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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, February 16.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

AUKEY Dash Cam, Full HD 1080P, 170° Wide Angle Lens, Night Vision, Car Dashboard Camera for $69.99 (list price $89.99)

Ring Light for Camera [Rechargable Battery]Selfie LED Camera Light [36 LED] for iPhone iPad Sumsung Galaxy Photography Phones, White for $11.99 (list price $39.89)

Micro USB Cables (2-Pack 3.3ft) Rampow Nylon Braided Samsung usb cable/charging cords for Android Devices, Galaxy, Sony,Motorola and More - Space Grey for $8.49 (list price $22.99)

Jackery Mini Premium 3350mAh Portable Charger - External Battery Pack, Power Bank, & Portable iPhone Charger for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6 (Black) for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

Portable Chargers RAVPower 22000mAh Battery Pack 5.8A Output 3-Port Power Bank (2.4A Input, Triple iSmart 2.0 USB Ports, Li-polymer Battery) External Battery Bank For Smartphones Tablets more- Black for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

HOPDAY Bluetooth Headphones V4.1 Wireless Sports Earphones Sweatproof Running Gym Headsets Built-in Mic for iPhone 7 7 plus and Android Phones for $14.99 (list price $39.99)

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Small for $129.88 (list price $149.95)

Photive M90 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Built In Subwoofer. 20 Watts Of Power- IPX5 Water Resistant- Rugged. for $59.95 (list price $149.95)

Ring Light for Camera [Rechargable Battery]Selfie LED Camera Light [36 LED] for iPhone iPad Sumsung Galaxy Photography Phones, White for $11.99 (list price $39.89)

iPhone 7 Plus Case, Trianium [Clarium Series] Premium Shock Absorption TPU Bumper Cushion + Scratch Resistant Clear Protective Cases Hard Cover for Apple iPhone 7 Plus 2016 - Clear (TM000027) for $7.95 (list price $9.99)

SanDisk Cruzer Glide CZ60 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - SDCZ60-032G-B35 for $10.29 (list price $17.99)

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds Stereo Earphones with Mic, Secure Fit for Sports - Black for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-32BB/AM) for $11.65 (list price $29.99)

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass (Black) for $34.99 (list price $89.99)

Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate for $139.00 (list price $219.99)

VicTsing Gold Plated Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort to VGA Male to Female Adapter in White for Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro. for $7.69 (list price $11.99)

GE 54947 Grounded 6-Outlet Tap, for $5.24 (list price $6.99)

Mpow Selfie Stick, iSnap X Extendable Monopod with Built-in Bluetooth Remote Shutter for iPhone 6/ 6s, Android & iOS Smartphones for $13.59 (list price $17.99)

Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter (MB-MP32DA/AM) for $10.99 (list price $37.99)

Turbot Wireless Charger,3-Coils Qi Wireless Charging Stand for All QI-Enabled Devices-Black for $20.39 (list price $45.99)

Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones for $34.50 (list price $49.00)

Car Mount, (2 Pack) Mengo Magna-Snap Mini Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount for Smartphones (iPhone, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, & More), Mp3 Players, and GPS Devices - Retail Packaging for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

[Upgraded] Maxboost Wall Charger 4.8A 24W Dual USB Universal Portable Charger with mSmart Technology, Foldable Plug for iPhone 7 6 6s Plus, SE 5/5S, iPad Pro, Galaxy S7, S6 Edge+,S5,Nexus, HTC & more for $8.99 (list price $18.99)

Trianium Armband For iPhone 7/6/6S PLUS, LG G5, Note 3/4/5 with case (fits with Otterbox Defender & Lifeproof case) ArmTrek Pro Exercise Running Pouch Key Holder Good For Hiking,Biking,Walking- Black for $9.79 (list price $20.97)

iXCC Element II Series Apple Certified 6ft Lightning 8pin to USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPhone SE/5/6/6s/7/Plus/iPad Mini/Air/Pro -MFi- 2pc White for $13.79 (list price $29.99)

Anker Quick Charge 3.0 42W Dual USB Car Charger, PowerDrive+ 2 for Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4 and PowerIQ for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $19.97 (list price $39.99)

Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger. Intelligent USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology (White) Updated Version of Photive 50 Watt 6 Port for $21.95 (list price $24.95)

Vtin Cuber Waterproof Speakers Bluetooth 4.0 Speakers with 5W Audio Driver and IP67 Waterproof Design for iPhone and Other Smart Phones-Blue for $19.99 (list price $69.99)

LEGO Star Wars First Order Battle Pack 75132 for $8.99 (list price $12.99)

LEGO Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank 75151 for $79.57 (list price $109.99)

LEGO STAR WARS Krennic's Imperial Shuttle 75156 for $73.54 (list price $89.99)

KITCHEN

Bodum 8 Cup Chambord Classic Coffee Maker, 34 oz, Copper for $33.13 (list price $50.00)

Bodum 20cm x 20cm Bistro Napkin Holder, White for $15.19 (list price $20.00)

Thermos Novelty Lunch Kit, Hello Kitty Figure for $6.31 (list price $15.99)

Tervis Harry Potter Marauders Map Individual Wrap Tumbler with Brown Lid, 24 oz, Clear for $18.87 (list price $23.99)

Westinghouse WFL545 Select Series Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Quart Dutch Oven - Amazon Exclusive for $25.42 (list price $44.99)

Weiman Cook Top Scrubbing Pads, 18 count pads for $14.58 (list price $17.94)

Thermos Funtainer 16 Ounce Food Jar, Charcoal for $18.53 (list price $24.99)

Premium Organic Bamboo [ HEIM CONCEPT ] Extra Large Cutting Board and Serving Tray with Drip Groove [ 18" x 12" x ¾" inch Thick ] Eco-Friendly Thick Strong Bamboo Kitchenware for $17.95 (list price $29.99)

Messermeister Pro-Touch Serrated Swivel Peeler, Red for $7.23 (list price $10.00)

Bodum 11571-137 Pour Over Coffee Maker with Permanent Filter, 1.0 L/34 oz, Red for $16.94 (list price $29.00)

Kitchen Elements Ultra-Flex Red Silicone Kitchen Cooking Mitt, 1 Pair for $15.00 (list price $25.00)

LIFT Certified BPA-Free Reusable Microwavable Meal Prep Containers with Lids, 28-Ounce, 7 Pack (Includes Ebook) for $10.97 (list price $14.99)

Kitchen Gizmo 2 Sided TPU Anti-Bacterial Cutting Board, Thick Yet Flexible, Knife Friendly, Scratch Resistant, Juice Groove, Dishwasher Safe, Antimicrobial and FDA Approved (Orange/Grey) for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Stainless Steel Dough Scraper Chopper - Utopia Kitchen for $5.99 (list price $19.99)

Fit & Fresh Smart Portion 1/2 Cup Chilled Containers, Set of 4 Portion Control Containers with Removable Ice Packs, BPA-Free, Freezer/Microwave/Dishwasher Safe for $7.99 (list price $10.00)

SimpleTaste Electric Milk Frother Coffee Frother, One Touch Handheld Battery Powered Electric Foam Maker Electric Frother with Stand, Grey for $14.99 (list price $24.99)

Cooks Standard NC-00239 12-Inch Ply Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan with Dome Lid, Multi for $43.18 (list price $54.00)

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Lunch Bag, Riggs Raccoon for $12.00 (list price $15.00)

Best Ice Cube Trays - 2 Large Silicone Pack - 16 Giant 2 Inch Ice Cubes Molds for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost (NN102) for $97.99 (list price $139.99)

STREET CRAFT Set Of-4, Barrel Mugs / Hammered Copper Moscow Mule Mug Handmade of 100% Pure Copper, Nickel Lined, Brass Handle Hammered Moscow Mule Mug / Cup Capacity-16 Ounce. for $30.00 (list price $100.00)

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Cookware 1 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

ThermoPro TP06S Electronic Digital Smoker Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe for BBQ Oven Grill Food Meat for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

American Metalcraft SAN312 Plastic Cheese Shaker with Lid, 12-Ounce for $7.75 (list price $8.75)

Tovolo Cupcake Pen for $8.15 (list price $9.79)

ME.FAN 3 Set Silicone Multi-Use Flower Trivet Mat - Premium Quality Insulated Flexible Durable Non Slip Coasters Hot Pads Blue for $14.99 (list price $25.99)

Best ORGANIC Bamboo Cutting Board - FDA Approved for Your Safety - Premium EXTRA LARGE Wood Cutting Board & Antimicrobial Kitchen Chopping Board with Drip Groove - Use as a Stylish Serving Tray for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

ME.FAN 3 Set Silicone Multi-Use Flower Trivet Mat - Premium Quality Insulated Flexible Durable Non Slip Coasters Hot Pads Blue for $11.99 (list price $25.99)

George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker, Red for $21.99 (list price $24.99)

Silver Stainless Steel Pineapple De-Corer Peeler Stem Remover Blades for Diced Fruit Rings by Super Z Outlet for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

Tovolo Collapsible Microwave Cover for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

13" Grease Splatter Screen for Cooking with Heavy Duty Ultra Fine Mesh Plus Silicone Hot Handle Holder - Frying Pan Splatter Guard Fits Most Pans and Prevents Oil Splatters for $15.90 (list price $24.99)

BRIESLY Stainless Steel Corn Cutter Corn Cob Peeler Corn Stripper Kitchen Tool for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

28 Oz. Blender Bottle W/wire Shaker Ball- Pack of 2, Colors may vary for $15.68 (list price $16.99)

Etekcity 11lb 5kg Digital Multifunction Food Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl 2.15L Liquid Volume Room Temperature and Timer, Backlight LCD Display for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set, 6 Piece for $18.95 (list price $24.95)

Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red for $57.06 (list price $115.00)

HOME

Hoover Vacuum Cleaner T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UH70210 for $74.99 (list price $117.00)

Yankee Candle Company Red Apple Wreath Large Jar Candle for $18.00 (list price $27.99)

Libman Tornado Mop for $18.89 (list price $26.64)

Roommates Rmk1586Scs Star Wars Classic Peel And Stick Wall Decals for $10.73 (list price $13.99)

Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Triple Rib Throw, Nightshadow Blue for $52.43 (list price $109.99)

InterDesign Mildew-Free EVA 5.5 Gauge Shower Liner, 72 x 72, Frost for $6.90 (list price $15.00)

Lavish Home Throw Blanket, Fleece/Sherpa, Giraffe for $17.83 (list price $34.99)

Natural Comfort White Down Alternative Comforter with Embossed Microfiber Shell, Light Weight Filled, King for $35.53 (list price $94.99)

Nine Stars DZT-80-4 Infrared Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can, 21.1-Gallon for $77.99 (list price $119.95)

Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Knee Pillow - Best for Hip, Leg, Knee, Back and Spine Alignment - Memory Foam Wedge Leg Pillow with Washable Cover + Free Storage Bag for $29.94 (list price $49.80)

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen for $229.00 (list price $289.00)

Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner for $129.99 (list price $219.99)

ALASKA BEAR - Natural Silk Pillowcase, Hypoallergenic, 19 momme, 600 thread count 100 percent Mulberry Silk, Queen Size with hidden zipper(Ivory white) for $19.99 (list price $40.00)

AcuRite 13027A Intelli-Time Digital Alarm Clock for $12.84 (list price $28.63)

CoolDream I Love You to the Moon and Back Cotton Throw Pillow Case Vintage Cushion Cover 18" x 18" for $4.16 (list price $19.99)

Norpro Bio-Degradable Compost Bags, 50 Count for $8.62 (list price $11.38)

BISSELL 2X Pet Stain & Odor Portable Machine Formula, 32 ounces, 74R7 for $10.79 (list price $13.75)

Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop (4 Mop Pads Included) for $159.99 (list price $219.99)

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat for $18.73

Queen Size SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free for $29.95 (list price $69.95)

Sleep Safe ZipCover Evolon Pillow Cover, Bed Bug, Dust Mite, Allergen Zippered Encasement / Standard Allergy Pillow Protector - 21 inches x 27 inches for $8.49 (list price $17.00)

Top Rated Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1.3 Gallon-Includes Charcoal Filter for $19.95 (list price $44.95)

Gorilla Grip 5x7-Feet Non-Slip Area Rug Pad for Hard Floors for $12.99 (list price $26.79)

Gideon 5 Inch Flameless LED Candle - Real Wax & Real Flickering Candle Motion - with Remote (On/Off, Timer, Dimmer) - Vanilla Scented, Ivory for $12.95 (list price $37.99)

VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration - Includes Crevice Tool & Brush Accessories for $47.95 (list price $79.99)

Dreamfoam Bedding Arctic Dreams 10-Inch Cooling Gel Mattress, Queen for $249.99 (list price $799.99)

Environmental Technology 16-Ounce Fiber-Lok Non Skid Backing for $14.62 (list price $17.78)

Hand Crafted] HemingWeigh Himalayan Round Crystal Rock Salt Votive Candle Holder for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque for $39.00 (list price $39.00)

IBEET Vented Styling Hair Brush, Detangling Thick Hair Massage Brush for Women for $12.59 (list price $41.96)

FANTCEN Travel Bottles Leak Proof 2 OZ Travel Containers for Toiletries Silicone BPA Free for Shampoo Toiletry Liquid Travel Accessary Set of 3 (White) for $10.99 (list price $16.99)

IBEET Stainless Steel Hard Skin Remover,Dead Skin,Callus Corn Cuticle Remove Shaver for $6.99 (list price $23.36)

Germ-x OmniPod 1000042390 Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Starter Kit, 750 mL, Teal for $12.32 (list price $17.60)

Vanity Planet Palette Cruelty Free Professional Makeup Brush Collection for $27.99 (list price $34.99)

Suncreen ProTecTan: Super Sealed and Never Spills! Non Greasy or Sticky Innovative Moisturizer Lotion Daily Sunblock with Broad Spectrum Formula UV (Wider Protection Against UVA & UVB Rays!) SPF 30 for $13.99 (list price $35.00)

Premium Exfoliating Gloves Set: The Ideal Eco Friendly Gift! Natural Bath, Shower, Spa Body Scrubber Exfoliator Pack: Bamboo Fiber and Natural Loofah, Jute and Sisal Wash Mitts for $13.77 (list price $35.00)

Elchim Light Ionic Ceramic Hairdryer, Imperial Jade for $159.20 (list price $199.00)

Makeup brushes, Sunmy Makeup Brush Set 10 Pieces Professional Toothbrush Face Foundation Eyebrow Eyeliner Lip Powder Oval Brushes Tool for $18.99 (list price $46.99)

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Ultra Conditioning with Kokum Butter, 2 Tubes in Blister Box for $5.49 (list price $6.99)

Pure Manuka Honey (4 oz) Smoothing Face Mask, UMF 12+, from New Zealand, Raw, Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Repair Damaged Skin Treatment, Anti Bacterial, Bio Active by Honeyskin Organics for $39.97 (list price $79.99)

[Valentine's Day SALE]Argus Le Studio Salon Personal 1 Inch Curling Iron Ceramic Hair Curler, Light Gold for $26.99 (list price $88.99)

Golden Standard Self Tanner: Get a Bronzed and Healthy Tan! Sunless Tanning Lotion Made With Organic and Natural Ingredients (XL Bonus Size 250ml 8.5oz) by Thermalabs for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Collection Alice In Wonderland Organizer Cosmetic Bag, Alice and Cheshire Cat for $10.39 (list price $12.99)

Dreamcatcher Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blend with Lavender, Ylang Ylang & Basil by Soulflower | 100% Pure, Organic Therapeutic Grade Oils | Calming and Relaxing for Better Sleep | Vegan | 1 fl.oz for $29.00 (list price $36.00)

Hempz Exotic Herbal Body Moisturizer, Green Tea and Asian Pear, 17 Fluid Ounce for $11.88 (list price $23.00)

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer, Light Purple, Vanilla Plum, 17 Fluid Ounce for $11.18 (list price $23.00)

NEW Rejuvenating Magnesium Body Lotion - Healthy Daily Moisturizer - NO Endocrine Disruptors. A Total Skin Spa With Silky Avocado Butter, Anti-Aging Royal Jelly, Organic Essential Oils & More! for $24.95 (list price $49.95)

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Day Cream SPF 15 for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

DOUBLE SIZED (2 oz) PURE VITAMIN C SERUM FOR FACE 20% Pure Vegan Hyaluronic Acid Anti Wrinkle, Anti Aging & Repairs Dark Circles, Age Spots & Sun Damage Vitamin C Super Strength Organic Ingredients for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Best Age Spot Remover - Dark Spot Corrector - Excellent Brown Spot, Rosacea and Scar Cream - Strongest Non Prescription Treatment Available - 2 Oz Jar for $31.95 (list price $42.00)

Puracy Natural Body Wash, Sulfate-Free Shower Gel and Daily Cleanser, Citrus and Sea Salt, 16 Ounce Bottle, (Pack of 2) for $20.99 (list price $35.97)

AJ Pure Luxurious Natural Body Wash, Perfect for Sensitive Skin, Artisan Crafted with Organic Ingredients, Safe for the Whole Family, 16 Fluid Ounce for $15.00 (list price $23.00)

St. Ives Soft & Silky Body Wash, Coconut and Orchid 24 oz (Pack of 2) for $7.00 (list price $12.16)

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash, Pistachio Cream with Magnolia 22 oz for $5.49 (list price $6.99)

St. Ives Even & Bright Body Wash, Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange 13.5 oz for $2.99 (list price $3.99)


OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

BIC Pencil Xtra Sparkle (colorful barrels), Medium Point (0.7 mm), 24-Count for $5.08 (list price $6.08)

STPL Staples Binder Clips, Assorted Sizes, Black, 60-Pack for $4.76 (list price $14.99)

Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair, Black for $108.98 (list price $138.98)

Strathmore Watercolor Postcards, 3 Pads for $13.12 (list price $17.97)

Foremost 390101 Modular File Cube Storage System, White for $33.35 (list price $52.99)

Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, 8 Inch, 3-Pack (1458-3AMZ) for $12.33 (list price $25.62)

Tulip 34723 One-Step Tie Dye Party Kit for $22.24 (list price $29.99)

Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine - 50 Built-In Stitches - Automatic Threading for $121.05 (list price $127.19)

Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 6 Pack, 0.21-ounce sticks for $2.99 (list price $5.13)

Beadery Bead Extravaganza Bead Box Kit, 19.75-Ounce, Pearl for $12.59 (list price $16.49)

Smart Color Art 80 Colors Gel Pen Set Gel Pens For Adult Coloring books Drawing Painting Writing for $14.98 (list price $59.00)

Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. - pad of 100 for $8.72 (list price $12.89)

Texas Instruments Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator for $159.84 (list price $175.00)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Manga Colors, 23-Count for $11.99 (list price $42.34)

EXPO Whiteboard / Dry Erase Board Liquid Cleaner, 22-ounce for $7.97 (list price $9.41)

EXPO Vis-A-Vis Wet-Erase Overhead Transparency Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $6.69 (list price $7.97)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $5.88 (list price $8.93)

ArtBin Bobbin Box-Clear Sewing Storage Container, 8155AB for $2.90 (list price $4.49)

Avery Durable View Binder, 3" Slant Rings, 600-Sheet Capacity, DuraHinge, White (17042) for $5.39 (list price $7.00)

XL Watercolor Pad, 9"X12" Fold Over for $7.49 (list price $9.49)

Ohuhu 24-color Watercolor Pencils / Water Soluble Colored Pencil Set for $7.99 (list price $24.00)

Singer Polyester Thread, Assorted Colors, 24 Spools for $1.99 (list price $3.89)

Epson Expression Home XP-430 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier for $49.99 (list price $99.99)

Miragoodsbasics Basic 40 Assorted Colors Acrylic Yarn Skeins with 3 E-Books for $19.97 (list price $30.00)

Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted for $7.49 (list price $9.04)

BCMRUN 14 pcs Multicolor Aluminum Crochet Hooks Knitting Needles Craft Yarn 2-10mm for $8.97 (list price $19.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

2-in-1 First Aid Kit (120 Piece) + Bonus 32-Piece Mini First Aid Kit: Compact, Lightweight for Emergencies at Home, Outdoors, Car, Camping, Workplace, Hiking & Survival. for $23.95 (list price $34.99)

First Nature 3088 32-ounce Oriole Feeder for $8.55 (list price $13.99)

Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro 40,800-BTU Gas Grill for $199.99 (list price $279.99)

Suncast GO3216 Golf Organizer for $49.99 (list price $99.00)

Pet Leso 2pcs Pop-up Pet Bowl Travel Bowl Water Feeder Bowl Portable Bowl For Dogs Cats -Orange for $6.99 (list price $20.50)

SE CC4580 MilitaryLensatic/Prismatic Sighting Compass with Pouch for $8.99 (list price $14.95)

Hiker Hunger 100% Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles - Ultralight & Collapsible with Quick Flip-Lock, Cork Grips, & Tungsten Tips for $69.99 (list price $130.00)

Petmate Metal Litter Scoop for $10.24 (list price $14.99)

Yakima BlockHead Locking Bike Fork Mount for $34.66 (list price $50.00)

Laptop Backpack, SANYA K - Business, Students & School Shoulder Backpack, Luggage & Travel Bag, Hiking Bag - Orthopedic Support, Durable Nylon Fabric - Fits Up to 17 Inch Laptop, Macbook Computer for $22.90 (list price $33.99)

Alston 100% Carbon Fiber Bike Water Bottle Holder Cage MTB/Road Bicycle Bottle Holder cage for $17.75 (list price $38.89)

Coleman Camping Coffeemaker for $32.99 (list price $49.99)

OMorc Ski Goggles Snowboard Goggles Anti-Fog & 100% UV Protection Snowmobile Ski Glasses - Big Spherical Frameless and Quick Change Detachable Lens for $32.99 (list price $99.99)

Bike Pump, Kitbest Portable Floor Bicycle Pump Fits Presta & Schrader Valve, Mountain, Road, Hybrid & BMX Foot Air Cycle Pump, High Performance Bike Tire Pump & Ball Pump. 5 Year Warranty for $11.99 (list price $15.99)

Coleman 16 Can Cooler, Red for $15.53 (list price $18.99)

Estwing ETA Black Eagle Tomahawk Axe with Black Matte Finish & Leather Grip for $46.41 (list price $53.55)

GU Energy Labs Refillable Flask for Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, 5.5 Ounce for $10.64 (list price $12.99)

Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle (Red Fade) (24 oz) - 100% BPA-Free Water Bottle - Perfect Cycling or Sports Water Bottle - Dishwasher & Freezer Safe for $10.94 (list price $12.99)

Igloo Polar Cooler (120-Quart, White) for $64.79 (list price $94.99)

Quik Shade 10'x10' Instant Canopy Wall Panel Set with Zipper Entry for $46.99 (list price $69.99)

Camp Solutions Lightweight Self-Inflating Camping Sleeping Pad with Attached Pillow for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Slime 10004 Tube Sealant, 16 oz. for $8.27 (list price $9.99)

AcuRite 00850A2 5-Inch Capacity Easy-Read Magnifying Rain Gauge for $6.49 (list price $7.89)

PetSafe Magetic Key with Adjustable Cat Collar for PetSafe Magnetic Key Cat Door for $9.79 (list price $13.99)

Fluffy Paws Pet Bed Crate Pad Premium Bedding w/ Inner Cushion for Dog / Cat [Luxury Plush Series], Charcoal Gray Burlap Bed - Small 22"x17"x6" for $26.99 (list price $29.76)

Deshedding Blade for Dogs and Cats by GoPets. Adjustable Professional Quality Grooming Tool Reduce Shedding 95%. 14 in Comb Rake Effective Fast Brush for $17.00 (list price $39.99)

Go Cat Kitty Kopter Feather Cat Toy for $5.58 (list price $7.45)

Behrens 1GS 11 Gallon Round Galvanized Steel Tub for $15.95 (list price $35.54)

Pawkin Phthalate Free Cat Litter Mat - Patented Design with Litter Lock Mesh - Extra Large - Durable - Repels Liquids and Odors - Easy to Clean - Soft - Fits Under Litter Box - Litter Free Floors for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter, 40 pound bag for $13.10 (list price $19.99)

Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler in Sherpa, Black, 20"x20"x12" for $26.99 (list price $44.95)

Behrens 2-OV 10-1/2-Gallon Oval Steel Tub for $25.73 (list price $34.37)

TropiShade 9 ft Bronze Aluminum Market Umbrella with Beige Polyester Cover for $54.33 (list price $89.99)

ELECTRONICS

Bestten 6 Outlet Socket Wall Mount Surge Protector with Dual USB Total 3.1A (2.4 Amp/USB) Port Wall Charger for $16.99 (list price $31.99)

NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender (EX3700-100NAS) for $29.99 (list price $44.99)

Unitek USB 3.0 RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Converter + 3-Port Charging Hub USB 3.1 Gen 1(Thunderbolt 3 & USB C)+ Type C Adapter, BC1.2 Charging with LED Switches [AC power adapter is not included] for $21.99 (list price $33.99)

iPhone 7 6S 6 Screen Protector Glass, amFilm iPhone 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 2016, 2015 (2-Pack) for $7.99 (list price $29.99)

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless Sports Earphones w/ Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds, for Gym Running Workout, 8 Hour Battery, Noise Cancelling Headsets for $37.97 (list price $169.99)

RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard SuperKit with Stand, Stool, Headphones & Power Supply for $119.99 (list price $149.99)

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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
May 21, 2017
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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Scientists Think They Know How Whales Got So Big
May 24, 2017
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It can be difficult to understand how enormous the blue whale—the largest animal to ever exist—really is. The mammal can measure up to 105 feet long, have a tongue that can weigh as much as an elephant, and have a massive, golf cart–sized heart powering a 200-ton frame. But while the blue whale might currently be the Andre the Giant of the sea, it wasn’t always so imposing.

For the majority of the 30 million years that baleen whales (the blue whale is one) have occupied the Earth, the mammals usually topped off at roughly 30 feet in length. It wasn’t until about 3 million years ago that the clade of whales experienced an evolutionary growth spurt, tripling in size. And scientists haven’t had any concrete idea why, Wired reports.

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B might help change that. Researchers examined fossil records and studied phylogenetic models (evolutionary relationships) among baleen whales, and found some evidence that climate change may have been the catalyst for turning the large animals into behemoths.

As the ice ages wore on and oceans were receiving nutrient-rich runoff, the whales encountered an increasing number of krill—the small, shrimp-like creatures that provided a food source—resulting from upwelling waters. The more they ate, the more they grew, and their bodies adapted over time. Their mouths grew larger and their fat stores increased, helping them to fuel longer migrations to additional food-enriched areas. Today blue whales eat up to four tons of krill every day.

If climate change set the ancestors of the blue whale on the path to its enormous size today, the study invites the question of what it might do to them in the future. Changes in ocean currents or temperature could alter the amount of available nutrients to whales, cutting off their food supply. With demand for whale oil in the 1900s having already dented their numbers, scientists are hoping that further shifts in their oceanic ecosystem won’t relegate them to history.

[h/t Wired]

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