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Are Birds Mammals?

Birds, those beautiful and sometimes terrifying creatures, have been fascinating the human species for thousands of years. Scientists are busy teasing out just how long birds have been on earth. Many learning the classification of animals might wonder, “Are birds mammals?” Birds are not mammals. Birds are vertebrates, classification, Aves. They walk on two legs, …

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Is Water Organic or Inorganic?

Health and safety concerns about what we eat and drink and the environmental impact of food are only a few factors driving the organic industry. While sales rise steeply, ambiguity remains about what organic means. For example, is water organic or inorganic? Water is an inorganic compound since it doesn’t contain carbon, nor was it …

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Combatting or Combating: Grammatical Rules for Proper Usage

There are subtle yet significant differences in the spelling of certain words in American English, and spelling the same words in British English. The words combating and combatting are examples of this distinct difference.  In American English, the correct spelling is “combating.” When writing with the British English spelling, the correct form is “combatting.” Choosing …

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Specie or Species: Why Specie is Not the Singular Form of Species

“Species” and “specie,” at first glance, appear to be the same word with one being the plural of the other. However, they have very different meanings. So then, what is the singular form of species? “Species” is not the plural form of “specie”. “Species” is a term that can be used both as a singular …

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Urban vs. Suburban: Understanding These Settlement Types

Since most Americans describe their living area as suburban, you would think we’d have a firmer definition of what distinguishes an urban environment from a suburban one. The United States government has clear definitions of what constitutes a rural area and an urban one, but what about the suburbs?  An urban area is the area …

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