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Those ice bucket challenges may help Maine's lab-mouse-breeding facility

Jackson Labs, one of the nation's best-known breeders of mice for laboratory experiments, may benefit from all those "ice bucket challenges," reports the Portland Press-Herald: … Full story    
Updated 5 hours ago

If New England cottontails had better eyes, maybe they wouldn't be endangered

The New England cottontail is in trouble because its favored habitat - scrubby land, not developed land or groomed fields or woodlands - is increasingly … Full story    
Updated 5 hours ago

Saving NH’s only native rabbit means saving some pretty inelegant terrain

What should a wildlife conservation area look like in New Hampshire: Scrubby, nondescript and inelegant, with no big trees to speak of, right? No? Then … Full story    
Updated 14 hours ago

Vermont biologists asks bear hunters to save them a tooth (ursine, not human)

From Associated Press: The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the state’s successful bear hunters to submit a tooth to biologists so they … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Manchester science museum & art museum join hands over - who else? - M.C. Escher

The geekiest of artists has to be M.C. Escher, he of the beautifully drawn optical illusions. (Yes, I had an Escher print on the wall … Full story    
Published:  August 29, 2014

Bigger is better for wind turbines, so UMaine tests a 180-foot-long blade

The Univeristy of Maine's Composites Center ie one of two places in the country that can do stress tests on a 180-foot-long wind turbine blade, … Full story    
Published:  August 29, 2014

The power of Nature: Ripping my porch apart

We have a lovely wisteria plant growing up over the railing of our porch, which overlooks a dugout basement, so it's kind of on the … Full story    
Published:  August 28, 2014

N.H. veteran G4 Communications (which started as a BBS) purchased by NY firm

New Hampshire Business Review reports: FirstLight Fiber of Albany, N.Y. announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to acquire G4 Communications, one of New … Full story    
Published:  August 28, 2014

Public electric vehicle charging station comes to Keene, via Antioch University

Antioch University New England in Keene has installed an electric vehicle charging sation, which is say si the only publicly available charging "within a 50-mile … Full story    
Published:  August 27, 2014

Even in the digital age, the sound of typewriters can drive deadline (says Rupert Murdoch)

OK, this is weird. The British paper Independent reports that The Times of London has installed speakers that blare the sound of typewriters, as a … Full story    
Published:  August 26, 2014

States with medical marijuana see fewer opiate overdoses

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says states that legalized medical marijuana had fewer deaths from opiate painkillers that similar states … Full story    
Published:  August 26, 2014

Vermont high-power line from Quebec moves ahead

A project similar to Northern Pass that would bring a gigawatt of electricity into New England from Quebec hydropower has taken the next step ahead. … Full story    
Published:  August 26, 2014

A flying 3D printed bald eagle! What could possibly go wrong?

Anybody with a garden or berry bushes who has tried to keep birds from eating everything in sight knows that those fake birds of prey … Full story    
Published:  August 26, 2014

Keeping the region's power grid operating requires an 'extraordinary machine'

Franklin Pierce professor and energy blogger Mike Mooiman took a course on Wholesale Electricity Markets from ISO-New England, the non-profit that oversees operations of the … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2014

Rhode Island creates electric car license plates to alert EMTs, firefighters

Electric cars and hybrids may be the future of individual transportation but they're worrisome for the folks who respond to accidents. The latest energy in … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2014

Any company that spins big heavy stuff, floating inside a vacuum, is OK by me

Producing electricity used to be a pretty boring operation. Huge, expensive, vital – but kind of dull. Not any more, not since renewable technologies and … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2014

The graphics are good at Exeter UFO Festival, even if the information's a bit suspect

New Hampshire's Seacoast has been a UFO hotbed for many years, dating back at least to Betty and Barney Hill (the nation's first alien abductees, … Full story    
Published:  August 22, 2014

Except on Cape Cod, courts are rejecting the idea of 'wind turbine syndrome'

The news and advocacy site Climatecentral reports that a study of 49 court cases in five countries involving claims of "wind turbine syndrome" - the … Full story    
Published:  August 22, 2014

U.S. agrees with wikipedia: Humans can't copyright a monkey's "selfie" 

ArsTechnica reports on the latest step in an important story, that of the monkey selfie: United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia's conclusion that … Full story    
Published:  August 21, 2014

Why is small solar power booming, but small-scale wind power isn't?

Small-scale solar power is booming but small-scale wind power is a dud. I've always assumed this is because of technology: Wind power scales by size … Full story    
Published:  August 21, 2014

As I told you in June: Fly no drones over the Appalachian Trail!

The National Park Service has made clear something that I reported in late June (my Telegraph column here, my NHPR piece here): You can't fly … Full story    
Published:  August 21, 2014

Study finds sea plankton, of all things, living on the surface of the space station  

It's pretty obvious that nothing can survive long when exposed in space, what with vacuum, radiation, cold, zero gravity and the like. Or maybe not. … Full story    
Published:  August 20, 2014

UNH tackles analysis of strawberry DNA, with its eight (eight?!?) sets of chromosomes

By Lori Wright, UNH News Service: At the NH Agriculture Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), … Full story    
Published:  August 20, 2014

3D print a 2 million-year-old skull - at Milford library or elsewhere

After doing a column about the new 3D printer at Milford public library (read it here) I stumbled on a great example of the use … Full story    
Published:  August 19, 2014

Gentlefolks, start your tools: The state's only Maker Faire returns this Saturday

The DoverMini Maker Faire, at the Children's Museum of NH in Dover, returns this Saturday, Aug. 23. Tickets are $10 in advance, via the website. … Full story    
Published:  August 18, 2014

Talking about ticks and Lyme disease on NHPR - the magic of radio

Yes, that was me this morning talking about ticks and Lyme disease with Laura Knoy, the host of New Hampshire PUblic Radio's "The Exchange" talk … Full story    
Published:  August 18, 2014

Comcast's not a TV company with Internet, it's a broadband company with TV 

Comcast has 21 million broadband Internet subscribers, more than AT&T or Verizon, and far more than any other cable firm, reports Leichtman Research Group of … Full story    
Published:  August 18, 2014

3D printer comes to Milford library - what would Gutenberg say?

Libraries are quiet and clean, workshops are loud and dirty – never the twain shall meet, right? Wrong, at least to an extent. Consider the … Full story    
Published:  August 18, 2014

A "salmon cannon" that can shoot 40 fish a minute over a 7-story building

Moving migrating fish around dams isn't easy. Many dams have ladders and elevators and ramps (the best place to see them in action locally is … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2014

Private pilots can't swap rides for gas money, says FAA (i.e., no Uber for Cessnas)

Startups that allow owners of small plans to split the cost of flights qualifies as compensation to private pilots, the FAA has decided, which is … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2014