Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

gloaming

Definition:(noun) The time of day immediately following sunset.
Synonyms:crepuscule, dusk, nightfall, twilight
Usage: When the sun was fairly down, we slipped back to the hotel in the charitable gloaming, and went to bed again.
Article of the Day

Bacterial Conjugation

First observed in 1946, bacterial conjugation is the transfer of genetic material between bacterial cells through a bridge-like connection during direct contact between the cells. The transferred information is often beneficial to the recipient cell and can include material involved in antibiotic resistance. The process is easily interrupted—some scientists have disrupted it simply using a blender—and such breaks stop the transfer. How does the transfer of genetic material take place? More...
This Day in History

Pablo Escobar Escapes from His Luxury Prison (1992)

By 1989, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was one of the world's richest men. At the height of his success, his Medellín cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. Even after he was incarcerated, he continued to conduct business from the resort-like Colombian prison that had been built to his specifications. In 1992, in an effort to avoid extradition to the US, Escobar escaped. He was killed by police 16 months later. His intimidation tactic of plata o plomo translates to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Hopper (1882)

Hopper was an American painter who supported himself as a commercial illustrator until he gained recognition in the mid-1920s with his now-iconic scenes of American life. His dramatically lit works often feature still, anonymous figures inside geometric buildings and evoke a haunting sense of isolation that was his hallmark. His famous Nighthawks depicts a mostly empty, brightly lit diner on an otherwise dark, desolate street at night. What was said to be Hopper's favorite thing to paint? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misfortune, n.: The kind of fortune that never misses.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

jolly (someone) along

To encourage someone (to do something), especially in a positive, cheerful manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Gambia Revolution Day (2017)

The Gambia, a former British colony in West Africa, celebrates the anniversary of a coup in 1994 that ousted the country's president, Sir Dawda Jawara, and ushered in a military government. Following the bloodless coup, the government made the transition to civilian leadership and the people elected Yahya Jammeh president. The commemoration is essentially a vehicle to show the Gambian people's approval of their president. Past celebrations have included the unveiling of new development initiatives as well as cultural festivities. More...
In the News

Patients Refrain from Disagreeing with Doctors

Concerns about offending one's doctor or being labeled a "bad patient" deter many people from contradicting their doctors during discussions about their medical treatment. In a recent survey, most respondents indicated that they want to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to medical treatment, yet only a small fraction would openly disagree with their doctors. Failing to speak up could have dangerous consequences, as it increases the likelihood that patients will not adhere to their treatment plans at home. More...
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