Science comes up with a lot of awesome stuff, and you don't need a Ph.D, a secret lab, or government funding to get your hands on some of the coolest discoveries. We've got a list of 11 mostly affordable gifts that are guaranteed to blow your mind, whether or not you're a science geek.
Will 2012 Be The Year 3D Printing Goes Mainstream? A 3D printed shoe from the Cube At CES 2012 3D Systems presented their solution to the growing debate about whether and when 3D printing will cross over to the mainstream. It came in the form of the Cube , priced at $1,299, a consumer plug-and-print product they hope will have the crossover appeal to find its way into every home, nudging the iDevices and games consoles out of the way to the top of the 2012 Christmas list. MakerBot Industries , another well-established 3D printing firm, has also made its claim to the home market with the Replicator ($1,749), a two-color printer they also launched at CES . But the transition from obscure hobbyist product to mainstream consumer item isn’t just going to happen overnight with the wave of a magic, 3D-printed wand.
TOKYO – Japanese researchers have invented a speech-jamming gadget that painlessly forces people into silence. Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Koji Tsukada of Ochanomizu University, developed a portable "SpeechJammer" gun that can silence people more than 30 meters away.