Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

rubella

Definition:(noun) A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy.
Synonyms:German measles, epidemic roseola, three-day measles
Usage: The parents were relieved when the doctor said that their son's rubella would improve in a matter of days.
Article of the Day

Brownstone

Brownstone is a red to brown variety of sandstone, whose unusual color is caused in some instances by the presence of red iron oxide which acts as a cement, binding the sand grains together. During the Triassic period, vast thicknesses of brownstone were deposited in the Connecticut River Valley of the northeast, and they were used to build the many brownstone houses and buildings in the area between Baltimore and Boston. Is sandstone a durable building material? More...
This Day in History

La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima's La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government's battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori's conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Hooke (1635)

Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term? More...
Quotation of the Day
Prescription, n.: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

good going

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Marine Day (Umi no Hi) (2016)

This holiday was established in 1941 to mark the return of Meiji the Great (1852-1912), Japan's 122nd emperor, from the northern island of Hokkaido in 1876. The vessel that transported the emperor, the Meiji-Maru, has been preserved as a national treasure and is open for public viewing on Marine Day. With the festival's new focus on marine environmental issues, organizations take advantage of the day to raise awareness by scheduling seaside cleanups and other special events. For Japanese schoolchildren, Marine Day also marks the beginning of their summer vacation. More...
In the News

Screams Tap into Brain's Fear Response

What makes a bloodcurdling scream so, well, bloodcurdling? A new study says the answer lies not in the volume but the frequency range -- one that's shared by the shrill alarm sounds that startle people in everyday life. "We show that screams and ... More...
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