Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

galvanize

Definition:(verb) To stimulate to action.
Synonyms:startle
Usage: The appeal has galvanized them into taking positive action.
Article of the Day

Gamma Knife

The Gamma Knife is a device used in stereotactic radiosurgery to produce precise lesions in specific areas of pathologic tissue in deep-seated central nervous system structures. The apparatus uses 201 beams of gamma radiation, which are carefully aimed to converge on a specific intracranial target, to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and treat vascular anomalies while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. What specialized equipment do patients wear during treatment? More...
This Day in History

George Westinghouse Patents the Automatic Air Brake (1872)

Prior to the advent of trucking in the early 1900s, rail was the only efficient way to transport goods over land. However, before the 1870s, there was no easy way to quickly stop the extremely heavy freight trains. Brakemen scrambled over the tops of moving cars to activate hand brakes on each one. The system was unreliable, resulting in frequent derailments, and many brakemen were killed or maimed after falling from trains. The air brake solved all of those problems. How did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Pyle (1853)

Pyle was an American illustrator and writer who specialized in tales of chivalry and adventure for children. He rewrote and realistically illustrated classic tales about figures like Robin Hood and King Arthur, adapting the stories to suit a younger audience. In 1900, he founded an art school, and many of his students went on to become famous illustrators themselves. Today, he is considered the father of American illustration. Which noted Post-Impressionist painter was an admirer of Pyle's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

leave (someone) holding the baby

To foist responsibility or guilt for something on someone else; to allow someone else to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Iditarod (2017)

The Iditarod is the world's longest and toughest sled dog race, across the state of Alaska from Anchorage on the south-central coast to Nome on the Bering Sea just south of the Arctic Circle. The race, which began in 1973, follows an old frozen-river mail route and is named for a deserted mining town along the way. A number of events are clustered around the running of the race. At Wasilla, near Anchorage, Iditarod Days are held on the beginning weekend of the race and feature softball, golf on ice, fireworks, and snow sculptures. More...
In the News

Depression Rates Expected to Rise among Men

Women are twice as likely as men to develop major depressive disorder at some point in their lives, but some researchers believe that this balance will shift as the economic and societal roles of men and women in the Western world continue to change. Men have traditionally been the breadwinners of the family unit, but today, more and more women are going to university. At the same time, traditional male jobs, such as those in the manufacturing sector or those involving manual labor, are being lost. Researchers suggest that as the proportion of households in which the main breadwinner is female rises, so too will the number of men suffering from depression. More...
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