Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

synthetic

Definition:(adjective) Not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially.
Synonyms:man-made
Usage: I am a great animal lover and will not even wear synthetic leather for fear that it will be mistaken for the real thing.
Article of the Day

Nature

One of the world's most prestigious and most cited scientific journals, Nature was founded in 1869. It covers a wide range of disciplines, and publication in the respected magazine is highly competitive. Nature has published many significant breakthroughs, such as the first cloning of a mammal, the discovery of neutrons, and the sequencing of the human genome. Why was the 1953 Watson and Crick paper that revealed the structure of DNA not peer-reviewed prior to publication? More...
This Day in History

US President Truman Signs Executive Order Desegregating Military (1948)

Expanding on 1941's Executive Order 8802, which prohibited discrimination in the defense industry, Order 9981 required that all persons in the armed forces be treated equally without regard to race or other factors. It also called for the establishment of an advisory committee to facilitate the implementation of this policy. The order eliminated segregation in the armed forces within years, though racism was another matter entirely. What historically black boot camp was eliminated by Order 9981? More...
Today's Birthday

Aldous Huxley (1894)

Huxley was a British writer known for his works of witty and pessimistic satire, like Antic Hay (1923), which established his reputation as a novelist. In his acclaimed Brave New World, he envisions a nightmarish, scientifically controlled future society that underscores the dehumanizing aspects of technological progress. His later works reveal an interest in philosophy and mysticism. Though he spent much of his life in the US, he was repeatedly denied citizenship for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

jump at the chance (to do something)

To accept or seize with alacrity an opportunity (to do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Teej (2017)

Teej is a way to welcome the monsoon, the season when the wind from the Indian Ocean brings heavy rainfall. This is also a celebration for women and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva and patron goddess of women. On Teej, specially decorated swings are hung from trees in every village, and women swing on them and sing songs in praise of Parvati. Married women go to their parents' home and receive gifts of clothes and jewelry. There are also local fairs and processions carrying the image of the goddess. On this day, she is supposed to have been reunited with Shiva. More...
In the News

Sitting Around As Deadly As Smoking

Researchers say physical inactivity is as dangerous as smoking and obesity, causing 1 in 10 premature deaths worldwide, and should therefore be recognized and treated as a global pandemic. Reducing inactivity rates by just 10 to 20 percent worldwide could save as many as 1.3 million lives each year. They reached these conclusions in a series of studies focusing on issues related to physical inactivity and its effect on global health. The studies were intentionally released just days before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in an effort to raise awareness of the issue. More...
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