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2011-02-11 14:05:00

Australia's research agency CSIRO reported on Friday that scientists hunting for fossils of giant rats in East Timor stumbled on unique rock carvings up to 12,000 years old. The experts were digging in Timor's Lene Hara cave when they came upon a group of stylized human faces etched in the rock.  The cave is known as a treasure trove of fossils and rock art. "Looking up from the cave floor at a colleague sitting on a ledge, my head torch shone on what seemed to be a weathered carving,"...

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2010-09-17 11:50:00

A study conducted by an Australian science agency has discovered signs that the country's ancient Aborigines may have been the world's first astronomers, pre-dating Stonehenge by more than a thousand years. Professor Ray Norris, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO), said detailed knowledge of the stars through songs and stories had been passed down through generations by the Aboriginal people, whose history dates back tens of thousands of years. "We know there's...


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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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