Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

phagocyte

Definition:(noun) A cell, such as a white blood cell, that engulfs and absorbs waste material, harmful microorganisms, or other foreign bodies in the bloodstream and tissues.
Synonyms:scavenger cell
Usage: The doctor was fond of referring to phagocytes as "sanitation workers."
Article of the Day

The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dalí remains one of the most important painters of both the surrealist movement and the 20th century. Influenced by Freud's psychoanalytic theories and dream studies, he developed a repertoire of striking, dreamlike, distorted images in a style he termed "hand-painted dream photographs." Completed in 1931, The Persistence of Memory is Dalí's most famous work. It depicts four soft, melting pocket watches. How is this imagery generally interpreted? More...
This Day in History

Ticker-Tape Parade Invented in New York City (1886)

Before the advent of the Internet, stock quotes were printed by telegraph machines on continuous paper ribbon known as ticker tape. In 1886, New Yorkers became the first to use the tape as confetti during an impromptu celebration of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, inventing what would come to be known as a "ticker-tape parade." Since then, ticker-tape parades have been used to greet dignitaries, honor war heroes, and fete sports teams. What materials are now used instead of ticker tape? More...
Today's Birthday

James Boswell (1740)

Boswell was a Scottish lawyer and author who is best known for his biography of English literary scholar and critic Samuel Johnson, a noted wit. Boswell's record of Johnson's pithy remarks earned The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. recognition as one of the greatest biographies of Western literature. So skillful was his work that Johnson is perhaps better remembered for his sayings in the biography than for his own writings. What Boswell manuscripts were discovered in the 20th century? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Today's Holiday

Coronation Day and Sihanouk's Birthday (2015)

The celebration of former King Norodom Sihanouk's birthday on October 31 has been combined with the October 29 anniversary of the coronation of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. Sihanouk abdicated in favor of his son in 2004. The three-day celebration is centered in Phnom Penh, around the Royal Palace. People from all over the country come to the capital city to watch parades, partake in cultural events, and see the elaborate fireworks display along the riverbank near the palace. More...
In the News

What Einstein Got Wrong About the Speed of Light

If you want to play in the quantum sandbox, you have to accept some bizarre rules. You have to accept that a single thing can exist in two states at once—alive and dead, black and white—until it's observed or measured in some way, at which point it ... More...
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