Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 5, 2013)
Word of the Day

cenotaph

Definition:(noun) A monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered.
Synonyms:empty tomb
Usage: On the anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima, we observed a minute of silence beside the cenotaph dedicated to the bomb's victims.
Article of the Day

Knockout Mice

Because mice are so closely related to humans—relative to other common lab animals—they are particularly suited for investigations of human genetics. Researchers today rely heavily on "knockout mice," mice that have been bred with one or more genes intentionally switched off. Millions of these mice are used each year in studies of aging, cancer, obesity, and other conditions. So prized are they that some strains of knockout mice have even been patented. When was the first knockout mouse created? More...
This Day in History

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt Forbids Hoarding of Gold (1933)

Executive Order 6102 required US citizens and businesses to turn in all but a small amount of gold to the Federal Reserve in exchange for $20.67 per ounce. It came in the midst of a banking crisis, when the stability of paper currency was in doubt. Consequently, many tried to withdraw their money and redeem it for gold, which was considered safer. However, there simply was not enough gold in the US—or the world—to cover the nation's debts. How many people were prosecuted for violating the order? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (1908)

American screen legend and two-time Academy Award-winning actress Bette Davis made her Hollywood debut in 1931 and, after several flops, won acclaim for her role in 1934's Of Human Bondage. Her electrifying performances and intense characterizations of strong women made her a prime box-office attraction between 1935 and 1946, but her popularity declined thereafter. Undeterred, she launched a comeback and continued acting until shortly before her death. Why did she disinherit her daughter? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

be as good as gone

To be very nearly, inevitably, or for all intents and purposes lost, departed, defunct, or deceased. More...
Today's Holiday

Rama Navami (2017)

The Hindu festival of Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama, who was the first son of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya. According to Hindu belief, the god Vishnu was incarnated in 10 different human forms, of which Rama was the seventh. Because Rama is the hero of the great religious epic poem, the Ramayana, Hindus observe his birthday by reciting stories from it. They also flock to temples, such as that in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, where the image of Rama is enshrined, and chant prayers, repeating his name as they strive to free themselves from the cycle of birth and death. More...
In the News

Cholesterol-Lowering Drops Could Be Key to Saving Sight

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60, but it may not be for much longer. Preliminary research suggests that cholesterol-lowering eye drops could prevent the disease's progression and save the sight of those afflicted. In older adults, it appears that macrophages, immune cells that protect the body by ingesting foreign particles and infectious microorganisms, fail to effectively expel cholesterol. In the eye, this can lead to the creation of new blood vessels, causing rapid and pronounced vision loss. Preventing the buildup of lipids in the first place could potentially halt this process. More...
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