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In a recent episode of Heroes called, "The Second Coming ," geneticist Mohinder Suresh, played by Sendhil Ramamurthy, commits the ultimate scientific crime, injecting himself with newly concocted superpower serum without testing it.

For two seasons, Mohinder has been trying to unlock the genetic secrets of hero superpowers. Finally, he finds his answer in Maya when observing that her power manifests itself when she becomes angry. At last, he has isolated the source of powers--the adrenal glands.

Suresh, you genius, you.
In years past, Hollywood portrayed men in science as geeks (nerdy and not sexy) or freaks (mad and psychotic). Now and again though, they'll create one that really has us ladies slathering. Setting aside the scientific improbability and fallibility of these sci-fi flicks, here's my list of Hollywood's Top 10 Sexiest Men in Science.

I'm obsessed with the apocalypse. No joke.

I always carry a mini-emergency kit stuffed in an Altoids tin, and I know that if the apocalypse comes, my husband and I are supposed to meet at our apartment, grab our pre-packed bags, maybe the cat, and head for the hills. 

We own a Grundig self-powered radio with hand crank and charger for cell phones with various adapters. Survival manuals. Canned food. Bottled water. Check. Check. Check.

Zombies, watch out! We're armed. Nuclear attack? No prob--we've got pills for that.

But what if the apocalypse isn't zombies? What if it's not radiation poisoning we've got to be worried about? What if it's simply some giant celestial object bearing down on us?--I'd need several pills to handle that. 

Sounds improbable? Think again.

Illustration by LYNETTE R COOK

Recently I was lounging at an on campus coffee shop, melting into a plastic chair, tired around my eyes, and grimacing at the ache in my arms that I was convinced signified the flu. Only three weeks into the semester, and already brain matter regenerated over the summer was turning into mush.

Expectant mothers contemplating their birthing options might want to think twice when it comes to cesarean sections. According to a recent study that will be published by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the October issue of Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the bonds that tie a mother to her newborn may be stronger in women who deliver naturally than in those who deliver by cesarean section.

This summer, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Take this quiz to find find out how NASA knowledgeable you really are.

You consider yourself a staunch supporter of space travel. As a child, you spent many a day lying under your mother's dining room table, pushing imaginary overhead buttons in your very own spaceship. When Apollo 13 opened in movie theaters, you spent all 140 excruciating minutes questioning its historic accuracy while your date slumped over snoozing. You even know that Starfleet Headquarters is located in San Francisco.

But how much do you really know about NASA, the US agency that's been pushing to explore that final frontier for the last fifty years?