Stars align for new ‘Cosmos’

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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — When some of the nation’s brightest minds gathered at the Library of Congress to celebrate Carl Sagan, a pioneering astrobiologist, the first guest speaker was someone with no professional background in science.

It was Seth MacFarlane, the comedian and creator of “Family Guy,” who gave an impassioned speech to the crowd of Ph.D.-holders and NASA advisers on how scientific achievement had “ceased in many parts of this country to be a source of pride.”

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