So you think you can make a super-alloy

You might think that science lacks the raw power of interpretive dance, but worry no more. Dance Your PhD is a yearly competition where scientists get to try a style of communication that’s a bit more active than peer-reviewed journals.

This year’s winner is Peter Liddicoat from the University of Sydney, who explained his PhD thesis on the nanostructure of aluminium alloys by using a circus strongman, a unicyclist, jugglers and clowns.

Now known as Dr Liddicoat, Peter won $1000 and a trip to Belgium for a screening of his dance at TEDxBrussels.

Of course, $1000 doesn’t go very far in scientific research, but Dr Liddicoat and his colleagues are using the publicity to help with their crowd-funding campaign to build an atom microscope for biology. You can find out more about that at www.indiegogo.com/atom-microscope

On our show that aired on 22 November 2012, Beth spoke to Dr Liddicoat about his research and his dance – you can listen to that interview on our podcast.

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