Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

saturate

Definition:(verb) Infuse or fill completely.
Synonyms:impregnate
Usage: This light, subdued and colored, seemed almost a radiation from the trunks themselves, so strongly did they saturate it with their hue.
Article of the Day

Lewis Chessmen

In 1831, dozens of intricately detailed chess pieces—enough to form several sets—were found buried in the sand on Scotland's Isle of Lewis. They had been carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century. Apparently unused, they may have been the stock of a merchant who buried them after a mishap at sea. Their origin and intended destination are unknown. The rooks are depicted not as castles, but as berserkers. Instead of white and black, the pieces may have been white and what other color? More...
This Day in History

My Lai Massacre (1968)

During the Vietnam War, US troops searching for Viet Cong fighters massacred hundreds of civilians from the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Though they had not located any insurgents in My Lai, the soldiers opened fire on the villagers, killing men, women, and children. The incident was initially covered up by army officers. When it was revealed in the press nearly two years later, it divided the US public and increased pressure to end the war. How many soldiers were convicted for their crimes? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas (1925)

Miramontes was a Mexican chemist whose extensive scientific contributions include numerous publications and nearly 40 national and international patents in different areas, including organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, petrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and polluting agents. However, Miramontes is best remembered for his synthesis, in 1951, of norethindrone, a progestational hormone that would be used as the base of one of the first forms of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

bucket list

A list of accomplishments or tasks one hopes to do or achieve before one dies. "Bucket" here is taken from the phrase "kick the bucket," meaning to die. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Urho's Day

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the US was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. More...
In the News

Liver Preservation Device Could Increase Organ's Availability

There are simply not enough donor organs to meet current needs, and thousands of people die every year waiting for a transplant. Unfortunately, many badly needed organs are deemed nonviable and discarded, often because of damage sustained between removal and transplantation. Thousands of livers are discarded each year, but a new device that perfuses this organ outside the body, keeping it warm and functioning rather than on ice, could allow doctors to keep donated livers viable longer, better assess a liver's function prior to transplantation, and possibly even allow a damaged liver to recover somewhat. More...
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