Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

ill-fated

Definition:(adjective) Marked by or promising bad fortune.
Synonyms:ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky, doomed
Usage: Freed after months of captivity, the aid workers are relieved to have survived their ill-fated trip abroad.
Article of the Day

Philip II of Macedon

Philip II was king of Macedonia from 359 to 336 BCE. He was originally appointed regent for his nephew but seized the throne for himself, ruthlessly suppressing all opposition. After reorganizing his army and training it in the effective Theban phalanx formation, he launched an ambitious program of expansion by conquest and diplomacy. In 338 BCE, Philip defeated Athens and Thebes, becoming leader of all of Greece and creating a league of states united against Persia. Who was Philip’s famous son? More...
This Day in History

The Phoenix Lights: Aliens or Air Force? (1997)

In 1997, thousands of people reported a series of optical phenomena—since known as the Phoenix Lights—taking place in the skies over the US states of Arizona and Nevada. The sightings consisted of two events: a triangular formation of lights observed passing overhead and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. Although the US Air Force identified the second group of lights as flares, many believe the first set of lights were those of a UFO, including what notable politician? More...
Today's Birthday

Percival Lowell (1855)

Lowell was an astronomer who built a private observatory in Arizona to study Mars and championed the idea that intelligent inhabitants of the Red Planet had constructed a planetwide system of irrigation there. He believed that the so-called canals of Mars were bands of cultivated vegetation dependent on this irrigation. His theory, long vigorously opposed, was finally put to rest by images taken by the US Mariner spacecrafts. Lowell did, however, correctly predict the existence of what "planet"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man...No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

bring a knife to a gunfight

To come poorly prepared or equipped for some task, goal, competition, or confrontation. Often used in the negative as a forewarning or piece of advice. More...
Today's Holiday

Omizutori Matsuri (2016)

Omizutori Matsuri is marked by religious rites that have been observed for 12 centuries at the Buddhist Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, Japan. During this period of meditative rituals, the drone of recited sutras and the sound of blowing conches echo from the temple. On March 12, young monks on the temple gallery brandish burning pine-branches, shaking off burning pieces. Spectators below try to catch the sparks, believing they have magic power against evil. On March 13, the ceremony of drawing water is observed to the accompaniment of ancient music. More...
In the News

Preserving Future Fertility of Kids with Cancer

One of the unfortunate side-effects of many cancer treatments is that they destroy reproductive cells along with cancer cells, costing patients their ability to have children later in life. While young adults are able to bank sperm and eggs for future use, children diagnosed prior to puberty do not have this opportunity. Now, however, doctors are working on developing ways to bank immature testicular cells and ovarian tissue for these patients’ later use. In doing so, doctors face certain unique challenges, like figuring out how long ovarian follicles can be frozen and remain viable and what to do about possible cancer cells lurking among harvested reproductive cells. More...
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