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Lincancabur Volcano Chile
2014-07-09 04:00:46

SETI Institute A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on the Earth's surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes only 1,500 miles from the equator, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life. The results are being published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. "These record-setting levels were not measured in...

New Projects Look To Ramp Up The Search For Intelligent ETs
2014-05-22 12:11:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has been a long yet relatively quiet one. First discussed in 1896 when famed inventor Nikola Tesla claimed that his wireless electrical transmission system could potentially be used to contact beings on Mars, scientists have continually developed increasingly sophisticated instruments over the years to reach out to intelligent life in the cosmos. While we know today that there...

UK Launches SETI Network
2013-07-06 04:47:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To promote academic research in the UK relating to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), a new network has been launched. Academics from 11 institutions across the UK are being brought together by the UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN), whose Patron is the Royal Astronomer, Professor Martin Rees. The network covers a wide range of diverse topics, including potential methods for detecting signals, the linguistic challenge...

NASA Returns Zoe Robot To Chile's Atacama Desert To Hunt For Subsurface Life
2013-06-12 09:02:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Zoë, the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile´s Atacama Desert, is returning for another go-around. This month, on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute, the autonomous and solar-powered robot is headed back into the world´s driest desert equipped with a one-meter drill to search for subsurface life. As in the initial mission,...

SETI Scientist Will Lead NASA Next-Gen Successor To Kepler Mission
2013-04-21 05:19:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A SETI Institute scientist has been chosen to lead the design, development and operations of the data processing center for NASA´s next-generation successor to the Kepler Mission, the Mountain View, California-based organization announced on Friday. Jon M. Jenkins, a senior researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, will oversee operations of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission´s Data...

AAA Educators Fly on NASA's SOFIA Airborne Observatory
2013-02-15 08:35:24

NASA The first four Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) educators returned safely to Earth, landing in Palmdale, Calif. early in the morning Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, after completing their initial flight on NASA´s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. That flight launched the AAA program´s first full year of operations, during which 26 educators from classrooms and science centers across the United States will fly on SOFIA as partners with scientists...

2012-11-16 09:28:51

SETI Institute Gift Will Enhance Telescope to Search for Life on Other Planets SETI Institute announces today it has received a donation of $3.5 million from Franklin Antonio, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Qualcomm. The money will be used to more than double the sensitivity of the Allen Telescope Array by replacing a portion of the antenna feed, which receives signals from the cosmos to search for life in the universe. In honor of the donation, the upgrade will be called the...

SETI To Receive Funds From Uwingu
2012-08-30 15:00:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Uwingu announced it would be funding the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array through donations it has received so far. Uwingu is an organization previously reported about here on redOrbit that aims to help fund space exploration, research, and education efforts around the world. The organization has determined that its first priority is to donate half of its "bonus" funds above its $75,000 business launch target to the Allen...


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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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