• Strange Science: Wildlife-Train Collisions

    by  • May 3, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Trains near overgrown tracks

    Many animals are killed each year due to being struck by trains or otherwise having their habitat affected by the presence of trains. Little research has been done on how many animals and how to prevent this. But scientists are now taking a closer look at both the numbers and how to reduce those...

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    Previous Abnormal Biologies

    by  • May 2, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Spirobranchus giganteus

    We’ve published a number of stories about abnormal biologies, under the guise of xenobiology. Here are a few you might enjoy! “Sacrifice” by Annika Sundberg (everyone’s favorite strange critter, tardigrades!) “Concerning Your Recent Creation of Sentient Horse-things on the Next Planet Over” by Stewart C. Baker (a feud between scientists gone awry) (available in...

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    Checking Out Taxidermy?

    by  • April 30, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Taxidermy badger in artificially created natural surroundings

    If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a taxidermy animal so you could take it to class and/or study it, you’re in luck if you find yourself in Anchorage, Alaska. You’ll need a library card, but the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus possibly has...

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    Fiction: Trash Landing

    by  • April 29, 2019 • 2 Comments

    Art for "Trash Landing"

    An essay by Emin Luke, as provided by Liz Hufford Art by Leigh Legler When I got a call to report immediately to Kessler’s office, I knew something was up. Luvy had already arrived and watched as Kessler paced the room. “Well, men, er, team, there’s been a change of plans. You’re taking CS...

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    Strange Science: Reassessing Viking Burials

    by  • April 26, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Viking burial mounds in Gamla Uppsala

    A team of scientists has been reassessing Viking burials from the settlement of Birka in east-central Sweden, and in doing so, have determined that one of the Viking warriors buried there was a high-status female warrior. Thanks to osteology and genetic analysis, coupled with archaeological analysis of the grave goods, this team is reaching...

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    Books, Stories, and Awards for Our MSJ Alum!

    by  • April 24, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Swords, Sorcery, and Self-Rescuing Damsels

    Our MSJ alum have a lot of new things to be proud of! Nathan Crowder has recently self-published his super creepy horror novel, The Lictonwood. He’s also self-publishing some of his previously published stories via Kindle. We especially love “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime,” but you can find several other stories at his Amazon page....

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    Past Calculations

    by  • April 23, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Mathematic formulas

    If you liked this week’s story about game theory, here are a handful of other stories you might enjoy! “Two to the Power of One” by Melanie Rees (calculating survival) “A Date to be Remembered” by Stuart Webb (recalculating a dating system) (available in Spring 2017 quarterly) “On Conveying Private Material and Persons in...

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    Fiction: Ladies’ Night

    by  • April 22, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Ladies' Night"

    An essay by Jane Wilding, as provided by Robert Dawson Art by Luke Spooner The sun was setting, and the neon was coming out overhead as I sashayed into the Platinum Horseshoe. It’s a small bar by Vegas standards, maybe two hundred seats and a double handful of slots, no floor show. Behind the...

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