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Nye, Bill (1955–)

Bill Nye once dropped into Mount St. Helens's crater to explain how volcanoes work. He has paras-ailed over a lake to illustrate air pressure. He has stripped to shorts in a meat locker to make the point that freezing temperatures do not cause colds, but germs do. A scientist-turned-comic and producer of educational media, Nye shows the public how science affects their everyday lives. Nye is best known for his Emmy Award–winning television series Bill Nye the Science Guy. The show entertained and educated millions of young viewers in the 1990s with madcap antics, MTV-style pacing, and the silly, bowtie-wearing Nye as host. The program showed kids that science was “way cool.” It also set new standards for educational programming aimed at children. Nye continues ...

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