I know markus was getting really busy-- I haven't talked to him for about 6 months. I know he's still interested in the project. Last I heard he just needed to find a work situation or project at work where he can align interests properly.
I wish I had time to help out myself in the mean time; always thought it would be cool to learn ember. But sails keeps me pretty entwined and I'm not sure I could keep it all straight in my head.
So anyone who is interested in taking over maintenance of SANE, it sounded like Markus was open to that, so def contact him or let me know and I'm happy to get in touch on your behalf.