Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

cold-blooded

Definition:(adjective) Without compunction or human feeling.
Synonyms:inhuman, insensate, cold
Usage: These callous, cold-blooded killers butchered six people.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Appositive Phrases

It is very common to use noun phrases (which consist of a noun accompanied by any determiners and modifiers) as appositives to provide more descriptive identifying information about a noun; these appositive phrases can modify both common and proper nouns. What part of speech do they usually begin with? More...
Article of the Day

Nepenthes Rajah: The Plant with an Appetite

Nepenthes rajah is a carnivorous pitcher plant species endemic to Borneo. Its most distinctive features—giant urn-shaped traps, called pitchers, containing water and digestive fluid—allow it to catch and digest insects and even small vertebrates and mammals. These pitchers also host a number of organisms with which it is thought to form symbiotic relationships. Called nepenthebionts, many of these organisms are so specialized that they cannot survive anywhere else. What are some examples? More...
This Day in History

First Passenger Elevator Installed (1857)

Elevators—in one form or another—have been used to make human life easier since ancient times. They were once just simple hoists but are now incredibly complex mechanical systems. One of the most significant advances came in 1853 with the invention of a safety device to prevent elevators from plummeting in the event of cable failure. Four years later, the first passenger elevator was installed, paving the way for taller buildings and the urban geography of modern cities. Where was it installed? More...
Today's Birthday

Emmy Noether (1882)

After Noether died, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to The New York Times that she was "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began." Her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics were groundbreaking, evidenced by the inclusion of her name in several concepts, including "Noether's Theorem," "Noetherian module," "Noetherian ring," and "Noetherian induction." Where were her ashes buried? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

make the welkin ring

To make a very loud, reverberating sound or noise. ("Welkin" is an archaic or literary word for the skies or the heavens, only used in contemporary English as a part of this phrase.) More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2018)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: orchestra

wind band - A band of wind instruments or a collective term for the wind instruments of an orchestra. More...

first chair - The premier musician playing a particular instrument in an orchestra—seated closest to the audience, taking the lead for that instrument's movements, and playing any solos. More...

first violin - Leads the orchestra and plays notes in a higher range than second violins; parts for the first violin usually have more of the main tune and are technically more difficult to play. More...

orchestra - The earliest senses of orchestra were "the semicircular area for the chorus to dance in an ancient Greek theatre" and the art of dancing itself (from Greek orkheisthai, "to dance"). More...

In the News

Are Essential Oils Safe?

People use essential oils a variety of ways: as lotions, for hair care, aromatherapy, cleaning products and more. But are essential oils safe? Some research in the past has linked essential oils to hormone disturbances, with some suggesting a link ... More...
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