Why do we sleep? And what is sleep, anyway?

Science Fact:  Why do we sleep? And what is sleep, anyway? In Greek mythology, Hypnos, the god of Sleep, is half-brother to Thanatos, who represents Death. And Shakespeare’s Hamlet fears death as a nightmare from which you cannot escape. Yet … Continue reading

Robot Companion – Servant, Slave or Pet?

Science Fact:  A mechanical person – a robot companion – wants to become a member of your family. Clearly, there’s a conspiracy afoot! The World Organization for Robotic Tyranny (WORT) wants to get us comfortable with a robot companion, so … Continue reading

Journal Sting Exposes Bogus Publications

Science Fact:  Science Magazine conducted a journal sting operation and exposed many international publications as money-grabbing operations with no scientific credentials at all. Publications are critical to researchers in many ways: they determine job security and promotion at many universities; … Continue reading

Baby Einstein, Prenatal Newton — Inconceivable!

Science Fact:  Let’s teach our kids early – maybe when they’re one year old – or even prenatal learning! There’s a new study that really makes us jump up. Let’s talk about what’s new, and how it fits into what … Continue reading

Privacy versus Security

Science Fact:  Two recent news stories speak directly to the dilemma of Privacy versus Security.  Movies, Internet, literature, technology, even cartoons bring “privacy versus security” on center stage.  Let’s organize it and try to make some sense, at the price … Continue reading

Replacement Organs, Built to Order

Science Fact:  Replacement organs for the human body seem tantalizingly close, based on recent work. Today, artificial limbs, joints and arterial stents seem commonplace. Bionic organs, mechanical marvels that work within and with your body, are coming along rapidly: today, … Continue reading