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    Knitting and Science

    by  • January 24, 2019 • Awesome Finds • 0 Comments

    Knitting and yarn

    Ask any knitter about the stretch of a knitted piece, and they can tell you a bit about physics, even if they don’t identify what they’re doing as science. This article at Physics World talks about how one physicist accepted a project to study the stretch of knits, and the process he then had...

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    Review of Magic or Die

    by  • January 23, 2019 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Magic or Die

    J. P. Jackson’s novel Magic or Die (NineStar Press, 2018) is a novel that explores the dark side of how people with enormous and uncontrollable magical power might be handled by governments and society. It’s an urban fantasy novel with compelling characters and fast-paced action throughout. The main character, James Martin, is pulled back...

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    Coming in February: Our Next Anthology Kickstarter!

    by  • January 22, 2019 • Administrative • 2 Comments

    Cover art for I Didn't Break the Lamp

    Mad Scientist Journal is pleased to announce our next anthology, I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances. We’ll be launching the Kickstarter for this anthology on February 1st, and we’ll be sharing information about the Kickstarter far and wide once it’s up and running. But in the meantime, we thought we’d give our readers a little preview of the cover art,...

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    Strange Science: Weaponizing Insects

    by  • January 18, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Calliphora sp

    Our Monday story from Rick Tobin hypothesized about weaponizing insects, but he recently ran across an article that suggests that some believe that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could be doing just that. DARPA spearheads a program called Insect Allies, through which insects are used to carry genetically modified viruses...

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    More Genetic Engineering Reads

    by  • January 17, 2019 • MSJ Time Machine • 0 Comments

    DNA

    If you enjoyed our Monday story about genetic engineering, here are a few more stories you might like! “Genemech Announces Bio-Security Incident and Confirms Release of Giant Death Bees” by Paul Alex Gray (more mutated insects!) “The Hand of Fate” by Stuart Webb (cloning and splicing new genetic material) “The Hazards of Owning a...

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    Science Publishing and Research Access

    by  • January 15, 2019 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Science books

    Publishing is often an expensive business. In the case of scientific publishing, many publishers pass on the costs for their publishing to the end users, which often means that universities are the only ones who can subscribe to these journals. But when even Harvard finds that they need to cut back on their scientific...

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    Strange Science: Magnetic Refrigeration

    by  • January 11, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Open refrigerator

    Modern refrigerators use coolants that can be environmentally unfriendly and hazardous to human and animal life. But German scientists are working on ways to keep food and other things cold through the use of magnetism rather than coolants. These scientists are exploring possibilities based on the magnetic memory of various alloys. Some metals can...

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