Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

madcap

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation.
Synonyms:brainish, impetuous, tearaway, hotheaded, impulsive
Usage: This madcap quest of mine, was it not understood between us...to be a fantastic whim, a poetical wild-goose chase, conceived entirely as an excuse for being some time in each other's company?
Article of the Day

The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, cervical cancer patient Henrietta Lacks became—likely unknowingly—the donor of cancerous tumor cells that were cultured to create an "immortal" cell line for medical research. Named for their donor, HeLa cells can divide an unlimited number of times in a laboratory cell culture plate as long as fundamental conditions are met. The cell line has since been used in thousands of experiments, contributing to a number of scientific breakthroughs, including what? More...
This Day in History

Davy Lamp Tested at Hebburn Colliery (1816)

The Davy lamp was an early safety lamp used in the mining and quarrying industries. It was designed by English chemist and physicist Sir Humphrey Davy to prevent the accidental ignition of flammable gases. This was achieved by enclosing the flame of the oil-burning lamp in wire gauze that distributed heat over a large area and brought its temperature below the ignition temperature of methane. Why did the introduction of the Davy lamp initially lead to an increase in the rate of mining accidents? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913)

After serving as vice president of the US under Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon ran for president but lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was elected president in 1968 and 1972, but his second term was cut short by the Watergate scandal, which involved the burglary and wiretapping of Democratic party headquarters. Likely facing impeachment, he became the first president to resign. Although never convicted, he was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford. What pet did Nixon receive as a political gift? More...
Quotation of the Day
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

hog (something)

To take or use something all for oneself; to not allow others to have or use something. More...
Today's Holiday

Agonalia (2017)

In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and of doorways. The worship of Janus is believed to have been started by Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome. Usually depicted with two faces, one looking forward to the future and the other looking back to the past, his image appeared on an early Roman coin with a ship's prow on the reverse side. During the festival in honor of Janus known as the Agonalia, the rex sacrorum or officiating priest sacrificed a ram. Offerings of barley, incense, wine, and cakes called Januae were also common. More...
In the News

Healthy Living Linked to Healthier Eyes in Old Age

People who eat healthfully, exercise regularly, and do not smoke have a significantly lower risk of age-related degenerative changes in the eyes. Combined, these factors decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by over 70 percent in a recent study. AMD is most common among people 75 and older and results in a loss of central vision that severely hampers the ability to read, recognize faces, and drive, among other things. More...
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