Best Places to Satisfy Your Inner Science Nerd: Best of Phoenix 2012

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Meteor Crater
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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The 30 Best Places for Vintage Shopping in Phoenix: Best of Phoenix 2012

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Sweet Salvage: Best Monthly Vintage Sale
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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Somebody said recently that vintage is the new black. Well, Phoenix vintage hounds, you're in luck. Our city has vintage shops for just about any collectible -- from antique books to vintage clothes, garden tools to Christmas decorations. Check out the 30 best places for vintage shopping in Phoenix.

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ALCOR Life Extension Foundation: Best Second Chance

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Max More, CEO of ALCOR Life Extension Foundation, in the ALCOR patient containment area.
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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Within the walls of a building near the Scottsdale Air Park, Max More, CEO of ALCOR Life Extension Foundation, keeps a watchful eye over his "patients." Here, about 100 bodies or body parts (namely, heads) sit in liquid nitrogen and wait for the time when they're brought back to life.

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Tour Alcor Life Extension Foundation with Max More


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Best Geek Hangout: Heatsync Labs (Video)

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Inside HeatSync Labs in Mesa.
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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Into 3D printing, radio, gaming, augmented humanity, pomo fiber arts, musical tech, or just making and inventing in general? HeatSync is a community-supported space where folks of those bents can play, demo, craft, swap ideas, knuckle down on projects, hack, gossip, or just observe.

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Best Brain Surgeon: Dr. Robert F. Spetzler at Barrow Neurological Institute

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Dr. Robert Spetzler in his office at St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute.
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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We hope to never suffer any cerebral damage in our lifetime, but we do know the right guy for the job, if the worst happens. (Come to think of it, we should probably write down his name and tape it to the fridge in case of said damage.)

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Brain Surgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler of St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute (Slideshow)


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Best Neon Art: Sue Meyers at Bend a Light Neon Studio

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We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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Phoenix-based neon artist is not a career for the faint of anything. In the summertime, it's more than 120 degrees in Sue Meyers' Bend a Light Neon Studio. She's not running the A/C and she says a swamp cooler won't cut it because during the day, she's using 1,800-degree flames to mold, craft, and twist glass tubes that she'll fit and light to create neon signs and sculptures for businesses and "vintage" art fiends around the country.

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Best Local Indiana Jones: Todd Bostwick, PaleoWest Solutions in Archaeology

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Dr. Todd Bostwick, Senior Archaeologist at PaleoWest.
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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For those who say Arizona has no history, Todd Bostwick would like a word with you. The senior research archeologist at PaleoWest Archaeology and executive director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, Bostwick has been working in the field for more than 40 years. So he's got some history -- including multiple degrees and a résumé that is, no joke, 12 pages long. How does a guy acquire such an extensive portfolio in a field that would drive the not-so-meticulous insane? Well, unlike most of us, Bostwick has had a passion for his current field since childhood. Long before the days of Indiana Jones, Bostwick was digging up century-old toys he found in the yard of his parents' Nevada home.

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Dr. Todd Bostwick, Senior Archaeologist at PaleoWest (Slideshow)


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Best Taxidermy: Chris Kruger of Kruger's Creations

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Chris Kruger with one of his prize-winning creations.
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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We're not claiming to be experts in the world of hunting, but we do know that the telltale sign of a good taxidermist appears when you find yourself seriously debating whether the stuffed animal you see is alive. That's the reaction that Chris Kruger of Kruger's Creations strives for with every animal he preserves -- from bears to bass, bison to bobcats.

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Taxidermist Chris Kruger of Kruger's Creations (Slideshow)


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Best Meteorologist: Ken Waters, National Weather Service

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Ken Waters, National Weather Service
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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We aren't giving this guy the nod for best weather guy simply because he's got the most awesome name we've heard for a weatherman in the desert.

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Best Way to Learn How to Make Your Garden Really Grow

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The tools of the gardening trade.
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoenix.

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If you've ever tried to plant something in Phoenix, you've probably realized it takes a little more than "just add water" to get something to grow (or, harder yet, survive). Luckily, there are teaching professionals like Carol Stuttard to help you contrary Marys get your gardens up and growing. Among her credentials (which include certified desert landscape gardener at the Desert Botanical Garden and president of the Scottsdale Community Garden Club), Stuttard is a Maricopa County master gardener.

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Home Gardening Lessons with Master Gardener Carol Stuttard (Slideshow)


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