Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

endorse

Definition:(verb) Give support or one's approval to.
Synonyms:second, back
Usage: Before I can move forward with a project of this magnitude, my boss must first endorse it.
Article of the Day

The Concord Prison Experiment

This experiment investigated whether psychotherapy combined with the psychoactive drug psilocybin, derived from hallucinogenic mushrooms, could help rehabilitate imprisoned criminals and keep them from recidivating upon regaining their freedom. A team of Harvard University researchers, led by experimental psychologist Timothy Leary, conducted the experiment from 1961 to 1963 at Massachusetts's Concord State Prison, a maximum security prison for young offenders. What were the initial results? More...
This Day in History

First Computer Mouse Patented (1970)

While working at the Stanford Research Institute in the early 1960s, human-computer interaction pioneer Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse, so called because of its resemblance to the small rodent. His mouse was constructed out of a wooden box and two wheels set perpendicular to one another. The rotation of each wheel was translated into motion along one axis, and this information was relayed to the computer to indicate the mouse's position. What is the proper plural of "mouse"? More...
Today's Birthday

Martin Scorsese (1942)

Scorsese is an American film director whose movies often deal with violent and obsessive aspects of modern America and the themes of sin and redemption. He won critical attention for his film Mean Streets in 1973 and went on to make a number of acclaimed films, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed, for which he finally received the Academy Award for best director. What vocation did Scorsese pursue before attending film school? More...
Quotation of the Day
Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (2015)

In 1939, Nazi troops invaded Czechoslovakia and took over the country. On November 17, student protests were held. Nazi troops subsequently executed nine students and sent many to a concentration camp. On November 17, 1989, Czech students gathered to demonstrate against the communist regime. This marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day is a national holiday in the Czech Republic. People gather and light candles near a "V for Victory" memorial plaque on National Avenue in Prague, and the national flag is flown in all public places. More...
In the News

Eating Disorders a Problem for Men Too

Eating disorders are commonly viewed as a female issue, but the medical community is increasingly coming to the realization that they strike men too, though they may not always manifest in the same way. Some young men do develop classical eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, but they may also develop disorders involving the unhealthy use of muscle-building drugs and supplements. Until the medical community identifies these more male-specific symptoms and forms of eating disorders, many men in need of treatment may not get it. More...
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