Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

postnatal

Definition:(adjective) Occurring immediately after birth.
Synonyms:postpartum
Usage: Premature babies often spend the postnatal period in the neonatal intensive care unit, where they receive specialized care.
Article of the Day

Panspermia

Panspermia is the hypothesis that life originated elsewhere in the universe and spread to Earth, and perhaps other places, on objects like asteroids. Astrobiologists, who investigate the possibility of life in space, point out that some microorganisms can, in fact, survive in space but that the long distances between planets would make surviving an interplanetary trip quite difficult, even for extremophiles. What tiny invertebrate was sent into orbit and survived exposure to the vacuum of space? More...
This Day in History

"Casey at the Bat" Published in the San Francisco Examiner (1888)

"Casey at the Bat" was one of the most popular poems in late 19th-century America. Recited in vaudeville performances and later taken up by many celebrities, the poem tells the story of an overconfident baseball player—the "mighty Casey"—who strikes out while trying to show off. Ernest Thayer, who wrote the poem, avoided acknowledging authorship for many years because he thought it was embarrassingly bad. Which two real-life towns have laid claim to being the Mudville mentioned in the poem? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Dufy (1877)

Dufy was a French designer and painter best known for his outdoor scenes of gaiety and leisure, like horse races, parades, and concerts. He also designed textiles and illustrated books. Dufy studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and experimented with Impressionism and, later, Fauvism. In the early 1920s, he developed his distinctive style characterized by sketchily drawn objects on bright, decorative backgrounds. Later, he completed one of the largest modern paintings, an ode to what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

don't shoot the messenger

Don't get angry at or punish someone who is simply delivering bad or undesirable news, as he or she is not responsible for it. More...
Today's Holiday

Kazanlak Rose Festival (2017)

Bulgaria supplies 90 percent of the world's rose attar, and roses are raised for food and medicinal purposes as well. The 10-day festival that celebrates Bulgaria's cultivation and export of roses is held in Kazanlak, a small town in what is known as the Valley of the Roses. It begins with a procession of farmers and young people dressed in native costume and carrying baskets for the ritual picking of the rose petals. Rose-decorated floats, costumed paraders, and folk dancers follow a route through all the nearby towns. Folk dance and song programs complete the festival activities. More...
In the News

Babies Born Early Have Greater Mental Illness Risk

Researchers have linked preterm birth with a higher risk of severe mental illness, including psychosis, bipolar disorder, and depression, later in life. An analysis of 1.3 million medical records revealed that people born more than eight weeks premature had three times the risk of being hospitalized for psychiatric illness by age 16 or after. Researchers speculate that differences in brain development due to preterm birth could be responsible for the increased risk. More...
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