Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

favored

Definition:(adjective) Preferred above all others and treated with partiality.
Synonyms:best-loved, pet, preferred, favorite
Usage: My sister is clearly the favored child—she has a later curfew and gets away with things I never could!
Article of the Day

In Vitro Fertilization

This technique is used for the conception of a human embryo outside the mother's body. Several ova—or eggs—are removed from the mother's body and placed in special laboratory culture dishes. Sperm from the father are then added. If fertilization occurs, the fertilized ovum, after undergoing several cell divisions, is either transferred to the mother's or a surrogate mother's body for normal development in the uterus, or is frozen for later implantation. What does in vitro mean in Latin? 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
Liberty without learning is always in peril; and learning without liberty is always in vain.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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

Rule Changes May Shorten Wait for Transplants

The waiting time for kidney transplants from deceased donors could be reduced for some of the more than 100,000 people in need in the US thanks to new guidelines. The rules for the process were recently revised by the United Network for Organ Sharing, under the direction of the US government. Patients will now be credited with time on the wait list as soon as they start dialysis, and young patients will receive healthy kidneys from young donors—a preventative measure intended to keep them from returning to the wait list for a re-transplant later in life. More...
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