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Gifts for Science Geeks

Updated on June 24, 2015
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Nerd, cinephile, TV-junky, research-loving, left-leaning, science-fiending, atheist from the gutter. Follow me on Twitter @TheGutterMonkey.

The future is now

With the assistance of the mad-scientist researcher team I had leftover from Halloween, I've compiled this list of some of the most fascinating and affordable scientifically approved products to ever come out of the lab; each mathematically proven to baffle and astonish even the most beautiful of minds.

A great man once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. So, keeping this in mind, be ready for one Houdini of a show! Because from gravity defying objects, to self-contained ecosystems, robotic housekeepers, foods that enhance your taste buds, and a whole heap of other goodies that are so mind-boggling they'd make Einstein nerdgasm, the following items are sure to amaze and astound you and your friends... whether you're science geeks or not.

So put down that Stephen Hawking book, Poindexter, and grab your inhaler. You're in for one doozy of a system overload.

Ecospheres

Scientifically approved spheres of life!

A self-contained ecosystem, these little sealed glass balls of live shrimp, algae, and bacteria are probably one of the coolest, most fascinating conversation pieces you'll ever come across. And with being a closed ecosystem, where the shrimp live happily off from the algae and bacteria inside, these ecosphere's are completely self-sustaining. Which means that there's no feeding or cleaning required!

And be prepared to keep these beautiful bubbles of life around for a while, because if you make sure to keep them at room temperature, the shrimp inside will continue to live and thrive for years to come!

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Anti-Gravity Globe

Defying physics one step at a time

That right! A small, floating, revolving globe that fits right on your desktop. No strings, wires, tricks, or magic here, folks. Simply good old fashion science (and a few well placed magnets).

To wild to believe? CLICK HERE to see the Anti-Gravity Globe in action!

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Flying Alarm Clock

Have trouble getting up in the morning?

If you're like me, your alarm clock does no good at getting you up. Sure, it'll wake you; but once it does, what do you do? You just roll over, hit the snooze button, then drift back to dream land.

With this wonderful (and cheap) little item, rolling over to hit the snooze button will no longer be an option. Because when the flying alarm clock goes off, it really goes! You'll have no other choice but to get up, chase it down and turn it off. By the time you catch it you won't only be wide awake, but you'll also have your morning work out all taken care of!

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Turn DNA and Fingerprints Into Works of Art!

DNA Portrait
DNA Portrait

Yes, that's right! You too can turn your DNA, fingerprints, kisses, or all of the above into your very own portraits!

The cost varies from about 200 dollars to up to 440, depending on what kind of portrait you get. But these babies are worth it. This service is all the rage in Hollywood, featured on shows like Conan, The View, and even CSI: NY! Not to mention it's been raved about in such places as GQ, Forbes, USA Today, MSNBC, The New York Times, and more.

Simply order the kit for you or a friend, follow the simple instructions, and wait for your portrait to arrive in the mail!

CLICK HERE to order your DNA portrait (or fingerprint portrait, or kiss portrait) today!

Potato Alarm Clock

Who needs batteries when you can harness the power of vegetables!

Yes, you heard right. With the addition of only two common, everyday potatoes, you'll never need outlets or batteries ever again (at least as far as clocks go). This alarm clock runs solely on the power of vegetation. Best of all, if you don't like it you can eat it!

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Miracle Berries

Make everything taste sweet!

Due to a chemical called miraculin, which binds to the sweet taste receptors on your tongue, changing their shape and making them respond to sour and acidic foods, these berries are capable of spectacularly altering the taste of any food you consume for up to an hour.

They are so effective, in fact, that many dieters have been using them to liven up the taste of their not-so-tasty low calorie meals. And word is that even cancer patients have been demanding the berries due to their ability to counteract the metallic taste the patients get in their mouths due to chemotherapy. Who says miracles don't exist?

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Shock Ball: Shocking Hot Potato Game

See who can hold on the longest!

Tired of that same old hot potato? Need something fresh? Something new? exciting? potentially harmful? Well, have we got just the thing for you! This new take on the classic Hot Potato game substitutes that stale old vegetable with a big pretty red ball which emits a surprisingly strong electric shock to whoever holds it.

Not for children under the age of 14.

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Lasers!

Widely used by both college professors and Jedi Masters alike, these are a classic, must-have for any self-respecting geek. Coming in a variety of colors, capable of a variety of effects, and ranging from many different prices, lasers are a staple of nerdom that deserve the respect and admiration of us all (seriously).

Amazing Weather Ball

Anything's more interesting than the weather channel

Based on the first weather barometers, this sucker is extremely accurate at predicting good or bad weather. Here's how it works: there's a glass bulb (with spout) that is filled with water (made colorful by your choice of food coloring). When good weather comes, high pressure will push the water down the spout, when bad weather is on the rise, low pressure pushes the water up the spout. That's it! Easy peezy.

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Tesla Plasma Ball

It's just like lighting in a bottle! Well... a sphere.

A little bit of science, a little bit of art, and a whole lot of cool! This Nebula Plasma Ball is simply the ultimate interactive light show. Blending specially formulated inert gases, it creates a dramatic display of light inside a hand-blown glass sphere! Fascinating to watch, this light is even more fun to play with! Just place your fingers on the glass surface and watch as colored bolts of glowing light follow your every move. You can actually "feel" the energy as the light gently tickles your fingertips!

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Robo Vacuum

She's no Rosey Jetson, but we've gotta start somewhere

Cleaning your desk is no longer a drag when you use capable little robot. Just push the top button to activate suction and watch it slide over dry crumbs, pencil shavings and other debris.

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Shower Light: Temperature Controlled Shower Head

Blue = Cool. Red = Hot. A shower that lights up = Frakkin Awesome

Never Jump in a cold shower again. Turn the water on and a flood of blue light shines down through the shower stream. Cool, blue and refreshing. When the water gets hot at 89 degrees F. the color changes to red, alerting you that the water is getting hot. Since the rushing water powers a tiny, internal, generator, no batteries are required.

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DNA
DNA

Genographic Project Participation Kit

Saving the best for last

This is probably the coolest, most amazing product/service on this list of scientific goodies. With the relatively low price of around 100 dollars, you not only get to learn something new about your own origins and ancestry, but you also get a chance to contribute to a multi-year genetic anthropology study that aims to map out the history of human migration patterns through DNA samples you submit.

Researchers have collected these DNA samples from indigenous populations all around the world to learn where in the world our ancestors came from and how we got here. To join in on this exciting study, simply get the kit from HERE, wait for it to come in, follow the instructions which will entail that you swab your cheek a little to grab some of that precious DNA that's been carried down through generations, send your sample out, and then get your results and learn your heritage!

CLICK HERE to get your Genographic Project Participation Kit!

Gifts of the Future! - The SixthSense technology that will change the way we look at computers

Remember that scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise was using computers by moving around projected screens with his hands, without the use of either a monitor or a computer? Well this is that, only better. And the best news of all is that when it's available for purchase, it won't cost you an arm and a leg; the estimated costs so far are set to be less than that of a cellphone!

Next step... hover boards.

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    • terracroatia profile image

      terracroatia 4 years ago

      Really cool ideas! The solar car and the tin robot are my favourite ones!

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      Kay Collier 4 years ago from Australia

      Love all of those gift ideas for my 10 year old "geek" grandsons. Great lens.

      Thank you for Squidliking my lens, Don't feel Alone

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      Lots of fun things here, the Ecospheres, remind me when I was a kid, we had something like that at home with fresh flowers in it, and they stayed very good in it, even for weeks but we had to fill it out with water and without any air in it and that was a challenge, thanks for sharing this fun lens

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      hkhollands 4 years ago

      I would love that robovacuum for my desk at school. It surely would amuse my students (and me)! Great ideas.

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      Oussmanee 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      Fantastic finds

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      shewins 4 years ago

      So much fun stuff! I love the Ecospheres.

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      MakeHairBows 4 years ago

      Interesting selection... :-)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Love the potato alarm clock. When it goes off, it can fries itself:)

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      giftito 4 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens and great ideas :-)

      Here you can update about the 3D printer i wrote about on my lens.

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      MyCuteBaby 4 years ago

      cool ideas

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Super fun gifts selection here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice gift ideas !

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Great choices - I especially like the potato alarm clock.

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      Boomer1952 4 years ago

      I want all of the above.

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      I love the picture idea. I even used my cardiomyocyte immunoflourescent photo in my biology obsessionitis squidoo. I use it as a phone background.

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I love these scientifically approved gift ideas. Thanks.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love the Ecospheres and am glad they're scientifically approved. Actually, I love all these gifts!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      These are nerd-tastic!

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      TheSpaniard LM 5 years ago

      Really great gift ideas for my inner nerd! I recently bought an ecosphere to keep on my desk at work. It is really cool!

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      Lyra Kua 5 years ago

      Cool products. I think I need the flying alarm clock.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      There are so many cool things on here. My son would love all of it!!

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      Sara Dowling 5 years ago

      Thank you so much, look for gift ideas for my son who's just finishing his first year in a science degree .... lots of great ideas :-)

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      Christmas-Gifts-Ideas 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas for a gift, with Christmas knocking at the door, your lens is a great resource. Bookmarked and liked.

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      irminia 5 years ago

      Great, unique and entertaining!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You have so many unique gift ideas here.

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      Cute site! I especially like the flying alarm clock!

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      atomicgirl24 5 years ago

      As the Queen of All Science Geeks (couldn't you tell by my avatar lol), I couldn't have loved this lens more. Great selection-- really dig the anti-gravity globe.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Very fun lens! Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are truly unique and geeky!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Now I have some great ideas for gifts for my son this Christmas!

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      CelebStyle LM 5 years ago

      I have a science geek on my list! Thanks for these geeky ideas!

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Awesome gifts! Thanks for the lens! Helped me find a bday present for my dad!

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Great gift ideas. I'm a nerd and it's nice to see presents aimed at people like me.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very cool ideas for the young scientist, toys that will keep them busy for ages. Nicely done.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Reall cool stuf here! My favorites are the anti gravitiy globe and the wather balls. I would be thrilled to receive either one of those - and I'm not even a science geek!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great list of gifts for science geeks! They'd be appropriate for most of the people in my family. I love the idea of a flying alarm clock.

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Very cool stuff here. Thanks for this great lens.

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      daedrea lm 5 years ago

      great lense

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      bowfishing lm 5 years ago

      I need to get three of those flying alarm clocks. I have three lazy teenagers.

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun gift ideas :)

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      my fave is the ecosphere... wish someone would give me one... LOL

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I'm not a geek but I do like most of the items on this lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      CoughLabKittyCough! :P

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Gotta love them gadgets! Squid Angel blessed!

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      The Eco Spheres are cool.

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Excellent lens for nerds!

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      chrisstapper 6 years ago

      I love the ecosphere idea! :D