Fringe Fringe

If your kids start asking about shape-shifters and alternate universes, don't be too scared. They may just be soaking in the Science of Fringe (, a joint effort between Fox and the nonprofit Science Olympiad group (recently honored by President Obama) to develop lesson plans for schools based on Dr. Walter Bishop's wildest — but fact-based — cases.

"Everything we do is grounded in some version of authentic fringe science and what scientists believe is possible," says exec producer Jeff Pinkner, who's thrilled to be a part of "anything that can help invest kids in learning."

And for you grown-ups looking to get your mind blown, check out Fringe 101 (, a series of Web primers on the show's mythology that are as educational as they are addictive. Who knew learning could be so fun? Or freaky!

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