Science in everyday life —
news, comment & fiction
I’m Art Chester. As a scientist, I write about technology in our lives, both Science Fact and Science Speculation. As Urno Barthel, I write fiction about life in the research laboratory. Comments and guest posts are always welcome. Posts within the last month will display a comment form – for older posts, comment by sending me a note on the Contacts page and I will post it for you.
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Snorkel versus scuba captures the tradeoffs of two great recreational sports. This blog addresses the pros and cons of snorkel versus scuba. We’ll also discuss the vast range of other ways to experience the beautiful and exotic undersea world, in … Continue reading
Slack key guitar is the secret music of Hawaii. It grew up on the ranches of the Big Island and spread to the other Hawaiian islands as a private tradition for family and close friends. It was not shared with … Continue reading
Hula is a paradox: it’s the Hawaiian art form that is best known around the world, yet also the least understood. This blog discusses its history, its heart, and where to find and experience it. Surprised by Hula Visitors to … Continue reading
Invasive species are colonizing our lakes, rivers and coastal areas. As described in Part 1 of this blog, these fish invaders are disrupting human activities, both recreational and economic. This Part 2 blog describes how marine scientists are battling invasive … Continue reading