Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

forsake

Definition:(verb) Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch.
Synonyms:desert, desolate, abandon
Usage: I pity the man who would forsake his own flesh and blood for mere money.
Article of the Day

Snow Blindness

The ultraviolet (UV) rays and bright sunlight reflected off snow or ice can literally burn unprotected human eyes, particularly at high altitudes, where UV rays are especially intense. The resulting condition, known as snow blindness, may not be noticed for several hours following exposure. Then, pain and inflammation set in, accompanied by a temporary reduction of vision that may last several days while the surface of the cornea heals. How did the Inuit traditionally prevent snow blindness? More...
This Day in History

The Henley Regatta Is Established in England (1839)

Until 1839, the little town of Henley-on-Thames was known primarily as a glass-producing port town. During a town hall meeting that year, Captain Edmund Gardiner proposed holding a regatta, since the growing popularity of rowing could benefit the town. Today, the rowing competition is a world-class competition that draws oarsmen from around the world for five days each summer, with thousands of spectators taking part in its traditions. How did it officially become a "royal" regatta in 1851? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794)

Schnorr was a German religious and historical painter and draftsman. As a child, he studied under his father, who was an engraver and painter. In 1817, he went to Rome, where he became associated with the Nazarene movement of painters, who rejected most painting after the Middle Ages and focused primarily on religious subjects for their art. Schnorr is best known for the hundreds of illustrations he created for a pictorial Bible. He also designed the windows of what famous London cathedral? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

be here to stay

To become permanent or firmly established; to be a normal part of everyday life, especially after once being abnormal or unusual. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Independence Day (2017)

This public holiday celebrates the declaration of independence of the state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the region that is now Bangladesh became East Pakistan, and was governed together with West Pakistan as one country. By early 1971, differences between East and West Pakistan led to war. When India entered the war in November, independence was assured. Bangladeshis observe this national holiday in the capital city of Dhaka with memorial ceremonies, a boat race on the Buriganga river, and other festivities. More...
In the News

Protein Deficiency Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Down's Syndrome

Researchers believe they have identified one of the causes of developmental and cognitive impairment in people with Down's syndrome: a lack of the protein SNX27 in their brains. When a deficiency of this brain protein was produced in mice, the animals exhibited learning and memory impairments. By reintroducing this protein, researchers were able to restore normal brain function in the lab mice. It is possible that increasing SNX27 production or function in the brains of people with Down's syndrome could lead to similar improvements. More...
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