Bill Nye, Famous Guy

Bill Nye, known to many because of his children's TV program that aired in the 1990s, has gone from mechanical engineer to hosting Bill Nye the Science Guy and now to "a warrior for science," the New York Times writes. Nye, the Times adds, uses science to rebut claims denying global warming or evolution.

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