Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

opulence

Definition:(noun) Wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living.
Synonyms:luxuriousness, sumptuousness
Usage: The estate had formerly belonged to a gentleman of opulence and taste, who had bestowed some considerable attention to the adornment of his grounds.
Article of the Day

Leishmaniasis

Spread by the bite of a bloodsucking sand fly, leishmaniasis is a tropical disease caused by parasitic protozoans. The cutaneous form of the disease causes deep, disfiguring lesions at the site of the bite, most of which heal spontaneously months later. The visceral form of the disease—also known as kala-azar—affects the internal organs and is usually fatal. Currently, there is no vaccine that can prevent leishmaniasis. What city is considered the cutaneous leishmaniasis capital of the world? More...
This Day in History

First Transatlantic Radio Signal Received (1901)

Marconi was the Nobel Prize-winning Italian creator of the radio telegraph system. At 21, while experimenting with a homemade apparatus, he successfully sent signals across a distance of more than a mile and set off to London with his mother to find support for his work. He patented his system, organized a company to develop its commercial applications, and, in 1901, transmitted the first transatlantic wireless signal. During what disaster did his invention play a key role in saving lives? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustave Flaubert (1821)

Flaubert was a French writer considered one of the supreme masters of the realistic novel. At 22, he abandoned law studies to pursue a career as an author. In 1856, after five years of work, he published his masterpiece, Madame Bovary, about the frustrations and love affairs of a romantic young woman married to a dull provincial doctor. A sharply realistic portrayal of bourgeois boredom and adultery, the novel led to his prosecution on moral grounds. What was the verdict? More...
Quotation of the Day
To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Today's Holiday

Old Saybrook Torchlight Parade and Muster (2015)

In early December each year, in colonial America, the village militia would muster with their fifes and drums and march to the town green, where a community meeting and carol sing would take place. Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is the only community in the United States that is known to have revived this tradition. Today's procession follows the ritual with at least 58 fife and drum corps, and marchers often augment their colonial-style costumes with seasonal decorations. The fifes and drums play not only colonial martial music but also the songs of Christmas. More...
In the News

Education Study Reveals Math, Science, and Reading Rankings

Educators and students the world over deserve a pat on the back, as tests show that student achievement has generally improved over the past decade. Elementary school students in a number of relatively wealthy Asian nations are the world's top performers in math and science, a reflection, it would seem, of those societies' commitment to primary education. These students also showed marked improvements in literacy thanks to the combined efforts of both educators and parents, but Russia, the US, and a number of European countries still took most of the top spots in reading . More...
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