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A VGo 'telemedicine' robot (featured in Science Cafe in April) will be on Dartmouth football sidelines

Nashua-based VGo will provide a “telemedicine” robot on the sidelines of Dartmouth College’s home football games, as part of a remote concussion assessment pilot project. … Full story    
Updated yesterday

More on the interesting (but illegal) phenomenon of Instagramming your own ballot

I've reported several rtimes on "ballot selfies" - my term for taking a picture of your completed ballot and posting it online, which is illegal. … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Ig Nobels are tonight

The Ig Nobel awards get handed out tonight at Harvard's stately Sanders Theatre. I didn't get a ticket before they sold out, so this will … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Tech-Out finalists are from Manchester, Manchester, Manchester, Manchester and Hampton

Tech-Out, a three-year-old $100,000 contest for tech start-ups in New Hampshire, has announced the five finalists this year. There's a definite Queen City theme among … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Does the government have a patent on medical marijuana research? No. But sort of yes

An interesting assertion was made by an audience member at last night's Science Cafe NH in Nashua, which had two hours of absolutely superb discussion … Full story    
Published:  September 18, 2014

UNH mathematician Yitang Zhang wins yet another award - a MacArthur "genius" grant

UNH mathematician Yitang "Tom" Zhang has an irresistible story. He worked in a Subway shop and as an accountant after getting a Ph.D. in math, … Full story    
Published:  September 17, 2014

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Science Cafe in Nashua about marijuana

Science Cafe New Hampshire returns to Nashua tomorrow after our summer hiatus. We're tanned, rested and ready, so let's eat, drink and be knowledgeable.  The … Full story    
Published:  September 16, 2014

My old iPod is cooler than your old iPod - because it's from H-P

The fact that Apple is no longer producing the iPod classic - the last clickwheel version of the music player - has led to much … Full story    
Published:  September 16, 2014

Any excuse to climb an old tower is a good excuse

One of the area's more interesting buildings, Western Tower in Manchester (aka Weston Observatory, not to be confused with Boston University's Weston Observatory, which is … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2014

Woody Guthrie never sang about our flood-control dams

New Hampshire has a couple dozen flood control dams, built in the 1960s and 1970s, that virtually nobody knows about. These aren't Grand Coulee-type flashy … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2014

Can ‘bridge in a backpack’, with arches of composite materials, help fix our bridges?

It’s hard to think of a construction technology much older than the concrete arch, which has been around since the Roman Empire. But even old … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2014

No aurora from atop Pack Monadnock, darn it  

There must have been 50 people who walked up to the top of Pack Monadnock after dark last night - including a Peterborough cop, who … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2014

Big solar storm - maybe tonight I'll finally see the Northern Lights!

A big solar flare on Wednesday means that there's a chance of Northern Lights tonight (Friday, Sept. 12), as Sky and Telescope reports. I have … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2014

'Ballot selfies' are even more illegal now than last year in NH 

When I rehashed an earlier piece about "ballot selfies" - posted pictures of your own completed ballot - I didn't realize something: The Legislature strengthened … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2014

UNH testing a balloon to measure gamma rays from supernova

By DAVID SIMS, UNH News Service: Starting today at NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, space scientists from the University of … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2014

Candidate quote of the primary (from a GraniteGeek perspective, anyway)

Election nights have dead time for reporters (and candidates), since polls close at 7 to 8 p.m. but results don't trickle in until 9 p.m. … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2014

NH Senate primary result squelched hope for switch in climate-change attitude

If I may break the "no politics!" rule in GraniteGeek, there is one depressing takeaway from Tuesday's primary: The stomping of the only Republican in … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2014

Why is it illegal to post a photo of your own ballot? Here's why

I am fascinated by the issue of why it's illegal to take a picture of your own filled-in ballot in the voting booth and post … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2014

The head is used for bait; the tail is used for my dinner

I'm getting a half-pound of fish each week from the state's Community Supported Fishery (I wrote about it last month). It's like a CSA, except … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2014

Time to find that pogo stick: Annual 'human-powered vehicle' festival comes to Nashua River

I have never actually seen anybody on a pogo stick - have you? My best chance of making such a sighting may be an event … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2014

'Bridge in a backpack' fast-construction system is, when you get down to it, a series of tubes 

A relatively quick (two weeks vs. a few months) method of building a traffic-carrying bridge is being rolled out, using carbon fiber reinforced polymer tubes … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2014

Want to know more about marijuana? Science cafes (yes, plural) to the rescue

I bet you’ve got opinions about marijuana; everybody does. But I also bet you don’t have much knowledge about it; few of us do. How … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2014

Portland schools nix public online classes to compete with online charter school

The school superintendent in Portland, Maine, wanted to offer some "virtual" (online only) classes to compete with the state's first virtual chater school, but other … Full story    
Published:  September 5, 2014

In Worcester, it's OK to sing 'Electric Avenue' when you take the bus

Worcester, Mass., is rolling out (so to speak) the region's first electric buses - six of the $1 million machines are on the road, as … Full story    
Published:  September 5, 2014

Study: Gulf of Maine is warming 8X faster than global ocean average

New Hampshire Public Radio reports on a study by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute that says the Gulf of Maine - basically all the … Full story    
Published:  September 4, 2014

Surviving an ice bucket challenge with liquid nitrogen - because: Chemistry!

A Canadian chemist took the "ice bucket challenge" - dump some ice water on your head and give money to ALS research - but gave … Full story    
Published:  September 4, 2014

Tracking ospreys from NH to Brazil, and back

From NH Audubon Society:  On Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. the McLane Audubon Center in Concord will host Iain MacLeod, who will describe Project … Full story    
Published:  September 3, 2014

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    
Published:  September 2, 2014

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    
Published:  September 2, 2014

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    
Published:  September 2, 2014