Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gifts for Scientists

Whenever I go holiday shopping for friends and family, I end up spending the greatest amount of money on myself. This year, I was pretty good, but I inadvertently compiled a list of nerdy cool stuff that I came across and really badly wish I owned.

If you're lucky enough to have a nerd as a friend, and need to figure out what the best gift for a scientist might be, here's some inspiration.  Truthfully, these gifts would appeal to not only scientists, but to anyone with an appreciation for the natural world.

Science Gifts for the Study

 1. Altitude Memo Block ($10.99) | 2. The Infamous Drinking Bird ($6.00 via ThinkGeek) | 3. Sand dollar bookends ($39.99 via Etsy) | 4. FermLiving Decorative Molecules ($75.00 from | 5. Darwin Bust (£15.99 at the English Heritage Shop) | 6. Explorer Globe ($41.49) | 7. Newton's cradle ($19.99) | 8. Vintage Microscope with wooden box ($15.95 on Etsy) 

Science Gifts for the Home

1. Illuminated Remote Control Moon ($45.00 from Urban Outfitters) | 2. Deep Tea Diver ($14.95 from | 3. Molecular coasters, set of 2 (£15.00 via Science Museum Shop) | 4. Mad Mixologist's Laboratory ($49.95 via Edmund Scientific) | 5. Constellation Lamp (£25.00 via Science Museum Shop) | 6. Earl Carafe (£18.00 via Science Museum Shop) | 7. Star Theater Pro ($169.99 via ThinkGeek) | 8. Erlenmeyer Flask salt and pepper shakers (£12.00 via Science Museum Shop)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Imagine Science Film Festival Winners Announced

The Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) is an annual science-themed film festival based in Brooklyn and Paris. All submissions are narratives of real-world science and the people behind it. Normally, an established film-maker partners with a scientist or team of scientists to document their work.

ISFF started out in 2008 as a small film club at Rockerfeller University founded by Alexis Gambis, a geneticist. In the last 5 years, it has grown to a curation of international short films that make relevant science discoverable and palatable for the masses.

Mission statement from the website:
"Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in existence since 2008 committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers. ISF encourages a greater collaboration between scientists who dedicate their lives to studying the world we live in and filmmakers who have the power to interpret and expose this knowledge, ultimately making science accessible and stimulating to a broader audience. 
Imagine Science Films is committed to drawing attention to the sciences, whether it is through art or our community outreach efforts."
Just today ISFF announced the official winners of 2012 in 4 categories. Click below to find out who the winners are.