Neil deGrasse Tyson, High School Wrestling Team Captain, Invented a Physics-Based Wrestling Move

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We know that Neil deGrasse Tyson was something of a wunderkind during his high school years. If you’re an OC regular, you’ve read all about how Carl Sagan personally recruited Tyson to study with him at Cornell. Deftly, politely, the young Tyson declined and went to Harvard.

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Stephen Hawking Shows His Funny Side in John Oliver’s Series “Great Minds: People Who Think Good”

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John Oliver kicked off his new series “Great Minds: People Who Think Good” with an extended interview with Stephen Hawking. For a moment there, it all feels a bit like a classic Ali G interview.

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Morgan Freeman & Fake Neil deGrasse Tyson Teach Physics While High on Helium and Grass

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Viral video #1: In a new ad for the Science Channel’s series, Through the Wormhole, actor Morgan Freeman uses helium to entice viewers into thinking about how physicists are studying gravity in places where it acts quite strangely.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Moonwalking

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A couple weeks ago, we showed you the Pre-History of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, highlighting a medley of the fancy foot moves of Cab Calloway, Sammy Davis Jr., Fred Astaire and some lesser-known figures like Rubberneck Holmes and Earl “Snakehips” Tucker.

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Watch Episode #3 of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” (US Viewers)

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Last week’s episode of the Cosmos reboot saw Neil deGrasse Tyson giving Fox viewers a lesson in evolution, a lesson that ended with the quiet but emphatic declaration: “The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened.

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Watch The Touching Moment When Physicist Andrei Linde Learns That His Theories on the Big Bang Were Finally Validated

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On Monday, the science world joyously celebrated a seminal astrophysics discovery. Using a telescope in the South Pole, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics detected ripples in the fabric of space-time, called gravitational waves.

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World Science U Starts to Offer Innovative, Free Courses in the Sciences

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In high school, my physics teacher taught the class by having us listen to his long, monotonous lectures. After I realized that I couldn’t digest his verbal lessons, I stopped listening. Instead, I picked up a textbook and never looked back.

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Quantum Entanglement Animated

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PhD Comics has released the third video in an animated series explaining Quantum concepts and devices. This one focuses on Quantum Entanglement and features the work of Caltech physicists Jeff Kimble and Chen-Lung Hung. Meanwhile Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics, provides the accompanying animation.

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Albert Einstein Holding an Albert Einstein Puppet (Circa 1931)

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The Yale Puppeteers, consisting of Forman Brown, Harry Burnett, and Roddy Brandon, came together in the 1920s and spent almost the next seven decades touring the United States, putting on satirical performances that featured puppets in starring roles.

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Student Rickrolls Teacher By Sneaking Rick Astley Lyrics into Quantum Physics Paper

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Here’s a funny little variation on “rickrolling,” a term some of our readers might not be familiar with. So let’s quickly refer you to Wikipedia:
Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

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