Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

enkindle

Definition:(verb) Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).
Synonyms:arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, fire, raise
Usage: Melissa's coy smile enkindled the hopes of the young man seeking her favor.
Article of the Day

Molecular Clouds

Throughout the universe, new stars are born in cold, concentrated, asymmetrical clouds of interstellar gas where molecules exist in appreciable abundance. These molecular clouds are often so dark and full of dust that light cannot pass through them, and when they collapse internally, new stars are formed. The motions of such clouds are governed by turbulence and gravity, and they can be tremendously large. Within our own galaxy, where are clouds of molecular gasses predominantly located? 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
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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

Farmer Grandfather's Second Act as a Women's Fashion Model

Usually, when a model fails to show up for her scheduled fashion shoot, the company that hired her suffers a setback. However, for one group of aspiring fashion entrepreneurs, it was possibly the best thing that could have happened to them. On that day, 72-year-old former farmer Liu Qianping was visiting his granddaughter, one of the business partners, and offered to help by standing in for the missing model. In the weeks since he began modeling the women's fashions, Liu has become an Internet sensation, and visits to the women's website have increased four-fold. More...
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