Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

misapply

Definition:(verb) Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly.
Synonyms:misuse
Usage: Thus they misapply the sacred writings to defend practices yet more corrupt than those I have been speaking of.
Article of the Day

Mottainai

When Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai visited Japan in 2005, she encountered a word that has no direct English translation: mottainai. Although the meaning of term has evolved throughout Japanese history, it is used today to indicate a sense of regret over the waste of anything useful. Maathai has since promoted the use of the word to raise awareness about conservation issues. What English expression is closest in meaning to that of mottainai? More...
This Day in History

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov Becomes First Man to Spend a Day in Space (1961)

Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut and the second man to orbit the Earth, preceded just months earlier by Yuri Gagarin, with whom he had trained. At 25 years old, Titov was selected to fly the Vostok 2 mission and spent 25 hours in space, completing 17 Earth orbits. The mission brought him several impressive designations: youngest person to fly in space, first person to experience space sickness, and first person to sleep in space. Though he overslept, what strange occurrence initially kept him up? More...
Today's Birthday

Nicolas Malebranche (1638)

Malebranche was a French priest, theologian, and philosopher who developed a synthesis of Cartesian and Augustinian thought with the purpose of reconciling the new science with Christian theology. Beginning with Descartes's dualism between mind and body, Malebranche developed his doctrine of occasionalism, which denies any interaction between the two realms. He summarized his beliefs in his famous assertion that we see all things in God, which led to an extended controversy with what theologian? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a bit beyond (one's) ken

Advanced beyond one's ability to understand or make sense of the subject matter or task at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Transfiguration (2016)

As described in the first three Gospels, Jesus took his three closest disciples to a mountaintop to pray. While he was praying, his face shone like the sun and his garments became glistening white. Then a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from within the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." This feast is observed by Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans. The mountaintop on which the Transfiguration took place is traditionally believed to be Mount Tabor, a few miles east of Nazareth in Galilee. More...
In the News

Vampire Bats Have Heat Sensors to Detect Blood

The vampire bat feeds exclusively on the blood of living animals and is the only known parasitic mammal. It is thought to locate its prey by listening for its breathing. It then climbs onto its prey, uses its sharp incisor teeth to make an incision in the skin, and laps up the flowing blood. Scientists now believe that heat-sensitive facial nerves help Desmodus rotundus, the Common Vampire Bat, locate where veins come closest to the skin so that it may feed more efficiently. This sort of evolutionary adaptation had previously been observed only in certain snake species. More...
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