Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

cistron

Definition:(noun) A section of DNA that contains the genetic code for a single polypeptide and functions as a hereditary unit.
Synonyms:gene, factor
Usage: When cistrons are located in reproductive cells, they pass their information to the next generation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. What are the most common prepositions found at the end of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Astrobiology

Astrobiology, also called exobiology, combines aspects of astronomy, biology, and geology in an interdisciplinary study of life in space. According to astrobiologists, the search for extraterrestrial life throughout the universe is governed by 6 basic parameters that determine whether an environment can support life: temperature, pressure, salinity, acidity, water availability, and oxygen content. Which 3 planetary bodies, located within our solar system, are best equipped to sustain life? More...
This Day in History

Tensions between US and USSR First Described as "Cold War" (1947)

Lasting from the end of WWII until 1991, the Cold War was a period of political hostility and military tension between the Western powers, primarily the US and its allies, and the Communist bloc. Although there were a number of military conflicts during this time, including the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War was waged mainly on political, economic, and propaganda fronts. Who first used the term "Cold War" to describe the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Hardouin Mansart (1646)

Mansart was a French architect and town planner who completed the Palace of Versailles. Favored by Louis XIV, he was made the chief architect for royal buildings. After enlarging the château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, he began work at Versailles. Much of his work was executed in Roman baroque style, but some of his designs at Versailles point toward the lightness and elegance of the rococo. The impressive Dôme des Invalides in Paris is considered his greatest achievement. Who was his great uncle? More...
Quotation of the Day
If we used money to buy things with, instead of love and kindness and the desire to please one another, then we should be no better than the rest of the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

close as the bark to the tree

As connected as is possible. Often used to describe a particularly intimate relationship or friendship. More...
Today's Holiday

Sechseläuten (2018)

This colorful springtime festival in Zurich, Switzerland, ushers in spring by exploding the Böögg ("snowman"), the symbol of winter. Sechseläuten means the "six-o'clock ringing." On Monday, members of the guilds parade through the city in medieval costumes, accompanied by bands. Everyone converges at six that evening; the bells ring, groups on horseback gallop around the Böögg (which is stuffed with cotton wadding and firecrackers) to the music of a hunting march, and then the Böögg explodes and burns. Torchlight parades go on into the night, and feasts are held at guild halls. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stare

extant - Comes from Latin ex-, "out," and stare, "to stand," and means "currently or actually in existence." More...

stare - Its etymological notion is "fixity" or "rigidity," from a Germanic base meaning "be rigid." More...

gaure - To stare in astonishment. More...

gorgonize - To stare at with a petrifying look. More...

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