Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

synthetic

Definition:(adjective) Not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially.
Synonyms:man-made
Usage: I am a great animal lover and will not even wear synthetic leather for fear that it will be mistaken for the real thing.
Article of the Day

Nature

One of the world's most prestigious and most cited scientific journals, Nature was founded in 1869. It covers a wide range of disciplines, and publication in the respected magazine is highly competitive. Nature has published many significant breakthroughs, such as the first cloning of a mammal, the discovery of neutrons, and the sequencing of the human genome. Why was the 1953 Watson and Crick paper that revealed the structure of DNA not peer-reviewed prior to publication? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Edgecote Moor (1469)

The Battle of Edgecote Moor was an important turning point in the series of dynastic civil wars for the English throne known as the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). The battle pitted the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, against those of King Edward IV. Warwick had once been loyal to Edward and had even helped put him on the throne, but Edward began to resent him and suppress his influence. Angered, Warwick allied with Edward's brother, George, and rose in rebellion. Who won the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Carl Jung (1875)

Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Early in his career, he worked with psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who studied and named "schizophrenia." Jung wrote a book on the illness, which led to a meeting with Sigmund Freud, and the two formed a close relationship for a number of years. However, Jung's criticism of Freud's emphasis on the sexual basis of neuroses ended their collaboration, and a formal break came when Jung published what revolutionary book? More...
Quotation of the Day
You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

a great many

A very large number of (people, things, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

RAGBRAI (2016)

A bicycle ride (not race) across the state of Iowa, RAGBRAI is billed as the oldest, longest, and largest bicycle-touring event in the nation. The sponsor from the start has been the Des Moines Register, and RAGBRAI stands for Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The field is limited, and participants are chosen through a drawing. The ride began in 1973 and was intended as a one-time event, but interest was such that it continued the next year, and the next, when it got the RAGBRAI name. The route is different each year but always runs from west to east. More...
In the News

Sitting Around As Deadly As Smoking

Researchers say physical inactivity is as dangerous as smoking and obesity, causing 1 in 10 premature deaths worldwide, and should therefore be recognized and treated as a global pandemic. Reducing inactivity rates by just 10 to 20 percent worldwide could save as many as 1.3 million lives each year. They reached these conclusions in a series of studies focusing on issues related to physical inactivity and its effect on global health. The studies were intentionally released just days before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in an effort to raise awareness of the issue. More...
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