• A Gift for Michael

    by  • July 9, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "A Gift for Michael"

    An essay by Doctor Veronica West, as provided by Maureen Bowden Art by Leigh Legler Lucas Vale, the most talented artist to emerge in over a century, was twenty years old and dying. He lay back against his propped-up pillows, eyes sunken in his pale face, his lips tinged blue. “This is for you,...

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    Strange Science: The Secrets of Alchemy

    by  • July 6, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Alchemy of Happiness

    A chemist at Johns Hopkins University is working to decipher alchemical formulas to determine what secrets alchemists might have once known that have been lost to time. While alchemy may seem like pseudoscience to some, Lawrence Principe has set about recreating some alchemical formulas, reaching the results that alchemists did. Part of the trick...

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    On Kickstarter: Further Vol. 1

    by  • July 4, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Teaser art for Further

    Here at Mad Scientist Journal, we’re big fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so finding a comic that’s noted as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer (except without any characters you’d feel confident in trusting with supernatural disaster.)”, we’re definitely interested! Further is a dramedy comic featuring a couple of teenage protagonists getting to the bottom of...

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    Lonely Heart

    by  • July 2, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Lonely Heart"

    An Article from the November Issue of The Tri-County News by Luella Mason, as provided by Kathryn Yelinek Art by A. Jones What do you do when you find a beating heart under your lilac bush? This question confronted Emmeline Harris, 32, of Tomtetown, in April. “I could tell it was alive,” Ms. Emmeline says, pushing...

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    Strange Science: Sleeping Trees

    by  • June 29, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cyprus trees

    By surveying trees via a 3-D technique known as terrestrial laser scanning, scientists have determined that trees have sleep cycles. These sleep cycles have to do with the transport of water from the ground into the leaves, something that was previously believed to be a constant process. However, these Danish and Hungarian scientists have...

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    That Man Behind the Curtain: May 2018

    by  • June 28, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Photo of name tags and books.

    May was mostly focused on finishing review of submissions for Battling in All Her Finery and getting the Summer 2018 quarterly together. Otherwise it was a pretty slow month in many ways. The Money Aspect Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses. Web Resources: (-$17.06) Stories: (-$90.00) Art: (-$360.01) Advertising: (-$109.83) Processing Fees: (-$6.09) Printing: (-$19.26)...

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    Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

    by  • June 27, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Glass and Gardens

    Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, edited by Sarena Ulibarri (World Weaver Press, 2018), is a collection of 17 solarpunk short stories, which World Weaver Press defines as “a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies.” Even within that scope, the anthology presents a wide array of stories with...

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    Confessions of a Mycologist

    by  • June 25, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Confessions of a Mycologist"

    An essay by Maria Leticia Gonzalez Santos, as provided by Katherine Cowley Art by Liz Argall In my defense, I was trying to save the planet. A group of graduate students discovered a fungus in the Amazon that could digest polyurethane. Instead of sitting in a garbage dump for hundreds or thousands of years,...

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    Strange Science: Why Do Clowns Frighten Us?

    by  • June 22, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Row of fake clowns

    Many people experience coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. Did you know that there are a number of possible reasons for this phobia? One theory is the “uncanny valley” effect, where something is identifiable as human, but with just a little something that isn’t quite right. This is also the reason why some folks are...

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