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

French King Louis XIII Crowned in Rheims (1610)

At the age of nine, Louis XIII succeeded his father, Henry IV, under the regency of his mother, Marie de' Medici. Even after Louis was declared of age in 1614, his mother arranged his marriage to Anne of Austria in 1615 and continued to govern until 1617. Resentful of her power, Louis exiled her, but the two were reconciled by her principal adviser Cardinal Richelieu, whom Louis later named chief minister. Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu are among the central characters of what novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Rita Hayworth (1918)

Margarita Cansino began her show business career as a child, dancing flamenco with her well-known father, Eduardo. After taking acting lessons, changing her last name to Hayworth, and dying her hair its trademark red, she began her acting career. Her appearance in a series of musicals made her a star, and her role in Gilda confirmed her status as a Hollywood sex symbol, making her one of the most popular wartime pinups. Hayworth's picture is rumored to have been placed on what weapon? 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)

Today's Holiday

Sweetest Day (2015)

More than 40 years ago, a man from Cleveland came up with the idea of showing the city's orphans and shut-ins that they hadn't been forgotten by distributing small gifts to them on a Saturday in October. The celebration of what came to be called Sweetest Day soon spread to Detroit and other American cities. Although it is still supposed to be an occasion to remember others with a kind act, a word of encouragement, or a long-overdue letter, local merchants in cities where Sweetest Day is observed usually get together and promote the day as a time to purchase gifts. 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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