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    Strange Science: Butterflies That Thrive at Military Installations

    by  • August 16, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Karner blue butterfly

    Scientists have found that once-endangered butterfly species are thriving at military installations, and the explanation behind it is truly unexpected. Historically, these butterflies were present in areas where roaming animals and intentional fires kept the plant life managed in such a way that the butterflies could thrive. As humans took over these areas, preventing...

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    Review of Distaff

    by  • August 14, 2019 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Distaff (2019) is an anthology of nine science-fiction stories by women authors who are members of the sffchronicles community forum. The result is an eclectic collection ranging across the spectrum of science fiction. Two of the stories stood out particularly for me. “The Broken Man” by Jane O’Reilley is told in simple language, but...

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    Review of The Flight Girls

    by  • August 7, 2019 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    When I first got a copy of The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar (Mira, 2019), the author warned me that some of the initial reviewers hadn’t really liked that this was a romance novel “disguised” as historical fiction. My perception of the story, however, is that this is a historical fiction novel with a...

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    Strange Science: Aqua Regia

    by  • August 2, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Dissolution of gold in aqua regia

    Our story this week uses aqua regia to transport gold unnoticed. But that’s not a fictional element of the story! Aqua regia is more commonly used to remove impurities from gold, but it’s entirely possible for gold to be dissolved in acid and then restored later. This article gives a great explanation of what...

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