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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...

Scientists Uncover Link Between Lavas Erupting On Sea Floor And Deep-carbon Cycle
2013-05-03 08:05:27

Smithsonian Scientists from the Smithsonian and the University of Rhode Island have found unsuspected linkages between the oxidation state of iron in volcanic rocks and variations in the chemistry of the deep Earth. Not only do the trends run counter to predictions from recent decades of study, they belie a role for carbon circulating in the deep Earth. The team's research was published May 2 in Science Express. Elizabeth Cottrell, lead author and research geologist at the Smithsonian's...

Jamestown Settlers Were Cannibals During Harsh Winter Of 1609-1610
2013-05-02 07:48:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Evidence suggests the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia in 1609-1610 resorted to cannibalism in the face of a harsh winter with a shortage of food stock. Archeologists working closely with the Smithsonian have made the discovery after careful analysis of human remains unearthed at the site in 2012. William Kelso of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project at Preservation Virginia, and his archeological colleagues have been working at...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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