Cyber Monday Deals: Best Gifts for Science Geeks
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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 Cyber Monday 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. 

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel and Emergency Preparedness: For that person in your life who likes to be prepared, or might just have fun with a no-battery-required water filter. The straw can filter out 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria and parasites from up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water, without using iodine, chlorine or other chemicals, according to LifeStraw. Right now, for Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the water-filtering straw for $13.90, or 54 percent off the normal list price. 

Cozmo

This endearing supercomputer is the robot sidekick you've always wanted. Cozmo "learns" from interactions, and can display hundreds of "expressions" as you challenge him to games or guide him through exploring his environment.Users can even see from Cozmo's point of view using the robot's "Explorer Mode," and a companion app offers a platform for designing new activities that you both can investigate together. Cozmo is available on Cyber Monday for $127.49, a savings of 29 percent off the list price.

 

No/No Bronze Original Bird Feeder

Get to know the wildlife in your own backyard with this handsome, bronze bird feeder, which hold 2.5 pounds of birdseed. The all-metal feeder attracts clinging and perching birds and can accommodate 10-15 birds at once. Amazon is selling the bird feeder on Cyber Monday for $16.53, a 29 percent savings off the list price.

 

Marbleocity Dragon Coaster

Learn about physics and engineering by building a working model of a roller coaster from a kit of wooden parts. The Dragon Coaster Maker Kit is selling on Amazon on Cyber Monday for $46.73, a savings of 22 percent off the list price.

Kurt Adler Doctor Who Tardis Starry Night Stocking

For all those "Doctor Who" fans in your life, this 19-inch stocking, which also features Van Gogh's "Starry Night" for a little artistic twist. Right now, for Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the stocking for $8.99, about 59 percent off the list price. 

 

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Blast off to defeat the evil Empire in the famous Star Wars spaceship the Millennium Falcon. This buildable LEGO starship includes a highly detailed interior with a hyperdrive, holochess board and secret compartment, and comes with six minifigures from the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens": Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech, a Kanjiklub Gang Member, and a BB-8 Astromech Droid. When completed, it measures over 5 inches (14 centimeters) high, 18 inches (47 cm) long, and 12 inches (32 cm) wide. For Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the set for $111.99, or 25 percent off the normal list price.

 

3D Crystal Puzzle Skull 

Challenge your puzzle-assembling skills by putting together this replica of a human skull in three dimensions. Made of 48 interlocking pieces, this puzzle is recommended for ages 12 and up, and when assembled measures 3.25 inches (8.26 centimeters) high, 2 inches (5 cm) long, and 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the skull for $10.19, a savings of 32 percent off the list price.

 

Doctor Who 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

Geronimo! This replica of the 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver from the BBC television show "Doctor Who" lights up and produces a range of sound effects, and is the perfect accessory for adventures through time and space. It measures about 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) in length and requires three LR44 batteries (included). On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the screwdriver for $16.99, a savings of 37 percent off the list price.

 

Star Trek Electronic Door Chime

This delightfully geeky nod to the original "Star Trek" television series" resembles the wall-mounted intercom panels on board the Starship Enterprise, and is a motion-sensitive door chime that produces two sounds: the trademark "door opening" sound of the Enterprise's sliding doors, and the "Red Alert" alarm. It requires three AA batteries (not included), and is an officially licensed collectible. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the door chime for $19.80, a savings of 42 percent off the list price.

 

3D Puzzle Walking Wooden Robot T. rex

Tyrannosaurus rex went extinct 65 million years ago, but this puzzle dinosaur, once assembled, will walk and roar when you clap your hands. Wooden pieces fit together without glue or additional tools, and the kit is recommended for ages 6 to 15 years old. When completed, the robotic dinosaur stands 12.4 inches (31.5 centimeters) high and 8.9 inches (22.6 cm) long, and weighs about 1 pound (0.5 kilograms). If you purchase this T. rex on Amazon for $29.80, you'll be able to access 10 Cyber Monday promotions, including receiving a discount on other 3D puzzles. 

 

Waterproof Endoscopic Snake Camera for Smartphones and Tablets

Want to take a closer look at something underwater or around a tight corner? Just whip out this handy, waterproof, 2 megapixel camera attached to a flexible 33-foot (10-meter) cable, and connect to an app on your phone or tablet via WiFi for live viewing. Adjustable LED lights improve visibility in dim conditions and are rechargeable, and resolution is up to 1600 x 1200. On Cyber Monday, Amazon is selling the snake camera for $39.99, a savings of 34 percent off the list price.

 

Rotating Cosmos Star Projector Lamp

Enjoy a colorful projection of stars cycling across the ceiling with this rotating star projection lamp, powered by a 56-inch (1.4 meter) USB cable (included) or four AAA batteries (not included). Four buttons control the LED lamp's rotation speed and color display, and there are eight lighting modes to choose from, incorporating different color combinations. A timer can be set for the lamp to operate from 5 minutes to 95 minutes. Customers who buy the $21.99 sky lamp will receive 40 percent off another item — the ocean wave projector — on Cyber Monday, although some restrictions apply.

Original article on Live Science.