Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

irk

Definition:(verb) To be irritating, wearisome, or vexing to.
Synonyms:gall
Usage: The sight of her gave Sheldon fresh courage, and the tedious hours of waiting did not irk him.
Article of the Day

Atomic Force Microscope

With a demonstrated resolution of fractions of a nanometer, the atomic force microscope (AFM) is one of the foremost tools for imaging, measuring, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale. Unlike the electron microscope, which provides a two-dimensional image of a sample, the AFM provides a true 3-D surface profile. Though the term "microscope" suggests the visual study of minute samples, this high-tech device functions in an entirely different manner. How does the AFM gather information? More...
This Day in History

The First Geneva Convention Is Signed (1864)

After witnessing firsthand the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers left without aid on a battlefield in Italy, Jean-Henri Dunant returned to his native Switzerland and began campaigning for the humane treatment of war wounded. This prompted an international conference that resulted in the First Geneva Convention, an international agreement protecting neutral medical personnel and wounded soldiers. The Red Cross was also founded as a direct result of his efforts. What battle inspired him? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908)

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered the father of photojournalism. His works, which were unmanipulated and achieved with simple techniques, are remarkable for their flawless capture of a situation's "decisive moment." He served in World War II and escaped a Nazi prison camp after three years to dig up a camera he had previously buried. He hated being photographed and was fiercely private. He claimed to have confided his secrets in someone he would never meet again. Who? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men's power to be agreeable.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

(someone) (just) doesn't know when to quit

Someone would be better off not doing something or acting a certain way because it is or may become destructive, counterproductive, futile, or undesirable. More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2017)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Did Fingers Evolve from Fish Fins?

We were all fish once – well, our human ancestors were. But how did ocean swimmers evolve to scuttle around on land? It would have taken a certain dexterity that fins wouldn't have allowed, but fingers and fins seem like such different structures. Scientists ... More...
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