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Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

The following Valentine's Day gift guide is androgynous and prepared for the nerd in your life. Whether you're in love or just obligated to gift don't want the recipient to get the wrong idea, here you go. This list is for you. It's relatively brief, and everything on the list is 100% full of guilt-free joy. You and yours can partake and feel good about a world full of science fiction and happiness.

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Handcrafted Millennium Falcon is made of 3,000 wood pieces

Handcrafted Millennium Falcon is made of 3,000 wood pieces

Star Wars has inspired many artists, and thanks to their ingenuity we’ve seen creations of all sorts, including drones modified to look like miniature Star Wars spacecraft. None of the creations have been quite as beautiful as a newly unveiled Millennium Falcon model masterfully handcrafted from 3,000 pieces of wood, though.

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The Force Awakens TR-8R stun baton can now be yours

The Force Awakens TR-8R stun baton can now be yours

Have you been betrayed by someone recently? Do you need the perfect weapon that says “you've betrayed the entire First Order, and I must kill you now”? Or maybe you just need an excuse to yell “TRAITOR” now and then. Whatever the reason, what you need is an extendable stun baton from The Force Awakens. And I know just where you can find one.

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Realistic Virtua Fighter figures join the fight

Realistic Virtua Fighter figures join the fight

On Monday, we showed you the new figure for Fallout 4. It's one of the most highly-detailed figures that I've seen for a video game. However, I've just had a peek at some figures from a different franchise, and boy do they look exactly like their in-game counterparts.

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Jetts are sparking wheels you can attach to your shoes

Jetts are sparking wheels you can attach to your shoes

Razor is the company that is behind the hoards of scooters that you see kids zipping around your neighborhood on. Scooters aren’t all the company makes, but they are probably the best known product that Razor makes. The company has something new called Jetts.

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CogniToys Dino, powered by IBM’s Watson, up for preorder

CogniToys Dino, powered by IBM’s Watson, up for preorder

CogniToys’ Dino, a toy powered by IBM’s Watson, has entered production and is available for pre-order. CogniToys are smart toys that connect to the Internet and, according to the company, “grow alongside your child.” In addition to IBM Watson, the Dino toy — a fun-looking dinosaur that comes in a couple colors — features Elemental Path’s Friendgine tech. The Dino is priced at $99 USD.

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Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

The so-called “hoverboards” were pretty popular for a while last year, though their sales have sharply declined over the last couple of months. The reason for the decline is partially because the devices have been found to catch fire and even burn down houses while recharging. The other reason it that most retailers have simply stopped selling them. But one retailer is going a step further, and voluntarily offering refunds.

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There’s still no answer to hoverboard safety investigations

There’s still no answer to hoverboard safety investigations

It has been nearly two months since the US started to take a deeper look into the fad that has exploded, both literally and figuratively, with both young and young at heart alike: hoverboards. From exploding units to falling off functioning ones, hoverboards have become a big question mark for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and other government agencies investigating the matter. And sadly, no one still seems to have a definite answer, much less a firm action, to resolve these issues so that hoverboards can start rolling again.

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Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Just days after Adam Driver's appearance on Saturday Night Live, his sketch as Kylo Ren's alter-ego Matt, Radar Technician, has gone viral. Today we've been sent a couple of mock-ups of action figures based on the character - likely never hitting shelves, of course, but we're allowed to dream. Would that NBC were to see enough call for such a set of figures, we might see it happen. They'd both be essential additions to your collection, that much is true. UPDATE: Additional figures added.

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8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

The wonderful thing about LEGO is that with those tiny bricks, you can build just about anything. Sure, you start out building from pre-made kits, but eventually you'll expand to making your own creations. Somewhere in a closet I still have the TIE fighter and X-wing that I built, long before there were any official kits. They weren't exact replicas, but with my imagination, they were perfect for space battles. Today, I thought I'd take you through some of the best Star Wars Lego fan creations. Here they are, in no particular order:

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Giant LEGO AT-AT built with over 6,000 bricks

Giant LEGO AT-AT built with over 6,000 bricks

Lego building blocks have been around for generations and people can create some amazing items using the little bricks. There are a huge number of official Lego sets including some sets that are for recreating ships that were used in various Star Wars movies over the decades. There is even an official Star Wars Lego AT-AT set.

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WeDo 2.0 brings LEGO, robots, coding together for schools

WeDo 2.0 brings LEGO, robots, coding together for schools

Traditional modes of rote learning, especially in science, has become somewhat passé these days. The rapid growth of technology and its growing role in our lives demand a more creative approach to education. And what can be more creative than mixing learning with play. That is the idea behind LEGO Education's WeDo, now at its 2.0 incarnation, blending LEGO's iconic bricks, a dash of robotics, and a sprinkling of programming, all for better educating grade school students not just in the sciences but in creative thinking and problem solving.

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