When Nature Materials asked if I would write a Commentary on how I saw virtual worlds impacting our lives and science in particular, I was more than happy to share my thoughts. You can access the Commentary(1) and accompanying Editorial(2) by Joerg Heber in the December edition of Nature Materials. The following earlier draft
Latest News: The video of Exquisite Corpse of Science won Imagine Science Films‘ ‘Film of the Week’ Competition. Cool huh? For latest status of the project and instructions for taking part, CLICK HERE It’s just over a week since I invited the world to take part in the Exquisite Corpse of Science project. It’s very simple:
For the next 24 hours or so, Linden Labs are providing a link from the main Second Life log-in screen to Imperial College’s virtual medical facility. You can link there directly via this SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/Medical%20School/48/133/26 . Over a thousand visitors in the last 24 hours. All very interesting; so check it out. I’ll be in-world
In this podcast I meet a team from Imperial College who are leading the field in the application of virtual worlds for medical training. The package was originally broadcast on the radio show Mission Impossible on ICradio.com on 23rd June 2009.
A little bleary-eyed this morning, having stayed up to watch the Kepler launch on NASA TV. Kepler’s mission is to locate rocky earth-sized planets around other stars. The satellite carries an instrument called a photometer, or light meter, that measures the very small changes in a star’s brightness that occur when an orbiting planet passes
This is pretty cool. A getting together of Google Earth and Second Life to make ‘Second Earth’, located on (above?) the SciLands virtual continent, which I stumbled across while checking out a SciLands event this weekend. Essentially it’s a way to represent 3D data in Second Life, with the vertical scale exaggerated. Explanatory video here
I keep running into this demonstration of how strange our brains can be, so thought I’d have a go myself. Have a look at the inverted face below. Upside down, but still pretty cute eh? Now look at the next picture where she’s turned the right way round – yuk! But it’s exactly the same
It was inevitable. The indefinable, yet almost tangible buzz of excitement that has for weeks held cyberspace in a grip of nervous anticipation: it all makes sense now. For yesterday evening, to tumultuous public acclaim, the Zoonomian Science Centre opened its doors to residents of Second Life. O.K. – if my brother hadn’t monopolised model