Thursday, May 28, 2015
My Account  | Login
Nashua;88.0;http://forecast.weather.gov/images/wtf/small/sct.png;2015-05-28 14:11:41

That oily sheen on the water in the ditch might be due to bacteria, not your neighbor

"We receive numerous questions and complaints about oily substances on the water's surface. The culprit is often iron bacteria and is not an actual oil … Full story    
Updated 35 minutes ago

Attempt to bar Uber in Portsmouth put on hold by judge

From the Portsmouth Herald (whole story is here): PORTSMOUTH — A Superior Court judge rejected a request for an emergency order that would have barred … Full story    
Updated 4 hours ago

Merrimack 3-D printing firm expands into China, big time

Solidscape, an area pioneer in building 3-D printers for small businesses, is about to expand greatly in the Chinese market, selling its printers to jewelers … Full story    
Updated 4 hours ago

"Betty Hill’s Last Hurrah – A Secret UFO Symposium in New Hampshire"

If you can't get enough about Betty Hill and New Hampshire's most famous alien abduction - and who can? - then you should read this … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Talking tick-killer robots on the radio

Yesterday on the local All Things Considered I discussed the Tick Rover robot with Peter Biello (you can listen or read the transcript here), following … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Uh oh, gearheads: Cars, like farm tractors, are getting harder to work on because of software secrecy

A few weeks ago I wrote about FarmHack, the hackers-meet-farmers movement prodded in part because tractor manufacturers like John Deere were limiting in-field repairs by … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Bobcats are pretty good at avoiding car traffic, not so good at avoiding harsh winters

Even as the state cancels a proposed bobcat hunting season because last winter took a population toll (Telegraph story here), UNH researchers are analyzing the … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Would you like a robot that kills ticks in your yard? Well, it exists

Imagine an outdoor Roomba that trundles around your yard, automatically killing the ticks that can give you Lyme disease. If you’re screaming “I want one!” … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

If this was Texas, the X's would be a sign of Imminent Government Takeover!

When A Merrimack resident started finding big X's painted in roadways in town, what did he do? Brought them to Science Cafe NH for clarification, … Full story    
Published:  May 24, 2015

Dean Kamen's latest invention: A crank-fired water pistol. (Yes, I want one)

Long before the Segway, Dean Kamen made his fame and fortune developing interesting ways to move fluids, specifically with the first portable drug infusion pump, … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2015

Did they say "paranormal" or "appearing normal"?

I don't know what to say about this, so I'll just copy the press release: Business and property owners who would like to have their … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2015

Ten gigantic spinning sawblades dangling from a helicopter! What more could you want? 

Forget computer-generated explosions in the movie theaters. This YouTube video from Haverfield Aviation, showing how it uses gigantic spinning sawblades dangling from a helicopter to … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2015

Using playing cards as a lifetime calendar

Today's interesting tidbit learned while shuffling through the Web looking for blog-postable material: A pack of cards has a peculiar embedded property, lurking beneath its … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2015

Study: Extreme cold proves deadlier than extreme heat (but still not that bad)

A study in The Lancet, the most prestigious British medical research journal, found that extreme cold snaps kill more people than extreme heat waves, much … Full story    
Published:  May 21, 2015

Science Cafe reveals railroads' Achilles heel: Gypsy moth caterpillars

There's always at least one unexpected tidbit that crops up during the two hours of a Science Cafe NH discussion and makes my eyebrows rise. … Full story    
Published:  May 21, 2015

There's nothing sharing about the "gig economy" that is being created

One time I was a guest on The Exchange show on NHPR and described Uber and other "sharing economy" companies as being capitalism at its … Full story    
Published:  May 20, 2015

Science Cafe about the technology of trains (and train brakes) is tonight

Tonight's Science Cafe about the technology of trains is timely in a way these events usually aren't, because of last week's tragic Amtrak wreck in … Full story    
Published:  May 20, 2015

Seacoast towns prepare for the pain of climate change

A piece in New Hampshire Business Review, written by the climate program coordinator at New Hampshire Sea Grant, talks about how a number of towns … Full story    
Published:  May 19, 2015

A presidential candidate to support with all your (semi-robotic) heart and soul

If you haven't decided on a fave presidential hopeful yet, there's a new choice out there: Zoltan Istvan, a "transhumanist" writer who is running for … Full story    
Published:  May 18, 2015

Science Cafe to discuss the technology of trains, including brakes

The topic of each month's Science Cafe NH is chosen long in advance, because it takes a while to round up panelists, so it's coincidence … Full story    
Published:  May 18, 2015

The technology of trains to be discussed at Science Cafe on Wednesday

A civil engineer who works on designing and implementing railroad technology, including the braking system that came to national attention following last week’s Amtrak accident … Full story    
Published:  May 18, 2015

Middlebury College wants to use cow manure to replace heating oil

Middlebury College wants to use methane from cow poop to replace 640,000 gallons of heating oil a year. The Rutland Herald reports: The plant would … Full story    
Published:  May 17, 2015

A strong El Niño is coming: What will it do to our weather?

Although it can be hard to predict El Niño - the warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean with resulting weather effects around the globe - … Full story    
Published:  May 15, 2015

Talking about diseased ticks and sick chickens on the radio

I'm going to be a designated hitter (see - I can do sports metaphors!) today on the Friday news roundup on NHPR's The Exchange. They'll … Full story    
Published:  May 15, 2015

NH Electric Co-op tests effect of different pricing on people's habits

Scientific testing that's done in the lab, where you establish a control group, then make similar groups with which you alter as few variables as … Full story    
Published:  May 14, 2015

Would Nashua's Amherst Street still be Amherst Street if they - gasp - removed the jughandles?

At the March Science Cafe in Nashua, I was surprised when a planner with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission defended the judghandles on Amherst Street … Full story    
Published:  May 14, 2015

Tick-attracting robot shows hope in the battle against evil arachnids (see update) 

Ticks are attracted to the carbon dioxide that warm-blooded animals breath out, and usually attach themselves to hosts by standing up and waving their arms, … Full story    
Published:  May 13, 2015

Yellowstone ranger station now powered by 208 old Camry hybrid batteries

As I learned from Treehugger today, a ranger station at Yellowstone National Park is now powered by a 40-kilowatt solar array and 209 used Camry … Full story    
Published:  May 13, 2015

Peregrine falcon eggs missed being hatched on Mother's Day, but not by much

The peregrine falcons atop Manchester's Brady-Sullivan Tower missed their chance for some holiday branding via webcam: Their eggs didn't quite hatch on Mother's Day, as … Full story    
Published:  May 12, 2015

"My son's autism is no more caused by vaccinations than his green eyes are caused by vaccinations"

Vermont has a high rate of parents who don't vaccination their kids because it, unlike New Hampshire, allows "philosophical" exemptions. (N.H. has an excellent childhood … Full story    
Published:  May 12, 2015