Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

megrim

Definition:(noun) A severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men.
Synonyms:hemicrania, migraine, sick headache
Usage: Her megrims were severe, and she often had to miss work because of the terrible pain.
Article of the Day

Risk

Risk refers to the potential negative impact that may arise from some present or future event. In common usage, it has become synonymous with the probability of a loss or threat. There are different definitions of risk, and its measurement can be difficult, but industries that are risk-sensitive use the equation: Risk = (probability of the event) x (consequence). Thus, the harsher the loss and the more likely the event, the worse the risk. What role does framing play in risk assessment? More...
This Day in History

The Morant Bay Rebellion (1865)

Jamaica was once a leading sugar producer, but the 1833 abolition of slavery there along with unfavorable British tax reforms led to the industry's decline. The resulting economic hardship was one of the prime motives behind the Morant Bay rebellion, which began as a gathering of several hundred black protesters but became a violent riot after a volunteer militia fired upon them. The British ruthlessly quelled the uprising and forced the legislature to surrender its powers, making Jamaica what? More...
Today's Birthday

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884)

Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of US president Theodore Roosevelt, was an active worker in social causes before she married future US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1905. When her husband was stricken with polio in 1921, she took a more active interest in public issues in order to restore his links with the world of politics, playing a leading role in humanitarian causes such as child welfare, equal rights, and social reforms. How was she related to her husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Círio de Nazaré (2015)

The Brazilian festival known as the Círio de Nazaré is a great "Candle Procession," which attracts pilgrims from all over the country. It has been celebrated since the late 18th century. It traditionally takes place on the second Sunday in October and winds through the city of Belém, Pará, on its way to the Nazaré Basilica. A statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is carried on a wooden framework pulled by thousands of people as payment for prayers that have been answered by the saint. To people in Pará, this festival is on a par with Christmas, with much feasting and exchanging of gifts. More...
In the News

The First Ancient African Genome Reveals Complex Human Migrations

Africa is considered to be the birthplace of humankind -- the cradle of humanity. But because its climate is poorly suited for DNA preservation, all of the ancient genomes to be analyzed have been from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. That changed on ... More...
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