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PSU professor finds first wooly mammoth fossil in NH - a tooth, but a very cool tooth

By Bruce Lynde,PSU News Services Manager Nearly ten years ago, Plymouth State University biology professor Fred Prince was fly-fishing on a remote stream in Campton, … Full story    
Updated 8 hours ago

New England has a lot more tornadoes than I thought

Massachusetts has had 159 tornadoes since 1951, according to the Tornado History Database, and New Hampshire has had 87 of them. Most were small, of … Full story    
Updated yesterday

California says: For crying out loud, don't fly drones over wildfires we're fighting! 

The LA Times reports that folks fighting wildfires in California "encountered a civilian-piloted drone over the weekend for the first time while fighting a large … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Logarithms turn 400 this year (that's 10^2.6020599913)

Logarithms are a way to do multiplication by adding, which is a lot less work than doing multiplication by multiplying. Scottish mathematician John Napier presented … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Hopefully, it's in the nonfiction section

The Merrimack town library has the state's first public seismograph. We're not exactly California in New England (or even fracking-quake-spurred Oklahoma) but it's interesting.  I … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Liquified natural gas plant for NH on hold

This is more a business story than a geek story, but I just got back from 10 days vacation WITH NO INTERNET (aaaaah ... delightful) … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

E. coli can’t live free or die in our rivers; N.H. standards are unusually strict

New Hampshire, it is fair to say, is not known for imposing overly strict environmental standards – “Live Free or Die,” and all that. But … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

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