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  • Joe (uuk) McGonagle
    Reproduced with the kind permission of the editor of the Herald and Times. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/lo/features/7019349.html Copyright © 2005 Newsquest
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      http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/lo/features/7019349.html

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      Is there anybody out there?

      AS NASA'S shuttle team battle to repair their craft , a team of
      Glasgow University physicists have embarked on their own unique
      space mission.

      CAROLINE WILSON finds out what they hope to discover.

      SCIENTISTS from Glasgow are set to boldly go where no others have
      gone before and conquer the final frontier...

      A team of physicists from Glasgow University has landed more than
      £1million to help uncover whether there really is life on other
      planets.

      In the first research of its kind, scientists will develop
      technology which could offer new insight into the size of the
      universe and whether anything could live there.

      Scientists say the technology will offer a new "window on the
      universe" which could also uncover crucial evidence about the
      existence of other planets, whether they could sustain life and a
      glimpse of the Big Bang at an even earlier stage.

      The study could also give a better understanding of the rate at
      which the universe is expanding.

      The funding, which was awarded by the Scottish Higher Education
      Funding Council, will be used to develop a centre of excellence
      in Glasgow which will allow Scotland to compete with America in
      terms of space research.

      Dr Sheila Rowan, of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is
      leading the study.

      She said: "We only have limited information about what is out
      there. This would give us a better understanding about what is
      happening in the universe.

      "It opens up a new window on the universe through which may come
      unique information.

      "It is also possible totally unexpected discoveries will be made.

      "Historically, every new discovery in astrophysics has led to a
      discovery which could benefit our own planet.

      "The technology could also be used to find other planets."

      Glasgow University was among eight in Scotland which received
      cash from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to
      strengthen work in areas which receive little or no funding.

      The research will continue Glasgow University's reputation as a
      leader in astrophysics.

      The university was the base of one of the world's most
      distinguished astronomers and paranormal researchers.

      Professor Archie Roy, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, was
      honoured by the International Astronomical Union.

      The IAU also named an asteroid, 5806 Archieroy, after him.

      A team of six universities including Glasgow, Strathclyde and
      Edinburgh were also recently awarded £37m over the next four
      years for research into astronomy and space physics.

      More than 200 physicists and 180 chemistry researchers will join
      forces to form special research "superteams".

      Last month a NASA astronaut travelled to Glasgow to encourage
      students to a career in space exploration.

      Dr Al Sacco spoke to undergraduates at the SECC.

      In the UK alone, space research has become big business, turning
      over an estimated £346m on satellite systems and £2.5bn through
      navigation and observation equipment.

      A report by thinktank Demos says, by 2010, the space applications
      market will be worth more than £230bn a year worldwide.

      Meanwhile, last week marked the launch of space shuttle Discovery
      on America's first manned space mission since the 2003 Columbia
      disaster.

      Interest in the paranormal continues to grow and according to
      official research the best place to spot UFOs is here in
      Scotland.

      The Evening Times previously reported that West Kilbride in
      Ayrshire topped the list for UFO sightings in the UK last year.

      Ministry of Defence files, released under the Freedom of
      Information Act, showed there were 12 reports of "yellow
      spheres".

      The Clyde coast town displaces Bonnybridge, near Falkirk, as
      Scotland's flying saucer capital and closest rival to Roswell in
      New Mexico - site of an alleged spacecraft crash in 1947.

      Hamilton and Dumfries and Galloway were also included in the
      list, each with two reported sightings.

      Recent research revealed young Britons would back greater
      research into space research.

      Just over half of a sample of adults thought Britain should be
      involved in manned flight missions and 65% backed robot missions
      such as the ill-fated Beagle 2 probe to Mars.

      Glaswegian astronomer Dr Mirza Asif was in charge of hunting for
      the tiny machine which became lost after landing on the surface
      of the planet in December 2003.

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