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    Strange Science: Babylonian Trigonometry

    by  • December 15, 2017 • 0 Comments

    For years, mathematicians and scientists have believed that the Greeks developed trigonometry. However, an new analysis of a 3,700-year-old Babylonian artifact has changed their tune. Plimpton 332, a Babylonian tablet that was excavated in the early 1900s, contains the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table. Modern math uses multiples of tens for most...

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    Cover art for Cry Your Way Home

    Review of Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

    by  • December 13, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cry Your Way Home (Apex Publications, 2018) features seventeen of Damien Angelica Walters’ previously published short stories in a brilliant collection showcasing her beautiful prose and carefully plotted tales. Not for the faint of heart, the stories contained within this book veer frequently toward the creepy and unsettling. The opening story, “Tooth, Tongue, and...

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    Killing Stone

    by  • December 11, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Killing Stone"

    An essay by Upton Stone, as provided by John A. McColley Art by Errow Collins Dr. Elias Stone was a brilliant man, no one will argue. He gave us gene therapy cures for Meiriss Syndrome, Ecks-Nuab Disorder, and Klecks. He perfected the external womb and a dozen patented processes for DNA manipulation. All of these, in...

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    Awesome Finds: Comics by Miles Greb

    by  • December 6, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for After the Gold Rush

    We recently came across a few comics that might be of interest to mad scientists, by Seattle author Miles Greb. His comic After the Gold Rush involves the last scientist, Scout, returning to Earth to study it, but finding it a wilderness rather than a place of high technology. The story also deals with the conflict...

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    Machine to Describe a Moth

    by  • December 4, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Machine to Describe a Moth"

    An essay by Dr. Phillip R. Bates, as provided by J. Lee Strickland Art by Shannon Legler I found the street, although my anxiety about the city would often turn the simplest directions into a trial. It was lined with attached single homes of Gothic aspect, steep gables fronting on the street and windows with leaded...

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    Strange Science: Studying Monsters

    by  • December 1, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Artist's rendering of medieval monsters

    Did you know that there’s an entire organization devoted to the study of medieval monsters? They’re called MEARCSTAPA, which stands for Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application. The name of the group sounds like a bit of a nonsense word, which is partly intentional. But...

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    Mad Scientist Journal Open to Submissions in December

    by  • November 30, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover Art for Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2017

    For the month of December, we will be looking for submissions of quarterly-exclusive stories (which do not have to be first person) and classified ads. To learn more about these types of submissions, check out our submissions page. All submissions should conform to standard manuscript format and be submitted through our Submittable portal, which...

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    On Kickstarter: Brown Sugar Fairies

    by  • November 29, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Brown Sugar Fairies

    We have a lot of nieces and nephews at Mad Scientist Journal, so when we see an adorable early readers chapter book about the magic of friendship, we’re definitely interested! Written by Aiysha Sinclair and illustrated by Joyceline Furniss, Brown Sugar Fairies tells the story of a young girl, Pippa, who meets a fairy named Saroja,...

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    Strange Science: The Frilled Shark

    by  • November 24, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Frilled shark

    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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