Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

frame-up

Definition:(noun) An act that incriminates someone on a false charge.
Synonyms:setup
Usage: He was innocent and the victim of a frame-up.
Article of the Day

Postcards

Postcards are a way to send message-bearing cards through the mail without an envelope. The earliest known picture postcard was sent in London to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840. Hook most likely created the hand-painted card and sent it to himself as a practical joke on the postal service, since the image on the card is a caricature of post office workers. Today, stamp collectors and deltiologists—collectors of postcards—distinguish between postcards and postal cards. What is the difference? More...
This Day in History

Siege of La Rochelle Ends (1628)

In 1598, French King Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes to restore internal peace in France, ravaged by the Wars of Religion. The edict gave the French Protestants, or Huguenots, extensive rights and control of certain cities, including La Rochelle, which became a stronghold for them. However, Henry's successor, Louis XIII, and his minister, Cardinal Richelieu, resolved to crush the Huguenots, and La Rochelle fell after a 14-month siege. How did the royal forces block sea access to the city? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonas Salk (1914)

Salk was an American physician and microbiologist renowned for his work in developing the first vaccine against polio. He began his groundbreaking studies on viruses and immunization with the influenza virus. Later, while working with other scientists to classify the poliovirus, he confirmed earlier studies that identified three strains, and he showed that the killed virus of each strain could induce antibody formation without producing disease. Who owned the patent for Salk's vaccine? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

St. Jude's Day (2015)

Because St. Jude is believed to have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia, where they had gone to preach Christianity, their feast is celebrated jointly on October 28, thought to be the date on which their relics were moved to old St. Peter's basilica. Since St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the saint's day is observed particularly by students. St. Jude and St. Joseph traditionally are the most important saints to Roman Catholics in Buffalo, New York, where people buy St. Jude medals to help them win over impossible odds or achieve the unachievable. More...
In the News

Water Use Outstrips Population Growth

According to the World Resources Institute, water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population growth over the past century and will likely increase considerably in coming years. While we probably will not run out of water in the near future, access to fresh, clean water is a growing issue. Billions of people already lack access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, and millions die each year of preventable waterborne diseases. One company estimates that by 2030 there could be a 40 percent shortfall between water demand and available supplies. More...
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