They twirled and tangoed, somersaulted and flipped. Some interpreted their science through linkurl:hula-hoops; set ablaze, while linkurl:others; used the beats of Notorious B.I.G. to guide their rhythmic undulations, pipette in hand. The American Association for the Advancement of Science crowned its newest linkurl:Dance Your PhD; champs yesterday (Nov 20.): two graduate students, a postdoc, and a professor won the day. The second installment of the annual contest encouraged anyone current or former PhD students to linkurl:"dance it out"; and post their gyrations on YouTube. More than a hundred scientists joined the fray and tens of thousands of viewers tuned in to the spectacle. Former scientist turned journalist John Bohannon of Science magazine says the idea for the contest came after countless observations of the dance floor at science conferences. "It can be painful at beginning. But then there's always that professor or crazy Russian postdoc who takes the floor, and...
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