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    Strange Science: Ice in Space?

    by  • October 13, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bubbles trapped in ice

    Could ice in space be the key to life (itself)? Scientists in Japan think so! A team of scientists recently simulated ice that could exist in space, and then exposed it to simulated starlight. At first, the increased temperature made it crack, but then bubbles formed and popped until the ice reached a warmer...

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    More Alumni News

    by  • September 27, 2017 • Mad Scientist News • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Business As Usual

    Our mad scientist alums have had a very productive summer. Here are a few more things that have been published or accomplished recently! S. Qiouyi Lu’s story, “What Could Be,” appeared at Daily Science Fiction. Escape Pod produced Caroline M. Yoachim’s story, “Four Seasons in the Forest of Your Mind,” in an audio version....

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    Review of Everfair by Nisi Shawl

    by  • September 20, 2017 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Everfair

    Everfair (Tor Books, 2016) is the debut novel from acclaimed speculative fiction short-story author Nisi Shawl. The book is an interesting read that showcases Shawl’s background with short stories, as some chapters could be short stories unto themselves. But the narrative framework of the book, which is more about the country of Everfair than...

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    Strange Science: Maillardet’s Automaton

    by  • September 15, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Maillardet's Automaton

    In the early nineteenth century, a Swiss mechanician built an automaton that could write poetry and draw pictures. Granted, the poetry and pictures it could draw were pre-programmed, but the memory involved in the machine is the equivalent of slight more than one-third of a megabyte–not bad for a 200-plus year old machine! Henri...

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