Scientists Get a 2nd Life

Scientists Get a 2nd Life

Online world opens up new ways to do and learn about science

By Terra Questi, 19:25 PM May 9, 2008

To track down neuroscientist Corey Hart, you could stop by his laboratory, located on the second floor of DrexelUniversity’s medical building in Philadelphia. Or, you could visit the lab of Luciftias Neurocam, located in the virtual world of Second Life.

Luciftias is Hart’s digital alter ego, or avatar. Like his real-life counterpart, Luciftias tracks the twitches of frogs’ muscles to find clues to the spinal cord’s ability to control movement.

Robert Amme, a physicist at the Un...

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