Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

free-spoken

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion.
Synonyms:candid, forthright, frank, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder, outspoken, plainspoken, blunt
Usage: They appeared remarkable figures, free-spoken men with whom one could be at ease.
Article of the Day

Herbaria

A herbarium is a collection of dried and mounted plant specimens. Whole plants collected from the field are spread flat and dried, usually between absorbent sheets in a plant press. They are then mounted on stiff white paper and carefully labeled. Specimens are often poisoned as a precaution against insect attacks. Herbaria are said to be the "dictionaries" of the plant kingdom, containing the reference specimens essential to the proper naming of unknown plants. How are specimens organized? More...
This Day in History

Steamboat Willie Released (1928)

In 1928, Walt Disney created cartoon icon Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the silent film Plane Crazy. That same year, Mickey also appeared in Steamboat Willie, written and directed by Disney and animator Ub Iwerks. An immediate hit, the film was Disney's first attempt at using sound and the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. Music is prominently featured, and Mickey first appears in the film whistling the song Steamboat Bill. Who provided the voice for Mickey? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Daguerre (1787)

Originally a scene painter for the opera, Daguerre was a French inventor who devised one of the first practical photographic processes—the daguerreotype. He, in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce, found that a permanent image could be formed on a silver iodide-coated copper plate if it was exposed to light, then fumed with mercury vapor and fixed by a solution of common salt. His daguerreotype process was announced in 1839 at the Academy of Sciences. Who acquired the patent for the invention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thou know'st the o'er-eager vehemence of youth,
How quick in temper, and in judgment weak.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Today's Holiday

Latvia Independence Day (2015)

Independence Day marks Latvia's declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. The country remained independent until World War II, when it was absorbed by the Soviet Union. Like the other Baltic republics, Latvia proclaimed its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991, on August 21. More...
In the News

Technology Allows Severely Brain-Injured Patient to Communicate

Technological advances are revealing that there is much doctors have yet to learn about the awareness levels of severely brain-injured patients. A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade demonstrated this recently, when he communicated to researchers that he was not in any pain. Though he cannot speak or gesture, he can think, and researchers were able to interpret his brain activity. Hopefully, this technology will someday allow uncommunicative, severely brain-damaged patients to relay information that could be used to improve their comfort and quality of life. More...
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