Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

mincing

Definition:(adjective) Affectedly dainty or refined.
Synonyms:dainty, niminy-piminy, prim, twee
Usage: And the prince, imagining that he was mimicking his wife, made a mincing curtsey at each word.
Article of the Day

The Cheerio Effect

Have you ever wondered why bits of cereal floating in milk tend to clump together or cling to the sides of a bowl? In fluid mechanics, this phenomenon is humorously called the "Cheerio effect," though it applies to any small, wettable object that floats, not just breakfast cereal. It is caused by a combination of buoyancy—the upward force a fluid exerts on an object of lower density—and surface tension—the elastic-like property of a liquid's surface. Where else might one observe this effect? More...
This Day in History

Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking Eight Gold Medals (2008)

Phelps is an American swimmer who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, broke the record for the number of gold medals won at a single Olympics. He won gold in every one of his eight events, surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In seven of his races, Phelps set world records. By adding four gold and two silver medals in London in 2012, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever. Who had previously held the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Fermat (1601)

A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat's Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. For how many years did the theorem remain unproven? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's such a difference between saying a thing yourself and hearing other people say it ... You may know a thing is so, but you can't help hoping other people don't quite think it is.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. More...
Today's Holiday

Baekjung

In Korea, the 15th, or full moon day, of the seventh lunar month is observed with Buddhist and folk agricultural traditions. Baekjung means "one hundred kinds," referring to the great number of fruits, vegetables, and grains that flourish at this time of year. In farming areas, people celebrate this day as a "weeding party" often called Homi Ssisi or Homi ssiggi—"hoe cleaning," since, by this time in the season, most of the hard work of farming is completed. The farm worker judged to be the hardest worker is feted with a parade around the village. More...
In the News

Swallowable Sensor to Track Pill Use

People make mistakes, even when it comes to the most critical aspects of their lives. About half of all people fail to take medicines correctly, endangering their lives and costing health care systems millions of dollars. There are countless companies developing advanced technologies to help patients stick to their prescribed drug regimens, including one that is working on an ingestible sensor that is embedded in a pill and activated when it comes in contact with stomach acid. The sensor then sends a signal to a patch, which passes it on to an application, identifying what medication was taken, when it was taken, and even what effect it is having. More...
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