Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

chaparral

Definition:(noun) Dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes.
Synonyms:scrub, bush
Usage: Only the canyons were wooded, while the higher and more distant hills were furry with chaparral.
Article of the Day

Dunbar's Number

Before there was Facebook, British anthropologist Robin Dunbar proposed a cognitive limit to the number of meaningful social relationships one can have. Through his research on primates and ancient hunter-gatherer societies, he concluded that brain size, specifically the size of the neocortex, dictates the maximum size of one's social group. Primates create intimacy by picking parasites off each other, while humans rely on language. How many social relationships does Dunbar believe one can have? More...
This Day in History

"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The "Fat Man" was supposedly named after a character in what film? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of "genetic epistemology," a natural timetable for the development of the child's ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
To the boy of twenty it seems impossible that he will not love as wildly at sixty as he does then ... His love will never fall, whoever else's may. Nobody ever loved as he loves, and so, of course, the rest of the world's experience can be no guide in his case.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. More...
Today's Holiday

National Women's Day (South Africa) (2016)

On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union BuildingsUnion Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women. Every year on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. This day celebrates the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face. More...
In the News

Museumgoers, Take Heed!

An American tourist in Florence, Italy, apparently never learned the fundamental rule of museum-going: "Look but don't touch." The visitor to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo was trying to measure his own hand against that of a 600-year-old Giovanni d'Ambrogio statue of the Virgin Mary when he accidentally snapped off the statue's pinkie. Art-lovers may be somewhat relieved to learn that the finger in question was from a later repair and not original to the sculpture. Still, the gaffe should serve as a reminder to all of us to keep our hands to ourselves when dealing with priceless works of art. More...
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