Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

sashay

Definition:(verb) To walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others.
Synonyms:prance, strut, swagger, tittup, ruffle, cock
Usage: She sashayed around the room flaunting her designer dress and impeccably coiffed hair.
Article of the Day

Mycology

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million species of fungus on Earth, only a fraction of which have yet been described. The study of fungi, called mycology, has important applications in the dairy, wine, and baking industries, as well as in the production of dyes and inks. Fungi can cause diseases, but can also be medically beneficial. Mycological research has led to the development of such antibiotics as penicillin and tetracycline. What mushroom naturally contains a cholesterol-lowering drug? More...
This Day in History

French Statesman Leon Gambetta Flees Paris in a Balloon (1870)

Gambetta was a lawyer who gained recognition as an opponent of the Second Empire of Napoleon III and, in 1869, joined the parliamentary opposition. When Napoleon's empire fell to the Germans, Gambetta organized a government of national defense to drive them out. With Paris under a grueling German siege, he made a spectacular escape to Tours in a balloon, where he continued fighting the Germans as minister of the interior and of war. Gambetta died shortly after being wounded in what accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Niels Bohr (1885)

Bohr was a Danish physicist who was among the first to recognize the importance of an element's atomic number. He was also the first to apply the quantum theory to atomic and molecular structure, and his concept of the atomic nucleus was a key step in understanding nuclear fission. He won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922 for his work on atomic theory. Though he contributed to atomic bomb research during World War II, he later devoted himself to arms control. What element is named in his honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Okunchi Matsuri (2015)

The Okunchi Festival in Nagasaki dates back to the 17th century, when many Chinese lived in the city and when both Dutch and Chinese traders regularly anchored their ships there. The festival pays tribute to these traders by presenting both a Dutch dance and a Chinese dragon dance, along with street fairs and other entertainment. The Okunchi Festival also features the traditional procession of the mikoshi—the ornate palanquin on which the local deity is believed to descend for a ride as it is carried through the streets. More...
In the News

Black Mamba's Deadly Venom Potent Painkiller

The venom of Africa's lethal black mamba could be the key to producing a painkiller as potent as morphine but with fewer unwanted side-effects. Scientists were able to isolate pain-relieving proteins called mambalgins from the snake's venom and found them to be an effective painkiller in mice. Humans and mice have fairly similar pain pathways, leading researchers to believe that mambalgins would produce a similar effect if administered to people. More...
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