Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

inanimate

Definition:(adjective) Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms.
Synonyms:pulseless, breathless
Usage: I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
Article of the Day

Human Eye Color

Eye color is a genetic trait determined primarily by the amount and type of pigments present in the iris. There are three true colors in eyes—brown, yellow, and gray—that combine to produce a number of hues. Variations in color are attributed to varying ratios of melanin. Of the major eye colors, brown is the most common, followed by blue. The rarest, green, is possessed by just two percent of the human population. What condition can cause a person to have two different eye colors? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of Piltdown Man Announced (1912)

In the early 20th-century, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced that a fossilized skull belonging to a previously unknown species of prehistoric man had been found in Piltdown, England. It took 40 years to definitively determine that the skull was not that of a primitive hominid but rather a fake constructed from a human cranium and the jawbone of an ape. The perpetrator of the hoax has never been identified, though many have fallen under suspicion, including what famous author? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson (1856)

One of the founders of modern physics, Thomson helped revolutionize the knowledge of atomic structure. He is known primarily for his discovery of the electron and his investigation of its charge and mass, his development of the mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism, and his role in the discovery of isotopes and invention of mass spectrometry. His research into the electrical conductivity of gases earned him a Nobel Prize in 1906. What did Thomson originally call electrons? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Solitude (2018)

The Virgen de la Soledad, or Our Lady of Solitude, is the patroness of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Preparations for her fiesta begin several days before December 18, when carnival rides and food booths are set up in the vicinity of the church. For several evenings there are calendas, processions of men and women carrying colored paper lanterns illuminated by candles. There are also floats and huge papier-mâché caricatures of well-known individuals. Thousands of pilgrims come from all over the state of Oaxaca to see the Virgin, who is dressed in velvet and satin gowns. More...
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