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2009-04-14 07:25:00

When your great grandmother used to sneak a sip of elderberry wine "to fight off the flu," she may have just been keeping with the medical wisdom passed down for hundreds of generations from the ancients. Experts say that new research shows that the ancient Egyptians used a variety of medicinal herbs in their wines as far back as 3150 B.C.  A group of researchers from the Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology led by Patrick E. McGovern has examined the chemical composition of 5,000 year-old...

2005-06-08 06:50:00

HELENA -- They infest a portion of Montana the size of Florida and Arkansas combined, and go by names like tansy ragwort, yellow toadflax and houndstongue. One species, knapweed, takes an estimated $42 million economic toll on the state every year. Noxious weeds have invaded about 8.2 million acres of Montana and continue to spread, choking out valuable pasture, wildlife forage and native plants, forcing Montanans to spend about $19 million annually in a losing battle for control. State and...


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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