Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

dropsy

Definition:(noun) Swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.
Synonyms:edema, hydrops
Usage: I must tell you that this thickness and roundness of the waist is caused by a dropsy brought on by over-haste in journeying from the house of Pilate to the Mount of Olives.
Article of the Day

Green Flash

A green flash is a refractive phenomenon in which the top edge of the setting—or, less frequently, rising—sun momentarily turns emerald green. It is usually seen over a low distant horizon, such as that of the ocean or a prairie, when the sky is clear. It occurs primarily because the atmosphere acts like a weak prism, refracting sunlight and separating it into different colors. The green color lasts from a fraction of a second to two seconds. What is a green rim and when can it be observed? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of the New-York Daily Times, now The New York Times, Is Printed (1851)

Originally sold for a penny a copy, the New-York Daily Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1851 and has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896. The paper shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857. Perhaps the most respected newspaper in the world, it has been awarded more Pulitzer Prizes than any other. In 2006, the newspaper announced that it would save how much money by narrowing its page width by 1.5 inches (4 cm)? More...
Today's Birthday

Edwin Mattison McMillan (1907)

As a physicist working at the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in the 1940s, McMillan helped discover plutonium and neptunium. The latter was the first transuranic—having a heavier nucleus than uranium—element to be discovered. For his work in that field, he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with chemist Glenn Seaborg. He was also involved in research on radar, sonar, and nuclear weapons during WWII and is credited with building the first synchrotron—which is what? More...
Quotation of the Day
As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church-steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

leave much to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiestas Patrias (2017)

Fiestas Patrias is the national two-day holiday in Chile celebrating Independence Day, September 18, and Army Day, September 19. In the days preceding the holiday, fondas (fairs) pop up throughout Chile, and it is a popular time for Chilean rodeo. Huasos (cowboys) compete against one another by attempting to pin a calf against the wall of the medialuna, or arena, with their horse, and are awarded points based on which part of the horse is touching the calf. Because September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, Fiestas Patrias is also a popular occasion for kite flying. More...
In the News

Hospital Births Cut Newborn Deaths in China

A campaign to encourage women to deliver their children in hospitals appears to have help cut the neonatal mortality rate in China. Deaths among newborn babies fell 62 percent in a little more than a decade. While less than half of all women in China gave birth in a hospital in 1988, nearly all were doing so by 2008. An analysis of 1.5 million births between 1996 and 2008 showed that babies born in hospitals were two to three times less likely to die in their first month of life than those born at home. More...
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