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10 Science-y Valentine's Day Gifts

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This Valentine's Day, show your love with the help of science. These nerdy gifts take their inspiration from laboratories and science classrooms.

1. MICROBE BOUQUET; $50

Instead of giving your partner the standard assortment of flowers, give them this bouquet of plush germs. The pack includes cuddly chlamydia, herpes, and mono. There's two of each, so you can share.

Find it: ThinkGeek

2. HEART NEBULA CUFFLINKS; $28

Way, way out in space (7500 light years from Earth), there is a very romantic nebula that gives off red gas and looks like a heart. Uncommon Goods put the aptly named Heart Nebula (which is part of the Heart and Soul complex) on a pair of cufflinks to create the perfect gift for astronomers and space enthusiasts.

Find it: UncommonGoods

3. THE SCIENCE OF KISSING; $20

Scientific minds like to break things down and examine them from every angle—including kissing. In this book, author Sheril Kirshenbaum looks into the history and science of smooching, from when humans first started puckering up to why men and women kiss differently.

Find it: Amazon

4. HEART COASTERS; $22

When this coaster set is stacked, it creates a full image of an anatomically correct heart. Each of the six coasters has a different slice of the heart printed onto a transparent slide.

Find it: Amazon

5. 'I LOVE YOU' BEAN PLANT; $7

This unique Valentine's Day gift starts as a simple bean. Plant it, add a little water, and wait: After three to five days, the plant will sprout and eventually display the phrase "I love you."

Find it: ThinkGeek

6. ANATOMICAL HEART PENDANT; $150

This anatomically correct heart takes a different approach to romantic jewelry. The delicate pendant is hand-cast in bronze and plated in rose gold.

Find it: UncommonGoods

7. PLUTO AND CHARON SHIRT; $24

Pluto might be out of the solar system, but at least it has its moon buddy, Charon. This T-shirt's charming illustration depicts a happy relationship between the planet and moon. All the shirts are printed to order, which means you can't return or exchange, so be careful when ordering.

Find it: Busted Tees

8. DOPAMINE NECKLACE; $32

The chemical dopamine is often associated with love, desire, happiness, and excitement. Hopefully you and your partner feel these things when you're together, so celebrate the wonderful chemical with a 24-karat rose gold plated necklace.

Find it: Etsy

9. MISS FRIZZLE PRINT; $18

Miss Frizzle and The Magic School Bus helped a lot of children get interested in science. If your significant other loves science thanks to the iconic cartoon, get them a print of everyone's favorite eccentric teacher. The design also comes on clothes, a clock, or a mug.

Find it: Society6

10. CHOCOLATE BRAINS; $21

Skip the cliché box of chocolates and go for something a little more ... intellectual. These pink chocolate brains are perfect for studious individuals and zombie lovers alike. Each box comes with 12 individually wrapped brains.

Find it: Etsy

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You Can Now Print 3D Replicas of Einstein's Childhood Toys
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Open Einstein

For children, playtime is an essential part of cognitive development. Now, you can give them toys that befit their genius: 3D replicas of the ones that Albert Einstein himself played with.

The LEGO Foundation, Unilever, and IKEA have launched Open Einstein, a site where you can download a 3D printing kit that allows you to make exact replicas of the wooden blocks the Nobel Prize-winning physicist played with during his childhood in Germany. "Play empowers children to create and learn for the rest of their lives," the site declares. "It is a fundamental right for all children."

The 3D printing kit provides designs for 36 toy blocks of various sizes and shapes. Einstein's wooden boxes of blocks, made by the German company Anker-Steinbaukasten, are currently held by a collector named Seth Kaller. (According to his website, you can buy them if you have $160,000 on hand.)

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Open Einstein

The 3D printing kit contains model instructions for only a fraction of the 160 blocks in the original set, which Einstein reportedly used throughout his childhood to erect complex structures at home. He wasn't the only famous fan of the toys: Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, and other notable creatives played with the same blocks.

If you're looking for a particularly erudite toy to nurture your child's mind, blocks—whether Einstein-related or not—are a pretty good choice. The National Association for the Education of Young Children says that playing with blocks can enhance problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor skills, and boost creativity.

Your child may never come up with world-changing scientific theories, but if nothing else, hopefully the set will impart some of the genius's sense of creativity. Or at least his delightful playfulness.

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This Decal Set Transforms a Roomba Into R2-D2

With a simple decal set, you can transform a Roomba from a robot vacuum cleaner into a droid from a galaxy far, far away. According to Gizmodo, Bel & Bel, a design studio/workshop in Barcelona, Spain, created these blue-and-white vinyl stickers. Affix them to your Roomba, and the device will instantly look like R2-D2. An added bonus? It's way better at cleaning up Wookiee fur.

Sadly, the stickers aren't available for order yet, nor is there a price tag. However, Star Wars fans can keep their eyes peeled for an eventual sale date by checking out Bel & Bel's website.

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