Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

offprint

Definition:(noun) A reproduction of or an excerpt from an article that was originally contained in a larger publication.
Synonyms:separate, reprint
Usage: The researcher was unable to locate the original, full-text publication and had to make do with an offprint that was published later.
Article of the Day

The Garrote

Macabre enough to earn an appearance in two James Bond films, the garrote, a weapon used for strangulation, was used in Rome as early as the first century. The device takes many forms and can be made from a variety of materials, including chain, rope, fabric, wire, or fishing line. Used throughout history and as recently as 1974 in Spain, garrotes were also developed as execution devices. What nation became the last country in the world to abolish the death penalty by garroting in 1990? More...
This Day in History

The Day of Two Noons: US and Canada Adopt Standard Time Zones (1883)

Before the adoption of time zones, clocks in the US and Canada were set according to the position of the sun overhead, meaning that time varied according to location. For the rail industry, this presented a logistical nightmare, and so many railroads kept their own time, further complicating matters. Standardization solved everything. On "The Day of Two Noons," train stations reset their clocks according to newly adopted time standards. Which US city continued to keep local time until the 1900s? More...
Today's Birthday

Asa Gray (1810)

Considered one of the most important botanists in American history, Gray laid the foundation for the study of plants in North America. He made botanical expeditions to the western US, established Harvard University's botany department, and wrote prodigiously on the subject of plants, producing several classic, still-valued textbooks. Charles Darwin was such an admirer of Gray's work that he shared his theory of natural selection with Gray before publishing it. What toxin was named for Gray? More...
Quotation of the Day
With Women, we speak of "love", "duty", "right", "wrong", "pity", "hope", and other irrational and emotional conceptions, which have no existence, and the fiction of which has no object except to control feminine exuberances.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

in fee

law (specifically of land) In absolute legal ownership or subjection. More...
Today's Holiday

Morocco Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day, also known as Fête de l'indépendance, is a national holiday commemorating Morocco's independence from France on November 18, 1927. Other public holidays in Morocco include: August 20, the anniversary of the king's and people's revolution, and November 6, the anniversary of the Green March in 1975. In order to claim the Western Sahara for Morocco, more than 300,000 Moroccans marched into the territory, which the Spanish still controlled; Spanish troops left the area by early 1976. More...
In the News

Life Brewing in Martian 'Ice Cauldrons'? Maybe, Say Scientists.

Double, double, toil and trouble... In the search for signs of Martian life, researchers have turned their attention to odd, funnel-shaped depressions on the Red Planet’s surface. The geological formations closely resemble the so-called “ice cauldrons” found ... More...
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