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2008-10-13 15:00:16

By Tom Mooney In May, as a handful of local archaeologists watched from the gunwales of four research ships, warfare scientists for the Navy and federal oceanographers lowered several high-tech robots into Narragansett Bay's waters between Portsmouth and Jamestown. Some of the robots resembled torpedoes. Others looked like mechanical crabs. The newest of their kind, the remote-controlled, sonar-imaging machines had been designed to find mines buried on the sea floor or attached to ship...

2008-09-09 15:00:32

By Tom Mooney One man is in serious condition with chemical burns after a cyanide accident at Attleboro metals processor Stern-Leach. ATTLEBORO -- A routine mixing of a cyanide solution yesterday morning at a jewelry fabrication plant caused a chemical "explosion" that seriously injured one worker, sent two dozen others to area hospitals as a precaution, and drove Massachusetts and federal environmental officials to test the air for contaminants, the police said. The incident...

2008-08-18 18:00:23

By Randal Edgar; Tom Mooney JOHNSTON -- Firefighters from four communities scrambled into the late evening to snuff out a fire yesterday that sent columns of black smoke into the sky from piles of burning cars at a scrap metal plant. The fire broke out at about 2 p.m. in stacks of junked cars that had to be pulled apart so firefighters could get at them with water and put out hundreds of individual fires -- a painstaking process that was expected to go well into the night. Smoke from...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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