Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

swerve

Definition:(verb) Turn sharply; change direction abruptly.
Synonyms:sheer, slue, trend, veer, curve, cut
Usage: The driver had to swerve to avoid hitting a deer and nearly lost control of his car in the process.
Article of the Day

The Desert Fathers

The Desert Fathers were ascetics who began moving into the Scetes desert of Egypt in the 3rd century CE. By the time the most well-known of the Desert Fathers, St. Anthony of Egypt, died in 356, thousands had moved into the desert and established monastic communities that came to exert a major influence on Christianity. St. Anthony saw withdrawal from society and asceticism as an alternative to the tradition of martyrdom after Rome's legalization of Christianity in what year? More...
This Day in History

The Hindenburg Disaster (1937)

Launched in 1936 in Germany, the Hindenburg was the largest rigid airship ever constructed and was promoted by the Nazis as a symbol of national pride. It started the first commercial air service across the North Atlantic and made several trips to the Americas. On one such trip, the hydrogen-filled airship violently and unexpectedly exploded in flames and crashed in New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board. What non-flammable gas was originally supposed to provide the airship's lift? More...
Today's Birthday

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758)

Robespierre was one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1789 and became an influential orator. After calling for the execution of the king in 1792, he led the Jacobins and the Committee of Public Safety in establishing the Reign of Terror, during which hundreds of thousands of political opponents were arrested and thousands were guillotined. In 1794, he was overthrown and executed. What was his role in the Cult of the Supreme Being? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in the circumstances

Due to the conditions or particular situation; such as the case is. More...
Today's Holiday

Kentucky Derby (2017)

The Kentucky Derby is the greatest and most glamorous horse race in America, run since 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a one-and-one-quarter-mile race for three-year-old thoroughbreds and is the first race in the Triple Crown. The Derby became Louisville's major social occasion of the year; women to this day wear their most stylish hats to the racetrack, and there are numerous lavish Derby breakfasts and parties. And, of course, the Derby wouldn't be the Derby without mint juleps, the bourbon-and-mint drink served in cold silver cups. More...
In the News

Scientists Get Good Fat to Replace Bad Fat in Rats

By modifying the expression of a protein linked to appetite, researchers were able to suppress rats' appetites as well as initiate a process by which "bad" white fat was replaced with "good" brown fat, reducing their body weights. Rarely found in human adults, brown fat is present in newborns and is used as an energy source for generating body heat. As time passes, the brown fat largely disappears and is replaced by white fat that typically builds up in areas like the waist. Experts believe that stimulating the human body to produce brown fat instead of white fat could help control weight and prevent obesity. More...
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