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I’m Art Chester. I write about technology: surprises from the world of science, and their practical application in everyday life. I also write fiction about life in the research lab.

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Weight Loss Help – from Berkeley!

weight loss - woman on scale

Weight loss: it’s on a lot of our minds today. We’re emerging from the cocoon of our quilted down parkas and earmuffs to greet the warm weather. And, surprise, during the cold months our bodies, hidden beneath layers of warm … Continue reading

Declaration of Independence from Political Rants

political rants declaration

Note Added May 2018: Political rants inspired this post in June 2015. This seems a good time to re-publish it. The midterm election season is warming up, and emotional, insulting speech is already circulating. Once again, it’s time for each … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 5 – Surgery Cost: Medicare Coverage and Hospital Staff

surgery cost - Medicare claim form

Surgery cost is amazingly high. One part of the reason is the large numbers of staff required to deliver a high quality hospital experience. The tally of my own heart surgery cost illustrates more than anything else how important it … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 4 – Life Beyond: Post Surgery Recovery

surgery recovery - PICC line installed

Surgery recovery is an important step following heart surgery. The surgery itself has one goal: to help you live beyond the surgery. However, before “beyond” comes, you have to get through weeks & months of post surgery recovery. This blog … Continue reading