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Over at Buried Treasure, Lars Juhl Jensen has a post evaluating scientific conferences that take place in virtual worlds such as Second Life. Jensen says his initial impression was that Second Life was "rather useless" -- over time, though, his view of its potential has grown more optimistic. There are still a number of technical challenges preventing this from becoming a really useful tool, he says.

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