Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

ectothermic

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to an organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings; cold-blooded.
Synonyms:heterothermic, poikilothermic
Usage: Many scientists suggest that a warming climate would negatively impact ectothermic organisms, especially those living in high-heat environments.
Article of the Day

The Mie Pose

During particularly emotional moments in the performance of Japanese Kabuki theater, specifically the aragoto style of Kabuki, actors convey intensity and drama by freezing in any of a variety of powerful, distinctive poses and facial expressions. Each of these poses, called mie poses, has a name. Some of the poses are well known and are associated with particular characters in the theater. An actor is said to "cut" a mie when he performs it. What is the "heaven and earth" mie? More...
This Day in History

Cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial Is Laid (1939)

The construction of the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 1934. In 1939, US President Franklin Roosevelt presided over a ceremony during which the cornerstone of the monument was laid. Completed and dedicated in 1943, the white marble building, designed by John Russell Pope, is a circular structure with a domed ceiling, surrounded by 26 columns. Inside is a bronze statue of Jefferson. Why was a temporary plaster statue initially erected there? More...
Today's Birthday

Felix Frankfurter (1882)

Frankfurter was a US Supreme Court justice and presidential adviser. He served as secretary of war under President William H. Taft, advised President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on many New Deal programs. In 1939, Roosevelt named him to the Supreme Court, where he served until 1962. In 1920, Frankfurter helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and argued in favor of what infamous pair of defendants? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

glad tidings

Favorable, beneficial, or happy news. Usually used with the verbs "give" or "bring." More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the German-Speaking Community (2016)

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. This day is an occasion for German speakers to celebrate their ethnic heritage and political autonomy. To mark the occasion, regional flags are hung from public buildings in the German-speaking region as well as at locations outside the region with affiliations to the German-speaking community. This holiday falls on the same date as the King's Birthday, a celebration of Leopold I (1790–1865) that has special relevance for the community. More...
In the News

Crocs' Spots Make for Sensitive Jaws

Quite a few hypotheses have been proposed to explain the purpose of the dome-shaped dots that adorn the jaws of alligators and crocodiles—that they are electrical or magnetic field receptors, pores for secreting fluid, or salinity detectors, to name a few—but researchers are casting all of those ideas aside in favor of a new theory. The bumps, they say, contain a complex network of nerve cells sensitive to touch, pressure, and vibration. More sensitive than human fingertips, the bumps likely improve the creatures' reaction times when hunting and afford them the ability to use their jaws for more controlled tasks, like extracting their young from their eggs. More...
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