Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

axiomatic

Definition:(adjective) Evident without proof or argument.
Synonyms:self-evident, taken for granted
Usage: It is axiomatic that as people grow older they become less agile.
Article of the Day

Gentleman

In English law, a gentleman was one who bore a coat of armor, was entitled to bear arms, and ranked above yeomen. However, by the 19th century, the word’s association with social rank had diminished, and rather than signify a distinction of blood, the term came to describe a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated. Today, it is often used, alongside "lady," to emphasize norms expected in polite society. What qualities are associated with the Confucian "gentleman," the junzi? More...
This Day in History

The Hillsborough Disaster (1989)

The Hillsborough Disaster occurred in 1989 during a soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in England. When the match began, many fans were still attempting to enter the stadium, forming a bottleneck at the gate. When the gates were opened, the push from the crowd crushed many against barriers, resulting in the deaths of 96 people. It remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history. What factors are believed to have led to the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile Durkheim (1858)

Along with Max Weber, Durkheim is considered one of the chief founders of modern sociology. His view that the methods of natural science can be applied to the study of society was influenced by the positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte. Durkheim held that the collective mind of society was the source of religion and morality and that the common values developed in society, particularly in primitive societies, are the cohesive bonds of social order. What was Durkheim's view on crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

day or night

At any point in time; 24 hours a day. More...
Today's Holiday

Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated throughout Major League Baseball (MLB) in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play professional baseball in the MLB. On April 15, 1947, Robinson played his first professional game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. To commemorate Robinson's achievements, activities are planned each year at all MLB stadiums on April 15th. Home teams coordinate activities for the tribute, which may include pre-game award presentations, special guests throwing the first pitch, prizes for fans, and appearances by other legendary baseball stars. More...
In the News

Smartphone App Detects Malaria

A team of graduate students has created a smartphone application, or app, that is supposedly able to diagnose malaria. Users just have to take a picture of a blood sample using a smartphone equipped with a microscopic camera lens, and the app takes care of the rest—processing the data to detect malaria parasites, determining how much malaria is in the sample, and even zeroing in on the parasites and pointing them out to the app user. Developers say the software will allow healthcare workers in remote regions without Internet access to diagnose malaria cases. More...
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