Almost 9 percent of Americans who graduated from college this year will be unemployed. Eighteen percent will be underemployed. And, according to the Economic Policy Institute, more than half of those who do get jobs will be in positions that don’t require a college degree. But at the University of New Hampshire, 120 college students know for certain they’ll be getting good, high paying jobs -- before they even graduate.
Picture your computer workstation. Maybe you’ve got a Logitech keyboard and an Acer monitor, plugged into a Lenovo laptop – which is hooked up to the internet through a Motorola router and a Netgear modem.
Who is making sure all those devices actually work together?
Turns out it is students at the University of New Hampshire, like Nathanael Rubin and Glenn Martin. The two seniors, both IT majors, are seated between tall racks of humming servers at the University’s InterOperability Lab, or IOL.
In 1975, Boston firefighters battled more than 400 blazes. Last year, there were only forty. That 90 percent drop reflects a nationwide victory in the crusade against fires, but even as America’s blazes burn out, the number of career firefighters per capita remains relatively unchanged.
Activism and innovation among Greeks started long before that country's debt crisis. In 2002, an Athens community fed up by slow and expensive service set up its own private internet. More than 1000 members of the Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network have free access to the web with speeds up to 30 times faster than commercial telecom carriers in the area. Given global concerns over the extent of the NSA’s surveillance program, independent “mesh” networks like the one in Athens could be adapted in other communities.
Congressional approval ratings are currently scraping the floor at about 15%. Voters report feeling frustrated at the dominance of political posturing over action. The exasperation has many wondering what our Legislature does exactly, and what in the Sam Hill are they talking about on the hill. A new web-based tool allows citizens to track congressional discussion, bills -- including state bills -- and regulations concerning issues they care about. From raw milk to education bills to campaign finance, Scout is designed to deliver real time results and encourage a more informed public. Our guest is Tom Lee the director of Sunlight Labs, the technical arm of the Sunlight Foundation – which works to make government transparent and accountable. He and his team helped develop Scout.
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to a gluten protein affecting one in one-hundred Americans. Despite the low percentage of those intolerant to wheat products, more people are experimenting with the anti-gluten diet and claim to enjoy health benefits like better skin and fewer allergies. But is this fad just that...or is there some medical substance behind these claims?
A key Manchester Board of School committee vote on how to implement federal Common Core standards has been delayed. The state adopted the Common Core in 2010, which outlines what students should know before passing each grade.
When setting aside land for conservation, what are the priorities? Nice views? Old trees? Mossy stone walls? A pair of conservation groups think that maybe the biggest consideration should be how much the land will help different species survive climate change.
New Hampshire’s show-stoppers are its great granite peaks, and a lot of resources are going toward protecting them.
The Portsmouth City Council voted Monday night to limit building heights downtown. After months of impassioned discussion, the vote on this controversial ordinance passed with no discussion at all.
From now on, all buildings in downtown Portsmouth must be under 45 feet tall.
Eric Spear, who is Mayor of Portsmouth and sits on the Council, says there are ways develpers can get exemptions. Those include providing underground parking, and creating publically accessible open space.
By this time next year, The University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium will likely have lights for evening games, for the first time in the stadium’s history.
The last state budget included $1.5 million dollars for the stadium's renovation. Most of those funds will go toward adding lights. The rest will be spent replacing seating that no longer meets fire codes.
Marty Scarano is the Director of Athletics at UNH. He says " right now Cowell Stadium, I would say, is an absolutely atrocious representation of the University."
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A couple weeks ago the Associated Press reported that the Department of Agriculture was dropping new vanilla-flavored rabies vaccines by airplane over New Hampshire forests as part of a five-state pilot study. Okay, if that sounds a little strange to you, get this: apparently the government has been distributing rabies vaccines by plane for over fifteen years. The story piqued the interest of NHPR environmental reporter SamEvans-Brown, so he did some digging and is here to tell us more.
For the past forty-one years, dozens of steam engine hobbyists spend a week meeting up in Moultonborough on a northern bay of Lake Winnipesauke. It’s called the Lee’s Mills Steamboat Meet where small boats with tall smokestacks and boilers come and go. The event attracts a people from around the country and even the world.