Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

constrict

Definition:(verb) Become tight or as if tight.
Synonyms:constringe, narrow
Usage: Severe migraines can be treated with a drug which constricts the blood vessels.
Article of the Day

The Sterile Insect Technique

The sterile insect technique is a method of biological control in which millions of sterile insects are released into the wild to reduce the population of future generations through mating that does not produce offspring. It is often used to control the populations of insects that spread disease to humans or livestock. Repeated release of sterile insects can eventually eliminate a population. The technique has been successfully used to eradicate what insect in areas of North America? More...
This Day in History

The First British Open Is Held in Scotland (1860)

The Open Championship of the British Isles, or the Open, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious golf championship tournaments in the world. It began in 1860 at Scotland's Prestwick course and is now rotated among select courses in England and Scotland. The first tournament was won by Willie Park, who also recorded the tournament's highest single-hole stroke total—21. Though today the Open has a multimillion-dollar prize fund, there was no prize money initially. Instead, Park won what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel (1938)

Knievel was an American daredevil and icon of the 1970s. He began doing motorcycle stunts as a teenager, then embarked on an incredibly varied career that included professional hockey, a stint in the army, work in copper mines, and eventually crime—safecracking and holdups. In 1965 he "went straight" and took up performing dangerous and thrilling stunts, which did not always go smoothly and eventually earned him the record for most broken bones in a lifetime. What canyon did Knievel try to jump? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug; but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have it large

To engage in or seek out pleasurable, hedonistic activities with great enthusiasm or intensity, especially dancing and drinking alcohol. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (2016)

A former slave, Jean-Jacques Dessalines (ca. 1758–October 17, 1806) played a pivotal role under the command of Toussaint L'Ouverture in the Haitian struggle for independence from France. Dessalines ruled Haiti as Emperor Jacques I for two years before he was assassinated in a coup. It is Dessalines' legacy as a freedom fighter and a founding father that Haitians remember on this official holiday commemorating the anniversary of his death. Haitians observe the holiday by participating in street parades in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and other cities. More...
In the News

Black Death Genome Sequenced

Using the remains of Black Death victims buried in London's "plague pits," researchers have sequenced the entire genome of the bacterium that killed 50 million Europeans in the 14th century. They say that this strain of Yersinia pestis appears to be the ancestor of all modern plagues. Today, the direct descendants of this Black Death bacterium still claim some 2,000 lives each year. Researchers hope that the genomic data will give them a better understanding of the disease's evolution and virulence and provide them with new insights into modern infectious diseases. More...
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