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.  Read the posts, add your reply.  Read the fiction, tell me what you think.  Submit your own posts, and connect with me.  This is your site too!

Plants Listen to Caterpillars, and to You Too

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Science Fact: Plants listen! They don’t have ears or brains. And they don’t have a nervous system, although they have internal communication systems that may play that kind of a role. Nevertheless, plants listen and react to specific sounds. Let’s … Continue reading

Discovery of America – Columbus and Before

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Science Fact: The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus is one of the few historical “facts” that sticks with most people long after they have forgotten the Magna Carta, Beowulf and the invention of the cotton gin. The stickiness of … Continue reading

Diabetes – 2 Great Articles by “Doc Gumshoe”

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Science Fact: Diabetes is a disease that everyone should understand and at least be wary of, if not fear. Excellent information abounds from the American Diabetes Association and the National Institutes of Health. Nevertheless, diabetes is a complicated disease and it’s … Continue reading