We've been beating around the bush here with all this fanciful talk of plane tickets and rides aboard the Virgin Galactic. What your scientist needs is cash. Funding. A check from grandma. Make that lots of checks from grandma. If you can point to a researcher who isn't scrounging for more funds to give a talk, attend a conference, get a study off the ground or purchase whatever crazy piece of equipment will advance his or her experiment, we can point to a liar.
Do you think it's cheap to describe what ribosomes look like and how they act at the atomic level? We didn't think so. But that's what you gotta do these days to get a Nobel Prize in chemistry, as Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath did.
If you can't pony up some funds as a stocking stuffer -- 2009 wasn't exactly a banner economic year -- at least consider donating a sock full of quarters so that your scientist can properly raid the vending machines during the long days and nights at the lab. Or maybe just give your scientist a little support and a generous glass of red wine when he or she comes home ready to give up on the wonderful world of science.
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