A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) – The Smithsonian Institute has announced the discovery of a new species of animal it describes as a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. It is a 2-pound, big-eyed, tree-dwelling carnivore from South America and is called an olinguito.
The animal, which the Smithsonian said is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years, has actually been misidentified for decades.
But a team of Smithsonian scientists pored over museum specimens in Chicago, visited cloud forests in South America and ran tests in genetics labs in Washington, DC, to discover that the creature is a species unto itself.
The olinguito (Oh-lin-GHEE- toe) is a member of the same family as raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. It is a native of the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, weighs about two pounds, has orange-brown fur and large, brown eyes. It is a carnivore, which makes it an incredibly rare discovery for this century, according to Smithsonian.
The process of discovery took about a decade.
"The discovery of the olinguito shows us that the world is not yet completely explored, its most basic secrets not yet revealed," said Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and leader of the team reporting the new discovery. "If new carnivores can still be found, what other surprises await us?"
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The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years.More >>
Smithsonian scientist Kristofer Helgen led a team into the cloud forests of Ecuador. The team spent 10 years examining hundreds of museum specimens and tracking animals, ultimately discovering the newest species of mammal known to science, the olinguito.More >>
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