Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

garrulity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being wordy and talkative.
Synonyms:loquacity, talkativeness
Usage: With the confidential garrulity of a man who has dined too well, he plunged into his darling topic, and I looked past him at the clock.
Article of the Day

Imhotep

Imhotep was an Egyptian polymath who lived in the 27th century BCE and served as chief minister to the Egyptian king Djoser. He is remembered as a skilled physician, sage, and astrologer, as well as the architect of the step-pyramid at Saqqara, the first pyramid ever constructed. He was deified around the time of the Persian conquest in 525 BCE, and his cult reached its zenith in Greco-Roman times, when he was linked to Asclepius. He may have been the first to use what structure in architecture? More...
This Day in History

Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. When was the fine paid? More...
Today's Birthday

John Quincy Adams (1767)

The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he defended what famous mutineers in 1841? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. More...
Today's Holiday

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (2017)

The Fast of Tammuz commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, when the Babylonians conquered Judah and destroyed the Temple. After 70 years the people returned and rebuilt the Temple. The Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, dooming both the city and its Temple for the second time. This time the destruction and the scattering of the people had a far more tragic finality. Another event associated with this day is the shattering of the first Tablets of the Law by Moses. The Fast begins Three Weeks of mourning lasting until Tisha be-Av. More...
In the News

Chemical Cause of Sunburn Soreness

Anyone who has ever suffered a serious sunburn knows that it hurts, but now scientists say they have begun to unravel why sunburns are so painful. They have pinpointed a chemical in the body, CXCL5, that triggers pain and is produced when the skin is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Further testing on rats showed that a neutralizing antibody that targeted this chemical could reduce the sensitivity to pain caused by UVB irradiation. The findings could help researchers develop pain medications for a variety of conditions, particularly those associated with inflammation, such as arthritis. More...
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