Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

bereft

Definition:(adjective) Suffering the death of a loved one; bereaved.
Synonyms:grief-stricken, grieving, mourning
Usage: Mourn not for those who have died, but for those who are bereft.
Article of the Day

Persian Rugs

Carpet weaving is an integral part of Persian culture, dating back thousands of years. In the 6th century BCE, the court of Persian king Cyrus the Great was decked with magnificent carpets. Today, hand-woven rugs remain one of Iran's chief exports, and the rug industry employs some two million workers. Persian carpets typically have a tight, velvety pile, rich colors, and flowing or geometric designs. What is the difference between Anatolian rugs and Persian rugs? 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
I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

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

Brain Food: Turmeric

The brilliant yellow spice turmeric does more than just add color and flavor to food. Studies suggest that it possesses cancer-fighting properties and even the ability to boost the brain's healing capacity. Rats injected with aromatic-turmerone, a compound found in turmeric, had increased activity in areas of the brain involved in nerve cell growth, suggesting it may encourage the proliferation of brain cells. Additionally, bathing rodent neural stem cells in aromatic-turmerone extract appeared to boost the growth of these cells. The findings could have implications for the future treatment of strokes and Alzheimer's disease. More...
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