Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

rebuff

Definition:(verb) Reject outright and bluntly.
Synonyms:snub, repel
Usage: When we left school he made advances to me; I did not rebuff them, for I was flattered, but we soon parted.
Article of the Day

The Kofun Period in Japan

Perhaps the oldest era in the recorded history of Japan, the Kofun period began in the 3rd century. Though Japanese tribal leaders remained in close economic and political contact with Korea during this period, they also increasingly consolidated their power. It was a critical stage in the evolution of a unified Japanese state. The introduction of Buddhism in 538 CE marked the start of a new and different era. The Kofun period is especially known for the building of what distinctive structures? More...
This Day in History

"The Blue Marble" Photograph Taken by Apollo 17 Crew (1972)

"The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of Earth taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft while traveling toward the Moon in 1972. So-titled because the Earth resembles a blue marble—accented by swirls of white clouds—the image is among the most widely distributed photographs in history. Depicting a fully lit Earth, the snapshot was originally taken "upside-down," with Antarctica on top, but was rotated before distribution. How did NASA update the image in 2005? More...
Today's Birthday

Theodor Schwann (1810)

Schwann was a German physiologist who founded modern histology by recognizing the cell as the basic unit of animal structure. He also studied nerve structure, discovering the myelin sheath covering nerve cells, and formulated the basic principles of embryology. While investigating digestive processes, he isolated a substance responsible for digestion in the stomach, the first enzyme prepared from animal tissue, and named it pepsin. What other common scientific term was coined by Schwann? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

Armenia Earthquake Memorial Day (2015)

On December 7, 1988, a severe earthquake struck in Armenia, causing catastrophic damage to the entire country's infrastructure and virtually destroying the cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor), and Stepanavan. More than 25,000 people were killed in the disaster, with another 140,000 injured and more than one million left homeless, in a disaster zone that measured about 30,000 square kilometers. That day is now remembered each year as a national holiday, marked across the country with prayer, memorial services, and a moment of silence. More...
In the News

Could Parenthood Protect Against Premature Death?

Parents may attribute many of their gray hairs to the stress of child rearing, but they may be willing to overlook the cosmetic inconvenience once they learn about the link between parenthood and lifespan. A study of more than 21,000 couples seeking fertility treatment found that childless women were four times more likely to die prematurely than those with children. Childless men were about twice as likely as dads to die early. Researchers note that while the findings do not indicate a causative relationship between childlessness and premature death, there is clear evidence of an elevated mortality rate among those who desire but are unable to have children. More...
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