Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

immensity

Definition:(noun) Unusual largeness in size or extent or number.
Synonyms:vastness, enormousness, grandness, greatness, wideness
Usage: This projectile was but an atom in the immensity of the ocean.
Article of the Day

Binaural Beats

When two tones at slightly different frequencies are played separately and heard through stereo headphones or speakers, the brain perceives a third sound: a binaural beat. Though discovered by German scientist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839, the phenomenon was largely ignored until the 1970s. The beats are now a source of interest for some who think they have the potential to induce relaxation and increase memory and learning ability. How are binaural beats related to the "cocktail party effect"? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Decides Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

In 1961, Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic for women in deliberate defiance of an 1879 law outlawing the use or distribution of contraceptives. She was arrested and fined. Her appeal made it to the US Supreme Court, which stated in a landmark 1965 decision that married couples had a right to "marital privacy," which included the right to use birth control. When was the same right extended to unwed individuals? More...
Today's Birthday

George Szell (1897)

Szell was a Hungarian-born conductor and pianist who immigrated to the US during WWII. Having already conducted many European orchestras, he soon became the principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1946, he took over the Cleveland Orchestra and, by means of his famously dictatorial approach, built it into one of the most respected ensembles in the world, famed for its precision. Nearly 20 years after Szell's death, who complained that he still got credit when the orchestra did well? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

the granddaddy of them all

The biggest, oldest, most impressive, or most respected person or thing of his, her, or its kind. More...
Today's Holiday

Holland Festival (2017)

Holland (the Netherlands) decided in 1947 to have a single festival focused on three major cities—Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague—that would cover a wide range of artistic and cultural activities and at the same time draw top international artists to the Netherlands. Nowadays the festival is centered in Amsterdam in June with nearly 150 programs. The festival offers not only performances of orchestral and choral works but opera, ballet, contemporary music, dance, theater, and film as well. More...
In the News

Neanderthal Tumor Highlights Cancer's Long History

Many cancers today are attributed at least in part to pollutants in our environment, but the discovery of a tumor in a 120,000-year-old fossilized Neanderthal rib highlights the fact that primitive humans were also susceptible to this disease despite living under considerably different conditions. The cancerous rib is the earliest known evidence of a tumor in the human fossil record, predating all previous finds by more than 100,000 years. More...
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