Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

elegy

Definition:(noun) A mournful poem; a lament for the dead.
Synonyms:lament, requiem, dirge
Usage: Standing beside his departed friend's casket, Mike delivered a moving elegy that brought everyone in the room to tears.
Article of the Day

No Man's Land

No man's land is territory whose ownership is unclear or under dispute and is often unoccupied. The term—then spelled "nonesmanneslond"—was likely first used in medieval Europe to describe a contested territory or refuse dumping ground between fiefdoms. During WWI, it was used to refer to the land between enemy trenches too dangerous to occupy, and during the Cold War, it became associated with territories near the Iron Curtain. What stretch of no man's land is known as the "Cactus Curtain"? More...
This Day in History

Chemical Element Meitnerium Is Synthesized (1982)

In 1982, a German research team led by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Münzenberg at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research created a new element. While bombarding bismuth-209 atoms with iron-58 ions, they detected a single atom of what is now called meitnerium. Its atomic number is 109. The artificially-produced, radioactive element is named for Lise Meitner, the Austrian-Swedish physicist and mathematician who helped discover nuclear fission. When was the name "meitnerium" officially adopted? More...
Today's Birthday

John Locke (1632)

Locke was an English philosopher and founder of British Empiricism. He summed up the Enlightenment in his belief in the middle class and its right to freedom of conscience and right to property, in his faith in science, and in his faith in the goodness of humanity. His influence on philosophy and political theory has been incalculable. His 1690 Two Treatises of Government influenced the American and French revolutions. He once fled to Holland under suspicion of involvement in what plot? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Idiom of the Day

last chance (for/at/to do something)

The last or final opportunity to get, have, do, or achieve something. More...
Today's Holiday

Radha Ashtami (2017)

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of Radha, who was the mistress of the god Krishna during the period of his life when he lived among the cowherds of Vrindavana. Although she was the wife of another gopa (cowherd), she was the best-loved of Krishna's consorts and his constant companion. Some Hindus believe that Radha is a symbol of the human soul drawn to the ineffable god Krishna. Images of Radha are bathed on this day and then dressed and ornamented before being offered food and worship. Hindus bathe in the early morning and fast all day to show their devotion to Radha. More...
In the News

"Cancer" Impacts Patients' Treatment Preferences

The terminology a doctor uses when breaking the news of a diagnosis to a patient could affect which course of treatment the patient opts for. Women are more likely to choose surgery to treat ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive type of breast lesion, when the word cancer is used in its description. When it is presented to them as "a breast lesion" or "abnormal cells," as opposed to "non-invasive breast cancer," they are more open to alternative treatment options like drugs and watchful waiting. More...
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