Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

frothy

Definition:(adjective) Emitting or filled with bubbles as from carbonation or fermentation.
Synonyms:bubbly, effervescing, spumy, foamy
Usage: There is nothing better on a balmy summer evening than a frothy ice-cream soda.
Article of the Day

Coronation

Coronation is the ceremony of crowning and anointing a sovereign on his or her accession to the throne. In Europe, the addition of Christian rites to coronations helped alter the concept of kingship and endow rulers with a degree of priestly and possibly even divine character. In 1804, Napoleon I brought Pope Pius VII to Paris to crown him in Notre Dame cathedral, but, in a famous episode, he seized the crown from the pope's hands and crowned himself. What other monarchs have crowned themselves? More...
This Day in History

The Big Burn (1910)

The Great Fire of 1910 was a wildfire that burned approximately three million acres (12,000 sq km) in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Spurred by hurricane-force winds, it destroyed parts of several national forests. Since known as the Big Burn, the firestorm burned over two days and killed more than 80 people, including 78 firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in US history. How did the Great Fire of 1910 shape future US Forest Service policy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779)

Regarded as one of the founders of modern chemistry, Berzelius was a Swedish professor who achieved an immensely important series of innovations and discoveries. He developed chemistry's modern system of symbols and formulas, prepared a remarkably precise table of atomic weights, analyzed numerous chemical compounds, and discovered the elements selenium, thorium, and cerium. He also introduced basic laboratory equipment that remains in use today. What common scientific terms did Berzelius coin? More...
Quotation of the Day
The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

the Greek calends

A time that is expected to never arrive or occur. (Used after a preposition, especially "at," "on," or "till.") A reference to the day of the new moon and the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar, which the Greeks did not observe. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Fe Indian Market

This showplace for traditional and contemporary American Indian art is held on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The market is the oldest and largest juried competition among Native American artists. Today, more than 800 artists enter the competition, largely from the 19 New Mexico pueblos and the Apache, Navajo, Hopi, and Ute tribes of the Southwest. Besides the booths of art works, there are numerous food booths, offering such specialties as green chile on fried bread, and there are Native American dances performed at the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. More...
In the News

Menopause Symptoms Not Eased by Soy Supplements

During menopause, a woman's body produces less estrogen and progesterone. However, the medications once used to replace one or both of these hormones have been linked to increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. To stave off uncomfortable menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats and to minimize aging-related bone loss, many women have therefore turned to soy, which contains isoflavones, plant-derived estrogens. Unfortunately, a recent study found that soy supplements do not improve menopause symptoms nor do they help women maintain bone density. More...
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