Smart Birds Make Vitamins, Sculpt Tools

Smart birds are continuing to surprise both bird-watchers and animal psychologists. The smartest birds are thought to be as intelligent as the smartest of animals, including dolphins, whales, great apes and probably some people as well. And they don’t have … Continue reading

Christmas Decorations, Faith & Paganism

Christmas decorations bring light and joy to the winter season. They are intertwined with both faith and custom, and have their origins long before Christianity. Seasonal Festivals Festivals or celebrations have been observed throughout human history. They often center upon … Continue reading

Kirkus Best Books: Death By Arbitrage

Kirkus Best Books is published each December by Kirkus Reviews, honoring the best books published that year. I’m marking this occasion by offering an e-book bargain, so read on! The Kirkus Best Books are selected from the 8,000 to 10,000 … Continue reading

Bank of Books, Arbitrage and Broad-ing in LA

I offer here a quick report on my book-signing trip to Malibu’s Bank of Books, plus a bit of cultural “Art” I squeezed into my weekend. Signing “Arbitrage” At Bank of Books Bank of Books bookstore is Malibu’s local book source. … Continue reading

3X News: Death By Arbitrage (Evan Olsson #3)

Big news – actually, triple news – about Death By Arbitrage or Live Low Die High, the third novel in the Evan Olsson mystery series. This novel, authored by Art Chester and Urno Barthel, resolves some though not all of … Continue reading

VW Cheat: “Dieselgate” Roils Auto World

How could a respected and successful company like VW cheat eleven million of its loyal customers? “Dieselgate” is one name for the scandal that is shaming Volkswagen, the world’s highest-revenue vehicle manufacturer. This blog summarizes the facts, then poses and … Continue reading

New Website & New Vacation Discount

Announcing: a new website, and a new discount on Maui vacations. New Website: Maui114.net The new website Maui114.net presents Art and Nola’s vacation rental condo in full splendor, thanks to a great web design by Mike Bell. Our old website Maui114.com was … Continue reading

Fish Invaders 2 – Deport Invasive Species

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

Charity 1 – Charity Overhead

Charity overhead costs generate outrage, apologies, finger-pointing and, rarely, commendation. Charity Overhead is the first of a two-part post about charities – part two covers Charity Ratings. Intellectually, everyone knows that it costs money to run organization. Charity overhead is … Continue reading

Cave Painting Women Confound Sexist Bloggers

Science Fact: Cave painting women could be found throughout Europe since the earliest days of settlement by modern humans, about 50,000 years ago (the Upper Paleolithic or Late Stone Age). In fact, cave painting women appear to have significantly outnumbered … Continue reading

Alzheimer Prevention: Risk Down by 35 to 82%

Science Fact: Alzheimer prevention has been the goal of many researchers, but progress has been frustratingly slow. Two new studies report Alzheimer risk reduced by 35% to 82%, truly astounding results on the road to a cure for this disease. … Continue reading

Bubble Science: My Champagne Fizzes More Than Yours

Science Fact Bubble science is not a field as such, but a shorthand way to say, I will discuss the bubbles in sparkling wines from a science perspective. This will not be a PhD course in second fermentation, riddling and … Continue reading

Death By Tech is Published!

Death By Tech is published! Outskirts Press set a new record (in my experience), achieving print publication in under 10 weeks for #2 in my Evan Olsson series of mystery novels. The sidebar on this page shows a cover image … Continue reading

Brain Games Sit Down on the Job

Science Fact: Brain games – those computer-based programs of mental exercises – make many promises. Why do brain games have such universal appeal? Because they may apply to every stage of life: – Aging adults fear Alzheimers and other forms … Continue reading