Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

somnambulate

Definition:(verb) To walk or perform another act while asleep or in a sleeplike condition.
Synonyms:sleepwalk
Usage: We had to put special locks on the door to prevent me from unwittingly leaving the house when I somnambulate.
Article of the Day

Human Multitasking

Though some people might appear or claim to be able to comfortably handle several tasks simultaneously, research has largely shown that multitasking is an illusion. Studies have revealed that, at most, the brain can fully concentrate on two tasks at a time—one for each lobe. Behavior that appears to be multitasking is instead most likely either a form of continuous partial attention or a rapid switching between tasks. What makes driving particularly incompatible with cell phone use? More...
This Day in History

Construction of St. Peter's Basilica Begins (1506)

With a capacity of over 60,000 people, St. Peter's Basilica is the one of the world's largest churches as well as one of the world's holiest Catholic sites. Begun by Pope Julius II in 1506 and completed more than a century later, it was built to replace Old St. Peter's, erected by Constantine over Peter's traditional burial site. Michelangelo and Bernini were among its many architects, and a number of their masterpieces adorn its interior. Why is St. Peter's not considered a cathedral? More...
Today's Birthday

Clarence Darrow (1857)

Darrow was an American lawyer and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked to free anarchists charged with murder in the Haymarket Riot, and his defense of Eugene V. Debs established his reputation as a union lawyer. Later came sensational criminal cases that displayed his eminence as a defense lawyer, especially the Loeb-Leopold murder case. Perhaps his most famous case was the Scopes trial, in which he defended a high school teacher who was charged with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the stillest words which bring the storm. Thoughts that come with doves' footsteps guide the world.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

dealbreaker

A specific issue or thing that will cause an agreement, deal, or relationship to fail or be terminated. More...
Today's Holiday

Patriots' Day

The Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, marked the beginning of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. Residents of Maine and Massachusetts have observed Patriots' Day since the 18th century with costume parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and reenactments of the battles and the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who were sent to warn their comrades in Concord of the British troops' approach. Sometimes, this day is referred to as Lexington Day or Battles of Lexington and Concord Day. More...
In the News

Lead Concerns in Imported Rice

In recent years, concerns about arsenic levels in rice have led the UK's Food Standards Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration to issue recommendations regarding the preparation and consumption of the grain. It turns out, however, that arsenic is not the only poisonous metal contaminating rice crops. Researchers found worrisome levels of lead in rice imported to the US from Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. More...
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