Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

cenotaph

Definition:(noun) A monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered.
Synonyms:empty tomb
Usage: On the anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima, we observed a minute of silence beside the cenotaph dedicated to the bomb's victims.
Article of the Day

Knockout Mice

Because mice are so closely related to humans—relative to other common lab animals—they are particularly suited for investigations of human genetics. Researchers today rely heavily on "knockout mice," mice that have been bred with one or more genes intentionally switched off. Millions of these mice are used each year in studies of aging, cancer, obesity, and other conditions. So prized are they that some strains of knockout mice have even been patented. When was the first knockout mouse created? More...
This Day in History

Pocahontas Marries English Colonist John Rolfe (1614)

Pocahontas, daughter of the powerful Native American chief Powhatan, helped maintain peace between English colonists and her own people by befriending the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, and allegedly saving the life of colonial leader John Smith after he was captured by her father's men. She later married colonist John Rolfe, which furthered efforts toward peace, and the two traveled to England, where she was received at court. What happened on her journey back to America? More...
Today's Birthday

Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856)

Born into slavery, Washington was freed following the US Civil War and went on to become one of the nation's most prominent leaders and educators. He built Alabama's Tuskegee Institute into a leading African-American educational institution, with programs emphasizing vocational training. His teaching, writing, and lecturing—particularly a famous address in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895—established him as America's foremost black leader. Washington was the first African American to be invited where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

corporate ladder

The hierarchy of authority and earning power within a large business or corporation, likened to the rungs of a ladder. Usually used with some variable verb or phrase referring to ascension. More...
Today's Holiday

Masters Golf Tournament (2016)

Known to golf fans everywhere as The Masters, this annual tournament has been held at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia since it was first started there in 1934. The qualifying rounds are held on Thursday and Friday of the four-day tournament, and the top 44 finishers participate in the final round. In addition to the cash prize, the winner receives a trophy and a green blazer. On the Tuesday night before the tournament, the defending champion hosts a Champions Dinner attended by past winners—all wearing their distinctive green jackets. More...
In the News

Cholesterol-Lowering Drops Could Be Key to Saving Sight

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60, but it may not be for much longer. Preliminary research suggests that cholesterol-lowering eye drops could prevent the disease's progression and save the sight of those afflicted. In older adults, it appears that macrophages, immune cells that protect the body by ingesting foreign particles and infectious microorganisms, fail to effectively expel cholesterol. In the eye, this can lead to the creation of new blood vessels, causing rapid and pronounced vision loss. Preventing the buildup of lipids in the first place could potentially halt this process. More...
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