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WISE

abbrev. for Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. A NASA satellite planned for a possible launch in 2008 that will scan the whole sky in the wavelength range from 3.5 to 23 microns in search of new sources of infrared radiation, including nearby cool stars and the most distant and very luminous galaxies. Using a cryogenically cooled space telescope, the survey is expected to be 1000 times as sensitive as IRAS and should add considerably to the catalog of known infrared sources by identifying millions of new objects. It is also hoped that WISE will supply the James Webb Space Telescope with a full list of observational targets.
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I climbed the topmost summit, And my gaze swept far and wide For the garden roof where my brother stood, And I fancied that he sighed: My brother serves as a soldier With his comrades night and day; But my brother is wise, and may yet return, Though the dead lie far away.
A fool seemeth this wise man with his forty thoughts: but I believe he knoweth well how to sleep.
And is not the unjust like the wise and good and the just unlike them?
Clearly the musician is wise, and he who is not a musician is foolish.
They said good-bye to the Wise Donkey and the Foolish Owl and at once resumed their journey.
It may be objected, that very wise men have been notoriously avaricious.
Accordingly I went to one who had the reputation of wisdom, and observed him--his name I need not mention; he was a politician whom I selected for examination--and the result was as follows: When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise, although he was thought wise by many, and still wiser by himself; and thereupon I tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise, but was not really wise; and the consequence was that he hated me, and his enmity was shared by several who were present and heard me.
The idea after which each community is aiming to make and mend its law, is the will of the wise man.
The smoke curled up toward the sun and shadowed the plain so that the stupid birds thought it was going to rain; but the wise one knew better.
Not the world,' but the 'one wise man,' is still the paradox of Socrates in his last hours.
And it has always been the opinion and judgment of wise men that nothing can be so uncertain or unstable as fame or power not founded on its own strength.
Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.