Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

earsplitting

Definition:(adjective) Loud and shrill enough to hurt the ears.
Synonyms:deafening, thunderous
Usage: When the little boy throws a tantrum, he lets loose with the most fearful, earsplitting screams.
Article of the Day

Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering is the development of biological substitutes to repair or replace damaged tissue or organs. It is an interdisciplinary field based on life science and engineering principles and relies on the use of living cells as engineering materials. The process begins with the extraction and cultivation of cells, which may later be transferred to a scaffold that helps them develop the proper structure. Finally, the tissue is implanted in the patient. What materials are used for scaffolds? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of Lhotse (1956)

Reaching 27,890 ft (8,501 m), Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth. Tibetan for "south peak," it is located in the Himalayas on the Nepal-Tibet border and is connected to Mount Everest by a 25,000-ft (7,620-m) ridge. The first ascent of the mountain was made by Swiss climbers Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss in 1956. Thirty years later, what mountaineer summited Lhotse, becoming the first climber to have ascended all 14 mountains on Earth that peak more than 8,000 m above sea level? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Käsebier (1852)

Käsebier was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century and a promoter of photography as a career for women. She photographed famous figures like the sculptor Auguste Rodin and American showman Buffalo Bill, but she is best known for her evocative images of motherhood and portraits of Native Americans. In 1899, Alfred Stieglitz declared her "the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day," but a decade later, he was speaking out against her work. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

final cut

The completed and finalized edited version of a film, as authorized by its director and producer. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2016)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. The next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

Bugs Not Making Patients' Skin Crawl

Researchers say they have found no evidence that people diagnosed with delusional parasitosis, also known as Morgellons disease, are suffering from an infestation of bugs, worms, or eggs below the surface of their skin, as patients believe. Many of the patients tested did have dermatitis, a skin condition marked by inflammation, redness, and itchiness, but it is unclear whether this is causing patients' symptoms or being caused by excessive scratching or attempts to treat the perceived infestation. More...
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