Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

galvanize

Definition:(verb) To stimulate to action.
Synonyms:startle
Usage: The appeal has galvanized them into taking positive action.
Article of the Day

Gamma Knife

The Gamma Knife is a device used in stereotactic radiosurgery to produce precise lesions in specific areas of pathologic tissue in deep-seated central nervous system structures. The apparatus uses 201 beams of gamma radiation, which are carefully aimed to converge on a specific intracranial target, to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and treat vascular anomalies while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. What specialized equipment do patients wear during treatment? More...
This Day in History

Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech (1946)

The phrase "Iron Curtain" refers to the political, military, and ideological barrier erected by the USSR after WWII to seal itself and its dependent eastern European allies off from contact with the West. Churchill's use of the phrase in a 1946 speech at a US college, though initially perceived as antagonistic, popularized the term. The Iron Curtain largely ceased to exist in 1990, when the communists of eastern Europe finally abandoned one-party rule. What are some earlier uses of the phrase? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerardus Mercator (1512)

Mercator was a Flemish geographer, mathematician, and cartographer who perfected the first map using the Mercator projection, the translation of the spherical earth to a two-dimensional flat plane. In it, parallels and meridians are rendered as straight lines spaced to produce an accurate ratio of latitude to longitude at any point. It permits mariners to steer a course over long distances without continually adjusting compass readings. What map-related term was coined by Mercator? More...
Quotation of the Day
Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

barnburner

Any thing, event, or occasion that is especially exciting, impressive, and/or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Vanuatu Custom Chiefs Day

In the island nation of Vanuatu, many islands have rejected European influence and instead prefer to live according to their traditional customs. While these customs vary widely throughout the islands, village life, subsistence farming, a belief in magic, and rule by chiefs are common. In 1977, a National Council of Chiefs was set up by the government to ensure the preservation of traditional ways of life. These tribal chiefs are honored on March 5 of each year; celebratory activities on this day include sporting events, carnivals, agricultural fairs, and arts festivals. More...
In the News

Depression Rates Expected to Rise among Men

Women are twice as likely as men to develop major depressive disorder at some point in their lives, but some researchers believe that this balance will shift as the economic and societal roles of men and women in the Western world continue to change. Men have traditionally been the breadwinners of the family unit, but today, more and more women are going to university. At the same time, traditional male jobs, such as those in the manufacturing sector or those involving manual labor, are being lost. Researchers suggest that as the proportion of households in which the main breadwinner is female rises, so too will the number of men suffering from depression. More...
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