Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 2, 2012)
Word of the Day

unskillful

Definition:(adjective) Poorly done.
Synonyms:botchy, butcherly
Usage: I am afraid that what was first done was unskillful, if not worse than useless.
Article of the Day

Lichtenberg Figures

Named for German physicist Georg Lichtenberg, Lichtenberg figures are branching, lightning-like fractal patterns that can appear on or in insulating materials, such as glass, after an electrical discharge. They are also sometimes found on the skin of lightning strike victims in the form of intricate patterns thought to be caused by damage to small blood vessels along the path of the current. In capturing the figures on paper, Lichtenberg discovered the principle behind what modern technology? More...
This Day in History

Pasilalinic-Sympathetic Compass Demonstrated (1851)

French occultist Jacques Toussaint Benoit's pasilalinic-sympathetic compass was a contraption developed based on his belief that when two snails touch, they create a telepathic bond. His "snail telegraph" contained 24 snails, each associated with an individual letter of the alphabet as well as with a snail counterpart in a second device. One could theoretically transmit a message by touching the snails, eliciting reactions from their counterparts. What happened when he demonstrated his device? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798)

The complex and controversial king of Sardinia-Piedmont from 1831 to 1849, Charles Albert helped inspire the growing drive for Italian independence. In 1848, the spread of revolutionary ideas forced him to grant a constitution. Seeking to lead the liberation of Italy, he went to war with Austria that same year, and again in 1849, but was twice defeated. After abdicating in favor of his son, he went into exile and soon died. Charles was called the "number one enemy" of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Today's Holiday

Guardian Angels Day (2015)

As early as the ninth century, a day was set aside to honor angels in general and the archangel Michael in particular. This was September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels or Michaelmas. But some people, believing that a particular angel is assigned to watch over each human being, wanted to honor their own personal protectors or guardian angels. A feast in their honor observed in 16th-century Spain was extended to the whole church by Pope Paul V in 1608, and, in 1672, Pope Clement X set October 2 as the universal day for the festival. More...
In the News

Mice May Hold Key to Scar-Free Healing

In the same way that some lizards shed appendages to escape predators that have managed to grab hold of them, certain creatures actually shed their skin in order to get away. The African spiny mouse is one such mammal. Its skin tears easily under low tension, yet even when large patches of skin are lost, the tissue grows back quickly and without scarring. Missing hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and cartilage are also regenerated during this process. It is possible that mammals have a greater capacity for regeneration than we know and that understanding the process could lead to ways to promote scarless healing in humans. More...
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