Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 11, 2017)
Word of the Day

corporeal

Definition:(adjective) Of a material nature; tangible.
Synonyms:material
Usage: That which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible.
Article of the Day

Plant Reproduction

Unlike animals, plants are immobile and cannot actively seek out partners for reproduction. The first plants were aquatic and used abiotic factors, like water and wind, to carry male gametes to female reproductive structures. As plants moved from water onto land, they developed motile sperm cells that could travel via a thin film of water. Eventually, many plants evolved the pollen and seed structures common today. How do some plants attract the insect pollinators vital to their reproduction? More...
This Day in History

Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. When was the fine paid? More...
Today's Birthday

John Quincy Adams (1767)

The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he defended what famous mutineers in 1841? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. More...
Today's Holiday

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (2017)

The Fast of Tammuz commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, when the Babylonians conquered Judah and destroyed the Temple. After 70 years the people returned and rebuilt the Temple. The Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, dooming both the city and its Temple for the second time. This time the destruction and the scattering of the people had a far more tragic finality. Another event associated with this day is the shattering of the first Tablets of the Law by Moses. The Fast begins Three Weeks of mourning lasting until Tisha be-Av. More...
In the News

Life on Mars? Study Showing Martian Soil Kills Bacteria Dims Hopes

Recent images and other compelling evidence that water once flowed on Mars have generated hope of finding microbial life there. That hope has been dealt a blow by a new study showing the soil surface is toxic to bacteria. Astrobiologists—researchers ... More...
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