Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

embezzle

Definition:(verb) To take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.
Synonyms:defalcate, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
Usage: The director embezzled $34 million in company funds before he was caught.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Perfect

The present perfect tells us about something that occurred at some indefinite period in the past. However, if something happened at a specific point in time in the past ("last night," "two years ago," "yesterday," etc.), then we must use what tense? More...
Article of the Day

Black Pudding

Black pudding is a type of sausage made by cooking blood with a filler—often meat, fat, or bread—until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. Called blood sausage in North America, the dish is prepared in many different ways throughout the world, often using pig or cattle blood. It can be eaten uncooked but is often grilled or boiled in its skin. Black pudding is usually served as part of a traditional full breakfast in the United Kingdom and Ireland, along with white pudding, which is what? More...
This Day in History

The Calaveras Skull Hoax Begins (1866)

What began as a practical joke became a famous, decades-long scientific hoax when a prominent geologist not only fell for it, but vigorously defended it as real. After miners in Calaveras County, California, claimed to have found a human skull deep within a mine, Harvard University Professor Josiah Whitney—then the State Geologist of California—announced that it was the earliest evidence of humans on the continent. Where might the miners who planted the skull have obtained it in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Ida Noddack (1896)

One of the first prominent female chemists in Germany, Noddack was nominated several times for a Nobel Prize but never won. Still, she made a number of remarkable contributions to science, co-discovering the element rhenium with her future husband and proposing for the first time the idea of nuclear fission. She also participated in the discovery of another element, which her team named masurium, but they could not prove its existence. It was finally isolated by others in 1937 and named what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

lust for life

Intense eagerness to experience all that life has to offer. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta sa EDSA (2018)

The Fiesta sa EDSA is a commemoration of the bloodless People Power Revolution in the Philippines from Feb. 22-25, 1986, in which the dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos was toppled. Two key government officers rebelled in protest of Marcos's oppression and demanded his resignation. Pro-Marcos forces threatened to annihilate them, but two million unarmed people, with offerings of flowers, food, and prayers, provided a human shield and overcame the military's firepower. The day is marked with ceremonies at the site of the revolution in Quezon City, a part of Manila. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: secretion

gall - As in gallbladder, it refers to a secretion of the liver or to bile. More...

honeyflow - The period of secretion of honey or nectar by flowers. More...

sepia - A cuttlefish, the origin of the brown pigment prepared from a secretion of the fish. More...

larp - The secretion from eucalyptus. More...

In the News

Human-Sheep Hybrids Could Grow Human Organs for Transplant and Even Cure Diabetes

Scientists have created human-sheep hybrids in a step towards human organ production in animals. The approach could one day supply organs for transplantation in humans, and even offer a cure for type 1 diabetes. Researchers Hiro Nakauchi from Stanford ... More...
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