Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 3, 2011)
Word of the Day

malign

Definition:(verb) Speak unfavorably about.
Synonyms:badmouth, drag through the mud, traduce
Usage: He is always maligning his wife when she is not around, telling people what a bad spouse and mother she is.
Article of the Day

Biofeedback

In 1961, experimental psychologist Neal Miller suggested that autonomic nervous system responses, such as heart rate or blood pressure, could be placed under voluntary control. Miller's work led to the creation of biofeedback therapy, a patient-guided treatment that teaches an individual to control bodily functions through relaxation, visualization, and other cognitive control techniques. How does the process work? More...
This Day in History

George Bizet's Carmen Premieres in Paris (1875)

Though it is today one of the most popular operas ever written, Carmen was initially met with such scathing reviews that the opera house had to give away tickets to get people to see it. Shortly after its disastrous premiere, its author, Bizet, died of a heart attack and the director of the struggling opera house resigned. Later that year, however, Carmen opened in Vienna to wide acclaim. Why did critics initially hate Bizet's story of a soldier's doomed love for a wild Gypsy girl? More...
Today's Birthday

George Mortimer Pullman (1831)

Pullman was a successful American industrialist and the inventor of the railroad sleeping car. In 1893, he built a company town for his workers in Illinois, and it was showcased in the World's Fair as a grand social experiment. The next year, the town of Pullman was the scene of a violent workers' strike that nearly halted US rail traffic. When Pullman died in 1897, he had to be buried in a massive steel-and-concrete vault to keep activists from disinterring his body. What happened to his town? More...
Quotation of the Day
Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

hit the big time

To become very famous or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia National Culture Day (2017)

This event was created in 1999 by the Cambodian government as a way to promote the country's arts and culture. The yearly event is composed of displays, exhibits, live theatrical performances, and conferences held throughout the country. The festival honors the living elder masters in different artistic and cultural fields. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts coordinates many of the events and uses the occasion to take stock of Cambodia's cultural infrastructure, including its historic temples, pagodas, and other landmarks important to the country's heritage and tourism. More...
In the News

Heart Devices Approved in US without Data on Women

Despite the fact that the risks associated with heart devices differ for women and men, many such devices are approved for use in the US without sufficient data on their safety and effectiveness in women. Though in 1994 the US Food and Drug Administration began requiring premarket approval applications for these devices to indicate whether study subjects reflect the real-life proportion of men and women who have the condition being treated, researchers found that more than a quarter of the studies they reviewed did not report participants' gender at all. Furthermore, in studies that did report gender, two-thirds of the participants were male. More...
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