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Science fight! Bill Nye puts Neil deGrasse Tyson in wrestling hold

Science geek worlds collide as Bill Nye the Science guy put astrophysics hero Neil deGrases Tyson in an arm lock that would make Hulk Hogan proud.

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Bill Nye pins a physicist. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The prevailing stereotype of scientists is that they're a bunch of quiet geeks wearing white coats and playing with test tubes in labs. They're not usually associated with moves more often seen on WrestleMania. In the midst of a heated discussion, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hopped out of his chair, only to be playfully restrained by renowned PBS nerd Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Nye and Tyson were part of a panel of science experts gathered together to discuss topics ranging from the origins of the universe to cutting-edge technologies. The panel took place as part of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. You could watch the whole multi-hour discussion, or check out the below video for the juiciest bit.

The discussion centered around our motivations for sending people into space. It got heated enough for Tyson to chase theoretical physicist Brian Greene around the stage. Though Tyson may have the strength to heft Thor's hammer, he was nonetheless rendered helpless by a behind-the-back pin from Nye. Greene got in a few good swats before the panel returned to normal.

I'm not expecting the MMA to come calling for any of these guys soon, but it's certainly entertaining to see science get physical, even if it's only in jest. Still, my money's on Tyson to pull out the win in the end.

(Via Reddit)