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International News Archive - November 12, 2012

Space Science Research Gets UK Funding Boost

The UK will contribute an additional $95 million (£60 million) in the European Space Agency (ESA) over the next two years, and will be investing more than $475 million (£300 million) in space-science research over the next five years.

Origins Of Genetic Blending Between Europeans And Asians Discovered In Mongolia

A group of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has discovered the first scientific evidence of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians in the remains of ancient Scythian warriors living over 2,000 years ago in the Altai region of Mongolia.

In The Last 300,000 Years The Alhama de Murcia Fault Has Experienced At Least 6 Major Earthquakes

Enjoying Spanish participation, an international group of researchers have analyzed the most recent history of the Alhama de Murcia fault.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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