We are on the cusp of scientific knowledge opening up to what could be the golden dawn of advancement for the human race (providing, of course that the science is used for the good of mankind!). Second Life, being part of the history of virtual reality, will be used more and more for education and communication to assist our progress as we grasp the new frontiers of science. I had joined the Science Circle in SL a while ago and owner Chantal (Nymf Hathaway) told me last week that her wonderful sim is to be the "Gateway to Education" in the new Linden Labs portal. They have lots going on in the sim, I'd attended a live event at the Science Circle a few months ago where a very clever scientists told us some amazing stuff and we were able to ask questions at the end; This is Second Life at its best: See video below.
I went to the Science Circle last night to listen to one of their radio broadcasts and to chat with the other members. If you are interested in technology the Science Circle is certainly a place to join and congratulations to Chantal on the Science Circle becoming a Linden Labs Gateway to Education!