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Cat Tracker program shows us where cats go – including yours, if you want

I love funny cat videos as much as the next guy, but they’re not exactly useful. Funny cat GPS tracks, on the other hand, might … Full story    
Updated 20 hours ago

When there's a veterinarian in the house, magazine covers are more ... um, varied

Deciding what article to play prominently on the cover of a magazine is a tough decision. The editor of Veterinary Medicine is obviously a pro. … Full story    
Updated yesterday

NH is almost in the top 5 for new precipitation-watching citizen scientists

Every March the national precipitatoin-measuring group CoCoRaHS has a state-vs-state contest to see who can sign up the most new observers. I mentioned it almost … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Why does snow melt around tree trunks?

Walking in the woods these days - although the snow is finally starting to disappear - you'll notice "tree wells" or areas around the base … Full story    
Published:  March 26, 2015

Report says 30 percent of plant species living wild in New England are imported - 30 percent!

If you own or work with a field of any kind, you're aware of the problem caused by invasive plants. My property's bugaboo is black … Full story    
Published:  March 26, 2015

N.H. native wins Turing Award, the 'Nobel Prize of computing' - just as Google attaches a $1m prize

Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems and founded multiple … Full story    
Published:  March 25, 2015

Feeding deer to 'help' them can hurt, if it's the wrong sort of food

When 12 deer died in the town of South Hampton recently, NH Fish & Game sent a couple to UNH for necropsy. (Today's word tip: … Full story    
Published:  March 25, 2015

How does water evaporate from a Klein bottle, which has neither inside nor outside?

A Klein bottle is a 3-D version of the Mobius strip. It's a regular glass battle with the neck twisted back through itself, so that … Full story    
Published:  March 24, 2015

Nashua's makerspace will wallow in do-it-yourself digital geekery for Arduino Day 

Arduino is the open-source equivalent of Heathkit, the defunct do-it-yourself electronics haven from my youth. It's a hardware and software project, company and user community … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2015

Should power companies own solar power? Seems straightforward, but it's not

In a intriguing reflection on the changing technology of power production, the state Legislature is considering a bill that would make it easier for our … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2015

Should electric utilities own solar power? It’s more complicated than you might think

Even as the state’s biggest electric utility tries to sell power plants built in years gone by, an obscure bill in Concord would make it … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2015

Hollis is a pretty rich town; to change energy habits, the rich should lead by example

A group of volunteers in Hollis - a well-off town, where every other adult seems to be either a business CEO or an engineer - … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2015

Solar eclipse is testing solar-power-laden Europe

The total solar eclipse is moving across Europe as I write this. This is the first such eclipse since photovoltaic solar power became such a … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2015

I must be smart because I have a "dot-science" URL!

Granite Geek has been dot-org since Day One because the dot-com was taken by a granite countertop company, although it's now occupied by a domain … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2015

Unplayable parody of classical music gets played

On the assumption that anybody reading GraniteGeek likes complicated jokes and can read at least some music - geekdom has a high correlation with playing … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2015

Uber tells Portsmouth: Driver background checks? We don't need no stinkin' background checks!

Like all companies, Uber doesn't like government telling it what to do. So when the crowd-sourced cab service heard that Portsmouth wanted to require background … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2015

Science Cafe about how roads are designed the way they are (plus a sugar revisit on NHPR)

We've got a Science Cafe Nashua two-fer this week.  On Wednesday, Science Cafe New Hampshire in Nashua returns in the flesh at Killarney's for the … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2015

Hate your commute? Come to Science Cafe and get an idea of how it came to be that way

Traffic here is horrible, right? Of course it is. But we know how to fix it, right? Of course we do. Just build more lanes. … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2015

NASA launches rockets carrying satellites w/UNH material to study magnetosphere

NASA reports: "An Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft onboard launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2015

Pi Day Of The Century, right down to the Planck Time instant

Tomorrow, as you probably know, is Pi Day Of The Century - as long as you write calendars in the American rather than European style, … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2015

Science doesn't know everything. Such as: Why does snow 'squeak' when we walk on it?

Scientific American tackled a subject recently that we've had plenty of time to contemplate this winter: Why snow sometimes squeaks when you walk on it. … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2015

Subsidies available (but not many) for electric-vehicle chargers in NH

The state is offering rebates through April 3 for installation of DC fast chargers for electric vehicles along Interstate 93, south of Interstate 89. (Press … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2015

Gloomily contemplate how climate change will harm our maple syrup industry - but do it over pancakes!

Climate change - or, as it's known in Florida, "random weather fluctuations that by sheer coincidence produce the same result as if human activity was … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2015

Don't you wish you could have made accurate measurements of all the snow this winter? You can!

I bet you’ve been curious this winter about how much snow we’ve actually gotten. So why don’t you start measuring it officially?  A national “citizen … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2015

Without checks and balances, bad things happen. For example: Herbal supplements

Although they are peddled like drugs and most people use them as if they were drugs, "supplements" are largely unregulated in this country, unlike drugs. … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2015

Black carbon is a problem for glaciers, but good for clearing Fenway of snow

The Fenway Park groundskeeper is speading black sand on the snow inside the ballpark to help it melt on sunny days, taking advantage of the … Full story    
Published:  March 9, 2015

State's first hackerspace, in Nashua, is looking to move and expand

MakeIt Labs, the state's first hackerspace, is looking to move a few buildings over from its current location in a dilapidated former industrial building, into … Full story    
Published:  March 9, 2015

Wouldn’t you like to know how much all that snow on your roof weighs?

Last Monday, I checked the snow in my yard at a location where I make daily weather measurements. I had 25 inches of snow, which … Full story    
Published:  March 9, 2015

Law outlawing "ballot selfies" stays intact so far, but court case is pending

A NH House committee has recommended killing a bill that would overturn the state's anti-"ballot selfie" law. That law makes it illegal to take a … Full story    
Published:  March 5, 2015

A 26% reduction in snow volume equalled just 1% reduction in moisture

Last Monday, I checked the snow in my yard at a location where I make daily weather measurements for CoCoRaHS. I had 25 inches of … Full story    
Published:  March 5, 2015