Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

zoophagous

Definition:(adjective) Feeding on animal matter; carnivorous.
Synonyms:meat-eating
Usage: Zoophagous insects include predators and parasites.
Article of the Day

Mirror Neurons

The discovery of mirror neurons in primates is considered by some to be one of the most important findings in neuroscience in the last decade. These neurons, which are also believed to exist in humans, act as a "mirror" for behavior, firing both when an animal performs an action and when it observes another carrying out that action. This system may play a role in learning new skills and understanding the behavior of others. What human brain disorder may be linked to a mirror neuron deficiency? More...
This Day in History

The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald's rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. What later reports questioned its findings? More...
Today's Birthday

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Cixi was the Imperial consort who controlled the Chinese Qing dynasty for almost half a century. A low-ranking concubine of the Xianfeng emperor, she bore his only son, the future Tongzhi emperor, in 1856. After the emperor's death, Cixi joined a triumviral regency that governed in the name of her son, who was only six at his accession. During that period, the Taiping and Nian rebellions were put down and the government was briefly revitalized. What happened when Cixi's son died in 1875? More...
Quotation of the Day
No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness—or so good as drink.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

good enough to eat

To have an extremely beautiful or aesthetically pleasing appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (2016)

In 1977, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared November 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On December 1, 2000, the Assembly reaffirmed the UN's responsibility to work towards the peaceful creation of a Palestinian homeland and lauded those countries that observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. More...
In the News

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid

When the asteroid believed to have killed off the dinosaurs smashed into Earth some 66 million years ago, its sheer force made the planet's surface momentarily act like a liquid. The asteroid ripped open a 60-mile-wide hole. From miles deep in that ... More...
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