Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

midpoint

Definition:(noun) A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.
Synonyms:center
Usage: I measured the width of the picture frame and calculated its midpoint so that I could hang it properly on the wall.
Article of the Day

Gut Flora

The average human body, which consists of an estimated ten trillion cells, has about ten times that number of microorganisms in its digestive tract. These bacteria, known as intestinal, or gut, flora, normally reside within the lumen of the intestine and fulfill a number of useful functions for the host, including producing vitamins, training the immune system, fermenting unused energy substrates, and producing hormones that prompt the host to store fats. Can a person survive without gut flora? More...
This Day in History

Innocent III Becomes Pope (1198)

Lotario di Segni became Pope of the Catholic Church in 1198 at the age of 37, taking the name "Innocent III." He believed that just as things of the spirit take preeminence over things of the body, so should earthly monarchs be subject to the pope, and he set out immediately to realize this ideal. He was the virtual overlord of Christian Spain, Scandinavia, Hungary, and the Latin East and launched the Fourth Crusade, which went awry when the crusaders did what instead of going to the Holy Land? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Greene Balch (1867)

Balch was an American economist and sociologist who taught at Wellesley College until her dismissal in 1918 for opposing US involvement in World War I. She was a co-founder, along with Jane Addams, of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and served as its international secretary from 1919 to 1922. In 1946, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with longtime YMCA leader John R. Mott. Balch was among the first graduates of what American college in 1889? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Today's Holiday

Battle of New Orleans Day (2016)

When British soldiers attacked near the Chalmette plantation outside New Orleans on January 8, 1815, they were met by a ragtag army of militiamen, sailors, and pirates fighting from behind barricades. The defending US troops were led by General Andrew Jackson, whose stunning victory—the British suffered some 2,000 casualties, while the Americans lost only eight men—made him a national hero. This day remains a legal holiday in Louisiana, where it is also known as Jackson Day or, in honor of Jackson's nickname, as Old Hickory's Day. More...
In the News

Nightmare Sleep Disorder Makes Girl Sleep for Days

Sleeping for 10 days may sound like a dream to those of us who burn the candle at both ends, but for Louisa Ball, who suffers from a rare condition known as Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS), it means missed holidays, celebrations, and school days. KLS is a little-understood condition that has no known cause or cure. It causes episodes of excessive sleeping that can go on for weeks and is associated with behavior changes such as irritability, hypersexuality, and binge eating. In Ball's case, her parents must maintain constant vigilance when she is in the midst of a sleep episode, forcing her to wake each day to eat and go to the bathroom before returning to sleep. More...
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