• Posts Tagged ‘Strange Science’

    Strange Science: Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality?

    by  • January 19, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Hypernom

    Alien geometry is a common trope in cosmic horror. You can’t swing a dead eldritch horror without hitting geometry that is “abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.” But what does that look like? Some mathematicians and game designers have worked to make exploring strange geometry fun. There’s certainly...

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    Strange Science: Unusual Food Pairings

    by  • January 12, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Potato pancakes with lingonberries and bacon

    Why do food pairings like pork and vanilla or beef and chocolate work? The answer lies within flavor perception and biochemical networks. Food is made up of chemical compounds, and sometimes, two foods that you might think of as very different have similar compounds. If the two foods are cooked in a fashion that...

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    Strange Science: Corpse Consumption

    by  • January 5, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Mummy

    Humans have long believed in all sorts of weird remedies and supplements for their continued health. But cannibalism? That might be taking it a bit too far. Nonetheless, Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries had a wide array of curatives that were derived from human body parts, mummified or otherwise. According to author...

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    Strange Science: Feathered Dinosaurs

    by  • December 29, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Artist's rendering of a velociraptor

    Paleontologists have learned a considerable amount about dinosaurs in recent years, allowing them to rename or reclassify some dinosaurs. They’ve also learned a lot about what dinosaurs really looked like, based on fossil evidence. The latest discovery is a feathered dinosaur tail trapped in amber. The dinosaur itself was only about the size of...

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    Strange Science: Red Onions Turning Green!

    by  • December 22, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Lentil stew

    We at Mad Scientist Journal have recently been undertaking some culinary experiments. Jeremy is learning to bake gluten-free breads, pies, and cookies, while Dawn is learning to make Ethiopian food. One of our recent experiments was an Ethiopian lentil stew, which involved some red onions. The pot of stew made more than enough for...

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    Strange Science: Babylonian Trigonometry

    by  • December 15, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Ziggurat

    For years, mathematicians and scientists have believed that the Greeks developed trigonometry. However, an new analysis of a 3,700-year-old Babylonian artifact has changed their tune. Plimpton 332, a Babylonian tablet that was excavated in the early 1900s, contains the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table. Modern math uses multiples of tens for most...

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    Strange Science: Studying Monsters

    by  • December 1, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Artist's rendering of medieval monsters

    Did you know that there’s an entire organization devoted to the study of medieval monsters? They’re called MEARCSTAPA, which stands for Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application. The name of the group sounds like a bit of a nonsense word, which is partly intentional. But...

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    Strange Science: The Frilled Shark

    by  • November 24, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Frilled shark

    A frilled shark sounds like an animal that would be at home at a tea party, with frills and ruffles, right? Wrong. The frilled shark,¬†Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is actually a terrifying, serpentine shark with 300 needle-sharp teeth lining its mouth in neat rows. It’s also a shark that has been around for a long time....

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