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UK study: Turning off streetlights doesn't raise crime or cause accidents

A study by British researchers of hundreds of cities and towns that have turned off or reduced streetlights - usually to save electricity costs - … Full story    
Updated 7 hours ago

Ground-penetrating radar rig gives potholes the hairy eyeball

A team at the University of Vermont is testing the use of a portable ground-penetrating radar rig as a way to study potholes before repair … Full story    
Updated 11 hours ago

There might be more security cameras in the woods than on the streets

There is a potent response to anybody who argues that cougars live in New Hampshire woods: Where are the pictures? Because these days, the woods … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Granite Geek on the radio: Open-source hardware

I've gotten a week off in my newspaper-vs-radio schedule, so this week's discussion with NH Public Radio concerned last week's column about The Open Compute … Full story    
Updated yesterday

SolarCity targets solar power for small businesses

It seems like solar power for small businesses - convenience stores, car washes, pet stores, restaurants, barbershops etc. - would make more sense than solar … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Podcast movie, including "Radiolab" (woo-hoo!), at local theaters Tuesday

The Cinemagic movie theater in Londonderry is among hundreds around the country that on Tuesday will show Cast Party, "a stage show simulcast to cinemas, … Full story    
Published:  July 27, 2015

A $250 million operation breeding mice for labs is a surprising Maine institution

Last week I spent three days at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, one of the world's best-known breeders of speciality lab mice for … Full story    
Published:  July 27, 2015

Mice are big business at Maine research center

There are plenty of New England companies that sell and distribute 3 mil¬lion of their products each year. But the one I visited last week … Full story    
Published:  July 27, 2015

Eversource gets prize for fast solar hookups - in Conn., though, not NH

Eversource connected solar installations in as little as five days, taking top spot in a recent study of utilities around the country. But we can't … Full story    
Published:  July 26, 2015

Higher math is "playing chess with the devil"

The current New York Times Magazine has a fascinating profile of Terry Tao, one of the prominent research mathematicians in the world. It is worth … Full story    
Published:  July 26, 2015

Fidelity Investments is a big player in the open-hardware movement (wait - hardware?)

You probably know the Linux penguin, that cud­dly mascot of open-source software, but do you know the mascot of open-source hardware? No you don't, because … Full story    
Published:  July 21, 2015

Dave Brooks | Local companies use open-source hardware

You probably know the Linux penguin, that cud­dly mascot of open-source software, but do you know the mascot of open-source hardware? No you don't, because … Full story    
Published:  July 20, 2015

Heading out to spend a few days in Maine amid spacialty mice and biologists

I am heading out today to Bar Harbor, Maine, home of The Jackson Labs, which is world-renowned for its program of breeding mice for medical … Full story    
Published:  July 19, 2015

Not Just the Heat, It’s the Humans: UNH study connects 13,000 years of small mammal adaptation to warming

If you want to see how small mammals have adapted to a changing climate over thousands of years, where do you find your data? In … Full story    
Published:  July 17, 2015

Terrorism is frightening, but changes in the world's climate are more of a threat, says global poll

Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, with countries in … Full story    
Published:  July 17, 2015

Aren't we past solar panel barn-raisings? Apparently not 

At a time when SolarCity offer no-money-down solar power, and solar panels have become so routine that"you walk through the mall, there's a guy hawking … Full story    
Published:  July 16, 2015

The Open Compute Project is open to everybody - except reporters

UNH is hosting a workshop next week about the Open Compute Project, the interesting project to develop better, more efficient servers and computer components through … Full story    
Published:  July 16, 2015

Now, for your listening pleasure, it's GraniteGeek on the radio

If you thought my column this week, about ways to keep deer from eating your garden, was great - and it was, of course - … Full story    
Published:  July 15, 2015

The GMO fight between pseudoscience and corporate goons is depriving us of a valuable tool

Slate has a long, well-researched piece about GMOs that concludes (a) they're not inherently unsafe, although because the technique is so powerful it has, like … Full story    
Published:  July 15, 2015

State studies how to deal with Uber (the company, not the employee status)

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill to create a 5-member committee to study how Uber and taxi services are regulated statewide and nationally and … Full story    
Published:  July 14, 2015

"Minion" toy brouhaha is a perfect example of audio pareidolia

You may have seen some news stories about how a parent or two thinks a talking toy given out by McDonald's as a tie-in to … Full story    
Published:  July 13, 2015

Oh deer, stay out of the gardens

Hands up, everybody who has ever had house­hold plants destroyed by deer. Look at all those waving digits! By rough count, it's every single homeowner … Full story    
Published:  July 13, 2015

More on that Golden Ratio "error" in the Boston Museum of Science

The Washington Post has a nice piece on the kid who spotted the sort-of error in the Golden Ratio exhibit at the Boston Museum of … Full story    
Published:  July 11, 2015

Have we got too many roads? Iowa's transportation chief thinks so

A lot of people got excited about the decline in driving miles in the U.S. in recent years, saying that we might be transitioning into … Full story    
Published:  July 10, 2015

Maine (of all places) considers an innovative approach to pricing solar power

Greentech Media reports that the Maine Legislature has that state on the path toward finding new ways to fund and deal with solar power as … Full story    
Published:  July 9, 2015

It's more efficient to air condition a Florida house than heat a New Hampshire one - really?

Slate has an interesting essay (right here) aimed at us northern climate snobs, arguing that air conditioning is less bad for the environment than heating:  … Full story    
Published:  July 8, 2015

Is New Hampshire ever going to built a big wind farm again?

Excellent report on NHPR about the seven-years-and-counting effort to build a wind farm in Antrim: There’s a major state road that it says could handle … Full story    
Published:  July 8, 2015

Boston MOS exhibit on Golden Ratio shows a reciprocal formula, not a wrong one

You may have heard press reports last night about a teen who found an error in a long-standing Boston Museum of Science exhibit concerning the … Full story    
Published:  July 8, 2015

Why is dust explosive? Ratio of surface area to volume, of course

The horrible explosion of colored powder at a Taiwan water park was a stark re­minder of a fact that is of­ten overlooked: Dust can be … Full story    
Published:  July 7, 2015

A century ago, a newspaper's data-crunching made Fourth of July a lot safer

Data-based journalism is a hot topic in my field, a kind of subset of the enthusiasm over Big Data - the idea being that crunching … Full story    
Published:  July 7, 2015