Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

cloak-and-dagger

Definition:(adjective) Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods.
Synonyms:clandestine, hush-hush, undercover, underground, secret, surreptitious, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger
Usage: Action movies often feature spies involved in cloak-and-dagger operations.
Article of the Day

Neolithic Revolution

The Neolithic Revolution was humanity's ground-breaking transition from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a more settled one based on farming and raising livestock. It began roughly 11,000 years ago, as the last ice age ended and weather became more stable. At this time, people began to build permanent dwellings and founded the first cities. They invented tools for farming and storing food and developed specialized labor, manufacturing, and trade. What were the first cultivated crops? More...
This Day in History

US President Ronald Reagan Dubs the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)

Reagan's strong anti-communist position, evident from the time he began his presidential career, was highlighted in a 1983 speech in which he referred to the USSR as an "evil empire." The phrase became common in Cold War rhetoric and has since entered popular culture, taking on a nearly iconic status. It has been used in a variety of contexts to refer to entities as varied as Wal-Mart and the British Empire. Before what group was Reagan speaking the first time he used the phrase "evil empire"? More...
Today's Birthday

André Michaux (1746)

Michaux was a French botanist who traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1785, the French government sent him to the US to spearhead the first organized investigation of North American plants that could be of use in France. His botanical journeys through the US lasted until 1796, and he recorded his studies in two books on North American botany—one of which is devoted to oaks. He also traveled to the Middle East, where he acquired what Babylonian artifact found near Baghdad? More...
Quotation of the Day
Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women. More...
In the News

Stems Cells Could Replace Immunosuppressive Drugs

Though they leave people susceptible to infection and increase cancer risk, the drugs currently used to suppress antibody formation following an organ transplant are necessary to prevent organ rejection. However, experts are hopeful that a new procedure that tricks the immune system into recognizing the foreign organ as its own could eliminate the need for these drugs. In a small, pilot study, eight kidney transplant patients also received stem cells from their donors' bone marrow. Five developed so-called chimeric immune systems, in which immune cells from both donor and recipient coexist, and were able to stop taking immunosuppressive drugs. More...
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