Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

tongue-lashing

Definition:(noun) A scolding.
Synonyms:chiding, objurgation
Usage: My mother gave me a tongue-lashing for staying out past my curfew and grounded me for a week.
Article of the Day

Eusociality

Eusociality is a key concept in sociobiology, which is the study of the genetic and evolutionary bases of social behavior. Coined in 1966, the term "eusocial" describes an animal society—like that of bees, ants, shrimp, sponges, or others—largely made up of sterile individuals that work on behalf of the few reproductive members of the group, or in some cases the only reproductive member, and cooperatively care for the young. What are the only truly eusocial mammals? 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
Let's not borrow trouble ... The rate of interest is too high.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

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

Effects of Cruel Words from Parents Linger

Parents may not realize the lasting harm they are doing when they criticize, insult, or threaten their children. They may think they can make up for it by showering their children with kind words thereafter, but researchers say the psychological effects of the verbal aggression linger. Young adults who have a verbally aggressive parent are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression, even if that parent is also verbally affectionate or if there is a second parent in the picture who is verbally affectionate. More...
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