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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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Tiny Star Wars Fans Can Now Cruise Around in Their Very Own Landspeeders
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Some kids collect Hot Wheels, while others own model lightsabers and dream of driving Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder through a galaxy far, far away. Soon, Mashable reports, these pint-sized Jedis-in-training can pilot their very own replicas of the fictional anti-gravity craft: an officially licensed, kid-sized Star Wars Landspeeder, coming in September from American toy company Radio Flyer.

The Landspeeder has an interactive dashboard with light-up buttons, and it plays sounds from the original Star Wars film. The two-seater doesn’t hover, exactly, but it can zoom across desert sands (or suburban sidewalks) at forward speeds of up to 5 mph, and go in reverse at 2 mph.

The vehicle's rechargeable battery allows for around five hours of drive time—just enough for tiny Star Wars fans to reenact their way through both the original 1977 movie and 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. (Sorry, grown-up sci-fi nerds: The toy ride supports only up to 130 pounds, so you’ll have to settle for pretending your car is the Death Star.)

Radio Flyer’s Landspeeder will be sold at Toys “R” Us stores. It costs $500, and is available for pre-order online now.

Watch it in action below:

[h/t Mashable]

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Dungeons & Dragons Gets a Digital Makeover
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Since the 1970s, players have been constructing elaborate campaigns in Dungeons & Dragons using nothing but paper, pencils, rule books, and 20-sided dice. That simple formula has made D&D the quintessential role-playing game, but the game's publisher thinks it can be improved with a few 21st-century updates. As The Verge reports, Wizards of the Coast is launching a digital toolset meant to enhance the gaming experience.

The tool, called D&D Beyond, isn’t meant to be a replacement for face-to-face gameplay. Rather, it’s designed to save players time and energy that could be better spent developing characters or battling orcs. The resource includes a fifth-edition rule book users can search by keyword. At the start of a new campaign, they can build monsters and characters within the program. And players don’t need to worry about forgetting to bring their notes to a quest—D&D Beyond keeps track of information like items and spells in one convenient location.

"D&D Beyond speaks to the way gamers are able to blend digital tools with the fun of storytelling around the table with your friends,” Nathan Stewart, senior director of Dungeons & Dragons, said in a statement when the concept was first announced. "These tools represent a way forward for D&D.”

This isn’t the first attempt to bring D&D into the digital age; videogames inspired by the fictional world have been produced since the 1980s. Unlike those titles, though, D&D Beyond will still highlight the imagination-fueled role-playing aspect of the game when it launches August 15.

[h/t The Verge]

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