Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 20, 2014)
Word of the Day

exculpate

Definition:(verb) To clear of guilt or blame.
Synonyms:acquit, assoil, exonerate, discharge, clear
Usage: He was exculpated from the charge when the real criminal confessed.
Article of the Day

The Monarch Butterfly

The monarch, with its distinctive orange and black pattern, is considered one the world's most beautiful butterflies. In North America, thousands of monarchs gather in autumn and migrate southward, sometimes more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km), and return north in spring. Their ability to return to the same spots over several generations has led scientists to research how circadian rhythm and the position of the sun are involved. What is aposematism, and how do monarch butterflies exemplify it? More...
This Day in History

Diocletian's Army Declares Him Emperor of Rome (284 CE)

Of humble birth, Diocletian rose through the ranks of the Roman military to become a high-ranking commander. His troops proclaimed him emperor after the death of Numerian, and he became sole ruler when Carinus, Numerian's co-emperor, was murdered by his own officers. Seeking to remove the military from politics, Diocletian established a tetrarchy, or four-ruler system, appointing Maximian, Constantius I, and Galerius as co-rulers and proclaiming them all gods. Why did Diocletian abdicate in 305? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925)

Following his successful management of his brother's campaign for the presidency, Robert Kennedy served as US attorney general and was John F. Kennedy's closest adviser, exerting considerable influence on the nation's domestic and foreign affairs. He later won election to the US Senate and, in 1968, announced his intention to run for president. After winning the California Democratic primary in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he was assassinated. Who shot him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2015)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during World War II. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
In the News

Study Finds Supplements Do Not Ward Off Dementia

Higher levels of a chemical called homocysteine are believed to raise the risk of strokes and dementia, and vitamin B12 and folic acid lower homocysteine levels, leading researchers to investigate B12 and folic acid supplements as a possible means of preventing dementia. However, the results of a recent study found no difference in memory and thinking skills between those taking the supplements and those taking a placebo, suggesting that these supplements have little to no protective effect when it comes to dementia. More...
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