Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

forsake

Definition:(verb) Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch.
Synonyms:desert, desolate, abandon
Usage: I pity the man who would forsake his own flesh and blood for mere money.
Article of the Day

Snow Blindness

The ultraviolet (UV) rays and bright sunlight reflected off snow or ice can literally burn unprotected human eyes, particularly at high altitudes, where UV rays are especially intense. The resulting condition, known as snow blindness, may not be noticed for several hours following exposure. Then, pain and inflammation set in, accompanied by a temporary reduction of vision that may last several days while the surface of the cornea heals. How did the Inuit traditionally prevent snow blindness? More...
This Day in History

Heaven's Gate Cult Members Found Dead (1997)

Established in 1972, Heaven's Gate was a cult that advocated self-renunciation, to the point of castration, as preparation for the "transition" to a new life on a spaceship, which adherents believed was trailing behind the comet Hale-Bopp. As the comet made its closest approach to Earth, 39 members of the group committed suicide. Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their bunk beds, dressed identically and wearing armbands that read "Heaven's Gate Away Team." Who was their leader? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Frost (1874)

Perhaps the most popular and beloved of 20th-century American poets, Frost wrote of the character, people, and landscape of New England. Rooted in the New England landscape, yet deeply symbolic, his work is concerned with human tragedies and fears, the complexities of life, and the ultimate acceptance of one's burdens. Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times—in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. He recited a poem at the inauguration of which US president? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

code of silence

The practice of not disclosing important or vital information by members of a group, as due to the threat of violence, reprisal, being branded as a traitor, or an inherent sense of honor. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Independence Day

This public holiday celebrates the declaration of independence of the state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the region that is now Bangladesh became East Pakistan and was governed together with West Pakistan as one country. By early 1971, differences between East and West Pakistan led to war. When India entered the war in support of East Pakistan, independence was assured. Bangladeshis observe this national holiday in the capital city of Dhaka with memorial ceremonies, a boat race on the Buriganga river, and other festivities. More...
In the News

Protein Deficiency Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Down's Syndrome

Researchers believe they have identified one of the causes of developmental and cognitive impairment in people with Down's syndrome: a lack of the protein SNX27 in their brains. When a deficiency of this brain protein was produced in mice, the animals exhibited learning and memory impairments. By reintroducing this protein, researchers were able to restore normal brain function in the lab mice. It is possible that increasing SNX27 production or function in the brains of people with Down's syndrome could lead to similar improvements. More...
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