Category Archives: Strange Science

Strange Science: Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality?

Alien geometry is a common trope in cosmic horror. You can’t swing a dead eldritch horror without hitting geometry that is “abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.” But what does that look like? Some … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Unusual Food Pairings

Why do food pairings like pork and vanilla or beef and chocolate work? The answer lies within flavor perception and biochemical networks. Food is made up of chemical compounds, and sometimes, two foods that you might think of as very … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Corpse Consumption

Humans have long believed in all sorts of weird remedies and supplements for their continued health. But cannibalism? That might be taking it a bit too far. Nonetheless, Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries had a wide array of … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Feathered Dinosaurs

Paleontologists have learned a considerable amount about dinosaurs in recent years, allowing them to rename or reclassify some dinosaurs. They’ve also learned a lot about what dinosaurs really looked like, based on fossil evidence. The latest discovery is a feathered … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Red Onions Turning Green!

We at Mad Scientist Journal have recently been undertaking some culinary experiments. Jeremy is learning to bake gluten-free breads, pies, and cookies, while Dawn is learning to make Ethiopian food. One of our recent experiments was an Ethiopian lentil stew, … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Babylonian Trigonometry

For years, mathematicians and scientists have believed that the Greeks developed trigonometry. However, an new analysis of a 3,700-year-old Babylonian artifact has changed their tune. Plimpton 332, a Babylonian tablet that was excavated in the early 1900s, contains the world’s … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Ecological Impacts of Mass Mortality

When many animals die at one time, what happens to the landscape where their carcasses remain? Scientists at Mississippi State University came up with a way to study this question, while also dealing with an enormous problem of feral pigs … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Studying Monsters

Did you know that there’s an entire organization devoted to the study of medieval monsters? They’re called MEARCSTAPA, which stands for Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application. The name of the … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Frilled Shark

A frilled shark sounds like an animal that would be at home at a tea party, with frills and ruffles, right? Wrong. The frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is actually a terrifying, serpentine shark with 300 needle-sharp teeth lining its mouth in … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Supernova That Won’t Die

A supernova is defined as the explosion that occurs when a star dies. Generally speaking, a dead star stops shining, but astronomers have located a star that has exploded multiple times during the past fifty years. The star in question, … Continue reading

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