Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

dingle

Definition:(noun) A small wooded hollow.
Synonyms:dell
Usage: For no reason but that his fancy led him, he … walked down the grassy sunny slope of the open meadow, and so came to the little dingle.
Article of the Day

Middens

Also known as a kitchen midden or shell mound, a midden is a refuse heap containing the waste products of day-to-day human life left by a prehistoric settlement. Often found in coastal environments, middens were first studied in Denmark in 1848. Because their contents include artifacts that can be dated, they help archaeologists to determine the mode of life and technology of ancient peoples, typically from the late Mesolithic period. How do middens help to preserve the materials they contain? More...
This Day in History

Vasco da Gama Sets Sail on First Direct European Voyage to India (1497)

In 1497, da Gama began his epochal voyage to India, becoming the first European to journey there directly by sea. With four vessels, he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, passed the easternmost point reached by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, continued up the coast of Africa to Malindi, and sailed across the Indian Ocean to Calicut. His voyage opened up a way for Europe to reach the Indies and marked the beginning of the Portuguese Empire. For what brutal methods was da Gama known during his travels? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Binet (1857)

A major figure in the development of experimental psychology in France, Binet founded L'Année Psychologique, the first French journal on psychology, in 1895. He is also known for his research and innovations in measuring reasoning ability. Between 1905 and 1911, he and Théodore Simon developed influential scales for the measurement of the intelligence of children, which, with revisions, came into wide use in schools, industries, and the army. How did the scales work? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

a going concern

A business, enterprise, or activity that has done well thus far and is expected to continue making a profit. More...
Today's Holiday

'Ksan Celebrations (2016)

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, people in a longhouse in a village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River). More...
In the News

Race and Income Appear to Affect Painkiller Prescribing Practices

In the US, a patient visiting an emergency room with a complaint of moderate or severe pain is more likely to leave with a prescription for opioid drugs if he or she is white and wealthy. An analysis of data from about 184 million emergency room visits between 2006 and 2009 revealed that black and Hispanic patients were prescribed these painkillers less frequently than white patients and that patients from poorer neighborhoods were less likely to receive opioids than those from more affluent areas. More...
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