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Mail Delivery Could be Even Slower Than USPS Admits
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Mail Delivery Could be Even Slower Than USPS Admits

Due to its unreliable tracking system, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) may be delivering your mail even more slowly than it has claimed, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Background After increasing its own long-time 2-day delivery standard for First-Class mail to 3-days in January, 2015, the cash-starved USPS proceeded to close or consolidate 82 mail processing plants nationwide over the objections of all 50 U.

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A Look at Pornai, the Prostitutes of Ancient Greece

" Pornai" is the Ancient Greek word for "prostitute" (porne, in the singular). It may also be translated as a “buyable woman.” From the Greek word pornai, we get the English word pornography. Ancient Greek society was fairly open to the practice of the world's oldest profession. Prostitution was legal in Athens, for example, as long as the workers were slaves, freed women or Metics (foreigners in Ancient Greece who had limited rights, not unlike legal residents in the U.
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The Difference Between "Hay" and "Hey"

Hay and hey are homophones: they sound alike but have different meanings. Definitions The noun hay refers to grass that has been cut and dried, usually for use as food for animals. As a verb, hay means to cut and store hay or to feed (animals) with hay. Hay is also a slang term for bed. (See the Idiom Alert below.
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German Plural Nouns

In English, it's simple: just add an -s or -es to form the plural of a noun. In German, however, it is a little more complex. Not only do you have to deal with changing everything that precedes a noun when you pluralize it, but now you are faced with at least five choices to change the noun into! But do not despair, you can either a) memorize the plural of a noun or b) follow the guidelines for the five main groups of plural formation, which we have listed below.
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What Is the Difference Between a Scientist and an Engineer?

Scientist versus engineer…are they the same? Different? Here's a look at the definitions of scientist and engineer and the difference between a scientist and engineer. Practical and Philosophical Differences A scientist is a person who has scientific training or who works in the sciences. An engineer is someone who is trained as an engineer.
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Idioms and Expressions With the Word Make

The following idioms and expressions use 'make'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and example sentences to help you understand these common idiomatic expressions with 'make'. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with quiz testing idioms and expressions with 'make'. There are many other words that often find their way into common idioms and expressions including have , run , work , and like .
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À poil

Expression: à poil Pronunciation: [a pwal] Meaning: stark naked, in the buff Literal translation: in hair Register: familiar Notes: The French expression à poil refers to body hair - when you are à poil , you're wearing nothing but your own hair. It's equivalent to the English expression "in one's birthday suit.
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What Is a Plant in the Study of Economics?

In the study of economics, a plant is an integrated workplace, usually all in one location. A plant generally consists of the physical capital, like the building and the equipment at a particular location that is used for the production of goods. A plant is also called a factory. Power Plants Perhaps the most common phrase associated with the economic understanding of the term "plant" is the power plant .
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The Marshall Plan - Rebuilding Western Europe After WWII

The Marshall Plan was a massive program of aid from the United States to sixteen western and southern European countries, aimed at helping economic renewal and strengthening democracy after the devastation of World War II. It was started in 1948 and was officially known as the European Recovery Program, or ERP, but is more commonly known as the Marshall Plan, after the man who announced it, US Secretary of State George C.
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Broken-Record Response in Communication

Definition In communication studies, the broken-record response is the conversational strategy of forestalling further discussion by repeating the same phrase or sentence over and over. also called the broken-record technique . Depending on the circumstances, the broken-record response may be a negative politeness strategy or a comparatively tactful way of avoiding an argument or a power struggle.
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What Is Postzygotic Isolation in Evolution?

Speciation is the divergence of two or more lineages from a common ancestor. For speciation to occur, there must be some reproductive isolation that occurs between formerly reproducing members of the original ancestor species. While most of these reproductive isolations are prezygotic isolations, there are still some types of postzygotic isolation that leads to making sure the newly made species stay separate and do not converge back together.
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The 1969 Redstockings Abortion Speakout

In 1969, the members of radical feminist group Redstockings were furious that legislative hearings about abortion featured male speakers discussing such a crucial women's issue. They, therefore, staged their hearing, the Redstockings abortion speak-out, in New York City on March 21, 1969. The Fight to Make Abortion Legal The abortion speak-out took place during the pre- Roe v.
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Faraday Constant Definition

The Faraday constant, F, is a physical constant equal to the total electric charge carried by one mole of electrons. The constant is named for English scientist Michael Faraday. The accepted value of the constant is: F = 96,485.3365(21) C/mol F = 96 485.3329 s A / mol F = 23.061 kcal per volt gram equivalent F = 26.
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Cómo pueden los turistas recuperar impuestos por compras en EE.UU.

En Estados Unidos, los turistas internacionales pueden recuperar los impuestos que pagaron por sus compras pequeñas en solo dos -Louisiana y Texas. Además, cinco estados - Delaware, Alaska, Nuevo Hampshire, Montana y Oregón - no cobran impuesto a las ventas, por lo que deben tenerse en consideración a la hora de decidir en qué estado comprar si se quiere ahorrar en impuestos.
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The French Say 'Par Exemple'; We Say, 'For Example.' Not So Different!

We say "for example" when we want to illustrate, expand upon, or explain something, and so do the French, who say par example. Same construction, same meaning. Par exemple is also one of those everyday expressions that's just as common in French as it is in English. In fact, it's one of the ​most common phrases in the French language, along with such famous expressions as bon appétit, déjà vu, and je t'aime.
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Poaching in Africa

There has been poaching in Africa since antiquity-people hunted in areas claimed by other states or reserved for royalty, or they killed protected animals. Some of the European big game hunters who came to Africa in the 1800s were guilty of poaching and some were actually tried and found guilty by the African kings on whose land they had hunted without permission.
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What Is Stereotype Threat?

Stereotype threat occurs when a person is worried about behaving in a way that confirms negative stereotypes about members of their group. This added stress can end up impacting how they actually perform in a particular situation. For example, a woman might feel nervous when taking a math test because of stereotypes about women in math courses, or worry that receiving a poor grade will cause others to think that women don't have high levels of math ability.
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Discover Scarab Beetles and Family Scarabaeidae

Scarab beetles include the biggest insects in the world, in terms of sheer mass. Scarabs were revered in ancient Egypt as symbols of resurrection. More than just powerhouses, scarab beetles serve important roles in the habitats where they live. The family Scarabaeidae includes dung beetles, June beetles, rhinoceros beetles, chafers, and flower scarabs.
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Integrating Basic Charts into Delphi Applications

In most modern database applications some kind of graphical data representation is preferable or even required. For such purposes, Delphi includes several data-aware components: DBImage, DBChart, DecisionChart, etc. The DBImage is an extension to an Image component that displays a picture inside a BLOB field.
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A Chinese Empress and the Discovery of Silk-Making

About 2700-2640 B.C.E., the Chinese began making silk. According to Chinese tradition, the part-legendary emperor, Huang Di (alternately Wu-di or Huang Ti) invented the methods of raising silkworms and spinning silk thread. Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, is also credited as the founder of the Chinese nation, creator of humanity, founder of religious Taoism, creator of writing, and inventor of the compass and the pottery wheel -- all foundations of culture in ancient China.
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Tropical Rainforests Are Nature's Medicine Cabinet

Tropical rainforests, which account for only seven percent of the world's total land mass, harbor as much as half of all known varieties of plants. Experts say that just a four-square-mile area of rainforest may contain as many as 1,500 different types of flowering plants and 750 species of trees, all which have evolved specialized survival mechanisms over the millennia that mankind is just starting to learn how to appropriate for its own purposes.
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