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The Best Gifts for Science Geeks

Women in Science book

Women in Science book

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Celebrate the women who were — and are — groundbreakers, innovators and courageous leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with this gorgeously illustrated book. "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" offers portraits of the women who overcame what often appeared to be insurmountable obstacles, in the pursuit of knowledge, to answer questions about the world around them, and to share what they learned with others. Their discoveries and achievements helped shape the sciences in the ancient and modern world, and point the way forward for generations to come.

Ragweed pollen earings

Ragweed pollen earings

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Celebrate your seasonal allergies — or plant reproduction in general — by donning a pair of handmade earrings shaped like spiky grains of ragweed pollen. The earrings are made to order, and are available in silver, brass or bronze. They measure 0.4 inches (1 centimeter) in diameter and are available from the Etsy shop Ontogenie for $57.18 (bronze and brass) and $115.59 (sterling silver).

Katherine Johnson scarf

Katherine Johnson scarf

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Katherine Johnson was an African American mathematician whose work at NASA played an instrumental role in sending the first American astronauts into space. Her photo decorates this large, rectangular scarf, which is one of a series celebrating inspirational women in aeronautics, aviation and programming. The scarf is 98 percent Modal and 2 percent cashmere, and is available from Slow Factory for $140.00. 

Fossil socks

Fossil socks

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Dinosaur skeletons march across these comfy socks, which will keep fossil-lovers' feet warm whether they're searching for raptor bones in the Mongolian desert, mapping theropod trackways in Arkansas, or strolling through the dinosaur halls in their local natural history museum. The socks are a blend of cotton, nylon, polyester and spandex, and fit a men's shoe size 7 to12. They cost $10.99 and are available from Absolute Socks.

Strandbeest kit

Strandbeest kit

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Massive, wooden, multi-legged beast-like kinetic sculptures built by Dutch artist Theo Jensen appear to “walk” across sandy landscapes when propelled by the wind. And now, you can build a miniature version of a “Strandbeest” (“beach animal”), measuring 8 inches (20 centimeters) long, and about 7 inches (18 cm) high.

"This Book is a Planetarium"

This Book is a Planetarium

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It's so much more than just a book. In "This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions," author Kelli Anderson uses stunning examples of pop-up construction to demonstrate a working planetarium that projects constellations, a stringed musical instrument, a message decoder, and more.

Buy "This Book is a Planetarium" on Amazon for $27.19: https://www.amazon.com/This-Book-Planetarium-Extraordinary-Contraptions/dp/1452136211

"United Snakes of America" print

United States of America print

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Perfect for biologists or casual snake-lovers, this engaging and informative poster includes illustrations of every single snake species found in the United States and Canada, identified by their common names. It was designed by artist and writer Rosemary Mosco, who is known for her humorous science comics series, “Bird and Moon.” The print is available from the Bird and Moon store on the Topatoco website and comes in two sizes: 18 inches by 24 inches (46 centimeters by 61 cm) for $18.00 and 36 inches by 48 inches (91 cm by 122 cm) for $50.00.

Protist wine charms

Protist wine charms

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How charming are these protist wine charms? Protists — microscopic single-celled organisms — have bodies that come in a range of shapes, and these colorful plastic versions will help keep your scientist friends keep track of their wine glasses at your next party. There are six protists to a set, and they include green algae, diatom, coccolithophore, and three types of radiolarians. The charms are 3D printed from plastic (there are nine colors to choose from), and are made to order, taking 2 to 3 weeks for printing and shipping. They are available from the Etsy shop Ontogenie and cost $59.66.

Brain coasters

Valentine's day geek gifts

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Discuss the enigma of the brain as you sip hot tea (or something stronger) while using these brain specimen coasters. The set of 10 shows different slices of the brain. On a slightly less romantic note, it's also a great conversation starter for what to do with your brain once you die — check out the NIH Neurobank to learn more about your options.

The coasters can be purchased at ThinkGeek, and cost $19.99.

"Oh Chemistree" sweater

"Oh Chemistree" Sweater

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If you have an Ugly Christmas Sweater party to attend this year, blow your friends away with this clever and geeky design. The "Oh Chemistree" sweater features a Christmas tree made up of elements on the periodic table, with embroidered snowflakes, beakers and a caffeine molecule arranged around it for decoration. The unisex, forest-green sweater, which retails from $12.99 on Amazon, is also available as a short-sleeve crew neck shirt, long-sleeve shirt and sweatshirt.