Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

incriminate

Definition:(verb) Suggest that someone is guilty.
Synonyms:inculpate, imply
Usage: Every paper which would incriminate him was destroyed before he left the house.
Article of the Day

Nuclear Medicine

A relatively new medical discipline, nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology that utilizes radioactive pharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat diseases. An important component of nuclear medicine is imaging. Whereas imaging technologies like X-rays pass external radiation through the body to form an image, nuclear medicine imaging relies on the detection of radioactive emissions released by radiopharmaceuticals that have been introduced into the body. What is the ALARA principle? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Reeve Is Paralyzed (1995)

Having starred in four Superman movies beginning in 1978, Reeve was an immensely popular actor by the 1990s. He was also an avid athlete and equestrian. During an event in 1995, his horse spooked before a jump, throwing Reeve. He landed on his head and was paralyzed from the neck down. He briefly considered suicide, but instead spent the rest of his life campaigning for spinal injury research. His friend Robin Williams was the first person to make Reeve laugh after the accident. How? More...
Today's Birthday

Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794)

Cornelius was the patriarch of the famous Vanderbilt family. As a youth, he ferried freight and passengers in New York Harbor. As an adult, he gained control of most of the ferry lines around New York City and quickly expanded up and down the coast. He had similar success in the railroad business and died with an estate worth more than $100 million, the largest personal fortune accumulated in the US to that date. Why did Vanderbilt, who had 13 children, leave nearly everything to just one son? More...
Quotation of the Day
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love—now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a kernel of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. More...
Today's Holiday

Ramadan (2017)

The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with the actual sighting of the new moon, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This holiest season in the Islamic year commemorates the time when the Qur'an, the Islamic holy book, is said to have been revealed to Muhammad. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time for self-examination and increased religious devotion. The Fast of Ramadan ends when the new moon is again sighted and the new lunar month begins. More...
In the News

Irish Potato Famine Pathogen Identified

In 1845, a potato blight spread to Ireland, triggering a famine that killed more than a million people over the next few years and prompted another 1.5 million to leave the country for Britain and, somewhat ironically, North America—where the organism that caused the blight likely originated. Using DNA analysis, scientists have identified the strain of Phytophthora infestans responsible for the Irish Potato Famine. They found that the famine-era strain differs from today's strains and have concluded that it is probably now extinct. More...
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