Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

bolster

Definition:(verb) To buoy up or hearten.
Synonyms:boost
Usage: Visitors bolstered the patient's morale.
Article of the Day

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is mainly found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and typically infects birds. Mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds can then transmit the disease to humans. About one-fifth of humans infected with the virus develop West Nile fever, which is sometimes accompanied by a rash. Less than one percent of all persons infected develop serious illnesses like encephalitis and meningitis. West Nile virus was first identified in Uganda in 1937. When did it reach the US? More...
This Day in History

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Founded (1909)

The oldest and largest US civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed as a result of the 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois. In 1939, it organized the Legal Defense and Education Fund as its legal arm, which sued for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education. During World War II, it pressed for desegregation of the armed forces, which was achieved in 1948. What activist was an early leader of the NAACP? More...
Today's Birthday

Cotton Mather (1663)

Mather was an American Puritan leader remembered for his role in the Salem witch trials. Although his Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions fed the hysteria that led to the witch hunts, he disapproved of some of the trials and argued against the use of "spectral evidence," a type of evidence based on dreams. Deeply interested in science, Mather was the first native-born American to be a fellow of the Royal Society and was an early supporter of what medical method? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

cipher

A person who is unimportant, insignificant, or without influence. It refers to the mathematical symbol for zero (0). More...
Today's Holiday

Amazon & Galapagos Day (2016)

Two significant events happened in Ecuadoran history on the same date: the discovery of the Amazon River headwaters by explorer Francisco de Orellana in 1542 and the incorporation of the Galapagos Islands in 1832. The country established the Amazon & Galapagos Day holiday during the presidency of Jaime Roldós Aguilera. In observance of the anniversary, Ecuadoran presidents have visited the Amazon and paid homage to the expedition of 1542. Other activities include traditional dances, the presentation of folklore, and other cultural festivities. More...
In the News

Nighttime Surgery No More Dangerous

Many people believe that the best time to schedule surgery is during the day, but what if you can't control when you go under the knife? According to a new study, it doesn't matter. The study found no difference in patient deaths when comparing daytime and nighttime trauma surgeries. The research focused on US mortality rates in exploratory laparotomies, which are done to determine the extent of a trauma patient’s injuries. Some experts have called for additional research that focuses on more complex surgeries and the number of hours surgeons worked before operating. More...
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