Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

postnatal

Definition:(adjective) Occurring immediately after birth.
Synonyms:postpartum
Usage: Premature babies often spend the postnatal period in the neonatal intensive care unit, where they receive specialized care.
Article of the Day

Panspermia

Panspermia is the hypothesis that life originated elsewhere in the universe and spread to Earth, and perhaps other places, on objects like asteroids. Astrobiologists, who investigate the possibility of life in space, point out that some microorganisms can, in fact, survive in space but that the long distances between planets would make surviving an interplanetary trip quite difficult, even for extremophiles. What tiny invertebrate was sent into orbit and survived exposure to the vacuum of space? More...
This Day in History

Valerie Solanas Attempts to Assassinate Andy Warhol (1968)

In the mid-1960s, American pop-art icon Andy Warhol began to devote much of his time and energy to filmmaking, producing marathon films on boredom and voyeurism that featured deliberately coarse amalgams of sexuality and banality. In 1968, he was shot and wounded by Valerie Solanas, a feminist writer who had appeared in one of his films. Warhol never fully recovered from the shooting and died from complications following surgery in 1987. What sparked Solanas' ire towards Warhol? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Loewi (1873)

Loewi was a German-born American physiologist and pharmacologist. A professor of pharmacology at Austria's University of Graz, he was forced into exile by the Nazi purge of professors in 1938 and began teaching at New York University in 1940. He investigated the physiology and pharmacology of metabolism, the kidneys, the heart, and the nervous system. For his discovery of the chemical transmission of nerve impulses, he shared the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a sly dog

Someone who, through cunning, devious, or dishonest means, achieves a fortuitous outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (2016)

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a solemnity (meaning a festival of the greatest importance) in the Roman Catholic Church celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi. It is devoted to the symbol of Jesus' love for all humanity and is a significant holiday in Colombia. More...
In the News

Babies Born Early Have Greater Mental Illness Risk

Researchers have linked preterm birth with a higher risk of severe mental illness, including psychosis, bipolar disorder, and depression, later in life. An analysis of 1.3 million medical records revealed that people born more than eight weeks premature had three times the risk of being hospitalized for psychiatric illness by age 16 or after. Researchers speculate that differences in brain development due to preterm birth could be responsible for the increased risk. More...
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