Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

tactile

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch.
Synonyms:haptic, tactual
Usage: Hannah's velvet couch was such a tactile delight that she often chose to sleep on it rather than her bed.
Article of the Day

Aïr Mountains

Surrounded by barren plateaus and vast deserts on all sides, the towering Aïr Mountains of northern Niger are an ecological, geographical, and cultural island in the Sahara. The numerous oases in the mountains are home to the traditionally nomadic Tuareg people, while other areas consist entirely of volcanic protrusions. The region is known for the ancient rock art left there by early inhabitants and is rich in uranium deposits. What unusual natural phenomenon struck the Aïr Mountains in 2004? More...
This Day in History

Mikhail Gorbachev Becomes Leader of the Soviet Union (1985)

In 1985, after the death of the third Soviet leader in two years, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, ushering in an era of political reform with his policies of glasnost and perestroika. He cultivated warmer relations with the US and others and even supported the democratically elected governments that replaced the communist regimes of eastern Europe. In 1991, he resigned the presidency of the USSR, which ceased to exist the same day. How did his own policies lead to the end of his administration? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915)

In the 1950s, Licklider—who had studied math and physics and had a doctorate in psychology—began studying information technology. He was appointed head of information processing at ARPA, the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the early 60s. There, he laid the groundwork for computer networking and ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. He is considered one of the most important figures in computing history and is often compared to what historical trailblazer? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

housewarming (party)

A party thrown to celebrate when someone moves into a new apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Purim (2017)

Six hundred years before the Christian era, most Jews were slaves in Persia. The Persian prime minister Haman persuaded King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) to let him destroy the empire's entire Jewish population. The king did not realize that his own wife, Esther, was Jewish until she pleaded with him to spare her people. The Book of Esther is read aloud in synagogues on the eve and morning of Purim, and listeners drown out every mention of Haman's name by jeering and stamping their feet. Purim is also a time for sharing food with friends and for charity to the poor. More...
In the News

Salty Diet Linked to Autoimmune Disease

Salt may give food a great taste, but in recent years, it has become increasingly evident that moderation is key when it comes to sodium consumption. Its links to stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and numerous other diseases are well established, and researchers are still discovering new ways that excess sodium intake negatively impacts health. Recently, they found evidence to suggest that salt could trigger autoimmune disease, like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, in people genetically predisposed to these conditions. More...
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