Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

constrict

Definition:(verb) Become tight or as if tight.
Synonyms:constringe, narrow
Usage: Severe migraines can be treated with a drug which constricts the blood vessels.
Article of the Day

The Sterile Insect Technique

The sterile insect technique is a method of biological control in which millions of sterile insects are released into the wild to reduce the population of future generations through mating that does not produce offspring. It is often used to control the populations of insects that spread disease to humans or livestock. Repeated release of sterile insects can eventually eliminate a population. The technique has been successfully used to eradicate what insect in areas of North America? More...
This Day in History

Loyalty Day: Massive Crowd Demands Release of Juan Perón (1945)

As secretary of labor and social welfare in the wake of the 1943 revolution in Argentina, Perón enacted a wide range of benefits for workers that earned him a loyal following. In October 1945, he was overthrown in a coup, arrested, and jailed. Mass demonstrations of workers forced his release on October 17, a day now known in Argentina as Loyalty Day. Shortly thereafter, Perón ran for president and was elected by a vast majority in 1946. He was forced into exile in 1955. When did he return? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope John Paul I (1912)

Born Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I was the first pope to choose a double name, a moniker that honored his two immediate predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Refusing to have the centuries-old traditional papal coronation, he instead opted for a simplified ceremony. His 33-day papacy was one of the shortest reigns in papal history, resulting in the most recent "Year of Three Popes." Several conspiracy theories surround his death. In what position was his body found? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug; but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

if (one's) life depended on it

Under any circumstances; no matter what. (Used almost exclusively with a negative statement regarding something that one couldn't or wouldn't do.) More...
Today's Holiday

Tihar (2017)

Tihar is a five-day Hindu festival in Nepal that honors different animals on successive days. On the first day of the festival, offerings of rice are made to crows, thought to be sent by Yama as his "messengers of death." The second day honors dogs, since in the afterworld dogs will guide departed souls across the river of the dead. The third day is when Lakshmi will come to visit every home that is suitably lit for her. The fourth day is a day for honoring oxen and bullocks. On the fifth day, brothers and sisters meet and place tikas (dots of red sandalwood paste) on each other's foreheads. More...
In the News

Black Death Genome Sequenced

Using the remains of Black Death victims buried in London's "plague pits," researchers have sequenced the entire genome of the bacterium that killed 50 million Europeans in the 14th century. They say that this strain of Yersinia pestis appears to be the ancestor of all modern plagues. Today, the direct descendants of this Black Death bacterium still claim some 2,000 lives each year. Researchers hope that the genomic data will give them a better understanding of the disease's evolution and virulence and provide them with new insights into modern infectious diseases. More...
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