The holidays are approaching and stores are already breaking out the festive decorations. Even Amazon is gearing up for the shopping season. Here's a look at some of Live Science's favorite Amazon Black Friday deals for that science geek in your life, from a curious child to a spouse who can't get enough of the Discovery Channel. Check back for updates as Amazon releases more deals and our staff combs through products for our favorites.
Dinosaur Ugly Christmas Sweater (Unisex)
This dinosaur-decorated Christmas sweater is so ugly, you can't help but love it. Perfect for paleontologists or anyone who loves dinosaurs (and pterosaurs), the sweater is soft, cozy and100 percent acrylic. Embrace the ugliness on Cyber Monday at Amazon, where the sweaters are selling for $23.99 to $28.99 (depending on size), a 30 percent savings off the list price.
Thermal Compact Imager
This compact thermal imaging camera plugs directly into your smartphone to offer views of the world in colorful infrared. The camera is capable of detecting heat signatures ranging from minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 626 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius to 330 degrees Celsius), and at distances of up to 1,000 feet (305 meters). Amazon is selling this thermal imager on Cyber Monday for $190.00, a savings of 24 percent off the list price.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
Gaze at distant stars, planets and meteor showers with a powerful telescope that is easy to set up and operate, even for beginning astronomers. Two eyepieces are included with the telescope — 20mm and 4mm — as well as a 3x Barlow lens that triples their power. Slow-motion controls enable smooth tracking, and viewing power is hundreds of times greater than the naked eye. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling this telescope for $119.99, a 29 percent savings off the list price.
Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration
What does it take to build and launch a rocket into space, and send satellites, probes or landers to explore distant worlds? Find out about the real science behind space exploration missions with this exciting game, designed by one of the scientists behind NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission — the first U.S. mission to collect samples from asteroids. Suitable for ages 7 and up and for 2 to 4 players. Pick up Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration from Amazon on Cyber Monday for $24.95, a 29 percent savings off the list price.
Stuffed Giant Sea Turtle
A realistic stuffed giant sea turtle is a huggable gift for marine biologists or wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. The turtle measures nearly 2 feet (0.6 meters) in length and has a washable surface, and its lifelike shape and details will delight fans of these remarkable sea creatures. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling this stuffed turtle for $24.49, a 30 percent savings off the list price.
23andMe DNA Test
Answer questions about your ancestry with the 23andMe DNA test. Simply collect a sample of your saliva and send to the 23andMe lab, and in 6 to 8 weeks you'll receive a report describing your ancestry composition, compiled from a database representing more than 150 ancestry regions in the world. Submitted saliva samples produce five reports, including Ancestry Composition, Maternal & Paternal Haplogroups, Neanderthal Ancestry and Your DNA Family. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the 23andMe DNA Test for $129, a 35 percent savings off the list price.
Eschenbach Arena D+ 8x42 Waterproof Binoculars for Bird Watching for Adults
These lightweight, powerful, compact binoculars are fogproof and waterproof, and will enable the birdwatcher on your shopping list to spy their avian friends in any type of weather. Prisms and lens silvering provide eye protection from UV radiation and exceptionally visibility in low light. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the binoculars for $111.99, a savings of 29 percent off the list price.
6 Pairs Women's Cotton Animal Socks
Got a soft spot for wildlife? Slip your feet into these comfy socks, decorated with endearing illustrations of foxes, wolves, owls and elks. The socks are colorful, comfortable and durable, made of 38 percent cotton, 27 percent wool, 30 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex. They are available on Amazon on Cyber Monday for $11.99, a 30 percent savings off the list price.
Dinosaur 3D Night Light
Bring a velociraptor into your home! This art lamp produces a 3D light display of the dinosaur that enchanted (and terrified) audiences in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Made of transparent acrylic, the dinosaur is lit up by LEDs that cycle through seven colors: red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, purple and white, and is powered by USB or three AA batteries. The night light is available on Amazon on Cyber Monday for $18.88, a savings of 21 percent off the list price.
Netter's Clinical Anatomy
Got a medical student or anatomical artist on your list, or are you just interested in getting a closer look at the structures and mechanisms of your own body? "Netter's Clinical Anatomy, 4th Edition" (Elsevier, 2018) includes 600 illustrations that address anatomy, embryology and pathology, and this purchase includes an eBook with searchable text and images, and 3D anatomical models. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling this book for $44.99, a 25 percent savings off the list price.
Organic Mini-Mushroom Growing Kit
Have you always wanted to grow your own gourmet mushrooms? This kit will help you produce delicious pearl oyster mushrooms right out of the box in 10 days — just add water! The mushroom kit is available from Amazon on Cyber Monday for $11.59, a savings of 40 percent off the list price.
Celestron 44341 LCD Digital Microscope II (Black)
This professional digital microscope has a rotating lens turret and magnifies specimens up to 1600 times. Specimens under the lens are displayed on a 3.5-inch (8.9-centimeter) color LCD screen, and a built-in 5 megapixel camera can capture high-resolution images and standard definition video at 30 frames per second. On Cyber Monday, the microscope is available from Amazon for $159.99, a savings of 20 percent off the list price.
Illuminated Hummingbird Feeder
It's a hummingbird feeder during the day, and a colorful lamp at night, powered by solar energy. The handblown, colorful glass bowl sits in a metal frame with perching loops for hungry hummingbirds, and it has a wide lid for easier filling and cleaning. Get your hummingbird feeder from Amazon on Cyber Monday for $24.79, a 29 percent savings off the list price.
United Scientific Supplies DCSET12 Density Cube Set
How dense are different materials? You can find out using this handy set of 1-inch cubes, with one each made of acrylic, oak, pine, poplar, steel, aluminum, copper, brass, nylon, PVC, lignum vitae and polypropylene. The cubes come in a storage box, and the set a reference table for discovering the density of the samples. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling this cube set for $33.53, a savings of 1 percent off the list price.
Kikkerland Magnetic Decision Maker
Use the power of physics to help you make all those difficult choices in life, with this magnetic decision-maker. Simply release the ball, and magnetic attraction will draw it toward the right answer to whatever question you may ask. Answers include: yes, maybe, definitely, no way, try again and ask a friend. The decision-maker is available from Amazon on Cyber Monday for $11.99, a savings of 3 percent off the list price.
Robotics Workshop Kit
A versatile robotics engineering kit puts the power of building and programming a variety of robots in your hands. The kit includes parts that snap together to create 10 different robot bodies with sensors that detect light and touch. Robots can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth from smartphones and tablets, and can be connected to a PC through USB. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is offering the kit for $164.99, an 18 percent savings off the list price.
Original article on Live Science.