Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

skepticism

Definition:(noun) Doubt about the truth of something.
Synonyms:disbelief, incredulity, mental rejection
Usage: Ghek made no reply, nor did his expressionless face denote either belief or skepticism.
Article of the Day

Mud-Puddling

Lepidopteran insects like butterflies and moths use diverse strategies to gather liquid nutrients. In addition to sucking nectar from flowers, some butterflies take in water and nutrients such as salts and amino acids from substrates like wet soil, dung, and carrion. In many species, only the males engage in mud-puddling, but they pass nutrients to females during mating, increasing their odds of reproductive success. Some butterflies draw nutrients from blood, tears, and what other substances? More...
This Day in History

Sandra Day O'Connor Becomes First Female US Supreme Court Justice (1981)

O'Connor is a lawyer and jurist who was the first female associate justice of the US Supreme Court. She served as an assistant state attorney general in her home state of Arizona in the late 1960s and, in 1969, was appointed to the state senate, where she became the country's first female majority leader. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1981, becoming the first female justice. Who took O'Connor's Supreme Court seat when she retired in 2006? More...
Today's Birthday

Mark Rothko (1903)

Largely self-taught, Rothko was an American painter who became a leading exponent of a uniquely personal strain within the larger movement of abstract expressionism. By 1950, he was creating his so-called color-field paintings, works with large rectangles of color that express moods. In 1970, he committed suicide shortly after completing what some regard as his masterwork, a group of murals for a chapel in Houston, Texas. For what record-breaking price did one of Rothko's paintings sell in 2007? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a subject is highly controversial...one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have a go (at something)

To attempt to do or undertake something, especially that which is unfamiliar or new. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Gold Star Mother's Day

Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been designated by the U.S. Congress as Gold Star Mother's Day in the United States, honoring the mothers of US service men and women who have died at war. The Gold Star mothers' group was founded in the aftermath of World War I by Grace Darling Siebold, whose son George had been killed in an air battle over France in 1918. Each year, Gold Star Mother's Day is commemorated during several ceremonies in the nation's capital, including flower and wreath laying services at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. More...
In the News

Scientists Say Space Junk at Tipping Point

U S scientists say that the amount of space junk orbiting Earth has reached a tipping point, as enough is currently in orbit to cause continual collisions that will create even more debris and further raise the risk of collisions. There are tens of thousands of pieces of debris large enough to track from the ground and untold numbers of smaller objects that cannot be tracked but could still cause serious damage to the many commercial, military, and civilian satellites upon which we rely. More...
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