Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

waft

Definition:(verb) To carry or be carried gently on or as if on the air or water.
Synonyms:drift, float, blow
Usage: The scent of her perfume wafted through the room.
Article of the Day

Xenophon

Xenophon was a Greek soldier and writer. Born to a wealthy Athenian family, he was a disciple of Socrates before joining the Greek force, known as the Ten Thousand, that served Persian prince Cyrus the Younger at the disastrous battle of Cunaxa. After Cyrus and the Greek generals were killed, Xenophon was chosen as one of the leaders of the army's heroic retreat, an experience he recounted in Anabasis, his most celebrated work. Why was Xenophon later exiled from Athens? More...
This Day in History

Michael Servetus Is Burned at the Stake (1553)

When his views were condemned by theologians of the Reformation as well as those of the Catholic Church, Servetus, a Spanish theologian, assumed a new name and began studying medicine. He became known for his ability in dissection and had unusual success as a physician, even serving—confidentially—the archbishop of Vienne. Arrested for the publication of a religious work, he escaped but was seized again, tried, and burned at the stake. He was the first European to make what medical discovery? More...
Today's Birthday

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?)

Considered the greatest European scholar of the 16th century, Erasmus was a Dutch priest and leading humanist of the Renaissance era. After his ordination in the early 1490s, Erasmus traveled throughout Europe and became acquainted with many scholars, including Thomas More. A prolific writer, he was noted for his editions of classical works as well as the first Greek edition of the New Testament. Who placed all of Erasmus's works on a list of prohibited books? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Turkmenistan Independence Day (2015)

This national holiday commemorates Turkmenistan's independence from the U.S.S.R. on October 27, 1991. Turkmenistan and other republics were gradually able to establish their own autonomous states due to the relaxation of Soviet rule influenced by the policy of perestroika. When the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991, their independence was assured. More...
In the News

First "Dead Heart" Transplants

Australian surgeons claim to have performed the first-ever heart transplants using what they are calling "dead hearts." Typically, donor hearts are taken from patients who are brain dead but still have a functioning circulatory system. This significantly limits the pool of available hearts for patients in need of a transplant. However, using a state-of-the-art "heart-in-a-box" machine, doctors were able to revive hearts that had ceased beating for up to 20 minutes and keep them viable for transplantation. There have thus far been three successful surgeries using this technique. More...
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