Archive for October, 2008

SciEye scopes the 1st MICA “Ask An Astronomer!” meeting

October 28, 2008

SPNN NEWS – Kira Cafe, Baikun Island, Second Life.

Kira Cafe is at http://slurl.com/secondlife/BaikUn/247/96/251

Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe
Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe

MICA stands for Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, a professional scientific and educational, non-profit organization based in virtual worlds.  The new MICA Director, Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech [SL: Curious George], who has just taken over from founder Piet Hut of IAS, Princeton [SL: Pema Pera] took questions for over an hour from a crowd of 17 avatars at the first “Ask An Astronomer!” session.  The 11 am PDT/SLT public astronomy hour will be every two weeks.

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

Much of the hour was spent on the shape of the universe, regions beyond observability, dark matter, and other large-scale issues.  George tried to get questions rephrased if he couldn’t clearly see what the questioner had in mind, and, although he’d reserved the right to say “I don’t know!” he usually had an at least partial answer for most of the inquiries once vocabularies had been translated from non-astronomer to practicing astronomer/astrophysicist and vice-versa.
Curious George)

Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech (SL: Curious George)

SciEye Espies the Naked Scientists

October 9, 2008
Pavillion outside the Naked Scientists mansion at SciLands island

Pavillion outside the Naked Scientists mansion at SciLands island

SciEye has previously visited the Science Friday NPR radio show.  The other great science radio show in the SciLands is the UK’s The Naked Scientists.  Every Sunday at 10 AM SLTime, the show takes questions from its real-life audience and its Second Life audience during one segment.  My personal favorite is their Kitchen Science feature; this last Sunday, they implosively crushed a soda can by heating water in it to boiling, then immersing it in water.  *>!CRUSH!<*
To visit the Second Life studio audience location directly, use this “slurl” http://slurl.com/secondlife/SciLands/98/124/25

 

Some misunderstood the nature of the naked scientists meeting

Some misunderstood the nature of the naked scientists meeting

The Naked Scientists phrase refers to having a Eureka! moment like Archimedes, who leapt out of his bath and down the street in his excitement in solving a vixing problem.  Not everyone is clear on that …  :)
naked scientists show logo

naked scientists show logo

The longer you look at this hilarious takeoff on Michaelangelo’s orginal concept, the more you start to laugh …

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