Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

mincing

Definition:(adjective) Affectedly dainty or refined.
Synonyms:dainty, niminy-piminy, prim, twee
Usage: And the prince, imagining that he was mimicking his wife, made a mincing curtsey at each word.
Article of the Day

The Cheerio Effect

Have you ever wondered why bits of cereal floating in milk tend to clump together or cling to the sides of a bowl? In fluid mechanics, this phenomenon is humorously called the "Cheerio effect," though it applies to any small, wettable object that floats, not just breakfast cereal. It is caused by a combination of buoyancy—the upward force a fluid exerts on an object of lower density—and surface tension—the elastic-like property of a liquid's surface. Where else might one observe this effect? More...
This Day in History

Miles Davis's Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)

Recorded in just two sessions in the spring of 1959, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is widely considered to be one of the most important jazz albums ever produced. Davis assembled a group of talented musicians—including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Bill Evans—and gave them minimal instructions before recording. Possibly the best-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue is notable for having left out something considered to be the backbone of earlier jazz composition—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mae West (1893)

West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I'm No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. What was dubbed a "Mae West" during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's such a difference between saying a thing yourself and hearing other people say it ... You may know a thing is so, but you can't help hoping other people don't quite think it is.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

know every trick in the book

To be aware of or knowledgeable in every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. More...
Today's Holiday

Gabon Independence Day (2017)

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More...
In the News

Swallowable Sensor to Track Pill Use

People make mistakes, even when it comes to the most critical aspects of their lives. About half of all people fail to take medicines correctly, endangering their lives and costing health care systems millions of dollars. There are countless companies developing advanced technologies to help patients stick to their prescribed drug regimens, including one that is working on an ingestible sensor that is embedded in a pill and activated when it comes in contact with stomach acid. The sensor then sends a signal to a patch, which passes it on to an application, identifying what medication was taken, when it was taken, and even what effect it is having. More...
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