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Comcast's Internet customers now outnumber video customers (nationally, if not necessarily in NH)

The number of people who are Comcast customers for Internet has surpassed those who are customers for TV, at least nationally, according to an earnings … Full story    
Updated 4 hours ago

NHPR is interested in solar power's future in NH

NHPR's Exchange talk show chewed over solar power this morning, prodded by SolarCity's arrival in the state. The show has some intelligent pushback as well … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Local geekery meets local food - what's not to like? 

Choosing good names for a company or organization or movement is hard - which explains all those stupid missing-one-vowel trademarks online. So let's tip a … Full story    
Updated yesterday

One part farmer, one part hacker

I’m sure you’ve heard the mantra “information wants to be free” on the Internet. These days you can hear it on the farm, too. “We … Full story    
Updated yesterday

The last frost isn't here yet, probably

This is a confusing time of year heat-wise: It was 38 degrees F Saturday when I got up and pushing 70 by the afternoon. I … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

The Tesla home battery will be awesome and liberating! Or not

The long-expected announcement from Tesla that it will soon be selling "stationary storage" - batteries for buildings, not just in cars - has produced a … Full story    
Published:  May 1, 2015

Drones are here. Can drone graffiti be far behind?  

Attaching a spray-paint can to a drone doesn't seem too difficult, so it was inevitable that flying graffiti would come our way. Wired reports that, … Full story    
Published:  April 30, 2015

NH high court upholds $9,300 charge for rescuing man from White Mountains

Geeks like to hike (i.e., I like to hike - and it's my blog) which is why I'm mentioning the latest move in a long-running … Full story    
Published:  April 30, 2015

New England solar can generate far more power than Vermont Yankee did, but it's hard to keep track of

ISO-New England, which oversees the power grid, says there is enough electricity generation lined up to handle this summer, when you include efficiency and demand … Full story    
Published:  April 29, 2015

The fractal nature of geometry

Remember how awesome fracals were, the first time you first learned about them? They're still awesome, even if they're gotten less novel, and you can … Full story    
Published:  April 29, 2015

Growing 4 pot plants indoors is electricity equivalent of running 29 refrigerators

As oregon prepares to legalize marijuana and also tryies trim electricity use, it's hitting a roadblock, reports the East Oregonian:  Indoor marijuana gardens are well-known … Full story    
Published:  April 28, 2015

Solar panel leases finally come to N.H., as SolarCity crosses the border

SolarCity, the nation's biggest installer of solar panels on homes, mostly via leases and power purchase agreements - in the former, you pay a set … Full story    
Published:  April 28, 2015

Bitcoin's underlying technology - could it power a stock exchange, rather than a currency?

Many people, including me, think bitcoin's real value is not as a currency that the nasty government doesn't control, but as the demonstration of how … Full story    
Published:  April 27, 2015

Formula Hybrid contest (colleges build, race hybrid cars) at NH Speedway

The annual Formula Hybrid contest, in which colleges build and test their hybrid racers, gets under way today at the N.H. International Speedway. Thursday is … Full story    
Published:  April 27, 2015

Nashua officials prepare for ... tornados? We are overdue

On the list of things we have to worry about these days, tornadoes don’t seem to rank very high. All six New England states combined … Full story    
Published:  April 27, 2015

Boston farm in a shipping container; Maine mill in a prison; robots working the fields  

A few not-really-related agricultre items today: I have noted in past posts the possibilities - and concerns - of indoor farming, growing plants on shelving … Full story    
Published:  April 26, 2015

State's first public bitcoin vending machine is in - can you guess? - yes, Keene!

Lamassu, the New Hampshire bitcoin-machine firm, says that a thrift store has installed only the second public bitcoin vending machine in northern New England, and … Full story    
Published:  April 24, 2015

Study says autonomous cars would be used more, and thus might increase gas usage

One of the environmental advantages cited for autonomous cars is that they'd reduce the number of vehicles needed. Most cars and trucks are parked most … Full story    
Published:  April 24, 2015

Only one caller said my GMO shown on NHPR today was 'whitewashing'  

I hosted the NHPR call-in show The Exchange this morning with two researchers to discuss genetically modified organisms and genetic engineering in general. I've found … Full story    
Published:  April 23, 2015

Electric unicycles and scooters - can they out-Segway the Segway?

Slate does a comparison test of four motorized scooters and self-balancing wheels in hopes to tackle the last-mile problem of commuters - getting from, say, … Full story    
Published:  April 23, 2015

Congress finally say yes, it can support 21st century equivalent of Mom and apple pie

From my point of view, one of the most extreme examples of last year's Congressional partisan stupidity was the failure to pass a no-brainer of … Full story    
Published:  April 22, 2015

That flying car they're building in Woburn? It's going to miss deadline and budget (surprise!)

I've long been enamored with the Terrafugia flying car (or "roadable aircraft," the term they used to prefer) being created in Woburn, Mass. It's just … Full story    
Published:  April 21, 2015

Government data plus profit motive equals - maybe better kitchen cabinets

My Telegraph column this week is about one of a number of companies trying to build a business based on available government data - in … Full story    
Published:  April 21, 2015

No sign of other civilizations' waste heat in 100,000 galaxies 

A search of 100,000 nearby galaxies - for certain definitions of "nearby" - showed no heat signature that by some suppositions would inevitably be associated … Full story    
Published:  April 20, 2015

Open government data plus profit motive equals – in this case, maybe better cabinets

Making information free and accessible is said to be A Very Good Thing. But really, what is it good for? Here’s a possibility: Getting the … Full story    
Published:  April 20, 2015

Norway's going to kill FM radio and go all-digital; no plans for U.S. to follow suit

In January 2017, Norway will begin to turn off FM radio in that country, requiring everybody to use DAB (digital audio broadcasting), a European standard. … Full story    
Published:  April 19, 2015

Some big investors getting worried that fossil fuels might be a financial risk

We're avoiding the dull topic of politics today (see previous post) but we're not going to avoid another dull topic - finance - because it's … Full story    
Published:  April 17, 2015

A lawn-mowing Roomba has got radio astronomers angry

Today Nashua is the scene of a large spontaneous clustering effect - although it doesn't involve lattice gas or genetic drift in competing populations, which … Full story    
Published:  April 17, 2015

Wikipedia can't be trusted, redux redux redux 

I've been a regular editor/contributor to Wikipedia for a dozen years - my first Telegraph piece about the site is so old it's not part … Full story    
Published:  April 16, 2015

We wondered if archaeology would be a good draw for Science Cafe - now we know

We wondered if archaeology would be a good draw for Science Cafe NH in Nashua. Well, last night's session "Who was here before the Europeans, … Full story    
Published:  April 16, 2015