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Granite Geek: Forest streams are so pretty; too bad they’re such a pain to measure
04-15-2024 4:18 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

One of my favorite parts of hiking in New Hampshire is coming across a rushing brook or mountain stream. They are one of nature’s most beautiful creations. But we live in reality so I realize there are complications even when things are beautiful. For...

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Granite Geek: 28 years after an ‘e-mail course’ a professor ponders changes to online courses
04-22-2024 3:03 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

More than 28 years ago I interviewed Kenneth Levasseur, a professor at UMass-Lowell, about his innovative new project: A math class via email.In the resulting column I noted that the course, the school’s first official online class, would have...


Climate disasters elsewhere can raise home insurance rates here
04-12-2024 1:00 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

By the standards of the world’s increasing climate disasters – the tornadoes, wildfires and deadly heat waves that fill headlines every week – the back-to-back snowstorms that just clobbered New Hampshire’s power grid weren’t too bad. But don’t get...


Granite Geek: In a sign of the times, rooftop solar in New England produced 5 Seabrook Stations worth of electricity
04-08-2024 12:54 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

A decade ago concern spread among folks who ran power grids that too much wind and solar power, which comes and goes in semi-unpredictable ways, would cause our electric system to go all wonky. I remember 10% of total output being tossed around as a...


Heat pump gives Concord Quaker meetinghouse many benefits, including a bunch of pre-schoolers
04-04-2024 11:47 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

When leaders of the Concord Quaker meetinghouse replaced their old boiler with a geothermal heat pump, they were excited about operational benefits and with helping out the climate. But the best part, it turns out, is all the little kids.“This is...


Granite Geek: Studying results of the eclipse with balloons and ham radios
04-01-2024 5:10 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Next Monday I will be lazing around while watching the solar eclipse up near the Canadian border, having received assurances that there will be no clouds whatsoever, but some folks around New Hampshire will be approaching the event more seriously as...


Power outages are possible again from storm arriving Wednesday
04-01-2024 12:27 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

You probably don’t want to hear this but there’s a chance we’ll be seeing power outages again Wednesday and you should get ready.A major winter storm moving east is expected to intersect with a nor’easter moving up the coast, bringing hail, snow, ice...


Bow power plant to add solar and batteries; coal use to end by 2028
03-27-2024 11:54 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The region’s last coal-fired power plants, located in Bow and Portsmouth, are expected to switch to large-scale solar power and battery-storage under plans put forward by their owner, Granite Shore Power, marking New Hampshire’s first big transition...


Granite Geek: Warning about measles as the anti-vaccine delusion spreads
03-25-2024 5:12 PM

The last person who had to live inside an iron lung due to polio recently died but it didn’t draw much attention even though it marked the symbolic end to a plague that haunted humanity for millennia. The truth is that it’s hard for people to worry...


Ambulance service in N.H. faces problems from big surprise patient bills to struggling companies
03-24-2024 7:50 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Ambulance service might be one of the most basic and important parts of the health-care system, but it’s also a financial mess in New Hampshire, both for patients and private companies.“We’ve talked to consumers who say, ‘I’ve fallen at home and...


Breezeline cable to offer mobile service this spring
03-22-2024 4:18 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The cable and internet company Breezeline, which recently completed its fiber-to-the-home installation in Concord and other New Hampshire communities, is preparing to expand into mobile phones, part of an industry trend in which companies combine...


N.H. lawmakers consider limit on breeding flat-faced dogs
03-21-2024 10:55 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Americans love flat-faced dogs: French bulldogs beat perennial favorite Labrador retrievers to be the most commonly registered purebred dog last year, according to the American Kennel Club, while pugs and pekes aren’t far behind.But popularity has its...


Granite Geek: My solar panels won’t think the eclipse is awesome
03-18-2024 5:07 PM

Like many of you I am really looking forward to next month’s solar eclipse, but there is one small drawback: It will do a number on my solar panels’ output.For slightly over two hours on April 8, parts of the sun will be blocked by the moon. I live in...


Four years after COVID hit, New Hampshire’s death rate is still very high, but not due to the virus
03-16-2024 8:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Next weekend marks four years since New Hampshire saw its first death from what was then called “the novel coronavirus,” and although COVID-19 isn’t taking many lives these days, the passage of time shows it has ushered us into an unhappy new normal...


Concord, several area towns agree to launch community power
03-14-2024 3:26 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Concord and several area towns are getting on the community power bandwagon.The City Council unanimously voted Monday to adopt the program, which allows communities to participate in buying electricity rather than just getting it through the local...


Granite Geek: When cellphones die, landlines will chug along (as Dunbarton knows)
03-12-2024 3:12 PM

When the AT&T mobile network went down nationally last month, taking some other networks down with it, folks in Dunbarton were able to shrug things off.“Oftentimes folks say, ‘I haven’t had a landline in years. I always rely on my cell phone.’ ... We...


Electric-plane charger installed at Manchester airport. (That’s right: electric plane)
03-11-2024 10:33 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

An electric-car-charging station has just been installed at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.Actually, that isn’t quite accurate. It’s really an electric-car-and-electric-plane-charging station. That might surprise you because there aren’t any...


As eclipse approaches NH, some safety glasses making bogus claims
03-07-2024 5:30 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

There’s one month to go before a full solar eclipse comes through New Hampshire and people are getting excited. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has the numbers to prove it.The science museum alongside NHTI put in an order for 500 pairs of...


National Grid pulls the plug on a power line from Quebec that would run through Concord
03-05-2024 11:53 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Another proposal to bring large amounts of electricity from Quebec into New Hampshire, one that would have used existing power lines that cut through a corner of Concord, has died despite hefty support from the federal government.National Grid said...


Granite Geek: NH lawmakers are taking on AI before we understand it, which is a good thing
03-05-2024 11:51 AM

Here’s a statement I used to firmly believe but now realize is often wrong: “Government should not pick technology winners and losers.”It can be true, of course, but there are times when the representatives of “we the people” need to take the lead...


State investigating why some phones didn’t get Friday’s Amber alert
03-04-2024 10:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Some people on the Verizon cell phone network did not receive the series of Amber Alerts sent out Friday concerning two missing New Hampshire children, and the state is trying to figure out why.“I have heard from other folks that have a Verizon phone,...

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