Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

luster

Definition:(noun) The visual property of something that shines with reflected light.
Synonyms:sheen, shininess
Usage: Distant masses of plants and flowers, mingled in ever-varying forms of beauty, are touched by the melancholy luster of the rising moon.
Article of the Day

The Catacombs of Rome

The catacombs—underground tunnel systems lined with recesses for bodies—of Rome date to about the 1st century and were built due to land shortages and because persecuted Christians needed a place to bury their dead. Early Christians also took refuge and occasionally worshipped in the tunnels. Thus they are unique in their abundance of Early Christian artwork and iconography. Forgotten for centuries, the catacombs were accidently rediscovered in 1578. Why is Rome uniquely suited for such tunnels? More...
This Day in History

Sun Dog Phenomenon Observed over Stockholm (1535)

Today, the science behind parhelia—also known as "sun dogs"—is well understood, but when the huge, glowing halos and miniature suns appeared in the sky above Stockholm in 1535, it was a major event. A painting of the occurrence is the earliest color depiction of Stockholm, then a crowded cluster of stone buildings on an island. It is also the earliest depiction of sun dogs and is largely scientifically accurate. What were some of the conflicting interpretations of the omen at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, Jr. (1923)

One of the premier composers and players of Latin music, Puente was an American bandleader, pianist, and virtuoso percussionist. He formed his own band in 1947 and rose to prominence with the salsa, mambo, merengue, and cha-cha-cha fads of the 1950s. Always experimenting, he became a pioneer of Latin-jazz fusion and recorded more than 100 albums, winning multiple Grammy awards. His compositions include "Pare Cochero" and "Oye Como Va." On what TV shows did Puente appear as a guest star? More...
Quotation of the Day
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

inside and out

Thoroughly; down to the last detail. More...
Today's Holiday

Tin Hau Festival (2017)

This birthday festival in Hong Kong celebrates Tin Hau, queen of Heaven and goddess of the sea. Also known as Tien-hou or Matsu, she is revered for her ability to calm the waves and to guarantee bountiful catches, and for her protection from shipwrecks and sickness. The festivities include parades, performances of Chinese opera, and the sailing of hundreds of junks and sampans, decked out with colorful streamers, through Hong Kong's waterways to the temples. The temple in Joss House Bay is especially known for its festival, which attracts thousands of fisherfolk. More...
In the News

Researchers Say Breast Cancer Not 1 Disease But 10

In what is being hailed as a landmark study on the genetics of breast cancer, researchers concluded that the disease has 10 distinct subtypes. They say that breast cancer should now be considered an umbrella term for a group of diseases rather than a single malady. The findings could allow scientists to develop more effective treatments precisely tailored to target the specific tumor type. Whereas breast cancers are currently classified according to the presence of certain biomarkers, like estrogen receptors, the new research examines the genetics of the tumor cells and categorizes them according to the genes driving their growth. More...
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