Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

rubella

Definition:(noun) A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy.
Synonyms:German measles, epidemic roseola, three-day measles
Usage: The parents were relieved when the doctor said that their son's rubella would improve in a matter of days.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Whose vs. Who's

Beware of the common error of confusing "whose" and "who's." "Whose" is an interrogative adjective or pronoun. What is "who's"? More...
Article of the Day

Brownstone

Brownstone is a red to brown variety of sandstone, whose unusual color is caused in some instances by the presence of red iron oxide which acts as a cement, binding the sand grains together. During the Triassic period, vast thicknesses of brownstone were deposited in the Connecticut River Valley of the northeast, and they were used to build the many brownstone houses and buildings in the area between Baltimore and Boston. Is sandstone a durable building material? More...
This Day in History

The First Vatican Council Declares Papal Infallibility (1870)

In Roman Catholicism, papal infallibility is the doctrine that, under certain conditions, the pope cannot err when teaching in matters of faith or morals. It is a centuries-old idea based on the belief that the church, entrusted with the mission of Jesus, will be guided by the Holy Spirit. It has been a matter of controversy, even among Catholic theologians, ever since 1870, when the First Vatican Council first listed the conditions under which popes are infallible. What are they? More...
Today's Birthday

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853)

Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who, in 1902, shared the second Nobel Prize in Physics. A pioneer in formulating the relations between electricity, magnetism, and light, he was one of the first people to postulate the existence of electrons. He developed many of the concepts and equations upon which Einstein based his special theory of relativity, which was originally called the Lorentz-Einstein theory. He also did critical work for the Dutch government on what unprecedented engineering project? More...
Quotation of the Day
Prescription, n.: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

a hot hand

A continuous period of great success, luck, or fortune; a winning streak. More...
Today's Holiday

Carinthian Summer Music Festival (2020)

For six weeks spanning July and August, the world's most renowned conductors and orchestras perform in various locations in the Austria's southernmost province, Carinthia. Ossiach Abbey, an 11th-century monastery, has remained a main venue site since it hosted the first Carinthian festival, in 1969. Ensembles play at the abbey's church and its baroque hall, Villach's Congress Centre, and Glanegg Castle, as well as other scenic settings throughout the mountainous province. The Festival has built its musical reputation on the rare genre known as the "church opera." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: meteor

astrobleme - A crater caused by a meteor. More...

aerolithology - The study of meteors. More...

meteorite - A meteor that survives and makes it to a planet; types of meteorites include siderites/irons, aerolites/stones, and siderolites (iron/stone). More...

falling star - Another name for meteor or shooting star. More...

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