Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

lifelike

Definition:(adjective) Free from artificiality.
Synonyms:natural
Usage: The mannequin's appearance is so lifelike that customers often mistake it for a salesperson.
Article of the Day

Paradigm Shift

In his 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn coined the term "paradigm shift," defining it as the dramatic change that occurs when scientists approach a problem in a new way. Kuhn said that scientific revolutions occur not by gradually building on prior knowledge, but by entering a "crisis" state that leads to an entirely new paradigm. In the 1990s, the term became a buzzword in unrelated fields like marketing. Who warned readers to avoid using it? More...
This Day in History

Denmark Becomes a Constitutional Monarchy (1849)

After a flowering of literature and philosophy in the early 19th century, plans for a liberal, centralized constitution led Danish King Frederick VII to become involved in a war with Prussia over the status of the duchy of Schleswig-Holstein. Denmark was defeated and a new constitution was adopted, ending the absolute monarchy, securing civil rights for citizens, and establishing a bicameral parliament and wide suffrage. How many times has the constitution been rewritten since 1849? More...
Today's Birthday

Pancho Villa (1878)

Villa was a legendary Mexican guerrilla leader. He fought for land reform and joined with revolutionaries against dictator Porfirio Díaz as well as his successor but was forced to flee after breaking ties with Venustiano Carranza, who had assumed power in 1914. Angered by US support for Carranza, Villa raided a New Mexico town in 1916. A US force was sent to apprehend him, but he managed to evade capture. Three years after he was finally pardoned, he was assassinated. What was his real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

above the salt

Of or in a position of high standing, rank, regard, or repute. The term is derived from the social hierarchy of nobility in medieval times, in which salt, a precious commodity then, was set in the middle of the dining table. Those of high noble rank were seated "above the salt," that is, closer to the lord and lady of the house, while those in lower social standing were seated "below" it. More...
Today's Holiday

World Environment Day (2016)

The United Nations General Assembly designated June 5 as World Environment Day in 1972. The date was chosen because it marked the opening day of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme. The General Assembly urges countries and organizations to mark this day with activities that educate people about threats to the environment and encourage them to strike a balance between development and concern for Earth's future. More...
In the News

Hope Returns for Hula Hoppers

The Hula painted frog is back from the grave, sort of. Scientists have confirmed that a frog captured by an Israeli park ranger in 2011 is none other than the elusive Hula painted frog, declared extinct in 1996, approximately half a century after the last confirmed sighting. Researchers now believe that as many as 100 to 200 of these frogs are living in Israel's Hula Valley. When it was first discovered in the 1940s, the Hula painted frog was classified as a member of the Discoglossus genus, but DNA tests have revealed that the species is actually the last of the Latonia group of amphibians that otherwise died out about 15,000 years ago, making it a "living fossil." More...
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