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    Strange Science: Tardigrades

    by  • March 23, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Tardigrade

    Tardigrades, aka water bears or moss piglets, have experienced a recent upsurge in popularity. They’re tiny little critters (only about 0.5 millimeters, or 0.02 inches), and scientists have known about them since the eighteenth century. But despite scientists studying them for hundreds of years, there’s plenty we are still learning about tardigrades. For example,...

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    Kickstarters Featuring MSJ Alumni, Other Short Stories, Literary Magazine, and Reading

    by  • March 14, 2018 • Mad Scientist News • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Welcome to Miskatonic University

    This week, we’re sharing some Kickstarters featuring Mad Scientist Journal alumni and other publishing news from our alumni! The Welcome to Miskatonic University Kickstarter by Broken Eye Books will feature stories from MSJ alum Gwendolyn Kiste and MSJ co-editor Dawn Vogel! Gwendolyn’s story will be in the primary anthology that this Kickstarter is funding, while Dawn’s is slated...

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    Strange Science: Ketamine For Treating Depression

    by  • March 9, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Molecular structure of ketamine

    Scientists have recently been studying the possible use of ketamine as a fast-acting treatment for depression, particularly major depressive disorder and bipolar depression. Ketamine is predominantly used as a medication for starting and maintaining anesthesia, for humans and domestic animals. It has also been used as a recreational drug. But with low, subanesthetic doses,...

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    Strange Science: Plants Under Sedation

    by  • February 23, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Closed flower bud

    We know that plants are alive, but did you know that they can be sedated with the same drugs used to sedate humans? Scientists have recently published a study in the Annals of Botany that details their experiments on the effects of a variety of drugs on pea plants. “Under anesthetics, the physical properties of...

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