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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    
Updated 8 hours ago

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    
Updated 11 hours ago

Pelham police tell people to cool it on rabid-animal reports

We got an excellent press release from the animal control officer in Pelham just now, containing more real information than any 10 releases we usually … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Ralph Baer's basement workshop from his Manchester home is in the Smithsonian

The late Ralph Baer was a New Hampshire inventor of electronic games (Simon is his big hit) who is famous among geeks for developing the … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Ralph Baer's basement is now in a Smithsonian museum

I grew up outside Washington, D.C., and spent a lot of time in that city's various Smithsonian museums. But there's never been a Smithsonian exhibit … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Uber has ruined geeky use of the word "uber"

The Joy of Tech webcomic, which I have been reading for - I dunno, more than a decade, at least - put its finger on … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Modifying bacteria on our skin may fool mosquitoes into not biting us

I have never heard of "quorum sensing," which bacteria use to communicate with each other, until I read this Smithsonian article, which talks about how … Full story    
Published:  July 4, 2015

Maine, unlike California, fails to toughen school-vaccine laws

The Portland Press-Herald reports that the legislature in Maine failed to override a veto by the governor of a vaccination bill "that would have required … Full story    
Published:  July 2, 2015

Are forests still acting as carbon sinks? (continued)

Two of the major questions about climate change are: how much carbon dioxide pollution are forests mopping up, and will this capacity shrink over time? … Full story    
Published:  July 1, 2015

Geek on the radio: Chatting about 100% renewable energy with NHPR

My weekly chat with NH Public Radio host Peter Biello concerned, as usual, my column - which this week pondered a report about how New … Full story    
Published:  July 1, 2015

Mercury-reducing upgrade of Portsmouth coal plant will continue, despite Supreme Court ruling

NHPR reports that "New Hampshire’s largest utility says a US Supreme Court ruling which on mercury emissions won’t affect its plans to install pollution controls … Full story    
Published:  June 30, 2015

Could NH be powered 100% by renewables? Probably not, but it's useful to calculate

I like the lede of my column in today's Telegraph: Before we get into the interesting question of whether New Hampshire could really be powered … Full story    
Published:  June 29, 2015

Could NH be powered 100% by sun, wind and water? Probably not, but maybe yes

Before we get into the interesting question of whether New Hampshire could really be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, let me reassure loyal readers: … Full story    
Published:  June 29, 2015

Community solar project could double N.H. solar power

The Concord Monitor reports of a big proposal from New Hampshire Solar Gardens, an operation I wrote about last year that helps develop community photovoltaic … Full story    
Published:  June 27, 2015

Genetically modified wheat doesn't scare away aphids, as researchers hoped

Genetically modifying plants to do certain things is a good idea (in my humble opinion) but like all technologies it doesn't always translate from the … Full story    
Published:  June 26, 2015

Inspired by science cafes, NHPR tackles probiotics (the big takeaway: eat well, for crying out loud) 

Inspired by Science Cafe NH and Science on Tap, both of which have tackled the topic this year, the statwide call-in show The Exchange on … Full story    
Published:  June 26, 2015

Recession's drag on people moving into NH may be ending

You've probably heard the quote "demographics is destiny," expressing the idea that pretty much everything - war, peace, economics, social change, popular music, whatever - … Full story    
Published:  June 25, 2015

Even in far northern Maine, the "wilderness" is controlled by people 

We hear how removing dams from rivers can hugely increase the number of alewife (a small anadromous herring that is important in Northeastern river ecology) … Full story    
Published:  June 24, 2015

Can you identify good aquatic weeds vs. bad aquatic weeds?

Whenever I'm out paddling and spot vegetation - in other words, whenever I'm out paddling - I always wonder if it's a good weed or … Full story    
Published:  June 23, 2015

I missed a good aurora-spotting chance last night - ARGH!!!!

The Northern Lights were seen as far south as Georgia last night, due to a big space storm. I missed the news and didn't go … Full story    
Published:  June 23, 2015

Feds consider cracking down on "no medicine is more medical than some medicine!" homeopathy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commissionis holding hearings on homeopathy, the enormously profitable industry that sells water which it claims has … Full story    
Published:  June 22, 2015

Recycling is stalling, and complex economics is why

The Washington Post had an excellent look at the economics of recycling in the U.S. that was reprinted in many papers that subscribe to the … Full story    
Published:  June 22, 2015

A problem with satellite analysis: You can’t see cows from space

A few years ago, satellite data concerning types of land cover in New Hampshire started showing something a little odd. “In southern and central New … Full story    
Published:  June 22, 2015

CRISPR, a powerful tool for genetic manipulation, raises lots of questions

The brilliant radio show Radiolab did a great job recently explaining CRISPR to us laymen - you should listen to it here. For those without … Full story    
Published:  June 19, 2015

Science Cafe on probiotics was a hit, even if the word "poop" was never mentioned

Last night's Science Cafe NH was, as co-founder Dan Marcek noted, the start of our fifth year, incredibly. It discussed probiotics and gut bacteria in … Full story    
Published:  June 18, 2015

Wednesday is now Prince Data Center Day

I didn't grow up here, so I don't have "Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day" burned into my neurons like many folks in New England. But … Full story    
Published:  June 17, 2015

Real mathematicians use blackboards, which is why they're dismayed as a chalk company goes under

My anonymous source within the research-mathematics community* tells me that real mathematicians love blackboards more than whiteboards or computer tablets. Apparently they can scribble ideas … Full story    
Published:  June 16, 2015

Electric engineering community takes aim at a major problem: Squirrels

About 45,000 people lost power in Southern California last week because a squirrel got electrocuted in a substation, causing a big honkin' short-circuit.   This … Full story    
Published:  June 15, 2015

Probiotics - the science of gut bacteria - is on the menu at Science Cafe on Wednesday

Maniuplating our gut bacteria to improve our health is probably the interesting thing happening in medicine these days - which is why it will be … Full story    
Published:  June 15, 2015

Science Cafe to discuss probiotics and the science of gut bacteria – with or without poop jokes

Here’s a new way to think about your stomach and intestines: “The gut almost has its own brain.” If the idea of intellectual innards is … Full story    
Published:  June 15, 2015