Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

ingest

Definition:(verb) To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
Synonyms:consume, have, take in
Usage: Chocolate can be lethal to dogs if they ingest too much of it.
Article of the Day

Shock Waves

A shock wave is created when a powerful explosion within a fluid forms a zone of extremely high pressure that propagates through the fluid faster than the speed of sound. A shock wave carries energy and can have destructive effects as it impinges on solid objects, but it decays rapidly as it moves further away from its point of origin and gradually changes into an ordinary sound wave. How does a shock wave differ from a sonic boom? More...
This Day in History

Nasir Khusraw Embarks on Seven-Year Middle East Journey (1046)

Khusraw, a Persian poet, philosopher, scholar, and traveler, is considered one of the great writers of Persian literature. His most famous work is the Safarnama, an account of his seven-year journey through the Islamic world, during which time he made pilgrimages to the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina and visited many cities, including Jerusalem and Cairo. The work stands out as the most authentic account of the Islamic world at that time. He traversed what distance in those seven years? More...
Today's Birthday

Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619)

Cyrano de Bergerac was a French writer and freethinker who satirized the customs and beliefs of his time. He wrote two romances about visits to the moon that are classics of early modern science fiction and inspired later writers such as Jonathan Swift. His swaggering personality, evinced by the many duels he fought over insults to his unusually large nose, was romanticized by Edmond Rostand in the verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac. How much of the play is an accurate reflection of his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

beauty queen

A woman who has won, or looks as if she could win, a beauty pageant. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day (2016)

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
In the News

Ibuprofen May Reduce Parkinson's Risk

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroid al anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, commonly used to relieve muscle aches and arthritis pain, but data show it may also lower one's risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Previous studies have suggested that this class of anti-inflammatory drugs could help prevent the disease, but until now, it has been unclear which medications in particular might have an effect. In studies of more than 135,000 men and women, those who regularly used ibuprofen were 40% less likely to develop Parkinson's. More...
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