Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

deprecatory

Definition:(adjective) Tending to diminish or disparage.
Synonyms:belittling, slighting
Usage: He depresses me by his abject submission and deprecatory self-abasement when he fears he has gone too far.
Article of the Day

Pontus

Pontus was an ancient region in northeast Asia Minor on the coast of the Black Sea. It became an independent kingdom with its capital at Amasia in the 4th century BCE. At the height of its influence under King Mithradates VI, it controlled all of Asia Minor. It continued expanding its borders until 66 BCE, when Mithradates was defeated by the Roman general Pompey the Great and Pontus was incorporated into the Roman Empire. What popular fruit of the rose family is thought to be native to Pontus? More...
This Day in History

Body of Elizabeth Short—the "Black Dahlia"—Found (1947)

Elizabeth Short was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder that is still unsolved. Nicknamed the "Black Dahlia" by newspapers after her body was recovered in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, Short was found mutilated, her body severed at the waist. The unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to several books and film adaptations, as well as many false confessions and leads in the years since she was killed. From what was the "Black Dahlia" nickname derived? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Livingston (1716)

Livingston was a successful merchant who became an American revolutionary leader in the protests against the Stamp Act and other British trade restrictions. Although he was not originally an advocate of independence, Livingston signed the Declaration of Independence and remained an active member of the Continental Congress. He was generous with his large fortune and was a supporter of many causes, including the founding of King's College, which later became what university? More...
Quotation of the Day
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Carmentalia (2016)

It was unusual in ancient Rome for a single deity to have two separate festival days only a few days apart (January 11 and 15), and a number of explanations have been offered for why the second festival in honor of the goddess Carmenta was instituted. The only thing that is certain is that it was primarily women who frequented her temple near the Porta Carmentalis, a gate at the foot of the southern end of the capitol. Carmenta had her own priest, or flamen, whose duties on her festival days were confined to the preparation of offerings of grain or cereal. More...
In the News

Scientists Create Chimeric Monkeys

Scientists have created the first primate chimeras, monkeys composed of cells taken from multiple embryos. Until now, this sort of research was primarily restricted to mice, in part because attempts to produce chimeric monkeys consistently failed. Success was finally achieved with the use of embryonic stem cells in an earlier stage of development than those used to produce chimeric mice. Rather than use pluripotent stem cells, which can create all cell types except for extraembryonic tissue, the researchers used totipotent cells capable of differentiating into any tissue type and of giving rise to an entire animal. More...
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