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alleviative

Definition: (adjective) Moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear.
Synonyms:lenitive, mitigative, palliative
Usage:After the blacksmith burned his hand, he applied an alleviative salve to lessen the searing pain. Discuss.
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Cryptography

Cryptography concerns the securing of information, often during communication, by translating messages into cipher or code. Ciphering has always been considered vital for diplomatic and military secrecy—the Bible is replete with examples of ciphering, and many figures throughout history have written in ciphers, including Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mary Queen of Scots, and Louis XIV. What legal issues and controversies surround cryptography methods in the 21st century? More... Discuss
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Deadliest Day on Everest

An avalanche along the most popular route up Mount Everest killed at least 12 Nepali mountain guides on Friday. Several other climbers were still missing in the hours following the event. Prior to this avalanche, the deadliest day on Everest was May 11, 1996, when eight people lost their lives in a storm. In all, 15 people died attempting to summit the mountain that year, making it the deadliest year in Everest's history. It is still early in Everest's peak climbing season, meaning this year could well surpass that unfortunate record. More... Discuss
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Actress Grace Kelly Marries Rainier III of Monaco (1956)

Kelly was an Oscar-winning American actress who appeared in many films, including Dial M for Murder and Rear Window. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace, an event that marked her retirement from acting. The couple had three children, one of whom, Albert II, is Monaco's reigning Sovereign Prince. Kelly died in a car accident in 1982. Why did Frank Sinatra reportedly choose to skip his former costar's wedding? More... Discuss
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Larry Walters, Lawn Chair Pilot (1949)

"Lawnchair Larry" was an American adventurer who built a homemade aircraft out of a patio chair and dozens of helium-filled weather balloons and lifted off from his girlfriend's Los Angeles backyard in July 1982. He quickly shot up to over 15,000 ft (4,572 m) and then drifted toward a nearby airport, where passing pilots reported him to the control tower. When he was ready to return to solid ground, he began shooting out the balloons with a pellet gun, but then he dropped it. What happened next? More... Discuss
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Primrose Day

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, novelist, and twice prime minister of England, died on this day in 1881. When he was buried in the family vault at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, Queen Victoria came to lay a wreath of primroses—thought to be his favorite flower—on his grave. Two years later, the Primrose League was formed to support the principles of Conservatism that Disraeli had championed. The organization's influence ebbed after World War I, but Primrose Day is remembered in honor of Disraeli and his contribution to the Conservative cause. More... Discuss
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