Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

pertinacity

Definition:(noun) Persistent determination.
Synonyms:doggedness, perseverance, persistency, tenacity
Usage: Again and again...with the inexorable pertinacity of a child...did he renew his efforts.
Article of the Day

ALH84001

ALH84001 is a Martian meteorite that was found in Allan Hills, Antarctica, in 1984. It made headlines in 1996, when it was announced that it could contain trace evidence of Martian life in the form of fossils of bacteria-like life forms. There has since been much debate about whether the structures in question are truly evidence of extraterrestrial life. Some believe that the microfossils resulted from contamination by earthly biofilms. How long was ALH84001 on Earth before it was discovered? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tigranocerta (69 BCE)

Through an alliance with his father-in-law, Mithradates VI of Pontus, Armenian King Tigranes the Great extended his conquests across Asia Minor and founded Tigranocerta—the modern Siirt, Turkey—as the capital of his large empire. In 69 BCE, Roman forces led by General Lucullus captured Tigranocerta. With the aid of Tigranes's son, Pompey vanquished Tigranes, who lost all of his conquests and had to pay tribute to Rome. What early form of chemical warfare was employed during the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (1289)

Wenceslaus III was king of Bohemia and of Hungary. Unable to assert his authority in Hungary, even with the help of his father, Wenceslaus II, he relinquished his claim to Duke Otto of Bavaria in 1305. He attempted to assert his hereditary claim to the Polish crown but was assassinated while marching to Poland. After an interregnum, John of Luxemburg, who married Wenceslaus's sister, was elected king of Bohemia. Wenceslaus III was the last member of what dynasty? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have (a) skeleton(s) in (one's)/the closet

To have (an) embarassing, unpleasant, damaging, or incriminating secret(s) from one's past. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Vegetarian Festival (2016)

The Vegetarian Festival is an annual nine-day affair observed on the island of Phuket off southwestern Thailand by residents of Chinese ancestry. During the nine days, observers eat only vegetarian foods. The festival begins with a parade in which devotees wear white, and continues with ceremonies at temples, performances of special feats by ascetics, and acts of self-mortification—walking on hot coals, piercing the skin, and so on. The festival celebrates the beginning of the month called "Taoist Lent," when devout Chinese abstain from meat. More...
In the News

Nobel Winner Died Days before Award Announcement

When the Nobel Prize committee announced Monday that Ralph Steinman was one of the winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it did not know that he had lost his battle with pancreatic cancer days earlier. He had been selected for his "discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity," findings which he had used to extend his own life following his cancer diagnosis. Though rules prevent Nobel Prizes from being awarded posthumously, Steinman's will not be withdrawn given the circumstances, and he has therefore become the first person in half a century to win a posthumous Nobel Prize. More...
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