Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

purchasable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being corrupted.
Synonyms:bribable, corruptible, venal, dishonest
Usage: If there is just one purchasable juror assigned to my case, I may have a chance of beating the charges.
Article of the Day

Smoke Testing

The term "smoke test" can refer to troubleshooting methods in a variety of fields. In electronics, a smoke test refers to the first, most basic test of a newly repaired or assembled system, in which the system is merely plugged in to see if it starts smoking or catches fire. In other industries, smoke testing is the practice of forcing smoke into a cavity to check for leaks, such as in a plumbing pipe, clarinet, or car's vacuum system. How are smoke tests used in infectious disease control? More...
This Day in History

Robert Koch Announces Discovery of Tuberculosis Bacterium (1882)

Tuberculosis, a contagious, wasting disease that commonly attacks the lungs but may affect other organs and systems as well, is caused by several strains of mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium tuberculosis in humans. First identified in 1882 by German bacteriologist Robert Koch, M. tuberculosis is unusual because of its lipid-rich cell wall and because it divides every 15 to 20 hours, when other bacteria divide in minutes. How long does it take E. coli to divide? More...
Today's Birthday

Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More...
Quotation of the Day
See them clamber, these nimble apes! ... Towards the throne they all strive: it is their madness—as if happiness sat on the throne! Ofttimes sitteth filth on the throne—and ofttimes also the throne on filth.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

candle in the wind

Something that is particularly vulnerable, weak, fragile, or precarious and likely to fail, perish, or be eliminated at any moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (2016)

In Argentina, this is a public holiday that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and, in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24. More...
In the News

Blood Monitoring Goes High Tech

Researchers are developing an implantable blood-testing device that will give doctors the ability to remotely and more continuously monitor patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or high cholesterol. The current prototype is capable of detecting a number of commonly monitored substances in the blood, including glucose and cholesterol, and checking as many as five of these simultaneously. It then transmits its findings directly to a physician via radio and Bluetooth technology More...
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