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Carnivorous Mammal Discovery First In 35 Years For The Americas
2013-08-15 11:30:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time in more than three decades, a new carnivorous mammal species has been discovered in the Western hemisphere, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution announced on Thursday. According to Joseph Stromberg of Smithsonian.com, the creature is a member of the raccoon family known as the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), and it is native to the cloud forests of Columbia and Ecuador. Dr. Kristofer Helgen, the...

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2013-06-10 07:59:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it comes to the Wright Bros, history books have it wrong, according to the Connecticut state government. Orville and Wilbur Wright are historically known as the first to successfully take powered flight, taking their Wright Flyer into the skies around Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. However, the Connecticut Senate on Wednesday (June 5) passed a bill that essentially strips that title away from the...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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