Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

habitue

Definition:(noun) A regular patron.
Synonyms:regular, fixture
Usage: He was a habitue at the bar, but he never had more than two drinks in a night.
Article of the Day

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Bone marrow, rich in blood-forming and immune system cells, is the soft tissue that fills the spongy interiors of animal bones. Diseases of the marrow can interfere with red blood cell production, and a technique called bone marrow transplantation is used to infuse healthy bone marrow into a patient whose marrow is defective. A large needle inserted into the center of large bones harvests the donor marrow. How are the stem cells from the marrow harvest introduced into the recipient's body? More...
This Day in History

Fire at the US Library of Congress (1851)

The Library of Congress, the national library of the US, contains more than 115 million items, including more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, and 54 million manuscripts. Established in 1800 with about 740 books, the collection, which had swelled to about 55,000 volumes by 1851, was largely destroyed by a fire, the second in the library's history. The collection lost in the 1851 fire had been started with the acquisition of which statesman's personal library of 6,487 books? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905)

Before he became an infamously eccentric recluse, Hughes was a brilliant aviator and movie producer. At 17, he left college to take control of his late father's Hughes Tool Company, which would form the future basis for his vast fortune. After founding the Hughes Aircraft Company, he set a speed record of 352 mph (567 km/h) in a plane he designed, and in 1938, he flew around the world in a record 91 hours. A recluse in his later years, Hughes spent the last decade of his life living where? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Today's Holiday

Wigilia (2015)

Wigilia means "to watch" or "keep vigil" in Polish. It takes place on Christmas Eve and commemorates the vigil that the shepherds kept on the night of Christ's birth, but it's very possible that the celebration goes back to pre-Christian times. Because some people still cling to the ancient belief that wandering spirits roam the land during the darkest days of the year, it is not uncommon for Poles to make an extra effort to be hospitable at Christmas time, leaving out a pan of warm water and a bowl of nuts and fruits for any unexpected visitors. More...
In the News

This Ancient Femur Might Muddle up Human Evolutionary History

A troublesome thigh bone might trip up the timeline of human evolution. According to research published recently in PLOS ONE, a femur found in Southwest China could mean that a species of early human — one from a lineage other than the one that ... More...
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