Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

thin-skinned

Definition:(adjective) Quick to take offense.
Synonyms:huffy, touchy, feisty
Usage: My thin-skinned students often mistake my constructive criticism for personal attacks.
Article of the Day

Eugène François Vidocq

Vidocq was a career criminal who became a spy for the Paris police while in prison in 1809. After 21 months of spying, he was released and organized a plainclothes unit. In 1817 alone, he played a role in 811 arrests. In 1832, accusations that he was instigating crimes for the purpose of uncovering them forced his resignation. He recounted his exploits in his memoirs, inspiring several fictional accounts. Considered the father of modern criminology, Vidocq pioneered what investigative methods? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces Discovery of Ice Deposits on Mars (2002)

Launched in April 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was sent by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to look for evidence of water on Mars. A little over a year later, NASA announced that water had been detected there in the form of ice, suggesting the possibility of microbial life on the Red Planet. The Phoenix lander confirmed the presence of water in 2008. The presence of what element led NASA researchers to conclude that there was indeed water on Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)

Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More...
Quotation of the Day
A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be a different kettle of fish

To be entirely different in scope or description from someone or something that was just being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Big Singing (2017)

Big Singing in Benton, Kentucky, brings together more than 100 singers trained in the tradition of shape-note singing. Together they enjoy a communal picnic lunch and spend the day singing hymns written in an almost-extinct style of musical notation called shape notes. A book titled The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion increased the popularity of this kind of singing in 19th-century America. The Big Singing in Benton dates back to 1884; it is currently sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Southern Harmony Singing. More...
In the News

Fish Oil Treatment Has Little Effect on Tics

Tourette's syndrome is a severe neurological disorder characterized by motor and vocal tics. Because many of the medications used to suppress these tics have unpleasant side effects or are sometimes ineffective, some parents of children with Tourette's seek out alternative, more natural treatments, like omega-3 supplements. While there is a scientific rationale behind the idea that omega-3 could control tics, the first clinical trial testing it against a placebo found no evidence that it reduces tic severity. More...
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