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Science Expressed in Dance

Graduate students spend years researching sometimes obscure topics, writing page after page of text, and then bundling it into a huge dissertation before they can receive a Ph.D. And then someone asks them to express all that work and discovery in dance.Science has asked that three times now, and t...

Graduate students spend years researching sometimes obscure topics, writing page after page of text, and then bundling it into a huge dissertation before they can receive a Ph.D. And then someone asks them to express all that work and discovery in dance.



Science has asked that three times now, and they got 45 brave scientists to enter their "Dance Your Ph.D." contest this year. The finalists in the four categories of biology, chemistry, physics, and social sciences were announced last week. The winner will be announced next month at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York along with a reader's choice award. Watch the videos below and then vote for your favorite.



Chemistry: Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment





Physics: Directed transport without net bias in physics and biology







Biology: The influence of previous experiences on visual awareness







Social Sciences: The negotiation of contributions to public wikis







Runners up can be watched at Science NOW. Which is your favorite?
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Sarah Zielinski

Sarah Zielinski is an award-winning science writer and editor. She is a contributing writer in science for Smithsonian.com and blogs at Wild Things, which appears on Science News.

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