Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

interpolate

Definition:(verb) To alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization.
Synonyms:falsify
Usage: He interpolated a lot of spurious matter into the manuscript.
Article of the Day

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Possibly inhabited more than 100,000 years ago, the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a series of caves in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh that exhibit traces of early human life. Bhimbetka was first recorded in 1888 as a Buddhist site, and since archaeologists began visiting it in the 1950s, more than 700 rock shelters have been identified. They are mainly painted in red and white and depict many everyday activities, such as hunting, dancing, and worshipping. What is "Zoo Rock"? More...
This Day in History

Flight 19 Is Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (1945)

Flight 19 was the designation of five US Navy bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle during a navigation training flight from a naval air station in Florida. All 14 airmen involved in the exercise were lost. The search-and-rescue flight that went after them also disappeared, along with its 13-man crew, and is assumed to have exploded in midair. No wreckage from any of the six aircraft has ever been positively identified. What did Navy investigators conclude happened to Flight 19? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Painlevé (1863)

A mathematical prodigy, Painlevé embarked on a career devoted to science, but he turned to politics after the Dreyfus Affair sparked his interest. In World War I, he held several French cabinet posts and was briefly premier in 1917. He was premier again in 1925 and was later minister of war and minister of aviation. In mathematics, Painlevé ranked among the best minds of his time, and he made important contributions in the field of differential equations. What are the Painlevé transcendents? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

have eyes bigger than (one's) stomach

To take more food than one is actually capable of eating. More...
Today's Holiday

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (2016)

In 1985, the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Assembly hoped that in so doing, it would draw favorable attention to the contribution made by volunteers, and thus inspire more people to serve the world community as volunteers. More...
In the News

Brain Connections Differ for Men and Women

It is not news that men and women think differently—this is a topic that has been discussed and debated time and again throughout the ages—but the idea now has new scientific backing. Brain scans of nearly 1,000 male and female volunteers indicate that there are striking differences in the way that they are wired. Male brains appear to have connections that run front to back with little bridging across the hemispheres, whereas brain pathways in females frequently crisscross the hemispheres. The findings do not demonstrate whether or how these brain differences translate into actual behavioral differences. More...
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