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Coming up after the break, our lobster forecast (lobster forecast?)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is going to start issuing "lobster forecasts" based on water temperatures, with the idea of letting fleets time their … Full story    
Updated 2 hours ago

Portsmouth loves Uber, as long as it is regulated like taxis

Following up yesterday's post about Portsmouth contemplating airbnb, the city is also contemplating Uber, the smartphone-using hired car service. Portsmouth would love to have Uber … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Airbnb or real bed-and-breakfast - Portsmouth says no to either  

The Portsmouth Herald has an interesting story about local regulations conflicting with the so-called "sharing economy." (I prefer "middleman economy," since the businesses involved are … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Christmas lights can be seen by satellites - Ramadan lights, too 

Slate reports that Americans' love of putting colored lights outdoors for the holidays can be seen from space:  The Suomi satellite carries an instrument designed … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Gas is cheap, electricity expensive - do electric cars still make per-mile sense?

I'll #SaveYouAClick - yes. My Telegraph column today crunches the numbers of per-mile costs for a Nissan Leaf vs. Versa in light of sub-$3 gas … Full story    
Published:  December 15, 2014

Electric cars remain cheaper per mile, even with cheap gas and pricey electricity

With gasoline prices plummeting and electricity prices soaring, do electric cars still save you money on a per-mile basis? That question was asked of me … Full story    
Published:  December 15, 2014

Did the November elections made life harder for Northern Pass? Yes 

Forgive me for bringing up politics, but since energy is a hot topic these days it seems relevant: This article from E&E (Environment and Energy) … Full story    
Published:  December 14, 2014

Maybe there are fewer pilots because automation makes flying less fun

When I was much younger I got my private pilot's license, and even though I haven't flown since Reagan was president I'm very glad I … Full story    
Published:  December 12, 2014

My new clickbait strategy: Always bring up Ben Franklin

The Telegraph's web folks have informed me that my best-read story online for the month of November, by a mile, was a tossed-off item about … Full story    
Published:  December 11, 2014

Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and the obnoxious public

A famous person wrote this sentence to another famous person - can you guess who? "If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then … Full story    
Published:  December 10, 2014

Yet another 1,000-megawatt power line proposal for N.E. - this one combines wind and hydro

National Grid has joined with a Boston developer of transmission lines in seeking to build an undersea power line that would combine Canadian hydropower with … Full story    
Published:  December 10, 2014

Getting set to be on stage tonight in Manchester to talk about M.C. Escher

UPDATE: Only two people at the show, which drew about 30, said they had read at least part of Godel, Escher, Bach. I was surprised.  … Full story    
Published:  December 9, 2014

Finally, one of those stupid state-comparison lists that's actually good! (It involves Santa)

I have ranted several times in print and in this blog about the plague of publicity-seeking lists created by websites, usually selling real estate, that … Full story    
Published:  December 8, 2014

Can wood stoves - the ones that burn whole pieces of trees, not pellets - enter the 21st century?

Yesterday my house was heated almost entirely by the basement wood stove and the living room pellet stove (the oil-burning furnace kept it livable overnight). … Full story    
Published:  December 8, 2014

Old-timey wood stoves need to get new-timey if we really want to make use of them

I don’t think very hard when I light up the old wood-burning stove in my basement. Turns out, that might be a problem. “Combustion technology … Full story    
Published:  December 8, 2014

Ralph Baer, who invented the first home video game when an engineer at Nashua, has died at 92

Ralph Baer, who led the team that developed the first home video game, sold as the Magnavox Odyssey, has died, according to the gaming site … Full story    
Published:  December 7, 2014

Why isn't PSNH a big booster of electric cars?

I will be participating this morning in a panel discussion about electric cars at a PSNH conference. I was invited because of our Science Cafe … Full story    
Published:  December 5, 2014

Potential laws: Accept bitcoin, regulate drones, and make the mastodon (or maybe mammoth) the state fossil

This is the time of year when state legislators file LSRs, which are holding patterns for future bills. Literally hundreds of them are filed - … Full story    
Published:  December 4, 2014

Two cautionary tales about people getting ahead of the green-energy curve

The world - our children's and grandchildren's world - needs us to switch away from traditional energy sources, fast. But sometimes people can do it … Full story    
Published:  December 4, 2014

How does 3D printing work on the space station, without gravity to hold layers together?

The first 3D printed object in space has been made (it's a cover plate for the 3D printer itself - how meta), which raises a … Full story    
Published:  December 3, 2014

My M.C. Escher fanboy-dom: in print, on radio and soon, in person

The dual shows about M.C. Escher running in Manchester at the Currier Museum of Art and the SEE Science Center are cool, which is why … Full story    
Published:  December 3, 2014

Crazy is the new weather normal

New England, including me, continues to shake off the surprisingly destructive Thanksgiving snowstorm - a big branch fell on our Civic and dented the roof … Full story    
Published:  December 2, 2014

MIT's still pissed about losing the Ig Nobels to Harvard, so they got ...

The Festival of Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses, or BAHFest, founded by the guy who draws the web comic "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal." The Wall Street Journal … Full story    
Published:  December 1, 2014

Sex, violence and advanced math - three things to alarm people

In a tongue-in-cheek (at least, I think it's tongue-in-cheek) warning attached to a movie review of "The Imitation Game," the Alan Turing movie, the NY … Full story    
Published:  December 1, 2014

Geekdom’s favorite artist, M.C. Escher, featured at art and science museums and at a science talk in Manchester

I like artwork as much as the next guy, but to really make my heart go pit-a-pat, try some artwork based on hyperbolic tesselations. Yes, … Full story    
Published:  December 1, 2014

More debate about prostate cancer screening, the topic of our last Science Cafe

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the last Science Cafe NH, which discussed medical screening, was the admission from the three physicians that sometimes they … Full story    
Published:  November 26, 2014

Pope-mobile? What about the poop-mobile!

Getting energy from human waste is not a new idea: Nashua, for example, is one of many cities that has an anerobic digester at its … Full story    
Published:  November 25, 2014

Huge N.Y. Army base gets 100% of electricity from wood - is that good?  

Biomass energy - burning wood to produce electricity - is controversial within the green-energy field. Although it seems like a no-brainer to replace oil/coal with … Full story    
Published:  November 24, 2014

Making snow is science and art, water and air, weather, energy, and a dash of mathematical formulas

Making snow, it turns out, is a game of numbers. Numbers like 180,000. That’s roughly how many gallons of water are needed to create a … Full story    
Published:  November 24, 2014

And the best sentence in today's Boston Globe is ...

From the story about MIT's football team: Quarterback Peter Williams has thrown for just over 957 Smoots this season. … Full story    
Published:  November 21, 2014