Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

gloaming

Definition:(noun) The time of day immediately following sunset.
Synonyms:crepuscule, dusk, nightfall, twilight
Usage: When the sun was fairly down, we slipped back to the hotel in the charitable gloaming, and went to bed again.
Article of the Day

Bacterial Conjugation

First observed in 1946, bacterial conjugation is the transfer of genetic material between bacterial cells through a bridge-like connection during direct contact between the cells. The transferred information is often beneficial to the recipient cell and can include material involved in antibiotic resistance. The process is easily interrupted—some scientists have disrupted it simply using a blender—and such breaks stop the transfer. How does the transfer of genetic material take place? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Falkirk (1298)

The Battle of Falkirk was a major battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. It was fought between the leader of the Scots, William Wallace, and King Edward I of England, also known as the Hammer of the Scots. In 1298, Edward I invaded Scotland and defeated a smaller force led by Wallace at Falkirk. Edward's longbowmen and cavalry decimated Wallace's spearmen, forcing him to retreat. What did Wallace do shortly after losing the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Lazarus (1849)

Lazarus was an American Jewish poet. She became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism after the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, writing many essays and a book of poems, Songs of a Semite, which contains her best work. Her writings caught the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom she shared a lifetime correspondence. She also worked for the relief of new immigrants to the US, and the famous closing lines of her sonnet "The New Colossus" were engraved on what monument? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misfortune, n.: The kind of fortune that never misses.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

goodness me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Festival)

The Wild Horse Festival, or Soma-Nomaoi, takes place annually in Soma City and Minami-Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan over four days, July 22-25. It is a historical re-enactment of military exercises that are more than 1,000 years old. In the event's highlight, about 600 mounted samurai warriors in traditional Japanese armor gallop across the vast Hibarigahara plain and vie for 40 shrine flags propelled into the air by fireworks. Other colorful spectacles include a procession on July 24 summoned by conch shell horn and war drums, and the Nomagake ritual on July 25. More...
In the News

Patients Refrain from Disagreeing with Doctors

Concerns about offending one's doctor or being labeled a "bad patient" deter many people from contradicting their doctors during discussions about their medical treatment. In a recent survey, most respondents indicated that they want to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to medical treatment, yet only a small fraction would openly disagree with their doctors. Failing to speak up could have dangerous consequences, as it increases the likelihood that patients will not adhere to their treatment plans at home. More...
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