Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season in the US and blogger Jessica Palmer at Bioephemera has a list of her shopping picks. Of course, they all have a science-theme to them. Her 12 choices range from a Pandemic board game to steampunk jewelry and from plush organs to handmade books.

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