Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

transience

Definition:(noun) The attribute of being brief or fleeting.
Synonyms:brevity, briefness
Usage: The superficiality and transience of the club scene is part of its appeal for young people.
Article of the Day

Avalanches

Avalanches are sudden falls or slides of large masses of material down the side of a mountain and are classified by their content, such as snow, ice, soil, rock, or a mixture of these materials. They can reach speeds of more than 200 mph (320 km/h), pushing destructive air masses, known as avalanche winds, ahead of the falling debris. The actual impact of avalanche material, meanwhile, can also cause major devastation. What can trigger an avalanche, and what measures might help prevent one? More...
This Day in History

The Columbine High School Massacre (1999)

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were seniors at Colorado's Columbine High School when they carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, killing 12 students and one teacher and injuring 21 others before taking their own lives. The incident, widely covered by the media, stirred debate about the pair's motivation for the killings, the availability of firearms, and the role of bullying, video games, and music in acts of violence. For what crime had the two been previously arrested? More...
Today's Birthday

Philippe Pinel (1745)

After moving to Paris in 1778, Pinel, a French physician, was appointed director of the Bicêtre and Salpêtrière hospitals. His experiences there prompted him to advocate for the humane treatment of mentally ill persons—then called the insane—and for the empirical study of mental disease. He further contributed to the development of psychiatry by establishing the practice of thoroughly documenting psychiatric case histories for research. What initially inspired Pinel's interest in mental illness? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you are foolish enough to be contented, don't show it, but grumble with the rest.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

derring-do

Heroic, brave, or daring deeds or spirit, especially when referring to swordplay or other action-adventure scenarios. More...
Today's Holiday

Inconfidência Week

The Inconfidência was a colonial uprising for Brazilian independence from Portugal at the end of the 18th century. It is celebrated during the week of April 21 by paying tribute to Joaquim José da Silva Xavier—also known as Tiradentes ("tooth-puller") because of his dentistry practice—who became a martyr for independence when the uprising was put down and he was executed. The Inconfidência Week festivities include performances by orchestras, bands, and choirs, and athletic competitions. More...
In the News

Cancers Caused by Too Much Alcohol

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer , there is a causal link between alcohol consumption and certain cancers, such as liver, breast, and colon cancer as well as cancers of the upper digestive tract. An analysis of data from France, Italy, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Greece, Germany, and Denmark has led German researchers to conclude that, in Western Europe, nearly 10 percent of all cancers in men and 3 percent in women are caused by excessive indulgence in alcoholic beverages. Of the cancer cases that they reviewed from 2008, researchers attributed more than 50,000 to the regular overconsumption of alcoholic beverages. More...
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