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1. Maggie Gyllenhaal Why She Made The List: After blowing everyone away in Secretary and Sherrybaby, she managed to save the role of Rachel Dawson in The Dark Knight from the hack job Katie Holmes did. Also, she named her daughter
Ruby Ramona, breast feeds in public and doesn’t care who complains, and is just generally bad ass.
2. Amanda Seyfried Why She Made The List: She’s adored as the oldest daughter on HBO’s Big Love, but who knew she could, you know, SING? She’s appearing as the lead in the movie version of the musical Mamma Mia!, singing all the tunes herself. Smashing, darling.
3. Liv Tyler Why She Made The List: Is there any actress more goddess-like than Liv? She’s been a favorite ever since she appeared in an Aerosmith music video, rocked the Italian countryside in Stealing Beauty, and warmed out hearts in Empire Records. Now she’s a big blockbuster draw in The Incredible Hulk.
4. Olivia Thirlby Why She Made The List: Easily one of the breakout stars of the year, Olivia portrayed the slang-smacking best friend in Juno and won the lead in the new movie The Wackness. She’s the next BIG THING, for sure. Keep reading »
More and more of us are studying math in college, and not just Stats 101 to fulfill a requirement. According to research released in the journal Science, women earned 48 percent of undergrad degrees in math. Sadly, we still lag behind in physics and engineering. Maybe the Nerd Girls will change that. [AP via WSJ]
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Astronauts like to experiment. And recently there’s been push at NASA to start researching sex without gravity — everything from pregnancy to the pill’s potency to the effects of effing with low blood pressure. Now, you can’t tell me that astronauts haven’t at least played with their own equipment, but with a three year mission to Mars on the horizon, they’re going to need to get some deeper satisfaction. After all, like George Michael says, “Sex is natural, sex is good.” So, with life in mind, the agency is considering running tests to make it even better by trying it in a frictionless environment. (Bonus! No need to pack a few years supply of lube.) Plus, I’m sure if all those top scientist conduct “research” we will at least see some interesting ozone-proof titanium sex toys, which may prove to be useful here on earth with global warming and all. Clearly, this is a worthy study for the space race! Especially since you will soon be able to tie the knot in a rocket ship, it’s time to make the thousand mile high club possible. [Gizmodo] [Look, the space shuttles are doing it doggy-style! HAHA! -- Editor]
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A 53-year-old mother and wife committed suicide in Taunton, Mass. soon after faxing a letter to her mortgage company saying by the time they foreclosed on her house later that day, she would be dead. After the mortgage company received the fax around 2:30 p.m., they called police, who found Carlene Balderrama’s body at 3:30 p.m. Keep reading »
Today in our “Dating Don’ts” column, Judy McGuire gave some tips on how NOT to act on a first date if you don’t want your companion runnin’ for the hills. But we decided that there must be things guys shouldn’t do on a first date either that set women off. We decided to ask the women on our IM (yes, they’re there!) what would turn them off on a first date. Their responses, after the jump… Keep reading »
Happy 30th Birthday in-vitro fertilization! That’s right, it’s a big b-day for anyone conceived via IVF, especially Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby. Her parents, Lesley and John, had tried for nine years to have a child (sounds like fun), when they heard about experimental fertility research being conducted at Cambridge University. Physiologist Robert Edwards and gynecologist Patrick Steptoe were pioneering the “test-tube” baby and the Brown’s volunteered to try the controversial method. Three decades later, they’re among many IVF success stories. Over the years, 115,000 babies have been born in the U.S. alone thanks to IVF and just this summer, the fertility miracle helped a 70-year old woman conceive in India! As for Louise, who works as a shipping company administrator, she is a mother herself, to a healthy 18-month-old boy, which she was able to conceive naturally. Her younger sister Natalie Brown is also a notable achievement — she was the first IVF baby to give birth and she too was able to conceive without medical aid. Needless to say, the Brown kids are so grateful to the groundbreaking scientists that they consider them to be their granddads. And thanks to them, now everyone can have eggs scrambled, sunny side up, and even fertilized! [AFP]
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