Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

constellate

Definition:(verb) To form or cause to form a group or cluster.
Synonyms:cluster, flock, clump
Usage: The poets constellate in this town every summer.
Article of the Day

The Siddhis

Siddhi is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as "perfection," "attainment," or "success." It can be any unusual capability and, in some schools of Hinduism and Buddhism, refers to the acquisition of supernatural powers such as clairvoyance, levitation, and bilocation. Some of the many other siddhis include the ability to materialize objects, change one's size, and access memories from past lives. According to the Yoga Sutras, such powers can be attained in what five ways? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Antietam (1862)

In September 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac River to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was met by Union General George McClellan. The resulting Battle of Antietam, fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a total of 23,000 casualties. It was a Union victory only in the sense that Lee's invasion was stopped. McClellan was later removed from command and was faulted for failing to act on what crucial opportunity? More...
Today's Birthday

William Carlos Williams (1883)

Trained as a pediatrician, Williams wrote poetry and practiced medicine in his New Jersey hometown. Regarded as one of the most original American poets of the 20th century, he closely observed American life and recorded his impressions in a lucid style. His poems, such as "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This Is Just To Say," are noted for making the ordinary appear extraordinary. Williams was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for what volume of poetry? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

leave (something) out of account

To ignore something; to pay little or no heed to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution and Citizenship Day (2017)

A number of states and cities hold special exercises on September 17 to focus attention on the rights and obligations of citizenship. Schools make a special effort to acquaint their students with the history and importance of the Constitution. Naturalization ceremonies, re-creations of the signing of the Constitution, and parades are other popular ways of celebrating Constitution and Citizenship Day. Several states observe the entire week in which this day occurs as Constitution Week. More...
In the News

Infection Makes Wound Dressing Glow

Scientists have developed a wound dressing that emits a pinkish glow under ultraviolet light to indicate that an infection has developed. The dressing has special molecules that bind to bacteria and activate a fluorescent dye. Whereas the current process for testing a wound for bacterial infection involves laboratory tests and can take days, this gel could alert doctors to the presence of bacteria in just hours. More...
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