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2010-09-27 13:30:00

New agencies were abuzz Monday morning with reports that the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) had been elected to be the first point of contact for alien lifeforms. Different reports said that astrophysicist Mazlan Othman feels Earth needs a proper welcome mat for when extraterrestrials meet human life forms. The Australian reported that she recently told fellow scientists:  "The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains...

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2009-07-14 13:25:18

An often-overshadowed branch of the United Nations known as the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) mostly has earthly concerns on its agenda, AFP reported. The tiny UN office and its 27 employees sit almost forgotten in the vast hallways of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, where it mostly coordinates help for poor countries to develop crops and manage natural disasters. "If we do make contact with aliens, who do you think should be representing mankind?" jokes UNOOSA director...

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2006-04-25 18:35:19

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's ambition to send an astronaut to space next year should inspire other Muslim countries to embark on space exploration, an Islamic professor said Tuesday. However, Muslims who travel to space must tackle religious challenges such as performing prayers at zero gravity and ensuring their meals fulfill Islamic dietary conditions, said Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad, a United Arab Emirates-based university professor in Islamic studies. "We are all very hopeful that...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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