Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

engram

Definition:(noun) A physical alteration thought to occur in living neural tissue in response to stimuli, posited as an explanation for memory.
Synonyms:memory trace
Usage: The neuroscientist likened engrams in neural tissue to data on the hard drive of a computer.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" verbs in a clause. Auxiliary verbs can be identified by two main criteria. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Courtship

Observed throughout the animal kingdom, courtship is the practice of wooing a member of the opposite sex with the ultimate goal of mating. Animal courtship may involve complicated dances or touching; vocalizations; or displays of beauty or fighting prowess. Humans, meanwhile, have evolved elaborate courtship rituals involving flowers, gifts, songs, poetry, restaurants, and various displays of affection. How has online dating changed traditional courtship roles? More...
This Day in History

The Teton Dam Failure (1976)

On June 3, 1976, engineers noticed two small leaks in the earthen Teton Dam, built on Idaho's Teton River. Two days later, the newly created reservoir was filled for the first time, holding a large amount of runoff. Water began seeping out, and the major leak that followed caused the dam—which had been constructed on permeable and fissured rock—to collapse. The reservoir drained in less than six hours, flooding nearby towns and farmland. How many deaths are attributed to the Teton Dam failure? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887)

Benedict was an American anthropologist whose theories have had a profound influence on cultural anthropology. Her landmark text Patterns of Culture was published in 1934, at a time when her field was dominated by men. In it, she promotes cultural relativism—the assessment of cultural practices within their own cultural context. From a young age, she was fascinated with death and was drawn to studying how other cultures treat death. Whose "cult of grief" did Benedict despise? More...
Quotation of the Day
As long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

be on a rampage

To be causing great destruction, disruption, or chaos; to be behaving very violently or aggressively. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles Liberation Day (2018)

Less than a year after gaining independence, a coup overthrew the government in Seychelles. Two major political parties had developed, the Seychelles Democratic Party (SDP) and the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP). James Mancham, the leader of the SDP party, which won the majority vote, became president, and France Albert René became prime minister. René's supporters led the overthrow and ousted Mancham on June 5, 1977, an event commemorated as a public holiday on Liberation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lady

buck party, stag party - A buck party, like a stag party, is one without ladies. More...

chatelaine - The lady or mistress of a household. More...

lady - From Old English hlaf, "loaf," and a Germanic base meaning "knead," it first literally meant "one who kneads bread." More...

madam - French, literally, "my lady." More...

In the News

Studies of Moth and Butterfly Genes Color in a Scientific Classic

The story of the black peppered moth, which changed colors from Oreo milkshake to dark chocolate during the Industrial Revolution in Britain, is the iconic tale of adaptive evolution taught in science classes. And today its plot thickens: In a study published ... More...
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