Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 03, 2017)
Word of the Day

concomitant

Definition:(adjective) Occurring or existing concurrently; attendant.
Synonyms:accompanying, consequent, ensuant, resultant, sequent, incidental
Usage: There is scarce any human good without its concomitant evil.
Article of the Day

Bloodletting

Bloodletting is one of the oldest medical techniques, practiced from antiquity through the 18th century. It involves the withdrawal of considerable quantities of blood from a patient, and practitioners believe it can cure or prevent a number of illnesses and diseases. Numerous bloodletting methods have been employed over the centuries, including drawing blood directly from large veins, puncturing arteries, and even using leeches. A form of bloodletting is still used today to treat what diseases? More...
This Day in History

NASA's Mars Polar Lander Launched (1999)

The distance from Earth to Mars fluctuates between approximately 35 million mi (56 million km) and 63 million mi (101 million km). In 1999, NASA's Mars Polar Lander, on a mission to analyze soil samples, made the long journey to the Red Planet only to fail to re-establish communications following its entry into Mars's atmosphere. After the lander was declared lost, an investigation determined that it likely crashed onto the Martian surface. How long did it take the lander to reach Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793)

Mott was an American social reformer and women's rights advocate. She attended a Quaker boarding school near Poughkeepsie, New York, where she later taught, and became an official Quaker minister in 1821. She was active in the antislavery campaign and lectured widely on social reform. In 1848, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention, which launched the US women's suffrage movement. On what issue was Mott's stance at odds with that of the mainstream women's movement? More...
Quotation of the Day
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a hill of beans

Something of little or no importance, value, or worth. More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (2017)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or of the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
In the News

How Much Is Too Much? New Study Casts Doubts on Sugar Guidelines

By now, you've very likely heard the case for limiting sugar. Over the past two years the World Health Organization and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have begun urging us to consume no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. Drinking ... More...
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