ManiStyle: The Fascination of Science

I’m on a science-oriented sim watching a Japanese dance troupe, named Image, perform a Middle Eastern dance that is both wonderfully choreographed and mildly erotic. Is this science? Maybe not […]

Science 1 I’m on a science-oriented sim watching a Japanese dance troupe, named Image, perform a Middle Eastern dance that is both wonderfully choreographed and mildly erotic. Is this science?

Maybe not science in the strictest of senses but all human endeavors are related. This particular activity was offered at the Modern Museum, which is located on STEM Island. The Modern Museum was organized to seek cross-disciplinary relations between art, science, technology and society. STEM Island is a science-oriented sim sponsored in Second Life® by a university in Texas (All references to locations have further info and links below).

Last month we focused on the Victorian science fiction of steampunk. In this installment of ManiStyle, I thought to take a look at real science and science-oriented places to explore in Second Life. There are many sims that showcase aspects of science: space, marine, biology, geology, medicine, and everything else you might imagine. I had intended to find half a dozen sims that would be good for a Second Life beginner to explore and experience. To identify a few good examples, I asked Yan Lauria, a marine scientist who is very involved in Second Life, he said, “Ah ha, I recommend 100 sites.”

science 3That was too many, but Lauria had a better suggestion. He and his colleagues have developed the One Prim Teleport Hub System to Science Exhibits & Inspiring Places in Second Life. This is a wonderful resource to everything science-related in Second Life. It will teleport you to hundreds of places, all organized in categories and updated on a regular basis. If you want to explore science, this is your resource. The hub itself is a one prim object that is found in many locations in Second Life (The picture shows Deepy checking out the hub at the Abyss Observatory and the link is below. You can even get your own copy and rezz it at your home.

I have wandered many, many sims in Second Life and the science oriented ones are fascinating and challenging. There is no better way to spend your time than to explore these places.

Below are several links to help your Second Life journey into science.

  1. Abyss Observatory. Museum and aquarium of earth & ocean science, marine life, underwater technology & sense of wonder. Deep submersibles, whales, coral reef, kelp forest, earth simulator (supercomputer), research ship, diving, Jules Verne’s Nautilus, Jacque Cousteau’s research ship, Calypso and much more. Two locations:
  2. STEM Island. Educational and interactional exhibits of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — sponsored by the Computer Information Systems Department of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  STEM Island (90, 53, 38)
  3. The Modern Museum at STEM Island. STEM Island (132, 134, 3501)
  4. The Science Circle. The Science Circle is an alliance of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs. They gather twice a month with their student groups in Second Life for field trips and presentations. For more information, please visit http://sciencecircle.org/. Their sim is on Shamash (150, 58, 31)
  5. The Second Life web site provides this list of selected science locations: http://secondlife.com/destinations/science
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At the Abyss Observatory, Jacque Cousteau’s research ship, Calypso, lies beyond an underwater, marine, archeological dig.