Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

augury

Definition:(noun) A sign of something coming; an omen.
Synonyms:foretoken, preindication
Usage: Many analysts see the dire unemployment statistics as an augury of a continued recession.
Article of the Day

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in your hands and do a lot of typing or knitting, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Short, repetitive finger and wrist movements are among the causes of this painful condition, as they irritate and inflame the flexor tendons, causing compression of the median nerve in a part of the wrist called the "carpal tunnel." What are some preventative steps one can take to try and minimize the risk of developing the condition? More...
This Day in History

Supernova 1604 First Observed (1604)

A supernova is a rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy. The last supernova to be observed in the Milky Way was seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler and was used by Galileo, at his trial, as evidence against the presupposition that the universe never changes. Visible to the naked eye, it was brighter at its peak than any other star in the night sky. How far from Earth was this supernova? More...
Today's Birthday

Guillermo del Toro (1964)

Del Toro is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican filmmaker whose films often explore the darker elements of fantasy and reflect his fascination with "insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things." His most acclaimed films to date, Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, both feature children living under authoritarian rule while facing frightening supernatural entities and have been compared with what film, considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s? More...
Quotation of the Day
Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Today's Holiday

Leif Erikson Day (2015)

Some historians believe that the viking explorer Leif Ericson landed in North America 488 years before Columbus sailed into the New World. Members of the Leif Erikson Association chose October 9 to commemorate this event because the first Norwegian emigrants landed in America on October 9, 1825. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed this as Leif Erikson Day. States with large Norwegian-American populations often hold observances on this day, as do members of the Sons of Norway, the Leif Erikson Society, and other Norwegian-American organizations. More...
In the News

Researchers Release Thousands of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying pests as well as vectors for disease transmission, so why would anyone actually release captive mosquitoes, let alone bacteria-infected ones, into the environment on purpose? To combat disease, of course. Several countries, including Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, are participating in a program involving releasing tens of thousands of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which suppress mosquito-borne dengue fever and also hamper the ability of infected male mosquitoes to reproduce with uninfected females. Wolbachia in not transmissible to humans. More...
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