Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

neoplasm

Definition:(noun) An abnormal new growth of tissue in animals or plants.
Synonyms:tumor
Usage: The doctor explained that a biopsy would be needed in order to determine whether the neoplasm is benign or malignant.
Article of the Day

Wardian Cases

The forerunner of the modern terrarium, the Wardian case was a small glass container for housing ferns and similar plants. It was invented in 1829 by physician and amateur botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward after he noticed that, though the polluted London air was taking a toll on ferns in his garden, fern spores inside the glass bottles where he kept cocoons were germinating. His invention allowed plants to be shipped great distances and helped advance the Victorian craze for growing what flower? More...
This Day in History

Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)

In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003? More...
Today's Birthday

Theodore Dreiser (1871)

Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Idiom of the Day

gut factor

The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision. More...
Today's Holiday

Stiftungsfest

Appropriately enough, Minnesota's oldest continuous festival is held in the town of Norwood-Young America. Loosely translated as "founders' day," Stiftungsfest was created in 1861 by the Young America Pioneer Maennerchor (men's choir) as a way of bringing the music of old Germany to the new world. Well-known bands and singing groups from Germany as well as local groups perform during the three-day event, which includes a traditional German beer garden, a Heritage Tent showcasing German arts and crafts, and a Grand Parade. More...
In the News

Supermoms Need to Let Things Slide

A new study finds that while working is good for women's mental health—stay-at-home moms exhibited more depression symptoms than working moms—working mothers who let certain things slide are better off than those who try to do it all, so-called supermoms. The survey found that 40-year-old working mothers who, as young adults, believed women could combine work and family care were at a higher risk of depression than those who had thought doing so would be difficult. The gap between the expectation of ease and the challenging reality of balancing work and family life appears to translate into a greater sense of failure for these mothers. More...
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