Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

palpate

Definition:(verb) To examine or explore by touching (an organ or area of the body), usually as a diagnostic aid.
Synonyms:feel
Usage: The nurse palpated the patient's stomach but felt nothing out of the ordinary.
Article of the Day

Genetic Fingerprinting

Genetic fingerprinting is a forensic identification technique that enables nearly unmistakable discrimination between individuals and is often used in criminal and paternity cases. The process involves isolating DNA from skin, hair, blood, or semen cells and comparing genetic information at key positions on the chromosomes. Theoretically, the risk of a false match is minute, but laboratory errors can skew results. What other factors should be considered when evaluating DNA evidence? More...
This Day in History

Lateran Treaty Signed Between Italy and the Vatican (1929)

The Lateran Treaty ended the political dispute between the Italian government and the Papacy that began when Italy took Rome as its capital in 1871 and limited papal sovereignty to just a few buildings. The treaty created Vatican City and gave the Holy See sovereignty there. Though Italy was under fascist control when the treaty was signed, successive governments have upheld the agreement. The Lateran Treaty established Roman Catholicism as the state religion of Italy. When did this change? More...
Today's Birthday

Leo Szilard (1898)

Szilard was a Hungarian-American nuclear physicist who, after immigrating to America from Nazi Germany, was instrumental in the development of nuclear weapons. Working with Enrico Fermi, he developed the first self-sustained nuclear reactor based on uranium fission. He was one of the first to realize that nuclear chain reactions could be used in bombs and, in 1939, helped to establish the Manhattan Project. Later he protested nuclear warfare and decided to study what instead? More...
Quotation of the Day
A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

all the difference in the world

The greatest degree of difference that is possible or conceivable. Without the verbs "mean" or "make," it is used to compare two disparate things. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Sarkis's Day (2017)

In Armenia, St. Sarkis is associated with predictions about love and romance. It is customary for young lovers to put out crumbs for birds and watch to see which way the birds fly off, for it is believed that their future spouse will come from the same direction. It is also traditional to leave some pokhint—a dish made of flour, butter, and honey—outside the door on St. Sarkis's Day. According to legend, when St. Sarkis was battling the Georgians, the roasted wheat in his pocket miraculously turned into pokhint. More...
In the News

When in Control of Epidural Dosage, Women Use Less

More than half of women in labor opt for epidural anesthesia, a type of anesthesia that is delivered directly into the spine to numb the lower half of the body, reducing the pain of childbirth but also increasing the risk of an instrumental delivery, meaning that doctors must use forceps or a ventouse to help deliver the baby's head. A recent study, however, found that women given a hand-held controller so drugs could be delivered when needed used approximately 30% less anesthetic and required fewer instrumental deliveries than women who received a steady infusion of drugs. More...
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