Every year, Science and AAAS team up to sponsor a contest inviting PhD students from around the world to explain their theses through dance. This year's winner was a four minute performance on the evolution of nanostructural architecture in 7000 series aluminium alloys during strengthening by age-hardening and severe plastic deformation. Jazz hands!
Incidentally, when we call these kids "nerds," we're doing it with love, because we're just like them when it comes to science. Except definitely a lot more dumber. And also, significantly less willing to expose our bodies in spandex, for which you should all be eternally grateful. But forget about us.
This year's winner was Peter Liddicoat, a materials scientist at the University of Sydney in Australia, whose performance scored him $1,000 and a trip to fabulous and exotic Belgium.
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