Ivan Drago Was … A Chemical Engineer?
Jul08

Ivan Drago Was … A Chemical Engineer?

That’s right. You heard me. The strapping young fellow who played Ivan Drago, the Russian killing machine, in “Rocky IV” was a chemical engineer before he took up acting. Who knew? Well, maybe you already knew that actor Dolph (Hans) Lundgren was smart, but I sure didn’t. Newscripts reader and ACS employee Pamela J. Zaebst of Columbus, Ohio, recently sent in a link to a list of “10 Highly Educated Celebrities” on UPI.com, and Lundgren...

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Natalie Portman: Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Uber Talented
Feb28

Natalie Portman: Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Uber Talented

As if it weren’t enough to win the 2011 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a ballerina coming unhinged in “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman is apparently also blessed with science smarts.  A 1998 Journal of Chemical Education paper recently came across the Newscripts desk that the 29-year-old actress—then Natalie Hershlag, a high school student in Syosset, N.Y.—coauthored. The article, “A Simple Method To Demonstrate the...

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