11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks 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. Click on any image to see it enlarged. 1. Aerogel Also known as frozen smoke, Aerogel is the world's lowest density solid, clocking in at 96% air. Aerogel isn't just neat, it's useful. Price: $35 2. Inside these sealed glass balls live shrimp, algae, and bacteria, all swimming around in filtered seawater. EcoSpheres came out of research looking at ways to develop self-contained ecosystems for long duration space travel. Price: $80 3. NASA has been trying to figure out how to get a sample of rock back from Mars for a while now. Every once in a while, a meteorite smashes into Mars hard enough to eject some rocks out into orbit around the sun. Price: $70+ 4. Price: $150 5. Price: $110 6. Price: $80 7. Price: $15 8.
Knut: Stay Connected by Amperic Knut can be used to: Monitor the temperature of your home, aquarium, wine collection, home brewing operation all at the same timeMonitor the humidity in your basement or cigar collectionTell if someone has opened your liquor cabinet or refrigerator doorMeasure how much vibration a package experiences during shippingInsure you water your plantsThousand more uses that we haven't imagined yet - but you will Knut is controlled by an app installed on your computer or mobile device. This app will give you direct access to: Alerts GraphingData collection This app will be available for most computers (PC, Mac) and mobile devices (iPhone, Android). Setup Up Is Simple You can set up Knut using the Knut Interface app or a web page stored in Knut. How It WorksKnut spends the majority of the time asleep. The Knut Interface app periodically checks this email address and stores this data on the computer/mobile device. We plan to offer more sensors based on your suggestions.
Ninja Blocks Thingternet My Nest article got me thinking about smart metering. In my head, smart metering is all about energy efficient homes constantly connected to utility companies, controlling all my appliances to minimise my energy use. The reality is a bit different A few hundred thousand UK homes have had smart meters installed so far. The full roll-out will start in 2014 and should be complete by 2019. Benefits to us are that smart meters should eliminate the massive variations that seem to exist in bills based on estimated usage. In theory, making energy meters into addressable, networked devices should be the start of a huge market. I think they’re making a mistake. Filed under Energy One of the hottest new items in the Thingternet is the Nest, a $249 home thermostat designed by Tony Fadell, co-creator of the first iPod. Nest is a very clever piece of kit. Nest have taken a ubiquitous device that is at best invisible and at worst incomprehensible, and turned it into an object of desire. - it’s small.