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NH will finally get (probably) a multi-megawatt solar farm

A developer has gotten thumbs up from the Manchester City Council to put a 3.2-megawatt solar farm atop the long-closed city landfill, the Union-Leader reports. … Full story    
Updated yesterday

No NH cities are part of push for municipal fiber-to-the-home broadband 

No New Hampshire cities are among the 32 who have signed up to push for their own gigabit Net connections as part of a program … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Twinkle, twinkle little Chinese skylantern, how I wonder what planet you're from

I had fun in my Telegraph column today about a report earlier this month from a family that saw some overhead lights and decided it … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Smartphones? Ipods? They got nothing on transistor radios (turning 60 today)

The first transistor radio went on sale today, 60 years ago, as I learned from TreeHugger. It was called the Regency TR-1 and you can … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Great balls of fire, it’s a UFO!

Did you hear about the UFO spotted over the Everett Turnpike this month? As is always true with such reports, this unidentified flying object was … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Closing Vermont Yankee will cost $1.24 billion ... if nothing goes awry

Shutting down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will cost $1.24 billion over a decade, says the owner. But remember: Renewable energy is way too expensive. … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2014

Uber, which profits when you moonlight as a taxi driver, arrives in Manchester

Uber, the summon-a-car-by-smartphone firm, starts in Manchester today, reports the Union-Leader. Kudos to reporter Mike Cousineau for not using the misleading "sharing economy" tag. Uber … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2014

AMC puts electric-car chargers in White Mountains (no, not at Mizpah hut)

For one second when I saw the announcement, I thought Appalachian Mountain Club was putting electric car charges at some of its High Huts. While … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2014

"I try to avoid the public. But I can’t avoid it completely right now."

Great interview in the Nautilus quarterly with Tom Zhang, the unknown UNH math professor who has become reluctantly famous for his work on the twin-prime … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2014

Did that can of soup just talk to my grocery cart?

Quite a techno-fest at last night's Science Cafe NH, where the topic was printed electronics. Telegraph veteran Dean Shalhoup has an excellent writeup in today's … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2014

New Makerspace opening in Keene, and maybe Peterborough

A new makerspace is opening in Keene early next month, I learned from this Union-Leader article today.   It's called "Make It So" and will … Full story    
Published:  October 15, 2014

E.O. Wilson loves alien-invasion movies, but says aliens will never invade

E.O. Wilson, biologist extraordinaire, loves movies about alien invasions, including the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg version of War of the Worlds. But he didn't like one … Full story    
Published:  October 15, 2014

US approves first mussel farm in federal waters, off Nantucket  

Growing shellfish is a - dare I say it? - win-win for the environment and economy: They clean the water and provide localvore tidbits. But … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

Another advance for Vermont line carrying Quebec hydropower (take that, Northern Pass) 

The folks behind Northern Pass must be gnashing their teeth in jealousy: The proposed high-power transmission line from Quebec through Vermont has just gotten the … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

Harvard Bridge lighting will be homage to the Smoot measurement

If a prank is embraced by the establishment, is it still a prank? I asked that question a number of years ago when the MIT … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

A Science Cafe for the engineers tomorrow night: Flexible and printed electronics

Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be our 30th Science Cafe NH - the topic is flexible and printed electronics. As always, the panel is crammed full of … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2014

NY Times ends chess column - don't worry, the Sunday Telegraph still has one 

The New York Times is ending its chess column, as I learned from news-watcher Jim Romenesko.   Have no fear: Shelby Lyman's chess column still … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Biologist extraordinaire E.O. Wilson in Portsmouth tomorrow night (Tuesday)

NHPR has a live event called Writers On a New England Stage that doesn't usually snag my interest, but tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 14) they're featuring … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Science Cafe: What if they could make a computer that wrapped around your head?

As a lifelong ink-stained wretch, to use the term aging newspaper folk like to apply to ourselves, I’m interested in ink. But maybe not as … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2014

Does the Jevons Paradox (as seen at urinals) mean LEDs don't reduce energy use?

When it comes to saving energy, the Jevons Paradox is the monster lurking under the bed. It's not a logical paradox like Zeno's, it's more … Full story    
Published:  October 9, 2014

I love weird-colored lobsters and so do you, so here's a story

The Bangor Daily News has a story about weird-colored lobsters, including a very rare tan-colored one, being caught this week. (The photo above isn't from … Full story    
Published:  October 9, 2014

Boston and N.E. coasts are going to see plenty more high-tide floods by 2045 

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (not concerned pundits, lobbyists, activitists or journalists, happily) says that computer modeling indicates that by 2045, … Full story    
Published:  October 8, 2014

Let's redraw US state borders rationally: Give us all equal numbers of Dunkin' Donuts

Slate, the online magazine, has been having fun with a program that calculates borders for the 48 contiguous states based on goofy factors, like number … Full story    
Published:  October 8, 2014

'Rosaceous crops' snag UNH part of a $10m DNA-study grant (mmmm, strawberries!) 

From UNH News Service: NH Agricultural Experiment Station scientists at the University of New Hampshire are among those who have been awarded a $10 million, … Full story    
Published:  October 8, 2014

Pre-dawn lunar eclipse - well, part of it - visible tomorrow morning

Oct. 8 UPDATE: It was pouring at my house this morning; the weather gods did not cooperate.  If you get up before dawn tomorrow (Oct. … Full story    
Published:  October 7, 2014

"Amateur scientist and philosopher" solves Zeno's Paradox (I love cranks)

Back when people mailed things - you know, in the mail - I would occasionally get crank submissions from amateur physicists. They almost always proved … Full story    
Published:  October 7, 2014

What do you do with a power plant that's shut? Send in the cruise ships!

The Salem News in Salem, Mass., which has the best logo of just about any newspaper, has a story about how cruise ships are lining … Full story    
Published:  October 6, 2014

NHPR revisits Science Cafe about marijuana on "The Exchange" talk show 

The two panelists who graced Science Cafe NH last month to discuss the science and biology of marijuana were on the NHPR talk show "The … Full story    
Published:  October 6, 2014

Too many postdocs chasing too few biotech jobs in Boston

The Globe had a great story Sunday about how there are too many postdocs - people with Ph.D.s but no permanent job - in Greater … Full story    
Published:  October 6, 2014

Could crowd-sourcing with money (i.e., betting) predict races better than polling?

If you’ve got a couple bucks burning a hole in your pocket, I have a suggestion: Bet on Liberal Democrats in the Strood by-election. They’re … Full story    
Published:  October 6, 2014