I was on Pooky Amersterdam's The First Question, a science quiz show in Second Life. If you watch the hour-long show, my avatar's name is Sydney Caramel. I was on with Mark Kingdon, the CEO of Linden Labs.
While some questions were hard, some of the questions came from articles found here on Smart Planet.
I think I did okay. But unfortunately, I came in second. Kingdon beat me by one question!
The show was fun to be part of. The audience hung around after the show to chat.
Amsterdam opened up a whole new world to me in Second Life. I was curious to find out what other science activity was happening in this virtual world. As it turns out, there are more than 100 science-related organizations in Second Life.
I picked out 10 of the science-related places that you might want to check out:
- Caerleon Planetarium - See the night sky.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Watch informational videos, visit a virtual lab, or go to the conference center.
- Consumer Health Library - Provides training programs and offers support for Second Life people.
- Department of Energy Island - Apparently you can chase a proton around the accelerator ring at CERN/ LHC.
- Dinosaur Park - The Second Life version of Jurassic Park.
- FireSabre's Volcano -If you're not traumatized by volcanic eruptions, then go here. At the touch of a button, make a volcano erupt and watch hot lava fly out and see ash plumes scatter into the sky.
- MoonWorld - NASA let's you visit the Lunar Orbiting Station and even lets you put on a spacesuit so you can go to the Moonbase.
- Science in 3D - This is a training base for entrepreneurs.
- Testis Tour - Ohio State University created an animation that takes you through the male testis.
- Virtual Hallucinations - Check out what hallucinations feel like. FYI, this project wants to teach you about schizophrenia, not drug use.