Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

exhalation

Definition:(noun) The act of expelling air from the lungs.
Synonyms:breathing out, expiration
Usage: He drew the first whiff of smoke deep into his lungs and expelled it in a long and lingering exhalation.
Article of the Day

Epinephrine

Epinephrine is a hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla and released into the bloodstream in response to physical or mental stress, as from fear or injury. It triggers a number of bodily responses, including increased blood pressure, heart rate, metabolic rate, and respiratory rate. It also raises glucose levels in the blood for use as fuel when more alertness or greater physical effort is needed. These reactions are known as the fight-or-flight response. Epinephrine is popularly known as what? More...
This Day in History

Winston Churchill Delivers His "Finest Hour" Speech (1940)

Churchill delivered his celebrated "Finest Hour" speech after it became clear that France's surrender to Germany was imminent and that this would bring the Nazi enemy to England's doorstep. Churchill had been prime minister for just over a month when he delivered the 36-minute speech before the House of Commons. Warning that England would soon face attack, he tried to inspire courage, justify confidence in victory, and define the noble causes that Britain was fighting for, which were what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Montgomery Flagg (1877)

A prolific American artist and illustrator, Flagg designed 45 military posters during WWI, including the famous "I Want You" portrait of Uncle Sam. He studied abroad in England and Paris and, upon returning to New York, rapidly won a reputation as a technically skilled, versatile, and vivacious illustrator. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, he contributed to Judge, Life, St. Nicholas, and other magazines. On whose face did Flagg model his well-known Uncle Sam? More...
Quotation of the Day
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

in its infancy

In the early, nascent period of development or implementation. (Typically of an area of activity, interest, research, etc.) More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles National Day (2017)

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More...
In the News

US Developing Virtual Range to Battle Cyberattacks

The Pentagon's advanced research arm, which is credited with having developed the forerunner of the Internet in the 1960s, is in the process of building a replica of the Internet that will function as a "virtual firing range" and allow researchers to simulate both foreign and domestic cyberattacks. The National Cyber Range is expected to be fully operational within a year, at a cost of about $130 million. It will have the ability to be completely reset after each experiment, allowing experiments on things like new network protocols and satellite and radio frequency communications to be run in quick succession. More...
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