Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

saturate

Definition:(verb) Infuse or fill completely.
Synonyms:impregnate
Usage: This light, subdued and colored, seemed almost a radiation from the trunks themselves, so strongly did they saturate it with their hue.
Article of the Day

Lewis Chessmen

In 1831, dozens of intricately detailed chess pieces—enough to form several sets—were found buried in the sand on Scotland's Isle of Lewis. They had been carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century. Apparently unused, they may have been the stock of a merchant who buried them after a mishap at sea. Their origin and intended destination are unknown. The rooks are depicted not as castles, but as berserkers. Instead of white and black, the pieces may have been white and what other color? More...
This Day in History

Caligula Becomes Emperor of Rome (37 CE)

When Caligula became the Roman emperor in 37 CE, replacing the hated Tiberius, the public welcomed his reign, and for a time it was uneventful. Seven months later, he fell severely ill, and when he recovered, he was a changed man. Suddenly, his reign was marked by financially ruinous extravagance, unmatched cruelty, and rampant executions, even of his former supporters. He was assassinated within a few years. What may have caused the mental instability Caligula displayed after his illness? More...
Today's Birthday

Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750)

Caroline Herschel was a British astronomer. At the age of 10, she contracted typhus, which permanently stunted her growth—but not her ambition. Her family assumed that she would never marry because of her height and trained her to be a household servant. But when her brother, Sir William Herschel, took up astronomy and accepted the position of King's Astronomer, she joined him as his assistant and assumed the laborious task of cataloguing thousands of stars and nebulae. What did she discover? More...
Quotation of the Day
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I do (something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiplingcotes Derby (2017)

The Kiplingcotes Derby, which is run along the Wolds Way in Yorkshire, England, on the third Thursday in March, dates back more than 450 years, making it the longest-running "flat race" (as opposed to the steeplechase, which involves jumping over obstacles) in England. The route along which the horses run measures four miles in length and cuts through five different parishes, supposedly following an ancient Roman road. It begins near South Dalton and finishes near Kiplingcotes Farm in the parish of Middleton-on-the-Wolds. More...
In the News

Liver Preservation Device Could Increase Organ's Availability

There are simply not enough donor organs to meet current needs, and thousands of people die every year waiting for a transplant. Unfortunately, many badly needed organs are deemed nonviable and discarded, often because of damage sustained between removal and transplantation. Thousands of livers are discarded each year, but a new device that perfuses this organ outside the body, keeping it warm and functioning rather than on ice, could allow doctors to keep donated livers viable longer, better assess a liver's function prior to transplantation, and possibly even allow a damaged liver to recover somewhat. More...
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