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    Mad Scientist Alumni News

    by  • August 23, 2017 • Mad Scientist News • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017

    Our MSJ alums (and one of our co-editors) have been up to all sorts of writing excitement recently! Here’s a sampling of what we’ve heard about! Steve Toase has a story in the Janus issue of Pantheon Magazine. Gwendolyn Kiste’s novella, Pretty Marys All In a Row, is due out from Broken Eye Books this...

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    Strange Science: Prehistoric Crocodile Named after Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

    by  • August 18, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    A Steneisaurus, similar to the giant prehistoric crocodile recently renamed for Lemmy Kilmister

    Just when you thought science couldn’t get any cooler, paleontologists recently reexamined fossil evidence of a prehistoric giant crocodile and determined that an additional species had been identified in the fossil record. They also decided to give this crocodile an awesome name: Lemmysuchus obtusidens. The Lemmysuchus portion of the name means “Lemmy’s crocodile,” and the Lemmy...

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    Review of Starfall by Jessie Kwak

    by  • August 9, 2017 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Starfall

    Starfall by Jessie Kwak (2016) is an exciting action and adventure novella set in a fascinating world of intrigue and organized crime in space. The Durga System, where the book takes place, is a system settled by refugees from Earth, and is home to all sorts of seedy underworld types as well as an...

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    Strange Science: Dialects and Physics?

    by  • August 4, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bubbles in the sunlight

    A mathematician has suggested that the distribution of dialects can be linked to the physics of bubbles. Sounds weird? There seems to be something to this idea. Just as small bubbles merge into larger ones in the tub, groups of dialect speakers tend to merge with their nearest neighbors, creating larger pockets of a common...

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    Strange Science: Unidentified Bones

    by  • July 28, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Mammoth bones

    When pre-industrial peoples across Europe and other parts of the world saw oversized bones eroding out of landforms, they often believed that they could have been the bones of creatures from myths and legends. Elephant skulls seemed as though they could have belonged to cyclops, and a variety of large bones were believed to...

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