Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

dissemble

Definition:(verb) Hide under a false appearance.
Synonyms:cloak, mask
Usage: So artfully can this people dissemble their sentiments that we had not been able hitherto to distinguish our real from our pretended favorers.
Article of the Day

The Business Plot

In 1933, retired US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that business tycoons were plotting to use a veterans' organization to overthrow President Franklin D Roosevelt and install a fascist dictator. The media ridiculed the claim, but a congressional committee concluded that his allegations were credible. Although historians question whether a coup was close to execution, most agree that a political conspiracy was at least contemplated. What businessmen were implicated in the plot? More...
This Day in History

World's First Human Heart Transplant (1967)

After studying medicine at the University of Cape Town, South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard came to the US in 1955 to improve his surgical technique. There, he performed his first heart operation before returning to Cape Town, where he was soon appointed director of surgical research at the Groote Schuur Hospital. He made medical history there in 1967 when he completed the world's first human heart transplant on 55-year-old Louis Washkansky. When was the first pediatric heart transplant? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Conrad (1857)

Before becoming a novelist, Conrad lived an adventurous life at sea. He later fictionalized many of his experiences in novels that combine realism and high drama. Though he knew little English before he was 20, Conrad became one of the greatest novelists and prose stylists in English literature. Marked by a distinctive, rich prose, many of his novels are considered masterpieces, but he is perhaps best known for the novella Heart of Darkness. What were some of Conrad's real-life escapades? More...
Quotation of the Day
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

International Day of Disabled Persons (2015)

The years 1983-92 marked the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, a period during which great strides were made in raising awareness and enacting laws to improve the situation of individuals with disabilities. At the conclusion of this 10-year observance, December 3 was proclaimed the International Day of Disabled Persons. The U.N. General Assembly appealed to its members to observe this day with activities and events designed to promote the advantages of integrating disabled persons into every area of social, economic, and political life. More...
In the News

Soft-Bodied Robot Design Inspired by Sea Creatures

Engineers—inspired by sea creatures like starfish, which lack hard skeletons and use a system of fluid-filled tubes to get around—have developed a soft, pneumatically-driven robot that can change its gait to navigate different obstacles and squeeze into and under tight spaces. The robot was made from flexible materials known as elastomers and contains a series of inflatable chambers that drive its movement. It is therefore able to navigate obstacles and terrain that would hinder the typical, rigid robot. More...
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