Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

lifelike

Definition:(adjective) Free from artificiality.
Synonyms:natural
Usage: The mannequin's appearance is so lifelike that customers often mistake it for a salesperson.
Article of the Day

Paradigm Shift

In his 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn coined the term "paradigm shift," defining it as the dramatic change that occurs when scientists approach a problem in a new way. Kuhn said that scientific revolutions occur not by gradually building on prior knowledge, but by entering a "crisis" state that leads to an entirely new paradigm. In the 1990s, the term became a buzzword in unrelated fields like marketing. Who warned readers to avoid using it? More...
This Day in History

US Secretary of State George Marshall Announces the Marshall Plan (1947)

World War II left the finances and industry of Europe crippled. In 1947, Marshall proposed a plan for the US to finance the European recovery. From 1948 to 1952, it provided almost $13 billion in grants and loans to 17 countries and was a key factor in reviving their economies and stabilizing their political structures. While most of Europe embraced the plan, it was strongly opposed by the Soviet Union and some Eastern European nations. How, according to Marshall, would this plan benefit the US? More...
Today's Birthday

John Couch Adams (1819)

Before the planet Neptune was discovered, Adams—an English astronomer and mathematician—correctly predicted its existence and position based on irregularities in the motion of Uranus. However, the credit for the discovery went to Urbain Leverrier, who had come to the same conclusion later but published his findings earlier. In 1846, the planet was first observed by a German astronomer using Leverrier's calculations. A modest man, Adams also declined to publish what other findings? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

get in(to) hot water

To provoke or incite anger, hostility, or punishment against oneself; to cause or encounter trouble or difficulty, especially that which will result in punishment or reprisal. More...
Today's Holiday

Nirjala Ekadashi (2017)

Of the 24 Ekadashi or 11th-day fasts observed during the course of the Hindu year, Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the more important. Men and women observe a strict fast and offer puja (worship) to Vishnu to ensure happiness and forgiveness of their sins. Panchamrata is prepared by mixing together milk, ghee (clarified butter), curds, honey and sugar. It is then offered to the image of Vishnu, which has been draped in rich clothing and jewels, with a fan placed beside it. Hindus meditate on Vishnu as the Lord of the Universe and worship the deity with flowers, lamps, water, and incense. More...
In the News

Hope Returns for Hula Hoppers

The Hula painted frog is back from the grave, sort of. Scientists have confirmed that a frog captured by an Israeli park ranger in 2011 is none other than the elusive Hula painted frog, declared extinct in 1996, approximately half a century after the last confirmed sighting. Researchers now believe that as many as 100 to 200 of these frogs are living in Israel's Hula Valley. When it was first discovered in the 1940s, the Hula painted frog was classified as a member of the Discoglossus genus, but DNA tests have revealed that the species is actually the last of the Latonia group of amphibians that otherwise died out about 15,000 years ago, making it a "living fossil." More...
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