About Our Shop
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's brain could hold a unique idea or point of view that could drastically improve the life of every human—even your's.
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.
Through sustainable business practices, we intend to only impact Earth in a positive way—especially considering it is humanity's only known survivable location in the entire universe. We are proudly a carbon-negative business. That's not a goal for 2030 or 2050; we already are.
About Our Products
100% Authenticity Guarantee
We guarantee the authenticity of our fossils, artifacts, and other rare specimens. We can do this by sourcing our items only from trusted sources. We also consult with experts in various scientific fields to provide independent verification. 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 will always be 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.
You'll find that many such items in our shop are more expensive than elsewhere. Cheaper and less humane suppliers are abundant, but we refuse to sell these items. (You can google the images of rabbits, bats, lizards, butterflies, bees, and other creatures packed in cages just to be encased in acrylic. These products end up in shops all over the world due to willful ignorance.)
Regarding Labware in Texas
As of Sept. 1, 2019, a special license is no longer required to own laboratory glassware in the state of Texas.
Prior to this date many of the items in our laboratory category were considered "controlled substances" and illegal to possess in Texas without a special permit.
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.