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    Strange Science: The Secrets of Alchemy

    by  • July 6, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Alchemy of Happiness

    A chemist at Johns Hopkins University is working to decipher alchemical formulas to determine what secrets alchemists might have once known that have been lost to time. While alchemy may seem like pseudoscience to some, Lawrence Principe has set about recreating some alchemical formulas, reaching the results that alchemists did. Part of the trick...

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    On Kickstarter: Further Vol. 1

    by  • July 4, 2018 • Awesome Finds, On Kickstarter • 0 Comments

    Teaser art for Further

    Here at Mad Scientist Journal, we’re big fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so finding a comic that’s noted as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer (except without any characters you’d feel confident in trusting with supernatural disaster.)”, we’re definitely interested! Further is a dramedy comic featuring a couple of teenage protagonists getting to the bottom of...

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    Strange Science: Sleeping Trees

    by  • June 29, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Cyprus trees

    By surveying trees via a 3-D technique known as terrestrial laser scanning, scientists have determined that trees have sleep cycles. These sleep cycles have to do with the transport of water from the ground into the leaves, something that was previously believed to be a constant process. However, these Danish and Hungarian scientists have...

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    Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

    by  • June 27, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Glass and Gardens

    Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, edited by Sarena Ulibarri (World Weaver Press, 2018), is a collection of 17 solarpunk short stories, which World Weaver Press defines as “a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies.” Even within that scope, the anthology presents a wide array of stories with...

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    Books from Mad Scientist Alumni

    by  • June 20, 2018 • Mad Scientist News • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Hearts of Tabat

    Several of our MSJ alumni have recently released books that may be of interest to our readers. Cat Rambo has released the second book in her fantasy Tabat Quartet Series, Hearts of Tabat. Though this is the second book in the series, Cat says that you won’t need to have read the first book in order...

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    Strange Science: Sonic Attacks?

    by  • June 15, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Depiction of sound waves

    In 2016, U.S. diplomats in Cuba claimed to have been attacked with some sort of sonic weapon. And just recently, a U.S. employee in China made similar claims. However, scientists who study sound and its impacts doubt that these incidents were actually attacks, and further suggest that the effects on these people probably weren’t a...

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    Review of As Told by Things

    by  • June 13, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for As Told by Things

    As Told by Things (Atthis Arts LLC, 2018), edited by E. D. E. Bell, is a collection of twenty-five stories told from the perspective of inanimate objects. The stories range in tone from humorous to dark, and all are short pieces that can easily be devoured in even a brief amount of time, making...

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