• Review of Magic or Die

    by  • January 23, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Magic or Die

    J. P. Jackson’s novel Magic or Die (NineStar Press, 2018) is a novel that explores the dark side of how people with enormous and uncontrollable magical power might be handled by governments and society. It’s an urban fantasy novel with compelling characters and fast-paced action throughout. The main character, James Martin, is pulled back...

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    Coming in February: Our Next Anthology Kickstarter!

    by  • January 22, 2019 • 2 Comments

    Cover art for I Didn't Break the Lamp

    Mad Scientist Journal is pleased to announce our next anthology, I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances. We’ll be launching the Kickstarter for this anthology on February 1st, and we’ll be sharing information about the Kickstarter far and wide once it’s up and running. But in the meantime, we thought we’d give our readers a little preview of the cover art,...

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    Every Little Star

    by  • January 21, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Every Little Star"

    An essay by Evangeline Artemisia “Artie” Quelch, as provided by Fiona Moore Art by America Jones 5 May 1963. Two weeks sealed in the pilot’s cabin on top of the gigantic Shackleton speed-of-light rocket had made me intimately familiar with the size of the universe. Of being approximately sixty-six thousand cubic centimetres of wet...

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    Strange Science: Weaponizing Insects

    by  • January 18, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Calliphora sp

    Our Monday story from Rick Tobin hypothesized about weaponizing insects, but he recently ran across an article that suggests that some believe that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could be doing just that. DARPA spearheads a program called Insect Allies, through which insects are used to carry genetically modified viruses...

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    More Genetic Engineering Reads

    by  • January 17, 2019 • 0 Comments

    DNA

    If you enjoyed our Monday story about genetic engineering, here are a few more stories you might like! “Genemech Announces Bio-Security Incident and Confirms Release of Giant Death Bees” by Paul Alex Gray (more mutated insects!) “The Hand of Fate” by Stuart Webb (cloning and splicing new genetic material) “The Hazards of Owning a...

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    On Kickstarter: The Knight and the Dragon

    by  • January 16, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Art from The Knight and the Dragon

    We love sharing books with our niblings (nieces and nephews, whether by blood or friendship), so we’re delighted to see what looks to be a neat book on Kickstarter: The Knight and the Dragon. Written by Torrance Hu and illustrated with gorgeous watercolors Tien Tran, this book looks like it will be a great book for kids and...

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    Science Publishing and Research Access

    by  • January 15, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Science books

    Publishing is often an expensive business. In the case of scientific publishing, many publishers pass on the costs for their publishing to the end users, which often means that universities are the only ones who can subscribe to these journals. But when even Harvard finds that they need to cut back on their scientific...

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    Project Calyptra

    by  • January 14, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Project Calyptra"

    An account by an anonymous former contract worker, as provided by Rick Tobin Art by Leigh Legler Leaked Inter-Agency Memorandum: Correspondence of Manager Edward Simpson to Director P. Wallace Tyler of January 8, 2019 To: Dr. P. Wallace Tyler, Director Advanced Invertebrate Studies Program Plum Island Animal Disease Center U.S. Department of Agriculture Plum...

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    Strange Science: Magnetic Refrigeration

    by  • January 11, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Open refrigerator

    Modern refrigerators use coolants that can be environmentally unfriendly and hazardous to human and animal life. But German scientists are working on ways to keep food and other things cold through the use of magnetism rather than coolants. These scientists are exploring possibilities based on the magnetic memory of various alloys. Some metals can...

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    Teen Science Cafe

    by  • January 10, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Teen scientists

    If you know a teen who’s interested in science, or even one who’s not as interested as they might be, you should check out the Teen Science Cafe to see if there’s one near you! The Teen Science Cafe is a spin-off of a program for adults, but enterprising folks decided to branch out...

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