Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

greave

Definition:(noun) Armor plate that protects legs below the knee.
Synonyms:jambeau
Usage: They then stripped him of a jacket that he wore over his armor, and they would have stripped off his stockings if his greaves had not prevented them.
Article of the Day

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the trigeminal nerve—the fifth cranial nerve—which is divided into three branches and is responsible for chewing, producing saliva and tears, and sending facial sensations to the brain. The disorder causes episodes of sharp, stabbing pain in the cheek, lips, gums, or chin on one side of the face. The pain, while brief, is so severe that the sufferer often cannot do anything else while the attack lasts. How is trigeminal neuralgia treated? More...
This Day in History

US President Ronald Reagan Dubs the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)

Reagan's strong anti-communist position, evident from the time he began his presidential career, was highlighted in a 1983 speech in which he referred to the USSR as an "evil empire." The phrase became common in Cold War rhetoric and has since entered popular culture, taking on a nearly iconic status. It has been used in a variety of contexts to refer to entities as varied as Wal-Mart and the British Empire. Before what group was Reagan speaking the first time he used the phrase "evil empire"? More...
Today's Birthday

André Michaux (1746)

Michaux was a French botanist who traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1785, the French government sent him to the US to spearhead the first organized investigation of North American plants that could be of use in France. His botanical journeys through the US lasted until 1796, and he recorded his studies in two books on North American botany—one of which is devoted to oaks. He also traveled to the Middle East, where he acquired what Babylonian artifact found near Baghdad? More...
Quotation of the Day
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women. More...
In the News

Proof of Alien Life?

In a recently published research paper, NASA scientist Richard Hoover claims to have found evidence of alien bacterial life in meteorites that were collected decades ago, but many experts, including other NASA scientists, dispute the findings. Hoover says that he broke open the meteorites in a sterile environment and then examined samples using scanning electron microscopy, discovering in them the fossilized remains of microorganisms he believes came from outer space. However, NASA Astrobiology Institute Director Carl Pilcher offers a simpler explanation: the microbes Hoover found are merely contamination from Earth. Experts are now reviewing the paper. More...
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