Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

demigod

Definition:(noun) A person with great powers and abilities.
Synonyms:superman, Ubermensch
Usage: The saints and demigods whom history worships we are constrained to accept with a grain of allowance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Perfect Tense

The present perfect tense is formed by using a form of the auxiliary verb "have" along with the past participle of the "main" verb. If something is described using the present perfect, at what point in time did it happen? More...
Article of the Day

Dissociative Amnesia

Dissociative amnesia is a loss of personal memory caused by a severe psychological trauma. Because the amnesia does not result from physiological trauma, such as a brain injury or disease, it is often treated with psychological therapy. While dissociative amnesia is often associated with particular events or periods of time, in its most radical form there is a total abandonment of personal identity and memory. How was "truth serum" used to treat dissociative amnesia during World War II? More...
This Day in History

The Calaveras Skull Hoax Begins (1866)

What began as a practical joke became a famous, decades-long scientific hoax when a prominent geologist not only fell for it, but vigorously defended it as real. After miners in Calaveras County, California, claimed to have found a human skull deep within a mine, Harvard University Professor Josiah Whitney—then the State Geologist of California—announced that it was the earliest evidence of humans on the continent. Where might the miners who planted the skull have obtained it in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Ida Noddack (1896)

One of the first prominent female chemists in Germany, Noddack was nominated several times for a Nobel Prize but never won. Still, she made a number of remarkable contributions to science, co-discovering the element rhenium with her future husband and proposing for the first time the idea of nuclear fission. She also participated in the discovery of another element, which her team named masurium, but they could not prove its existence. It was finally isolated by others in 1937 and named what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

lust for life

Intense eagerness to experience all that life has to offer. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta sa EDSA (2018)

The Fiesta sa EDSA is a commemoration of the bloodless People Power Revolution in the Philippines from Feb. 22-25, 1986, in which the dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos was toppled. Two key government officers rebelled in protest of Marcos's oppression and demanded his resignation. Pro-Marcos forces threatened to annihilate them, but two million unarmed people, with offerings of flowers, food, and prayers, provided a human shield and overcame the military's firepower. The day is marked with ceremonies at the site of the revolution in Quezon City, a part of Manila. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: secretion

gall - As in gallbladder, it refers to a secretion of the liver or to bile. More...

honeyflow - The period of secretion of honey or nectar by flowers. More...

sepia - A cuttlefish, the origin of the brown pigment prepared from a secretion of the fish. More...

larp - The secretion from eucalyptus. More...

In the News

Pluto's Moon May Have Had an Ocean Once

Scientists have been blown away by Pluto's complex geology in the months following NASA's historic flyby of the dwarf planet. But it's not the only interesting world in its system: Charon, Pluto's largest moon, has proved surprising as well. According ... More...
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