Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

aseptic

Definition:(adjective) Free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms.
Synonyms:sterile
Usage: The use of aseptic instruments in the operating room has significantly reduced the incidence of postsurgical infections.
Article of the Day

Eton Wall Game

Every year to mark St. Andrew's Day, England's Eton College holds the Eton Wall Game, in which scholarship students square off against non-scholarship holders. In this unusual type of rugby with rules so complex and mysterious that spectators are often confused, players try to win goals by getting the ball into the opposing team's "calx," designated by a chalk line on a wall at one end of the field and by a mark on a tree at the other. Goals are extremely rare. When was the last one scored? More...
This Day in History

Plane Carrying Jazz Musician Glenn Miller Disappears (1944)

Miller was an American swing-era jazz musician and bandleader and one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1942. A freelance musician in New York City, Miller formed his own big band in 1938, earning fame for songs like "Moonlight Serenade." During WWII, he joined the military and entertained the troops as leader of the US Air Force band. While flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared over the English Channel. Miller was never found. What may have happened to the plane? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832)

Eiffel was a French engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower as the entrance arch for the for the 1889 Paris Exhibition. Though it was supposed to be dismantled after the fair, the tower became a landmark and is today the world's most visited paid monument. Prior to this massive undertaking, Eiffel established his reputation by constructing a series of ambitious railway bridges, including the span across the Douro at Oporto, Portugal. In 1881, he designed the internal framework for what structure? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a good lesson—though it may often be a hard one—for a man who has dreamed of literary fame ... to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of all significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Today's Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2015)

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More...
In the News

Prolonged Viewing of Disaster Coverage Might Cause PTSD

Prolonged exposure to media coverage about a traumatic event could be harmful to one's mental health. People who spent more than six hours a day viewing or reading items related to the Boston Marathon bombings in the week after the attacks showed signs of acute stress. Such people were in fact more likely to experience acute stress than those who were actually present at the bombings or who knew someone who had been there. Acute stress is a condition characterized by a cluster of dissociative and anxiety symptoms that develop following exposure to an extremely traumatic event. If these symptoms persist for long enough, sufferers may be diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More...
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