Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

sanies

Definition:(noun) A thin, fetid, greenish fluid consisting of serum and pus discharged from a wound, ulcer, or fistula.
Synonyms:pus, festering, ichor, purulence, suppuration
Usage: The doctor bandaged my hand and told me to call him if sanies began to ooze from the wound.
Article of the Day

Conan the Bacterium

Deinococcus radiodurans has been listed as the world's toughest bacterium in The Guinness Book of World Records because of its extraordinary resistance to extreme conditions. It is the most radioresistant organism known to science and is able to rapidly repair damage to its genome. Many question how such a resilient bacterium could evolve on Earth, and some have suggested that the organism is actually of Martian origin. How do they propose the bacterium came to this planet? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Observes the Edison Effect (1880)

Known as "the Edison Effect," thermionic emission is the emission of electrons or ions by substances that are highly heated. The charged particles that are emitted are called thermions, and their number rapidly increases with the temperature of the substance. If the heated substance that emits thermions carries a charge, the thermions will carry the same charge. The effect was observed by Edison in 1883 when he was working on what invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

Banks was a British naturalist, botanist, and patron of the sciences. After inheriting a large fortune in his early 20s, he began traveling extensively, collecting plant and natural history specimens. He outfitted and accompanied James Cook's voyage around the world, during which time he collected many biological specimens that had never before been classified. His herbarium, one of the most important in existence, and library are now at the British Museum. What plant genus was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

crushing blow

A major defeat or setback that is devastating to the goals of a person, group, or organization. More...
Today's Holiday

Washington's Birthday Celebration (2016)

Every year, Alexandria, Virginia, hosts an array of activities devoted to George Washington, including the nation's largest parade honoring the father of the country. The first parade to honor him was in 1798, when he came from his Mt. Vernon home to review the troops in front of Gadsby's Tavern. The present-day festivities get off to an elegant start over the weekend with a banquet followed by the George Washington Birthnight Ball in Gadsby's Tavern, a duplication of the birthday-eve parties held in Washington's lifetime. On Monday is the big parade. More...
In the News

Who Walked the Roads to Rome? Isotopes Provide Clues

Who really lived in ancient Rome? During the first few centuries AD, the city may have had 1 million residents: a huge size for an ancient city, but only a sliver of the empire's almost 60 million residents, connected across diverse cultures and languages. But ... More...
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