11 holiday gift ideas for the person impossible to shop for

From coffee makers and headphones to a calming weighted blanket, something here should appeal to just about anyone on your list.

  • Check out 11 awesome holiday gift ideas, each up 75% off.
  • Options include an ultrasonic cleaner, a portable video projector and a weighted blanket.
  • You can save an extra 15% off each item with the coupon code MERRYSAVE15.

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    • The narrowing of academic freedom is a major problem for institutions of higher education.
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    • Reaffirming the value of and commitment to open debate ensures a more vibrant academic culture.
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    • 10-to-15 minute language lessons focus on building basic conversational skills.
    • Babbel's speech recognition technology monitors and assesses your verbal performance.
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    Top-down power: Hierarchies thrive on the internet

    The internet was built to resist an Orwellian future. Now it's being weaponized.

    • Research shows hierarchical groups are more likely to use the internet as a platform.
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    • Despite the strong belief that the internet is horizontal, these hierarchical systems achieve high levels of online participation.
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    This A.I. pocket device translates languages in real-time

    The ONE Mini is a Swiss Army knife of translation tech, interpreting 12 different foreign languages with a host of features.

    ONE Mini wireless translation device

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    • The ONE Mini translates and transcribe 12 languages in real time.
    • Advanced speech recognition tech produces text or verbal translations instantly.
    • Live premium translator service is available through ONE Mini.
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    Why there are reasons to be optimistic about coral reefs

    Let's not kid ourselves: Coral reefs are in serious danger. But numerous ambitious projects are underway with the goal of keeping these ecosystems alive.

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    • Human activity has made it a serious possibility that coral reefs might cease to exist on Earth.
    • It's tempting to give into despair over this prospect, but assuming the game is over already doesn't reflect objective reality.
    • There is an increasing amount of research and work going into keeping coral reefs alive. Coupled with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the next generation stands a chance of growing up in a world with coral reefs.
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