Great Gifts to Give the Science Nerds in Your Life

The holidays have always been a time to acknowledge the people in our lives that we care about. And after the year we’ve had, this is especially true. The pandemic revealed how much we depend on the people we love, and how social connections brighten our lives.

Just as nothing has been normal this year — the 2020 holiday season will be no different. But gift-giving is one of the few holiday traditions that’s still safe to enjoy.

For this reason, finding that perfect gift might add another layer of stress this year. So if you’re stumped on what to give a science geek this holiday season — you can relax. You’ve come to the right place. Our partners at My Science Shop happen to be experts in shopping for science gifts, and they’ve rounded up some of their most unique options in this 2020 Christmas and holiday gift-giving guide. 

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This is a great cheap gaming PC deal for UK folks

A cheap gaming PC deal that gets you a genuinely good machine for less than 500 quid?! No, I don’t believe you. That’s what I’d say, but here we are. If you were strapped for a cash and wanted a new machine, or were looking for your first gaming PC, then there wouldn’t be many better offers in the UK Cyber Monday gaming PC deals this year. For just £499.99, you can get a 1650 Super-powered PC from Lenovo. Exquisite.

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This is a great cheap gaming PC deal for UK folks – for less than £500

This really is a great starting point or budget machine generally. You might lose some of that immediate satisfaction from building your own PC, but getting one built by experts (a trusted name, no less) and it coming with a warranty are all great plus points. 

This is the meat

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One of America’s great wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre

Hidden away in the heart of the Deep South, one of the nation’s greatest wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre.

a close up of a flower garden: A field of pitcher plants in a bog in Alabama's Mobile River basin, where thousands of species are under threat and many have gone extinct. (Ben Raines)

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A field of pitcher plants in a bog in Alabama’s Mobile River basin, where thousands of species are under threat and many have gone extinct. (Ben Raines)

You won’t find people chaining themselves to trees to protect this place, or national environmental groups using pictures of it to sign up new members, because few know it exists. And yet, here it is — the Mobile River Basin, one of the richest in the world in terms of the sheer number of species and types of habitat. The major rivers and thousands of creeks feeding into this basin together form the largest inland delta system in the United States, second only to the Mississippi in how much water it dumps into the Gulf

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Huge growth and Great Revenue generation future report of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Healthcare and Life Sciences Market

Pune, New York, USA, November 27 2020 (Wiredrelease) Research Dive :This outbreak of COVID is projected to impact the global natural language processing (NLP) in healthcare and life sciences market in the positive manner. During to corona virus emergency period, many healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations across the globe are emphasizing their research activities to evaluate the effect of the virus, and quickly develop accurate and fast solutions. This factor is significantly impacting the demand for NLP technology due to increasing the utilization by researchers. NLP technology can help to find most effective clinical decision support through validation discovery of scientific knowledge and medical records. This factor is projected to accelerate the market growth in the pandemic time.

In addition, many governments are taking several initiatives to support the organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic period. For instance, the UK government has launched future fund for UK-based companies and they can apply

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Great Performances’ Lea Salonga on PBS

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at:


The Astronauts The kids work together to dislodge a small toy clogging a toilet, leaving only one working bathroom on the spaceship. Back on Earth, tempers flare between the parents in this new episode. Miya Cech, Bryce Gheisar and Ben Daon star. (N) 7 p.m. Nickelodeon

World’s Funniest Animals (N) 8 p.m. CW

Great Performances Lea Salonga performs songs from her Broadway career and hits from “Aladdin” and “Mulan.” With the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, from the Sydney Opera House. 9 p.m. KOCE

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (N) 9 p.m. Food Network

Biggest Little Christmas Showdown (N) 9 p.m. HGTV

20/20 The new episode

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what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

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Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species.

The funding might seem like a lot—and, truth be told, it is more than most threatened species receive. But the national distribution of koalas is vast, so the funding equates to about A$1.40 to survey a square kilometre. That means the way koalas are counted in the audit must be carefully considered.

Koalas are notoriously difficult to detect, and counts so far have been fairly unreliable. That can make it hard to get an accurate picture of how koalas are faring, and to know where intensive conservation effort is needed—especially after devastating events such as last summer’s bushfires.

Methods for counting koalas range from the traditional—people at ground level looking up into the trees—to the high-tech, such

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Black Friday 2020: Great Smartphones Deals

If you’re looking for a smartphone upgrade this holiday season, these 10 devices can up your mobile game without breaking the bank–as long as you shop these Black Friday deals quickly.

As 2020 draws to an end and holiday shopping begins, it’s important to think about the theme of the year, COVID-19, before going to the mall to buy gifts. There’s a good chance we’ll be doing a lot of our holiday gifts shopping online this year, which can make hunting for a good bargain hard to do: There are a lot of items for sale this Black Friday on Amazon and other e-commerce sites, and scrolling through all those devices to find great deals can be tough! 

These 10 smartphones are all on sale for Black Friday, and each offers something that makes it a great deal for the price. Please note that all phones in this article are

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It Might Be A Great Time To Double Down On Value Tech Stocks

Value Tech Stocks such as Oracle and Intel have had a mixed year. There was good reason for this, as the deep Covid-19 recession, abundant liquidity following interest rate cuts, and the growing at-home economy drove investors to hyper-growth software as service stocks, high-risk, high reward sectors such as electric vehicles, and fast-growing platform players such as Facebook and Amazon.

However, with the availability of multiple highly effective Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer
, Moderna, and AstraZeneca have published strong efficacy data on their vaccines) looking likely in 2021, things are likely to gradually start returning to normal. Moreover, the Fed could also eventually revisit its stance on ultra-low interest rates as the economy shows signs of picking up. As

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6 best Peloton alternatives: Great indoor exercise bikes that cost less

Indoor cycling is all the rage, especially in these stay-at-home, gyms-are-closed times. Cycling is easier on your knees and requires less space than a treadmill. You can enjoy virtual rides and take a cycling class via an interactive screen. And you can skip the pricey gym memberships and high-pressure in-person spin classes. But here’s the rub: A Peloton bike starts at $1,895 (a few hundred dollars less than before, but still), and a class subscription will run you another $39 a month. Show of hands: Who’d like to see a Peloton alternative for less money?

Me! Thankfully, there are many indoor bikes that cost less. Below I’ve rounded up some of the latest and greatest (including one that’s “free,” sort of) so you can see just how much you stand to save. I’ve tried most of them and will continue to update this post as I’m able to try

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Airbnb Has a Good — But Not Necessarily Great — IPO Story to Sell Wall Street

Between the enthusiasm that markets have been showing both towards Internet growth plays and (more recently) towards companies seen as reopening plays, Airbnb should get a post-IPO valuation comfortably above the $18 billion valuation it received in an April funding round, and perhaps also above the $31 billion valuation it got in a 2017 funding round.

But a little bit like Uber (UBER) ahead of its 2019 IPO, Airbnb’s story is pretty complicated, featuring several things to be encouraged by but also a few things to be concerned about.

Key positives for Airbnb’s story:

  1. The company was seeing strong double-digit growth before COVID hit. Revenue was 32% in 2019 to $4.81 billion, while gross booking value (GBV – the total value of bookings on Airbnb’s platform, minus cancellations and alterations) rose 29% to $37.96 billion. (source: Airbnb’s IPO prospectus)
  2. Though Airbnb is still seeing revenue/bookings declines, demand has improved a
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