Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

hillock

Definition:(noun) A small natural hill.
Synonyms:knoll, mound, hammock
Usage: Umbopa pointed out to us a slight and indistinct hillock on the flat surface of the plain about eight miles away.
Article of the Day

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia was an Alexandrian Neoplatonic philosopher and mathematician renowned for her learning, eloquence, and beauty. She became head of Alexandria's Platonist school in about 400 CE, lecturing there on mathematics and philosophy. Several works are attributed to her by later sources, including commentaries on Ptolemy's works, but none have survived. Her murder, the subject of many conspiracy theories, was a brutal event. How did religion factor into Hypatia's lynching? More...
This Day in History

Streptomycin Is First Isolated (1943)

After coining the word "antibiotic" for bacteria-killing chemicals derived from micro-organisms, American microbiologist Selman A. Waksman, working with Albert Schatz, isolated streptomycin—the fourth antibiotic ever discovered. Waksman won the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery. Streptomycin acts by inhibiting protein synthesis and damaging cell membranes. Produced by soil bacteria, it was the first specific agent effective in the treatment of what disease? More...
Today's Birthday

Salimuzzaman Siddiqui (1897)

Siddiqui was a leading Pakistani scientist credited with the isolation of unique chemical compounds from various South Asian plants, particularly the neem tree. The extracts of this tree, a broad-leaved evergreen native to India and Myanmar, have been used for centuries in Asia as pesticides, medicines, and health tonics. In the 21st century, knowledge of the neem tree spread to the West, where it has been hailed as a "wonder plant," largely due to the work of Siddiqui, who discovered what else? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have its/(one's) day

To be at the height of or experience success or prosperity. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Martyrs of North America (2016)

The Feast of the North American Martyrs commemorates the death of eight priests who were killed by the Iroquois, enemies of the Huron Indians, with whom the priests had been working for 34 years. The eight who are remembered on this day are St. Rene Goupil (1608-1642), St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), St. John Lalonde (d. 1646), and their companions, French Jesuits who died in 1649. They were canonized together in 1930, and a shrine built for them at Auriesville, New York, holds a novena each year over nine days, including October 19. More...
In the News

Have Scientists Discovered an Alien Civilization? Not So Fast

Could new findings around a distant star point to an advanced alien civilization? While it's a possibility that some scientists are considering, the chances are very high that we haven't stumbled upon extraterrestrials. Researchers might be striking a ... More...
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