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There's Juggling, a Microscope, and, Yes, Dancing

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. But with the dance, shown in the video below, he won the Dance Your PhD contest put on by Science and AAAS.

Other winners include Riccardo Da Re in the social sciences category, whose dance included a tree playing the violin, and Maria Vinit for biology for her dance on how agonist and antagonist muscles behave after stroke.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.