With a combination of dancing and juggling, Peter Liddicoat from the University of Sydney tells the story of his PhD thesis, called "Evolution of nanostructural architecture in 7000 series aluminium alloys during strengthening by age-hardening and severe plastic deformation." As ScienceNow reports, it took Liddicoat six months, and the help of a lot of friends, to represent his research in dance.

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