Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 26, 2014)
Word of the Day

nefarious

Definition:(adjective) Evil; wicked; sinful.
Synonyms:villainous
Usage: The impenetrable and inescapable prison housed the most nefarious criminals.
Article of the Day

Aphasia

Aphasia is a language disturbance caused by a lesion of the brain that partially or totally impairs the affected individual's ability to speak, write, or comprehend the meaning of spoken or written words. Often caused by head trauma, tumor, stroke, or infection, aphasia is distinguished from functional disorders—such as stammering or stuttering—and from impaired speech due to physical defects of the speech organs. What is the difference between Broca's aphasia and Wernicke's aphasia? More...
This Day in History

University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was established and opened in 1842 and chartered in 1844. Famous for its football team, it has a noted law school and computing center as well as laboratories for research in botany, radiation, geology, metallurgy, and engineering. It also operates important research institutes in the humanities. The school was founded by French priests and was originally given the name L'Université de Notre Dame du Lac, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women's rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women's suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917? More...
Quotation of the Day
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

good books

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good books" or some variation thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2016)

The Baha'i Day of the Covenant is a Baha'i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha'u'llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu'l-Baha as the head of the Baha'i religion who would interpret Baha'i teachings. Abdu'l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. More...
In the News

US Makes Calorie Counts Mandatory on Menus

Calling obesity a "national epidemic," the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new rules this week that will require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calorie counts on their menus. The mandate is intended to extend the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which established requirements for nutritional labeling on most packaged food items. Under the new rules, some menu items will be exempt, including seasonal offerings, daily specials, and condiments. Restaurants will be given one year to satisfy the new requirements, and vending machine operators will be given two years. More...
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