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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dancing your research.

I heard a new expression the other day, apparently credited to Steve Martin,
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
I laughed for a few minutes, and then realized it wasn't so silly, after all. Dance is a pretty powerful form of communication, even if I personally couldn't communicate anything other than a broken toe through that medium.

Still, not only can you dance about architecture, you can also dance about science. I received an email advertising the second year of the AAAS Science Dance Contest competition, which has just closed. I'll admit I read all about the last year's competition, but I didn't personally watch the tapes. This year, with youtube playing an important role, we'll all be able to judge for ourselves just how effectively dance can be used to describe the universe.

It's just too bad that my research isn't on Honey Bees, or other odd bee shaped things. How do you express a SNP through dance?



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