Granite Geek

All Things Considered
1:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Granite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run Wild

How big of a deal is M.C. Escher? His work shows up on posters, calendars, comics and this dude's back.
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M.C. Escher has been all over Manchester lately (or, at least, his work has been). The Currier Museum of Art has been featuring Escher in an exhibit that runs through January 5th.

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All Things Considered
5:39 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Granite Geek: The Science Behind Snowmaking

David Brooks says nearly all of New Hampshire ski areas use snowmaking machines, such as fan guns, to ensure the slopes are ready for skiers all winter long.
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Mother Nature looks ready to unleash some snow on New Hampshire ahead of Thanksgiving. That's not great news for travelers, but it would be good news for New Hampshire ski areas - though, of course, they already have the technology to make their own snow no matter what’s coming down from the sky.

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All Things Considered
5:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Granite Geek: Should The 'Ballot Selfie' Stay Illegal In New Hampshire?

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If you check your Facebook feed on this Election Day, there’s a chance you may see a friend post a “ballot selfie” - a photo taken in the voting booth of a completed ballot.

If that friend lives in New Hampshire, posting that photo might not be such a great idea. Such photos are illegal in this state – at least for now.

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All Things Considered
3:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Granite Geek: New Hampshire Archaeology Up To And (Maybe) Including America’s Stonehenge

Whatever the history of America's Stonehenge may be, you have to admit this is the best sign you're going to see on the internet today.
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Ancient archaeology is the kind of thing that, with the right find, can quickly capture the public’s attention and fascination.

And yet a New Hampshire group that studies ancient stone structures is turning 50 this week – and few Granite Staters have heard of it.

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All Things Considered
4:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Granite Geek: Wearable, Flexible Tech The Next Big Electronic Frontier

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The next big digital frontier seems to be wearable technology. One example that comes to mind is the newly-announced Apple Watch, but what if the device in question wasn’t a device per se, but electronics built into what you’re already wearing?

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All Things Considered
5:47 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Granite Geek: Wanna Bet That Predictive Markets Are More Accurate Than Polls?

You know the election season is gearing up when pollsters and survey researchers start calling residents, trying to gauge where the electorate stands on the issues and the candidates of 2014.

Politicians are, of course, quick to remind us that the only poll that matters is the one on election day, but there’s some evidence that another method, used regularly in the UK, may provide a clearer picture of where a campaign is headed than a traditional poll.

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All Things Considered
10:46 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Granite Geek: Ultraviolet Light For A Better Human-Wildlife Relationship (Maybe)

Ultraviolet light is outside the visible spectrum for humans, but not for wildlife. That may help prevent aircraft bird strikes and other problems between people and wildlife.
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Humans can't see ultraviolet light - but many types of wildlife can. And a man in Nashua is researching whether that difference may help humans and wildlife better co-exist in the future.

David Brooks writes the weekly GraniteGeek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and Granite Geek.org.

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Granite Geek
3:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Granite Geek: Flywheels In Vacuums For The Electric Grid (And Why It Might Not Be Crazy)

Imagine a flywheel like this, made of heavy carbon fiber, spinning in a vacuum and transmitting power to smooth out the grid. No wonder the Granite Geek says this power project is "just so cool."
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There are lots of ways to make and transmit electricity – solar energy hitting photovoltaic panels. Or causing turbines to spin with wind, or fossil fuels.

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Granite Geek
12:50 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Granite Geek: 3-D Printers Help Turn Libraries Into Makerspaces

"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
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Attention residents of Milford: we don’t want to alarm you, but there is a replicator in your library.

Actually, it's a Makerbot Replicator 2, and it’s not as sinister as it might sound. This device is better known as a 3-D printer.

David Brooks tested out the printer for his Granite Geek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and Granite Geek.org, and he walks us through the process.

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Granite Geek
4:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Granite Geek: Why Doesn't New Hampshire Have Many Fossils?

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Last month, Fred Prince, a biology professor at Plymouth State University, found and confirmed the first woolly mammoth tooth on land in New Hampshire.

So the question is, what took so long - especially given that such teeth have already been found in Vermont and Maine?

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Granite Geek
5:42 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Granite Geek: Get Paid For Buying Healthy? An Insurer Tests The Idea

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The rewards card is everywhere these days. It usually works like this: the more consumers buy, the more incentives and discounts stores hand out.

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Granite Geek
5:56 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Granite Geek: Who Says Chess Isn't As Dramatic As NASCAR?

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Once again New Hampshire is playing host to a competition full of pulse-pounding intensity, where every move can pave the way to victory, or shatter championship dreams.

We're talking not about last weekend’s NASCAR race but the United States Girls Junior Closed Championship, which gets underway this week at UNH Manchester.

And by the way, those who geek out over competitive chess see just as much high drama on the board as stock car fans find on the speedway.

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Granite Geek
5:56 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Granite Geek: Here's Where You Can Fly Drones In New Hampshire's Great Outdoors

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Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, have been keeping government officials busy lately. They’re wrestling with a range of questions on whether any potential uses of drone technology may pose any problems. Recently the National Park Service has issued a ban on drones in national park areas.

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Granite Geek
4:47 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Granite Geek: A Slow, Hard Road Back For American Chestnut Trees

The American chestnut tree, in happier times.

For decades now, scientists and volunteers in the Northeast have been trying to bring back the American chestnut tree, which a century ago comprised about 25 percent of New England’s forests.

Blight nearly wiped out the American chestnut, and it did so quickly. Restoring the tree is taking a little more time, in part because the blight is still out there.

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Granite Geek
5:14 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Granite Geek: Can’t Anything Fight Ticks And Leave Everything Else Alone?

They are one of the least-enjoyed elements of the warm weather landscape in New Hampshire.

Ticks.

They bite. They carry Lyme disease and other nasty illnesses – and they’re pretty creepy looking as well.

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