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To Oscar Or To Nobel?

The Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

It seems everyone has a secret life. But who knew Natalie Portman’s was being a secret scientist? That’s right, you read me correctly.

Ms. Portman’s resume extends beyond her IMDB credits and into the laboratory. The newly crowned Hollywood darling and Harvard alum was once a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition – an elite contest for only the most scientifically genius youth, most of whom grow up to be awarded Nobel Peace Prizes and MacArther “genuis” grants. And now, Oscars.

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Hmmm, now what is the formula for a Black Swan?

So while Ms. Portman masqueraded as Queen Amidala by day, she was researching an environmentally friendly method of converting waste into energy by night. Is there anything the girl can’t do? For more on Ms. Portman’s scientific endeavors, as well as other stars who you’d never have guessed don lab coats, read The New York Times article .

What’s next, Natalie? Out-Oscaring Katharine Hepburn and single-handedly saving the planet as you pirouette?