August 23rd, 2006

U.S. Government Agency Sets Up Shop in MMO

While some elected officials do battle with the video game industry, a key government research organization has established a presence in a popular online RPG.

As detailed by the Second Life Insider, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has set up shop within the popular MMO Second Life. The NOAA studies things like climate, weather and, of course, the oceans.

The agency's Second Life hangout is an island called Meteroa on which players can try out fully interactive demos of ocean and weather topics. These include a marine life tour via submarine or a checking out a pair of tsunami simulators.
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