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  1. Rosalind Franklin. Watson and Crick. Rap Battle. [VIDEO]

    she blinded me with science

    Rosalind Franklin was a biophysicist whose discoveries about the structure of DNA were integral to the early work of genetics pioneers James Watson and Francis Crick. Actually, saying they were "integral" doesn't really get across how said discoveries were stolen and Watson and Crick got much of the credit that Franklin rightly deserved. Now, decades after Franklin's death, the three of them get to hash it out in a rap battle by seventh graders from Oakland, CA's KIPP Bridge Charter school. It is very possibly the best thing I've seen all week, and I saw Tom Hiddleston dancing yesterday. (via: The Huffington Post) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  2. How Much is a Nobel Prize Worth? If It’s Francis Crick’s, the Answer is $2 Million

    In 1962 Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on discovering DNA's double helix structure. There's a cash purse that comes along with the Nobel, but everyone knows the real prize is that everyone will think you're the smartest person in the room for the rest of your life. Unfortunately you can't sell that feeling at auction, but you can sell the medal. So what's a used 1962 Nobel prize actually worth? Crick's Nobel prize just sold at auction for a cool $2 million.

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  3. Today in Geek History: Watson and Crick Discover DNA

    60 years ago today, one of the most important discoveries in the history of modern science was announced, as is right and proper, at a bar. On February 28, 1953 in the Eagle Pub, James Watson and Francis Crick first spoke publicly about their discovery of the structure of the most fundamental building block of life, deoxyribonucleic acid -- or DNA if that's too much of a mouthful.

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