Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

connivance

Definition:(noun) Agreement on a secret plot.
Synonyms:collusion
Usage: If you escaped, Salensus Oll would know that only through my connivance could you have succeeded.
Article of the Day

The Three Gorges Dam

The largest hydroelectric dam in the world, China's Three Gorges Dam stretches 1.4 miles (2.3 km) across the Yangtze River. Begun in 1993 and largely completed by 2006, the controversial project displaced more than a million people and inundated huge tracts of land. However, it increased the river's shipping capacity, reduced the threat of flooding, and will eventually generate nearly 85 billion kilowatts a year. How much electricity will the dam have to generate to recoup building costs? 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
Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

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

Spray-On Skin Promotes Healing

A spray-on skin cell treatment could help heal injuries like leg ulcers better and more quickly than current intervention methods. Leg ulcers are notoriously difficult to treat, taking many months to heal and sometimes requiring surgical intervention. The spray-on skin could potentially cut recovery time, discomfort, and infection risk by quite a bit. In a recent study, 70 percent of patients who had their leg ulcers treated with the spray-on skin healed within three months. Just 46 percent of those who had undergone conventional treatment recovered during that same period. More...
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