16 Christmas Gifts For The Science Nerd In Your Life

All I want for Christmas is... a bioluminescent dinosaur.

It's that time of year again. The time to spend hours crammed into a stuffy gadget shop, frantically trying to decide whether your Secret Santa recipient would rather have a pot of magnetic putty or a mug with a moustache on it. Well, never fear, because we've got you sorted for at least one of your friends/loved ones. Everyone's got one. We are, of course, talking about the resident Science Nerd. By now they'll have built up a small library of books, probably including multiple copies of A Brief History of Time and at least two New Scientist collections. Don't get them a book. They've probably also got the DVD box set of Cosmos. Yep, both versions. Luckily, the internet is teeming with weird and wonderful science presents that will put a genuine smile on their face. Plus, you won't have to battle the Christmas crowds as you can have them delivered to your home like the civilised human that you are. Of course, there are probably quite a few presents on here that you could always just gift to yourself. Or drop subtle hints to your friends and loved ones by posting endless links on their Facebook walls, real subtle like.

16. Element Cube

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1536286486/the-element-cube-62-elements-1-cube/description It doesn't look all that exciting at first glance, but the Element Cube is enough to make a mineralogist wet their pants with excitement. The cube is made of an alloy that contains every collectible element in the periodic table, that's 62 different elements from aluminium to zirconium. Funding for the Element Cube began on Kickstarter and one lucky/crazy backer paid £1,000 for the honour of officially naming the special alloy. The name he chose was Temimsium after his daughter, Temima. Rather appropriately, the name Temima comes from the Hebrew of "Whole, perfect and without flaw". Nice. If you fancy something a little more practical than a lump of metal, Temimsium jewellry is also available, find it all here.
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