'Gooooooo Science!'

Cheerleaders aren't just for the jocks anymore — now scientists have their own bevy of pretty women with pom-poms to cheer them along. A former professional cheerleader, Darlene Cavalier, has formed the Science Cheerleaders — a squad of current and former NFL cheerleaders who are involved in science and engineering, according to Randy Olson at The Benshi blog.

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