Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

decadence

Definition:(noun) A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art.
Synonyms:degeneracy, degradation
Usage: The art of the late 19th century was an expression of the decadence and immorality of the ruling class.
Article of the Day

The Rubik's Cube

In 1974, Erno Rubik, a Hungarian architecture professor, invented the puzzle now famed as the Rubik's Cube. The standard 3x3x3 version has colored faces made of 26 smaller colored blocks attached to an internal pivot. The object is to rotate the blocks until each face of the cube is a single color. The cube's popularity has sparked many competitions—some emphasize speedy solving, while others require participants to solve it blindfolded. What did Rubik initially want to call his invention? 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
Our doubts are traitors And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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

US-Banned DNA Test Approved in UK

A version of a personal DNA test rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being launched in the UK. The kit, marketed by the US company 23andMe, is a "spit test" intended to provide customers with a DNA profile of gene variants that can be used to identify potential health risks. The FDA has expressed concerns about the reliability of the test and the potential consequences of false positives and false negatives. UK health officials said the test available in Britain has addressed some of those issues, but should be used with caution. More...
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