Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 7, 2012)
Word of the Day

hail-fellow

Definition:(adjective) Heartily friendly and congenial.
Synonyms:comradely
Usage: Everyone in the tour group was instantly enamored by the guide and his hail-fellow demeanor.
Article of the Day

Dust Explosion

Because of its relatively large surface area, dust is more flammable than solid objects. When high concentrations of very fine powders are suspended in air, they have a tendency to violently, unexpectedly combust, even in the absence of a flame. Materials that cause dust explosions include not only coal and sawdust but also flour, sugar, and even powdered milk. Deadly dust explosions have gutted mines and leveled silos and factories. What methods are used in industry to prevent dust explosions? More...
This Day in History

Mary Surratt Hanged for Role in Lincoln Assassination (1865)

When Surratt was hanged for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, she became the first woman executed by the US federal government. Today, her execution is generally considered to have been a gross miscarriage of justice. During her trial, prosecutors failed to establish that she knew of John Wilkes Booth's unsuccessful plot to abduct Lincoln, and it is now widely believed that she was not a party to the assassination plans either. What happened to her son, who also stood accused? More...
Today's Birthday

Camillo Golgi (1843)

An Italian physician and cytologist, Golgi devised a way to stain nerve tissue and, using the technique, was able to clearly observe a neuron, now called a Golgi cell, along with its axon and dendrites branching off. The discovery led to the identification of the neuron as the basic structural unit of the nervous system. He also discovered the Golgi tendon organ and the Golgi apparatus. He shared the 1906 Nobel Prize with Santiago Ramón y Cajal. What discovery did Golgi make about malaria? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

go at (something)

To engage in or undertake something with great energy, enthusiasm, or vigor. More...
Today's Holiday

Tanabata

This Japanese festival is based on a Chinese legend of parted lovers who are identified with two of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega, representing a weaver-princess, who is permitted by the king to marry the simple cowherd, Altair. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers are able to meet. The festival is observed throughout Japan, with people hanging colorful strips of paper on bamboo branches outside their homes. It is an especially colorful occasion in Sendai, where it occurs a month later, on August 6-8. The whole city is decked out with paper streamers and works of origami. More...
In the News

Justice for Stolen Babies of Argentinean "Dirty War"

Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina's dictator from 1976 to 1981, and General Reynaldo Benito Bignone, who ruled the country from June 1982 until its return to democracy in 1983, were convicted this week of systematically stealing babies from political dissidents and assigning them new identities. The former was sentenced to 50 years in prison, while the latter received 15 years. Both were already serving time for other human rights abuses during their rule. It is believed that at least 400 babies were stolen during the period of military rule known as the "Dirty War." More...
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