Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

concordat

Definition:(noun) A signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action.
Synonyms:compact, covenant
Usage: The two nations were bitter enemies, but the signing of a concordat showed progress.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Positioning Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Adverbs of time are most often placed at the end of a sentence. Why do we sometimes place them at the beginning of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Fusor: DIY Nuclear Fusion

Originally designed by TV developer Philo T. Farnsworth as a device to create nuclear fusion, the fusor is unique in its simplicity. Instead of slowly heating plasma, the fusor simply injects "high temperature" ions directly into a reaction chamber. Still, engineers have been unable to develop a practical power source using the technology. Hobbyists and even high school students have built small fusors over the years. The youngest person ever to build a working fusor was how old? More...
This Day in History

The Berlin Wall Goes Up (1961)

After World War II, the Soviet Union occupied East Berlin while control of West Berlin was split between the US, the UK, and France. From 1949 to 1961, more than 2 million East Germans fled to West Germany to escape Communist rule before the wall was built to stop the tide of defectors. First constructed of barbed wire and erected at night, the barrier was eventually replaced by a concrete structure studded with watchtowers manned by East German soldiers. What was the "Death Strip"? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Sanger (1918)

After earning his PhD at Cambridge University in 1943, British biochemist Frederick Sanger decided to continue conducting his research at his alma mater. He remained there for the entirety of his four-decade career, making discoveries about the structure of proteins, particularly insulin, as well as DNA sequencing that would earn him not one but two Nobel prizes. He is only the fourth person in history to have earned this distinction. Who are the other three two-time Nobel laureates? More...
Quotation of the Day
It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

out there

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Somewhat unusual, unconventional, crazy, or eccentric. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Heroes' Day (2018)

To honor those members of the armed forces who gave their lives to defend Zimbabwe, the nation holds an annual day of remembrance for them on August 9. Celebrations are held at the National Heroes Acre in the capital city of Harare. Families of the dead lay wreaths on the graves, and the country's president visits each grave and speaks with the families. Young people march from the center of the city to the site, singing revolutionary songs as they march, and schoolchildren recite poems about revolutionary struggle. Similar ceremonies are held throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lay

lay - As in layperson, it derives from Greek laikos, "of the people"—as opposed to clerics. More...

nest egg - Poultry farmers formerly placed a porcelain or other fake egg in a hen's nest to encourage it to lay more eggs—from this came nest egg, money saved to encourage the making of more. More...

lay, lie - To lay is to place something; to lie is to recline. More...

oviposit - To lay an egg. More...

In the News

Lessons in Wound Healing from Our Favorite Fly

Instead of stitches and screws, doctors are looking to the next generation of medical adhesives — glues and tape — to patch us up. Their inspiration? Water-loving creatures like oysters, marine worms and the caddis fly, a type of stream-dwelling, fish-baiting ... More...
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