• On Kickstarter: Space Opera Libretti

    by  • November 21, 2018 • 0 Comments

    One of our MSJ alum, Jennifer Lee Rossman, is one of the editors for Space Opera Libretti, an anthology that is currently funding on Kickstarter. The anthology will contain stories that reimagine the traditional tropes of the space opera genre, infusing it with more fun and more music! Their goal is also to present...

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    Science and Other Subjects for Kids

    by  • November 20, 2018 • 0 Comments

    BrainPop

    If you’re looking for a great way to share science with kids, have you checked out BrainPop’s science section? With a wide variety of scientific fields covered, it’s a great resource for curious kids. There are also resources for educators on the site. The site does require a subscription to access, but the subscriptions...

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    In memoriam: Hammy, the Last Pig on Earth

    by  • November 19, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Hammy, the Last Pig on Earth"

    By Marianne MacDonnal, provided by Joachim Heijndermans Art provided by Leigh Legler Follow Marianne @mmacdonnal-london12 or sign up with @london12-news/entertainment to receive her latest articles in your mail. ~ On Wednesday, February 12th, a day that will never be forgotten by anyone who lived through the Pork Wars, Hammy the pig died. Hammy was...

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    Strange Science: Ripening Fruit

    by  • November 16, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Bananas

    Many fruits have a literal sweet spot–that point when they’re just the right amount of ripe to taste their most delicious. Eat them before then, or after then, and you might be disappointed. Ethylene is the naturally occurring chemical that causes fruit to ripen, and it can be accelerated by damaging the fruit or...

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    Space Camp for Adults?

    by  • November 15, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Astronaut

    Did you have dreams of being an astronaut that never came true? Did you want to go to Space Camp, but that wasn’t in the cards? Did you know that it’s not too late for the latter, even if you’re an adult? The same folks that offer Space Camp for kids and teens has...

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    A New Novel from an MSJ Alum

    by  • November 14, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Snipe Hunt

    Nick Nafpliotis, one of our Mad Scientist Journal alumni, is currently taking pre-orders via Inkshares for his novel, Snipe Hunt. (Inkshares is a publishing company that allows authors to crowdfund their books, with both similarities and differences to sites like Kickstarter.) The blurb for Snipe Hunt sounds like an interesting premise: The plan? Convince some gullible...

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    Young Reader’s Day

    by  • November 13, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Children with a book

    The second Tuesday in November is Young Reader’s Day, and we’re celebrating with some recommendations from the MSJ back catalog for stories that are appropriate to share with young readers in your life! “The Day I Saved the Science Fair” by Alyssa N. Vaughn (a charming story of a young woman who would rather study...

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    Fetch Monkey

    by  • November 12, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Fetch Monkey"

    An essay by S. Dewisker et al. as related by Thomas Diehl Art provided by Leigh Legler Day 1 Today, we commenced final research in our project for animal control through electronic stimulation of brain activity. After promising results with canines and felines, we decided to move on to primates. The institute was not...

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    Strange Science: Suppression of Fear

    by  • November 9, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Diagram of a human brain

    Scientists at Texas A&M University have recently identified a portion of the brain in rats that inhibits fear, which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The nucleus reuniens, a small brain region in the thalamus, was previously believed to primarily function as a pathway for the transmission...

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    On Kickstarter: Redbot

    by  • November 8, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Sample of Redbot computer control model kits

    Do you want to build a robot? (It doesn’t have to be a robot.) Check out the Kickstarter for Redbot, which offers computer controlled model kits. It’s a great way to learn about programming for kids and adults. The models require only glue to put together, and the programming is done on free software,...

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