Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

incriminate

Definition:(verb) Suggest that someone is guilty.
Synonyms:inculpate, imply
Usage: Every paper which would incriminate him was destroyed before he left the house.
Article of the Day

Nuclear Medicine

A relatively new medical discipline, nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology that utilizes radioactive pharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat diseases. An important component of nuclear medicine is imaging. Whereas imaging technologies like X-rays pass external radiation through the body to form an image, nuclear medicine imaging relies on the detection of radioactive emissions released by radiopharmaceuticals that have been introduced into the body. What is the ALARA principle? More...
This Day in History

Le Paradis Massacre (1940)

The Le Paradis massacre was a WWII war crime committed by German soldiers under the command of officer Fritz Knöchlein. After becoming isolated from their regiment and running out of ammunition during the Battle of France, a group of British soldiers surrendered to German troops. They were then led across the road, lined up against a wall, and shot. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived and hid, but they were captured several days later. What happened to Knöchlein after the war? More...
Today's Birthday

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837)

Hickok was an American frontier marshal, legendary marksman, and gambler. In 1861, while working as a stagecoach driver, he shot and killed outlaw Dave McCanles, earning a reputation as a gunfighter. After serving as a Union spy during the Civil War, he was appointed a US marshal and tamed two Kansas towns. He was shot dead by a drunken stranger while playing poker at a saloon in the town of Deadwood. At the time, he was holding what combination of cards, now known as "dead man's hand"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love—now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

from a mile away

Well or far in advance; exceptionally easily. More...
Today's Holiday

National Reconciliation Week

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People's Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. More...
In the News

Irish Potato Famine Pathogen Identified

In 1845, a potato blight spread to Ireland, triggering a famine that killed more than a million people over the next few years and prompted another 1.5 million to leave the country for Britain and, somewhat ironically, North America—where the organism that caused the blight likely originated. Using DNA analysis, scientists have identified the strain of Phytophthora infestans responsible for the Irish Potato Famine. They found that the famine-era strain differs from today's strains and have concluded that it is probably now extinct. More...
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