Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

ascendancy

Definition:(noun) The state that exists when one person or group has power over another.
Synonyms:dominance, control
Usage: Thanks to widespread governmental corruption and instability, the extremists are gaining ascendancy in the region.
Article of the Day

Psychic Surgery

Condemned in many countries as a form of medical fraud, psychic surgery is practiced by healers in several indigenous cultures, mainly in the Philippines and Brazil. Acting as mediums for healing forces, practitioners allegedly perform surgery using their fingers or other tools, usually without violating the skin surface, and remove disease-causing matter from within patients. However, many believe that this is little more than sleight of hand. What magicians have worked to debunk the practice? More...
This Day in History

First Flight of the Hawker Hurricane (1935)

First tested in 1935, the Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft powered by a newly designed Rolls-Royce engine. Together with the Spitfire, the Hurricane enabled the Royal Air Force (RAF) to win the Battle of Britain of 1940, accounting for the majority of the RAF's air victories during this period. About 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944, and the aircraft served in all the major theatres of World War II. What was the Hurricane's maximum speed? More...
Today's Birthday

John Philip Sousa (1854)

Known as "The March King," Sousa was an American bandmaster who composed more than 130 military marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Semper Fidelis"—the official march of the US Marines. In 1868, when Sousa was 13, his father enlisted him in the Marine Corps as an apprentice in the Marine Band, which he later led from 1880 until 1892, at which point he formed his own band and toured to great acclaim. In the 1890s, Sousa developed a type of bass tuba now known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Look upon good books; they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself...and you shall need no other comfort nor counsel.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2015)

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden (1611-32) who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More...
In the News

Doctors Testing Making Brain Tumors Glow

One of the challenges of removing a brain tumor is trying to remove all of the cancerous tissue while leaving as much healthy brain matter as possible intact. A drug that causes a build-up of fluorescent chemicals in brain tumors and makes them glow pink under ultraviolet light helps surgeons achieve this. Researchers are now testing whether survival rates could be further improved by applying a wafer impregnated with a chemotherapy drug in the cavity created by the tumor's removal. More...
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