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Holiday Gift Ideas

by Bethany Halford
December 1, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 48

Yep, it’s December. And if you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping under way, it’s time to turn off that heating plate, close the hood, and tell the boss you’re doing research in the library. Don’t panic if you have no idea where to start. The Newscripts gang has been scouring the Internet to find perfectly geeky gifts for the chemistry lovers in your life. Here are a few of our favorites.

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The Chemex Coffeemaker gives coffee fiends their caffeine kick the chemist’s way. It’s no accident that this all-glass coffee brewing system looks like a gravity filter apparatus. The setup was invented in 1941 by Ph.D. chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm. This six-cup model from the Classic series costs $41.50 from Chemex. And don’t forget to buy filters ($8.50 for 100).
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The Chemex Coffeemaker gives coffee fiends their caffeine kick the chemist’s way. It’s no accident that this all-glass coffee brewing system looks like a gravity filter apparatus. The setup was invented in 1941 by Ph.D. chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm. This six-cup model from the Classic series costs $41.50 from Chemex. And don’t forget to buy filters ($8.50 for 100).
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Ice-cold pints of beer, water, or lemonade will look great in these screen-printed glasses. The 16-oz glasses, from the Vital shop on Etsy, cost $12 each and can be safely cleaned on the top rack of a dishwasher.
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Ice-cold pints of beer, water, or lemonade will look great in these screen-printed glasses. The 16-oz glasses, from the Vital shop on Etsy, cost $12 each and can be safely cleaned on the top rack of a dishwasher.
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light? Well, Randall Munroe, author of the popular webcomic xkcd, has. He’s also tried to answer that question, and many others, in his delightful book, “What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,” which runs about $14 for the hardcover edition on Amazon.
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light? Well, Randall Munroe, author of the popular webcomic xkcd, has. He’s also tried to answer that question, and many others, in his delightful book, “What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,” which runs about $14 for the hardcover edition on Amazon.
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Help your favorite chemists add a truly old-school touch to lab reports and homework assignments by giving them this Erlenmeyer flask wax seal kit. The kit, $26 from Cognitive Surplus, comes with a wooden-handled seal and one stick of garnet-red sealing wax.
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Help your favorite chemists add a truly old-school touch to lab reports and homework assignments by giving them this Erlenmeyer flask wax seal kit. The kit, $26 from Cognitive Surplus, comes with a wooden-handled seal and one stick of garnet-red sealing wax.
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In the Crafty Monkey shop on Etsy, Shauna Woullard combines her chemistry degree with her love of sewing to create chemistry-themed zipper pouches. Available in a variety of fabrics and sizes, the pouches cost $17–$44, depending upon whether you want one that holds spare change or one that will protect an iPad.

Bethany Halford wrote this week’s column. Please send comments and suggestions to newscripts@acs.org.

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