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    Stories for a Delightful Thanksgiving

    by  • November 22, 2018 • MSJ Time Machine • 0 Comments

    Pumpkins and more

    Ah, Thanksgiving. A day to consume food, visit with friends and/or family, and maybe watch some football, before taking an enormous nap. Or maybe that’s just us. If you’d rather spend your Thanksgiving curled up with some good stories, look no further! We’ve collected a few stories about food and family for your reading...

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    On Kickstarter: Space Opera Libretti

    by  • November 21, 2018 • On Kickstarter • 0 Comments

    One of our MSJ alum, Jennifer Lee Rossman, is one of the editors for Space Opera Libretti, an anthology that is currently funding on Kickstarter. The anthology will contain stories that reimagine the traditional tropes of the space opera genre, infusing it with more fun and more music! Their goal is also to present...

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    Science and Other Subjects for Kids

    by  • November 20, 2018 • Awesome Finds • 0 Comments

    BrainPop

    If you’re looking for a great way to share science with kids, have you checked out BrainPop’s science section? With a wide variety of scientific fields covered, it’s a great resource for curious kids. There are also resources for educators on the site. The site does require a subscription to access, but the subscriptions...

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    Strange Science: Ripening Fruit

    by  • November 16, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bananas

    Many fruits have a literal sweet spot–that point when they’re just the right amount of ripe to taste their most delicious. Eat them before then, or after then, and you might be disappointed. Ethylene is the naturally occurring chemical that causes fruit to ripen, and it can be accelerated by damaging the fruit or...

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    Space Camp for Adults?

    by  • November 15, 2018 • Awesome Finds • 0 Comments

    Astronaut

    Did you have dreams of being an astronaut that never came true? Did you want to go to Space Camp, but that wasn’t in the cards? Did you know that it’s not too late for the latter, even if you’re an adult? The same folks that offer Space Camp for kids and teens has...

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    A New Novel from an MSJ Alum

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

    Cover art for Snipe Hunt

    Nick Nafpliotis, one of our Mad Scientist Journal alumni, is currently taking pre-orders via Inkshares for his novel, Snipe Hunt. (Inkshares is a publishing company that allows authors to crowdfund their books, with both similarities and differences to sites like Kickstarter.) The blurb for Snipe Hunt sounds like an interesting premise: The plan? Convince some gullible...

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    Young Reader’s Day

    by  • November 13, 2018 • MSJ Time Machine • 0 Comments

    Children with a book

    The second Tuesday in November is Young Reader’s Day, and we’re celebrating with some recommendations from the MSJ back catalog for stories that are appropriate to share with young readers in your life! “The Day I Saved the Science Fair” by Alyssa N. Vaughn (a charming story of a young woman who would rather study...

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    Strange Science: Suppression of Fear

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

    Diagram of a human brain

    Scientists at Texas A&M University have recently identified a portion of the brain in rats that inhibits fear, which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The nucleus reuniens, a small brain region in the thalamus, was previously believed to primarily function as a pathway for the transmission...

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    On Kickstarter: Redbot

    by  • November 8, 2018 • On Kickstarter • 0 Comments

    Sample of Redbot computer control model kits

    Do you want to build a robot? (It doesn’t have to be a robot.) Check out the Kickstarter for Redbot, which offers computer controlled model kits. It’s a great way to learn about programming for kids and adults. The models require only glue to put together, and the programming is done on free software,...

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