Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 02, 2014)
Word of the Day

numismatist

Definition:(noun) A collector and student of money (and coins in particular).
Synonyms:coin collector
Usage: I'm not sure that I would go so far as to call myself a numismatist, but I do have jars and jars full of change at home.
Article of the Day

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard masses of minerals and organic matter that form in the kidneys. Small stones may be eliminated with the normal passage of urine, but larger stones can obstruct the urinary system, causing severe pain and infection. Because most kidney stones are composed of calcium salts, it was thought that a diet high in calcium encouraged their development. However, there is evidence suggesting that the opposite holds true. What can you do to reduce your risk for kidney stones? More...
This Day in History

First Major Internet-Distributed Computer Worm Launched (1988)

In 1988, Cornell University student Robert Morris launched a program supposedly aimed at measuring the size of the Internet. He had designed the ostensibly harmless program to count the computers connected to the small but growing Web by copying itself to each unit. Due to a design flaw, however, the program spread wildly, repeatedly copying itself to some computers and rendering them useless. A large part of the Internet was affected by the so-called Morris worm. What was Morris's punishment? More...
Today's Birthday

James Knox Polk (1795)

A native southerner and friend of Andrew Jackson, Polk was elected president of the US in 1845. During his administration, the US made large territorial gains. Polk peacefully negotiated the Oregon border dispute with Britain, while the US victory in the Mexican War secured much of the West. Though an efficient and competent president, Polk was exhausted by the time he left office, and he died three months later. Despite his happy marriage, he had no children. What likely rendered him sterile? More...
Quotation of the Day
So dear I love him that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

breach of etiquette

A violation of established social norms or expectations, especially as relates to polite society or specific professions. More...
Today's Holiday

Haile Selassie's Coronation Day (2017)

The Rastafarians of Jamaica worship Haile Selassie I, "Might of the Trinity." His original name was Tafari Makonnen, and he was emperor of Ethiopia under the name Ras (meaning "Prince") Tafari. Rastafarians consider the Ethiopian emperor the Messiah and son of God, and the champion of their race. The Rastafarians' most important celebration is the anniversary of Haile Selassie's Coronation Day, which occurred on November 2, 1930. The dedication of babies to Ras Tafari, recitations, and singing are typically part of the celebrations on this day. More...
In the News

Imported Pets Probably Brought Flesh-Eating Fungus to Europe

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has turned public attention to the threat of disease transmission across borders and oceans, but people are not the only ones at risk in this age of international travel. Europe's newts and salamanders are in danger of being wiped out by a flesh-eating fungus likely brought to the continent by pet amphibians imported from Asia. Asian salamanders are capable of carrying Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans without suffering serious illness, but the fungus is lethal to most European species and has already devastated the Netherlands' fire salamander population. More...
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