving, and eating with both heads

The Bangor Daily News reports today: A two-headed snapping turtle found on Sept. 22 is still alive and eating from both heads, thanks to Kathleen … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Nashua to install electric-car charging station at city garage

The slow spread of electric-car charging stations in New Hampshire has reached Nashua, with Wednesday’s opening of the first city-overseen unit in the Elm Street … Full story    
Updated yesterday

NHBR: Papers show GTAT bit off more than it could (probably) chew with Apple contract

New Hampshire Business Review (which mostly calls itself NHBR these days, much to the confusion of NH Public Radio fans) has been all over the … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

The first banner ad graced (so to speak) web browsers 20 years ago today

The first web banner ad ran 20 years ago today, on - from AT&T. The Internet History Podcast has the details. I know what … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2014

Will at-home screening for colon cancer increase false positives and unnecessary treatment?

A new test that looks for cancer-related DNA in human stool (the bodily fluid, not the furniture) is raising the bar on the debate about … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2014

We may not have pyramids, but stone structures do exist here

When it comes to ancient archaeology – the study of sites or structures pre-dating Europeans – there’s one thing in New Hampshire I know: The … Full story    
Published:  October 27, 2014

Air temperature? If you're de-icing roads, you really care about pavement temperature

New Hampshire held its first-ever Salt Symposium on Wednesday for private contractors that apply salt to keep parking lots, driveways and sidewalks clear, siging them … Full story    
Published:  October 23, 2014

Don't expect to see much, if anything, of tomorrow night's partial solar eclipse 

Even if clouds don't get in the way, we probably won't see much if anything of Thursday's partial solar eclipse, because it will occur just … Full story    
Published:  October 22, 2014

NH will finally get (probably) a multi-megawatt solar farm

A developer has gotten thumbs up from the Manchester City Council to put a 3.2-megawatt solar farm atop the long-closed city landfill, the Union-Leader reports. … Full story    
Published:  October 21, 2014

No NH cities are part of push for municipal fiber-to-the-home broadband 

No New Hampshire cities are among the 32 who have signed up to push for their own gigabit Net connections as part of a program … Full story    
Published:  October 21, 2014

Twinkle, twinkle little Chinese skylantern, how I wonder what planet you're from

I had fun in my Telegraph column today about a report earlier this month from a family that saw some overhead lights and decided it … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2014

Smartphones? Ipods? They got nothing on transistor radios (turning 60 today)

The first transistor radio went on sale today, 60 years ago, as I learned from TreeHugger. It was called the Regency TR-1 and you can … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2014

Great balls of fire, it’s a UFO!

Did you hear about the UFO spotted over the Everett Turnpike this month? As is always true with such reports, this unidentified flying object was … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2014

Closing Vermont Yankee will cost $1.24 billion ... if nothing goes awry

Shutting down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will cost $1.24 billion over a decade, says the owner. But remember: Renewable energy is way too expensive. … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2014

Uber, which profits when you moonlight as a taxi driver, arrives in Manchester

Uber, the summon-a-car-by-smartphone firm, starts in Manchester today, reports the Union-Leader. Kudos to reporter Mike Cousineau for not using the misleading "sharing economy" tag. Uber … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2014

AMC puts electric-car chargers in White Mountains (no, not at Mizpah hut)

For one second when I saw the announcement, I thought Appalachian Mountain Club was putting electric car charges at some of its High Huts. While … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2014

"I try to avoid the public. But I can’t avoid it completely right now."

Great interview in the Nautilus quarterly with Tom Zhang, the unknown UNH math professor who has become reluctantly famous for his work on the twin-prime … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2014

Did that can of soup just talk to my grocery cart?

Quite a techno-fest at last night's Science Cafe NH, where the topic was printed electronics. Telegraph veteran Dean Shalhoup has an excellent writeup in today's … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2014

New Makerspace opening in Keene, and maybe Peterborough

A new makerspace is opening in Keene early next month, I learned from this Union-Leader article today.   It's called "Make It So" and will … Full story    
Published:  October 15, 2014

E.O. Wilson loves alien-invasion movies, but says aliens will never invade

E.O. Wilson, biologist extraordinaire, loves movies about alien invasions, including the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg version of War of the Worlds. But he didn't like one … Full story    
Published:  October 15, 2014

US approves first mussel farm in federal waters, off Nantucket  

Growing shellfish is a - dare I say it? - win-win for the environment and economy: They clean the water and provide localvore tidbits. But … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

Another advance for Vermont line carrying Quebec hydropower (take that, Northern Pass) 

The folks behind Northern Pass must be gnashing their teeth in jealousy: The proposed high-power transmission line from Quebec through Vermont has just gotten the … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

Harvard Bridge lighting will be homage to the Smoot measurement

If a prank is embraced by the establishment, is it still a prank? I asked that question a number of years ago when the MIT … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

A Science Cafe for the engineers tomorrow night: Flexible and printed electronics

Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be our 30th Science Cafe NH - the topic is flexible and printed electronics. As always, the panel is crammed full of … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

NY Times ends chess column - don't worry, the Sunday Telegraph still has one 

The New York Times is ending its chess column, as I learned from news-watcher Jim Romenesko.   Have no fear: Shelby Lyman's chess column still … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Biologist extraordinaire E.O. Wilson in Portsmouth tomorrow night (Tuesday)

NHPR has a live event called Writers On a New England Stage that doesn't usually snag my interest, but tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 14) they're featuring … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Science Cafe: What if they could make a computer that wrapped around your head?

As a lifelong ink-stained wretch, to use the term aging newspaper folk like to apply to ourselves, I’m interested in ink. But maybe not as … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Does the Jevons Paradox (as seen at urinals) mean LEDs don't reduce energy use?

When it comes to saving energy, the Jevons Paradox is the monster lurking under the bed. It's not a logical paradox like Zeno's, it's more … Full story    
Published:  October 9, 2014

I love weird-colored lobsters and so do you, so here's a story

The Bangor Daily News has a story about weird-colored lobsters, including a very rare tan-colored one, being caught this week. (The photo above isn't from … Full story    
Published:  October 9, 2014