Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

bemoan

Definition:(verb) Regret strongly.
Synonyms:bewail, deplore, lament
Usage: When he is under the depressing influence of the after-consequences, he bemoans his sufferings and his errors, and charges them both upon me.
Article of the Day

Traumatic Insemination

Traumatic insemination is a form of mating in some invertebrates in which the male pierces the female's abdomen and injects sperm through the wound. The sperm then travel to the female's ovaries. Though it often results in successful reproduction, the practice can be harmful to females, as the wound is susceptible to infection, and immune reactions can occur. Homosexual and inter-species instances of the practice have also been observed. What insect reproduces solely by traumatic insemination? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Sets Sail for New England (1620)

The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Compact—the surviving passengers settled Plymouth. Why did the Speedwell, which set out with the Mayflower, turn back? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Drusilla (16 CE)

Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother's favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host's wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Caligula's lover. Upon Drusilla's death, Caligula had the Roman Senate declare her "Diva Drusilla," deifying her as a representation of what goddess? More...
Quotation of the Day
Silence gives the proper grace to women.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

harp away at (someone or something)

To complain about or dwell upon someone or something repeatedly and to the point of tediousness. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (2016)

In 1994, the United Nations established September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The date honors the September 16, 1987, signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Nations may observe the day with activities that support the aims of the Protocol. More...
In the News

Gerbils Regain Hearing through Stem Cell Treatment

UK researchers have restored hearing in animals with the use of stem cells for the first time. About 10 percent of people with profound hearing loss have damaged nerve cells, called spiral ganglion neurons, that fail to detect signals created by sound vibrations. Using stem cells from a human embryo—which can become any other type of cell—the scientists created cells similar to the spiral ganglion neurons. They then injected them into the ears of deaf gerbils. By the end of the study, an average of 45 percent of the animals' hearing range had been restored. However, scientists said the possibility of treating humans in this way is still distant. More...
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