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Bet you didn’t know…

March 5, 2011

Alright people, its trivia time. No, it’s not the pain-in-your-neck kind but the omg-wtf-are-you-friggin-serious? kind. Interested? Probably not as much as you will be after reading.

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Natalie Portman: And the Oscar goes to…a scientist! You heard that right. Natalie Portman, who played Nina in Black Swan is a Precocious Scientist. In high school she also made it to the semifinals of the Intel Science Search. She never let her studies at Harvard and acting career clash. If she had a shoot scheduled when she had a paper due, she’d just submit the paper early. As easy as that. (Well, maybe not so easy for the rest of us)…

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Hedy Lamarr: The actress who is regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies of Hollywood lived a little known life as a rocket scientist. She invented and patented a torpedo guiding technique she called ‘frequency hopping’. This thwarted efforts to jam the signals that kept the missile on track. Hedy used to comlain bitterly of how nobody looked through her pretty face. And seriously, I don’t blame her. Hats off to that woman…

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Mayim Bialik: You might know her as the adorably frumpy-nerdy neurobiologist, Amy Farrah Fowler in the hit series ‘The Big Bang Theory’ but you probably don’t know her as a real neurobiologist. Dr. Mayim has a PhD from UCLA in neurobiology. Funnily, she doesn’t see showbiz and science as completely immiscible liquids. She says that in both fields, a ‘large ego’ is required.

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Danica McKellar: This lady who has starred in serials like ‘The Wonder Years’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Young Justice’ graduated summa cum laude from UCLA. She is a mathematician who has helped devise a mathematical proof for certain properties of magnetic fields (a theorem that bears her name along with the other collaborators). She also writes books on math with witty PG-13 titles that don’t sound quite so nerdy.

Inspiring wasn’t it? Do you know anyone else who has accomplished two different extremes? Let me know…

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