ABOUT THE SHOP
Stemcell Science Shop was launched in 2015 when founder, Terry Mudge, wanted to create a casual place to celebrate and explore all things science and counter the growing anti-science movement.
Biologically, a stem cell is a precursor to every other cell.
Stem cells are extraordinary cells inside every creature—even you. What makes them so great is that they can develop into any other cell in the body, whether skin, hair, internal organs, bone, etc.
Likewise, by using science, human intelligence can adapt to solve any problem and improve every facet of civilization.
STEM is also an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We think advancing these fields are critical to the development and prolonged existence of civilization. That's why we offer the tools and inspiration that innovators need to improve the world(s).
For young people, the shop introduces curious minds to the thrill of discovery and the joy of understanding. By actively promoting an evidence-based, logical approach to the world around us, we strive to create a positive change in the mean intelligence of the human species.
We believe that a smarter world is a better world.
Our goal is to cultivate curious minds of all ages and give them the tools and encouragement they need to thrive. Anyone could become the next great innovator who's brain holds a unique idea or point of view that could drastically improve the life of every human.
Through sustainable business practices, we intend to only impact Earth—humanity's only known survivable location in the entire universe—in a positive way.
Our shop is like a science museum that doubles as its own gift shop, all of our artifacts are for sale—but there's no pressure to shop—feel free to just browse our fossils, read a book, examine the crystals, and learn some interesting stuff. Over the last few years we’ve proven that, when done well, a science shop can exist independent of a science museum. So when paired with the attraction and budget of a museum, the potential for success is huge. If your science museum/center gift shop needs some help, let us know. We’re happy to wholesale many of our products or provide consultation.
Alternatively, if you're interested supporting our business model, please see our investment page.
About Our Products
We guarantee the authenticity of our fossils, artifacts, and other specimens. We can do this by sourcing our items only from trusted, verifiable sources. We also consult with professionals in various scientific fields to provide independent verification of questionable items. If you find that our representation with regards to authenticity or restoration is inaccurate, the specimen can be returned for a full refund.
We do occasionally sell synthetic fossil replicas, but they are always clearly labeled as such.
Life is of supreme importance to us. All of our specimens of once-living creatures have come from verifiably ethical and humane sources. This means all of these creatures lived and died naturally in the wild.
This is why many such items in our shop are more expensive than similar items in other shops. Cheaper and less humane suppliers are abundant, but we refuse to sell these items. (Trust me, you don't want to see the bunnies, bats, and other creatures being farmed in packed cages just to be encased in acrylic. But you've likely seen the products of these farms at respectable shops.)
LABWARE IN TEXAS
As of Sept. 1, 2019, a special license is no longer required to own laboratory glassware in the state of Texas.
SB 616 (86th Legislative Session) amends Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 481 to repeal the requirement of a permit and the offense for failing to obtain a permit. The bill retains the requirements that anyone who uses a precursor chemical or laboratory apparatus must:
- Submit loss or theft reports to the department,
- Maintain records and inventories in accordance with department rules, and
- Allow a member of the department or a peace officer to conduct audits and inspect records.
Prior to Sept. 1, 2019, many of the items in our laboratory category were considered "controlled substances" and illegal to possess in Texas without a precursor chemicals and laboratory apparatus (PCLA) permit.