• Final Submissions Period Closes June 30

    by  • June 20, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Laboratory shelves

    In just ten short days, Mad Scientist Journal will be closing to submissions for the last time. We are looking for stories between 500 and 8,000 words for the website and the quarterly magazine. We also need classified ads for the quarterly magazine. Our last story will not be published until April 2020, but if...

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    Review of Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures

    by  • June 19, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Wireless

    Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks (Queen of Swords Press, 2019) is the second collection of steampunk adventure stories featuring Captain Marta Ramos and her intrepid crew of railway pirates. The stories in this collection are all longer pieces, and they’re connected to one another sequentially. In some ways, this almost makes...

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    Strange Concoctions of the Past

    by  • June 18, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Open book, candle, and copper mixing vessel

    We’ve published few stories about alchemy at Mad Scientist Journal, but here are a few selections about mixtures and concoctions just outside of reality. “The Essence of Sprout” by Nick Morrish (an experiment on restoring lost senses) “Old Mother Shudders” by Tom McGee (traditional remedies for lycanthropy) “The Infernal Bones of Canaan, Mississippi” by Elizabeth...

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    Fiction: On a Winter’s Night

    by  • June 17, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Art for "On A Winters Night"

    An essay by Thomas Allen, as provided by Paul Crenshaw Art by Luke Spooner On the whole of a long January evening, with the snow howling outside the windows and the wind whistling up under the eaves, I had taken it upon myself to build a great fire in the hearth of my study...

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    Strange Science: 3D Printed Heart

    by  • June 14, 2019 • 0 Comments

    3D printed tissue simulation

    Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have successfully 3D printed a heart using human tissue. This heart has cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers, making it a theoretically functional heart. The materials for this 3D printed heart were taken from a biopsy of fatty tissue, which then had to be processed in order to...

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    Previous Nanotech Stories

    by  • June 13, 2019 • 0 Comments

    If you’d like to read more stories involving nanotechnology, check out these selections! “Forty-Flesh Barrier” by Raluca Balasa (more cybernetics than nanotechnology, but along the same lines) “The Origins of Chem-Art: A Look into the Manifestation of Final Blush of the Republic” by Sam Jowett (nanotechnology and art) (available in MSJ Summer 2017) “Data...

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    Awesome Finds: Programmable LED Accessories

    by  • June 12, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Rows of red and blue LEDs

    Kids who want to learn to code can often be encouraged by giving them projects with visible results. That’s why we’re in love with the imagiCharm, a programmable LED accessory that is currently funding on Kickstarter! The imagiCharm teaches users how to program in Python on their smart phone, which links up via Bluetooth...

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    MSJ at Washington State Summer Con

    by  • June 11, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Collage of images from previous Washington State Summer Con events with details about the current convention

    This weekend, Mad Scientist Journal is going to the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, for Washington State Summer Con. The event will have celebrities, cosplay, vendors, and more, and we’re excited to be among the vendors. If you’re attending the convention, you’ll be able to find us in booth A57 all weekend! We’ll...

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    Fiction: Prisoner

    by  • June 10, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Illustration of a man floating in orbit around a planet.

    An essay by Inmate Number 140129, as provided by Curtis C. Chen Art by Leigh Legler Here comes the sun. For a few seconds, as the blinding light thaws my body, it’s bearable. Almost comfortable. Then I’m on fire for the next forty-five minutes, boiling hot until I fall back into the shadow of the...

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    Strange Science: Picturing Black Holes

    by  • June 7, 2019 • 0 Comments

    A couple months ago, NASA revealed the first ever image of a black hole. As something that absorbs all light, a black hole by definition cannot be seen. But using an international network of radio telescopes and custom software to interpret the data, scientists were able to analyze a broad spectrum of energies coming...

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