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New Condoms Glow In The Dark In The Presence Of STDs

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If you’re wearing rubber, you’re already doing something to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. Good for you. But not everyone is always 100% diligent with this practice, and all it takes is one slip up with an infected partner for you to catch whatever they have. A team from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, England have developed condoms coated in a special substance that glows in the dark in the presence of different kind of bacteria or virii. Better yet, they glow different colors for different bugs: green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis. Having this knowledge early on in a relationship can help you avoid making a more serious mistake later on.

Currently it’s just a concept, but the students behind it are hopeful that they can develop the idea further into a real product.

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This Is What Lives On An 8 Year Old’s Hand, After Playing Outside

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Well then. That’s a lovely cornucopia of germs. See, you’re looking at a Petri Dish full of bacterial cultures found on the hand of an 8 year old kid after he played outside. It’s gross and beautiful at the same time. And it’s a great reminder never to have children. Or at the very least, if you do, to teach them good hand washing manners. But we’ll be honest, our hands are probably not much cleaner, and that’s without even having to play outside; have you ever seen what grows on an old keyboard? So we’ll just stop here, that’s enough germophobia inducing material for the week.

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Galaxy Space Bracelet Gives You The Universe On Your Wrist

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Any item that gets anyone thinking about the vast, unbounded beauty of the universe, rather than what kind of lipstick Kim Kardashian was wearing yesterday is fine by us. The set pictured above, a handmade item from Etsy seller jerseymaids is actually one of the nicer looking such items we’ve come across. Each bracelet can be made in either a gold or silver type finish, and you can choose from any of 36 designs. This includes not only all of the solar system’s planets, but also notable space characters such as the Crab Nebula, the Pillars of Creation, or the Horse Nebula. “Each individual bangle bracelet features 3 images of your choice that measure 6mm each, and the bangle bracelet itself measures approximately 8 3/4″ in circumference and is meant to flow loosely around your wrist. ” You can buy them individually for $30 a piece, or get the set of 6 (pictured above) for $145. Keep in mind that this is a made-to-order item and as such can take up to 3 weeks to ship. The sellers are on vacation now as well, so nothing is getting in the mail until they return at the start of June.

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Gallium Is A Metal That Will Melt In Your Hand

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Here’s a fun gift for some science minded friend of yours. Or just about anyone with a slight sense of wonderment at nature’s cool toys. It turns out you can buy a chunk of Gallium, which has a melting point of 85.85F. And, unlike Mercury, it’s non-toxic. This means you can warm it up in your hand to the point where it starts melting. Then we’re not sure what you can possibly do with it, but that’s pretty cool as it is. Many reviewers have mentioned that their children became interested in science and chemistry after they witnessed metal melting in their hands, so we’re pretty confident you’ll love it too. It’s $15 for a 20g sample of 99.99% pure Gallium.

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Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters For The Scientist In You

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Each one of these coasters features a different slice of a theoretical human brain. When they’re stacked up, they create a 3D rendering of a human brain, which is sure to impress your guests with even a passing interest in, well, anything cool. They come in a set of 10, and stacking them in the right order should be easy considering they’re labeled. Made from glass, each coaster also features small rubber feet to keep them off your surface, and away from scratches. At $20 for the set, it’s an inexpensive way to let your guests know that you’re into science-y stuff.

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How About A Cube Of Tungsten, For Your Entertainment?

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This is really cool. You can apparently purchase a solid block of 95% pure tungsten. Why would you want that?

– It’s 70% denser than lead
– Denser than Uranium
– Nearly impossible to melt
4x harder than Titanium
19x denser than water

This means you can proudly display the cube on your desk and when someone passes by and asks you what the heck it is, you can just tell them to pick it up and watch them be amazed by how improbably heavy it is. It doesn’t do anything, really, other than make you aware of how amazing some the universes’ elements is. And look cool on display. A 1″ cube will set you back a $69 pledge. But the real fun begins if you’re willing to drop $199 to get the KILO, which is a 1.5″ (3.8cm) cube that weighs exactly one kilogram. Shipping will happen in April, since this is a fully funded Kickstarter project; as of this writing it’s exceeded its goals by $150,000!

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Planetary Lollipops Look Too Good To Eat

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You guys sure seem to like planetary-themed things. Just take a look at how many of you liked these planetary glasses and Christmas Tree Ornament Set. So we imagine the Planetary Lollipops pictured above will find at least a couple of fans among you. They’re sold in sets of 6, so it’s not like you can get a full solar system. But the planets you will receive apparently feature clearly visible designs, and taste adequately; taste isn’t, after all, the main appeal of these things. It’s $14.50 for a set, and the Easy page they’re being sold on is chock full of positive reviews. Each pop is 1 inch in diameter.

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The ‘Get Ready For The Launch’ Desk Lamp Is Perfect For The Space Geek In Your Life

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There isn’t a whole lot to say about this desk lamp from the Arnout Meijer Studio in the Netherlands, other than to observe that it looks very cool and would make a great addition to anyone who considers space exploration an essential human endeavour. Measuring 60cm high (2ft.), the lamp stands atop a mat white base, maintaining a neutral look overall. One has to inquire about the price, which leads us to believe it’s probably more than we can afford. But there are plenty of people with more disposable income than us, so feel free to follow the link at the bottom of this article if you fancy the ‘Get Ready For The Launch’ desk lamp.

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Weighing In On The Vaccinations “Debate”

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There is no debate. Period.

Vaccinations work. Period. This has been proven millions and millions of times, and is as well established a fact as gravity pulling you downwards, and your needing oxygen to live. Not vaccinating your kids is irresponsible and inconsiderate. You’re not entitled to your “beliefs” when they’re not only wrong, but also selfish and backwards. You’re not only endangering your child, you’re putting others’ at risk.

Below is a handy flowchart to help you understand the issue. And here’s a link to a New York Times article on the discredited, fraudulent study done several years ago, and which still unfortunately fuels too much of this pseudo-debate.

If you still choose to “believe” that vaccinations are bad for your kids, in the face of overwhelming, indisputable scientific evidence, then you really are beyond help and we really hope the children around yours don’t catch some completely freaking preventable disease.

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