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Here at TN we have covered our fair share of superheroes, leading men, athletes and the bearded men of instagram. But are these guys responsible for actually bettering your life in any way? I mean, they’re great to have around when an interstellar diabolical villain shows up to destroy the earth, or for when there’s some sort of emergent scenario involving a puck and a net, or to save you from a tragically boring day at work. But really, these are fairly rare/not particularly life-threatening eventualities.
But science happens to you all the damn time! The reason you don’t have polio right now? Science. How is it that Ding-Dong you stuck in the bottom of your bag last month is still perfectly edible? Science. Why are you able to keep up with the latest RPatz engagement news at whilst you are hiding in a bathroom stall at your weird cousin’s wedding? Because: science.
Ladies and gentlemen, Richard Dawkins – evolutionary biologist and all around science bad-ass
Recently Sir Tim Hunt, nobel prize winner/biochemist/chronic resister of eyebrow grooming, caused a stir when he made comments indicating that women scientists were distracting in lab, because “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry.” It seems as this was actually part of a lame attempt at a joke, but in light of the discovery of some smoking-hot science babes it appears that maybe it’s not the lady-scientists that are the problem.
Close your eyes and imagine the NASA command center. What do you see? Let me guess: white shirtsleeves, balding heads, thick rimmed glasses, pasty skin – amirite?
This fine specimen of golden-skinned hotness is Bobak Ferdowski (@tweetsoutloud), member of the Mars rover team and MIT-trained aerospace engineer – also known as an actual mother-effing rocket scientist. He’s the flight director of the Mars Curiosity rover, and became famous for his opposite of stuffy hair style with its ever-changing side designs.
Don’t know what the leather strap is for, but whatever it is I’m game.
His all around cool-factor is responsible for such web search terms as “NASA mohawk guy,” “hot Mars rover guy” and “cool NASA dude.” His scientist-cum-hipster zeitgeist has also inspired a variety of memes – this being my fave:
Plus he looks like this
ICYMI: He’s hot.
Oh my God, the stubble! I’m mellllltingggg!
Still a nerd at heart
But rest assured, even with his model good-looks and adorable grin, he can still geek-out with the best of us! He referred to a visit from Captain Kirk as inducing a “Shatnergasm,” and attends Comic Con:
“How can you possibly think that a warp drive can function without a cooling system for the dilithium crystals?” #stupidfans
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for him this week at SDCC!
So there I was watching Nature on PBS, and finally enjoying some wholesome entertainment that my husband doesn’t have to side-eye (I have warned him repeatedly to never read over my shoulder. Any corruption of his moral sensibilities is not.my.fault.), when this guy happens:
Holy mother of pearl, PBS! Who is this hot-science-man who is injecting my wholesome entertainment time with very unwholesome thoughts? Turns out this is Chris Morgan (@MorganWildlife), ecologist, bear enthusiast and host of PBS’s Nature.
I immediately grabbed my laptop and made like I was pursuing further information on rampant lesbianism found among albatross couples* (which, incidentally, is fascinating!), when, in fact, I was surreptitiously searching “Chris Morgan in tight black t-shirt.” Although that search was a bust (an oversight I am hoping to fix with this post. you’re welcome), I found out all kinds of other interesting things about the future Mr. Katy Grace the second.
He loves the animals
All of them: puffins, orangutans, sloths frogs, and, especially, bears, who are a great indicator of ecosystem health, and are massively in danger. On a related note, Chris may also be stark-raving mad.
Pssst – I don’t want to alarm you, but a giant bear is photobombing you right now . . .
He is an ardent conservationist
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with conservation. Sue me.
I will admit to harboring a healthy fear of nature in light of the zombies and serial killers that lurk behind every tree**, but I still consider myself a rabid environmentalist, so quotes like this one from his blog are total catnip for me:
That’s what keeps me going every day…..knowing that we have the immense potential to do what is right, in ways the benefit our blue-green planet, and in ways that make our fleeting time here comfortable, fulfilling, and peaceful.
Sigh. Please, sir, say more profoundly lovely things to me!
He is perfectly grizzled
I for one love a distinguished gentleman. And Chris is a perfect combination of boyish good-looks along with a slightly weathered patina that speaks of a rugged life of fighting off all those zombies and serial killers out in the wild.
But how does he look with a motorcycle?
My cynical, irony-addicted self is really hoping that’s an actual bear pelt on his seat.
He makes the science-jokes
He cleans up real good
Either he’s standing next to a miniature person, or he’s also super-tall . . . (bonus points!)
Oh, and about that black t-shirt . . .
And if that’s not enough, here’s the trailer for his BearTrek documentary, which is chock-full of some Indiana Jones level shizz:
Honestly, if he really wants this thing to have legs, he should just rename it “Cougar Porn . . . and some bears.”
And speaking of Indiana Jones, rounding out our list is
Back before the internet, National Geographic magazine served a crucial role as the only outlet for adolescent boys to perv on half-naked women. In retrospect, I feel a little left out, as there were never equivalent opportunities for me to get hot and bothered. Fortunately times have changed, and now Nat’l Geo is has boarded the gender parity train in the form of one Dr. Jeffrey Rose (@AbuWerda), archaeologist, host of BBC’s Bible Hunters and all-around super-hottie:
Dr. Rose is based in Oman, and his work has been critical in tracking the migration of humans from Africa across the Arabian Peninsula. He works with geneticists to “examine the mitochondrial structure of indigenous groups” in Arabia, and has been able to determine the presence of domesticated cattle through the identification of a lactose enzyme (or “lactase persistence allele” for all of you who are using this post as a study guide for your genetics class – which I totally recommend). Plus, he knows how to rock a keffiyeh:
And like any good archaeological site, the true treasure that is Dr. Rose becomes more evident the more you uncover:
Holy crap! I’m going to have to make a really horrible pun about “digging this guy” right now, aren’t I?
Gah! He is basically what would happen if Indiana Jones and Wolverine had a baby.
Let’s take another look, shall we?
Tattoo sleeve and Tom Hiddleston eyebrows for the win
In case you are interested in learning more about his talent, he does have a demo reel, which I highly recommend for the
shirtless yoga sequence fascinating introduction to paleolithic tools on the Arabian peninsula. Yep, I’m all about the tools . . .
I hope, by now, that we are all on the same page about the dangers that distractingly hot PhD’s pose to future of scientific progress, and by extension, humanity’s future. Ladies, please get your science on so we can neutralize this threat!
So do we, Neil. So do we.
What hot-scientists are you following? Who do you think is sexier, Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson? Heard any good jokes about sexy paleontologists and their bones?
* Lesbian Albatross is my new band name
* * It’s true. Just ask TV.