Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

shortsighted

Definition:(adjective) Lacking foresight or scope.
Synonyms:unforesightful, myopic, short
Usage: The shortsighted board members derided the plan, which would cost the company money at the outset but could set it on track to earn billions in future years.
Article of the Day

Retroviruses

A retrovirus is a type of RNA virus that reproduces itself by transcribing its DNA into the genetic material of the host cell. These viruses are therefore used as vectors by genetic engineers to import foreign DNA into certain cells. Retroviruses sometimes destroy the cells whose DNA they alter, as with HIV, and sometimes cause them to become cancerous, as with the viruses that cause certain leukemias. What enables retroviruses to rapidly develop resistance to antiviral drugs? More...
This Day in History

United Negro College Fund Established (1944)

Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Karel Appel (1921)

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. What was done to censor Appel's controversial fresco in Amsterdam City Hall? More...
Quotation of the Day
Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in one blow

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. More...
Today's Holiday

Feria de San Marcos (Fair of St. Mark) (2017)

The Fair of St. Mark, which is held annually for nearly a month in Aguascalientes, dates back to the early 17th century and remains one of Mexico's most famous fiestas. It is primarily a showcase for the country's more than 200 forms of ritual and folk dance, each of which has its own meaning, mythology, history, and pageantry. There are also commercial and art exhibits, cockfights, bullfights, sports competitions, parades, and a battle of flowers. More...
In the News

Commuting Could Cause Brain Damage

Lab mice exposed to freeway particulate matter for 150 hours over the course of 10 weeks suffered significant brain damage, a finding that researchers say should open investigation into the effect these particles may have on people, for example students who attend schools situated near freeways. The mice showed significant damage to neurons involved in learning and memory, and there were signs of brain inflammation associated with premature aging and Alzheimer’s disease. More...
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