Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

veneration

Definition:(noun) A feeling of profound respect for someone or something.
Synonyms:reverence, awe, fear
Usage: Cornelius bade farewell to De Ruyter, to the Ruart de Pulten, and to glory, kissed the knees of the Grand Pensionary, for whom he entertained the deepest veneration, and retired to his house at Dort.
Article of the Day

Neanderthals

Neanderthals were a species of the human genus Homo that inhabited much of Europe and the Mediterranean approximately 200,000–28,000 years ago. They were short, stout, and powerful; used fire; and buried their dead. Some scholars do not consider them direct ancestors of modern humans—Homo sapiens. Others regard them as a late form that was absorbed into modern human populations in some areas while dying out in others. How did their cranial capacity compare to that of modern humans? More...
This Day in History

Good Friday Earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska (1964)

With a magnitude of 9.2, the earthquake that struck east of Anchorage at rush hour on Good Friday 1964 was one of the strongest ever recorded. About 130 people died, most in the subsequent tsunami, and much of downtown Anchorage was destroyed. The quake's effects were felt around the world—boats were sunk as far away as the Gulf of Mexico. Within a day, 11 aftershocks measuring 6.0 or higher were reported. In the months after, residents endured thousands of smaller ones. How long did they last? More...
Today's Birthday

Nathaniel Currier (1813)

Before photojournalism rendered illustrations of the news obsolete, Currier printed more than 7,000 lithographs—prints made using a stone block etched with grease to reproduce drawings—that greatly increased the public demand for graphic images. With his partner James Ives, he established outlets across the country, selling high-quality prints of disasters, landscapes, satirical subjects, and domestic scenes. Ives was neither a lithographer nor an artist, so why did Currier make him his partner? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven; and every countenance, bright with smiles, and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror transmitting to others the ways of a supreme and ever-shining benevolence.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

let me tell you

Used to emphasize a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuhio Day (2017)

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1921) was a young man when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893. He was elected as the first delegate to represent the Territory of Hawaii in the U.S. Congress in 1903. He was reelected and served 10 consecutive terms until his death in 1921. His birthday is commemorated on the island of Kauai, where he was born, with a week-long Prince Kuhio Festival during the latter part of March. The festival features such traditional Hawaiian events as outrigger canoe races, hula dancing, and performances of Hawaiian music. More...
In the News

Lab-Grown Sperm Cells Could Help Infertile Men

For the first time, mammalian sperm have been successfully grown in a lab, a development that could someday help infertile men have children. Researchers were able to coax testicular tissue taken from baby mice into producing spermatozoa that were then used to produce healthy, fertile offspring. Furthermore, this tissue can be frozen until needed and retain its ability to produce sperm cells. Experts caution that further research is required before the technique could be applied in human cases. More...
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