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December 01, 2008

Green Science Experiments Kits

Recycle Simple Items into Science Projects
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Snap-Together LaQ Building Set

Ok, don't tell my kids, but I'm getting these for them. To be honest, I can't wait to play with these neat construction toys myself.

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November 30, 2008

They Glow!

These look really cool. Nice alternatives for night-time mood lighting. And they charge on sunlight, during the day!

I'm curious to see how the Glow Brick looks with low ambient light.

Not Your Mama's Monopoly

Here are some variations on the traditional Monopoly game. Collect carbon credits, instead of cash, when you play Earthopoly. Match free-market against monopolists in the Anti-Monopoly game.

November 29, 2008

Globe Puzzles

I love jigsaw puzzles, and these globe puzzles look like a nice challenge. The night sky puzzle globe glows in the dark.

Check out this solar system puzzle kit! By itself, it should be a lot of fun to puzzle together!

Super Scrabble!

Bigger board! More pieces! What more could a scrabble lover want?

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November 24, 2008

Flash 10!

We use Flash extensively at GalaxyGoo.


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October 05, 2007

Planet Earth

A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs from around the globe.

Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before Book (Hardcover)

September 16, 2007

Tasty Palette

SERVING PALETTE WITH DIP DISHES

January 28, 2007

One Grain Of Rice

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi, is a beautifully illustrated book that demonstrates a simple mathematical concept. Is it a fairy tale, or a math lesson? I'd say it's both.

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December 27, 2006

Family Math

In the introduction, the authors say that teachers were asking for resources they could give to parents "to use at home to help their children in mathematics. They told us that parent were frustrated in not knowing enough about their children's math program to help them or in not understanding the mathematics their children were studying". With a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the authors developed the activities in Family Math.

The activities are hands-on, with objects like blocks and beans. As the authors say "traditionally, these materials are used mostly in the early elementary years and paper-and-pencil mathematics becomes the rule after second or third grade. This is unfortunate, since much of mathematics can best be explained and understood using the tools of manipulative materials and models; and, in fact, many research and applied mathematicians do just that."

Also in the series:
Family Math
Family Math for Young Children: Comparing
Family Math - The Middle School Years: Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae is a handy little book, with quirky and fun illustrations. The author, Matthew Watkins, was kind enough to donate a signed copy to Art Intersect Science a couple years ago.
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The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science

The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science includes the original scientific papers. This is a fantastic book! Alan Lightman paints the context for each discovery, before presenting the original paper.
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December 09, 2006

Astroscan Telescope from Edmund Scientific

This is a great starting telescope, and has a very comfortable-round shape. Astroscan Telescope is a high-performance telescope that is easy-to-use, maintenance-free and completely portable.

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A long time ago, there was a great store in Noe Valley called "Star Magic". It had all kinds of cool stuff in it, most of it to do with space and science (but not all). That's where I bought an Astroscan telescope as a gift for my husband and eventually discovered Edmund Scientifics. Years later, GalaxyGoo became an Edmund Scientifics affiliate, and we're now linking to one of their products: the Astroscan telescope. Funny how life travels these little circles and spirals.

December 02, 2006

Radio Receiver & Morse Code Kits

Up for a little time travel? Let's way go back to days of morse-code and the early "wireless". I haven't tried these kits yet, but they look very interesting: Radio Receivericon and Morse Code Kiticon The product description says that they're best for ages 10 and up. However, they also say, with adult supervision, they're good for ages 3 and up. Cool! Sounds like a family activity to me!

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Shape Scapes Sculpture Set

Shape Scapes Sculpture Seticon pieces have curvey shapes. Not your average construction set. While supposedly a kid's toy, it's also a nice desk toy.

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Color Splash Camera

The Color Splash Cameraicon looks like a lot of fun. Retro and techy, at the same time.

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Staple-Less Stapler

Cool little stocking-stuffer: Staple-Less Staplericon

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Robot Lamps

These Robot Lampsicon are great! It's very cool that they've designed a version in "girly" colors too. It's sad that so many girls don't get to have robot toys, just because they don't come in pink. Well, now they can!

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Recycled Glass Tumblers and Platters

Glass is an amazing substance. Even though it seems like a solid, glass is really a liquid! It's also very well suited for recycling. These beautiful bottle plattersicon and fish tumblersicon are made from recycled bottles. Cool beans!

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Pop Art Plates

These Pop Art Platesicon make me think "Abstract Art meets Biology". The colors are vibrant, and the patterns look wonderfully organic. Just beautiful!
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Molecular & DNA Jewelry

This jewelry is based on molecular forms: DNAicon, Serotonin, and Dopamineicon.

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Lego: Imperial Star Destroyer

This is on the wishlist of more than one member of my family. What can I say? We like Star Wars and Legos.

Gift Certificates!

Gift certificates are great! Especially as gifts for kids' teachers!

Science & Tech:
Edmund Scientifics Gift Certificates

For the kitchen:
Sur La Table Gift Certificates
The Perfect Gift - A CHEFS Catalog Gift Card

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Family:
Leaps & Bounds Gift Certificates

December 01, 2006

DNA Model Kit

I haven't tried this kit, but it looks pretty straightforward and easy to build...with styrofoam balls as phospate groups and sugars.

FloraCraft Fun Learning DNA Kit DNA model kit

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November 28, 2006

Bead Snowflakes Kit

Planets in a Pouch

Crystal Formation Domes

This is a really cool alternative to a snow globe. The crystals continually dissolve and reform, and you can direct their growth by positioning it upside-down, sideways, and more.

November 26, 2006

New Designs: fossils on dark shirts

We've added new designs, and long-sleeved shirts, to our CafePress shop. My favorite is the blue deinonychus fossils on brown for women, and on navy for men.
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November 22, 2006

Hot Sauce Kit

In college, I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While there, I learned to appreciate a fine hot sauce...and the difference between red and green chili. I also learned that I prefer flavor intensity over hotness. That's probably why this Build your own Hot Sauce kit caught my attention.

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November 12, 2006

Multi-Colored Glass Galileo Thermometer

Galileo discovered that as temperatures vary, a liquid's density also varies. The colored spheres in this column of clear liquid change positions with fluctuations in temperature. Much more interesting than your average thermometer.

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November 11, 2006

Hand Boilers

Hand Boilers are looped and twisted glass sculptures containing a colored liquid that will "boil" as heat is transferred from your bare hand. Very cool!
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Nebula Plasma Ball

Nebula Plasma Ball - Creates an amazing light show - and responds to touch on the glass sphere.
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Logic Links

Logic Links are great sequencing puzzles, and they come with colored chips to help visually organize thinking.
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Mastermind

When I was a kid, I just couldn't get enough of Mastermind. I never got tired of it. The combination of logic and guessing was too much for me to resist.
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One Night in the Coral Sea

Robin Brickman steals the show with her illustrations of One Night in the Coral Sea. She creates intricate textures and forms with paper cutting, paint, and glue. Just stunning!
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Tufte and Visualization

Edward Tufte is famous for his self-published books on visual communication and information design.
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His titles include

Envisioning Information from Amazon

November 01, 2006

Periodic Table Shower Curtain!

It's elemental...a shower curtain with the periodic table of elements!

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Circuitboard Coasters

Cool coasters made from circuit boards! You don't have to be a geek to appreciate the beautiful patterns on a circuit board.

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Giant Plush Microbes!

Phyllis pointed out these ultra-geeky plush toys. Who could resist them?

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To keep away the real bugs, be sure to wash your hands frequently. ThinkGeek has a fun soap dispenser too!
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October 31, 2006

Chocolate Chemistry T-Shirt

This design is based on our click-n-spell with the elements game. Chocolate is spelled out with symbols from the periodic table of elements.
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October 30, 2006

Carnivorous Plants Kit

With this kit, you can grow your own venus fly trap...from seeds! The kit contains seeds for other carnivorous plants, and a little terrarium to grow them in.

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LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0

Lego Mindstorms! This is at the very top of my 7-year-old's wish list. To be honest, I can't wait to play with it too!

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October 14, 2006

Kitchen Science & Cookbooks

Two great books for any foody, especially the scientifically inclined foody:

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October 01, 2006

Plesiosaur T-shirt

Plesiosaurs aren't actually dinosaurs; they lived in the Jurassic seas. Mary Anning, discovered the first complete plesiosaur fossil in the early 1820s.

I designed this specially for my daughter, who dressed up as Mary Anning for halloween one year.

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Deinonychus T-shirts

These Deinonychus fossils look like they're chasing each other around in a circle. Ah, the beauty of geometry and radial symmetry!

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Stegosaurus T-shirt

Stegosaurus was one of my favorite dinosaurs, as a kid. So I had to include one in our new line of Dinosaur t-shirts.
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September 26, 2006

Coffee Cards

I love Peet's coffee, and I just had to order a sampler...to test out the affiliate system. I'm loving the coffee! There's a Peet's over the hill from me, so paying for shipping is wasteful. But I still want to benefit GalaxyGoo. Happily, Peet's has a Card program, so I can just buy a reloadable card and benefit GalaxyGoo with my local purchase.

Are you lucky enough to have a Peet's nearby? Order, or reload, your own Peet's card through our affiliate link:


Peet's Coffee & Tea

September 06, 2006

Lava Lamps

I love my lava lamp! I can't imagine my office without it. This updated version has a metallic sheen to them, with the original hypnotic-organic-blobby movement.

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