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    Strange Science: The Frilled Shark

    by  • November 24, 2017 • 0 Comments

    A frilled shark sounds like an animal that would be at home at a tea party, with frills and ruffles, right? Wrong. The frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is actually a terrifying, serpentine shark with 300 needle-sharp teeth lining its mouth in neat rows. It’s also a shark that has been around for a long time....

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    That Man Behind the Curtain: October 2017

    by  • November 21, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Jeremy Zimmerman and a Kitten

    October featured a few new things: We sold books at GeekGirl Con for the first time. We also did a different sort of promotion than we normally do. The Money Aspect Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses. Hosting: (-$17.06) Stories: (-$75.00) Art: (-$187.63) Advertising: (-$149.09) Processing Fees: (-$4.77) Printing: (-$19.47) Conventions: (-$45.00) Shipping: (-$66.02) Donations:...

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    Sheila Get Your Gun

    by  • November 20, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Sheila Get Your Gun"

    An essay by Mrs Sheila Merrill, as provided by Maureen Bowden Art by Amanda Jones It was New Year’s Day. The doorbell rang; I wrapped a towel around my wet hair and opened the door to Louise, my great-granddaughter. “Hello, dear.” I said. “I’m shampooed, rinsed, and ready to be beautified.” “Okay, GG,” she...

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    Strange Science: The Supernova That Won’t Die

    by  • November 17, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Supernova

    A supernova is defined as the explosion that occurs when a star dies. Generally speaking, a dead star stops shining, but astronomers have located a star that has exploded multiple times during the past fifty years. The star in question, designated iPTF14hls, is more than fifty times larger than Earth’s Sun, which may explain why...

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    An Afternoon with Odessa Malko

    by  • November 13, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "An Afternoon with Odessa Malko"

    An interview by R. L. Evars, as provided by Emma Whitehall Art by Ariel Alian Wilson When I first meet Odessa Malko, I barely know what to expect. The marine crypto-biologist has recently become the talk of Aforcaster, with her astounding research into the hitherto-mysterious creature, Microcosmus marinus–otherwise known as the Kraken. However, she...

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    Strange Science: Squirrels and Leprosy in Medieval England

    by  • November 10, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Squirrel!

    Scientists studying a leprosy outbreak in medieval England believe they may have found the culprit: squirrels. More specifically, they suggest that the squirrel pelt trade could have brought this disease to England from Scandinavia. In examining the skull of a medieval woman from East Anglia, scientists have identified damage to the skull caused by...

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    Awesome Finds: As Told by Things Anthology

    by  • November 8, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Assortment of old household objects

    Recently, the fine folks at Atthis Arts told us about an anthology that they’re working on called As Told by Things. It’s going to be an anthology of stories told from the perspective of objects–perhaps a mad scientist’s rack of test tubes or a reanimation slab. If you’ve got a story in mind, you can...

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    The Observer’s Paradox

    by  • November 6, 2017 • 1 Comment

    Art for "The Observer's Paradox"

    An essay by Sorcha Bell, as provided by Judith Field Art by Shannon Legler I stand on the edge of the giddying cliff. The sea crashes below. “Skildir,” I whisper. The word catches on the wind. Soon the sun will rise. I must catch the brief January light. I will see the eagles fly,...

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    Strange Science: Where Do Pumpkins Come From?

    by  • November 3, 2017 • 0 Comments

    A whole lot of mini pumpkins

    We here at Mad Scientist Journal love pumpkin pie this time of year, but never thought much about the history of that noble orange orb. It turns out that pumpkins are a result of a genetic mash-up. While they’ve been around for a long time, what we call pumpkins today are the result of...

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    Review of Of Rooks & Ravens by Nathan Crowder

    by  • November 1, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Of Rooks & Ravens

    Of Rooks & Ravens (Razorgirl Press, 2017) by MSJ alum Nathan Crowder is the story of a reawakened god and the havoc she wreaks on a town of necromancers and their undead hordes. It involves political intrigue, navigating unknown cultures, and plenty of fights against the undead. Preston, the main character, is the estranged...

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