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You may know Mayim from The Big Bang Theory where she plays Amy Farrah Fowler — neurobiologist and Sheldon’s love interest. But did you know that the she actually holds a real-life Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA? No wonder she’s also an official ambassador for Texas Instruments science class room technology.

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New York-based Douglas Rushkoff is a writer closely associated with the early days of cyberpunk, but these days marks himself out as an open-source advocate and media theorist — he's the man who coined terms like "viral media" and "social currency". But how did he get his Geek start?

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You probably know Dan Ilic best from TV's Hungry Beast. He's a comedian, filmmaker and — according to his website — rabble-rouser; at least unofficially. But did you know he’s had a long association with tech? From Amstrads and working for an Apple reseller to crashing parties in America – we check in on Dan’s light bulb moment.

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There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. Like the guy who collects Steve Ballmer's dry cleaning. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest gig in Redmond. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken on the tiny task of redesigning the operating system used by like a billion people all over the world. You know, NBD.

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Dennis Muren is one of the founding team members of Industrial Light and Magic, Lucasfilm’s effects team since the days of A New Hope. With eight Academy Awards to his name, Giz AU had the chance to sit down with Muren at Lucasfilm in San Francisco to talk about the special content available on the Blu-ray releases, as well as what it was like to invent an entire special effects industry.

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Stargate Universe had finally started to grow on me when it got cancelled. Particularly Eli — the wiz-kid who joined the ship after solving a problem in an online game (yeah I loved The Last Starfighter too). In Sydney over the weekend, David Blue explained how his Xbox saved his audition, and why it’s kind of ironic that his Skyrim Dark Elf looks like Christopher Walken.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes hit cinemas yesterday, and for a special effects blockbuster, I was surprised by its cautionary tone and heart. The film centres on main ape, Caesar, an amazing CG realisation from Weta Digital and Andy "Gollum" Serkis. I sat down with Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri, to ask how performance capture has progressed since Avatar and Lord of the Rings, and find out if Weta has contemplated video games.

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"The world resists change."

So sayeth Buzz Aldrin, the first man to land a man-made craft on the moon. While others obsess over who put their foot on the surface first, this is the guy who piloted the craft that touched down while Armstrong hitched along. In our one-on-one video interview with the man himself, we hear an inspiring voice for reaching out to space, why it is important, and what's holding humanity back from achieving its long-term potential.