Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

despotism

Definition:(noun) Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority.
Synonyms:authoritarianism, Caesarism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, absolutism
Usage: The despotism of heaven is the one absolutely perfect government.
Article of the Day

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is the process by which patients at risk of developing or transmitting an inherited disorder are advised of the nature and consequences of the disorder, the probability of developing it or passing it on, and the available treatment options. Typically, people seek counseling because they have a family history of genetic disorders or because their job or lifestyle exposes them to health risks like radiation or chemicals. What are some of the conditions commonly screened for? More...
This Day in History

Six-Year-Old Etan Patz Abducted in New York (1979)

In 1979, Etan Patz left his apartment by himself, for the very first time, to walk the two blocks to his school bus stop. He never made it there. His disappearance was widely covered by the media and led to the implementation of new methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk carton campaigns of the 1980s. In 2010, the Manhattan district attorney announced that he had reopened the case into Patz's disappearance. Who was found liable for Patz's death in a civil case in 2004? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878)

Robinson was an influential virtuoso tap dancer. An innovator, he was reputedly the first to dance on the balls of his feet instead of in the earlier flat-footed style. He began dancing professionally at the age of eight and became a popular nightclub and vaudeville performer. He first performed on Broadway in 1928 and was the first African American to star in a Ziegfield Follies. He appeared in 14 Hollywood features in the 1930s and 40s, including four that he made with which child actress? More...
Quotation of the Day
A friend is a second self.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

fresh-faced

Of or having an appearance of health, vitality, and/or youthfulness. More...
Today's Holiday

Moving Day (Scotland) (2016)

The idea of packing up one's belongings and changing residences on a particular day has been a tradition in many countries. In Scotland, it was called Flitting Day and took place on May 25. The decision of whether to "sit or flit" was up to the tenant, but "flitting" seemed to be more common. On Flitting Day, they had to vacate their houses by noon, which often meant a great upheaval for the family during the preceding day or two. Apparently, the novelty value of flitting outweighed the boredom of sitting. More...
In the News

Measles Virus Used to Wipe Out Cancer

Researchers are cautiously optimistic about an experimental cancer treatment that uses a modified measles virus to target and kill cancerous cells. Two out of six multiple myeloma patients who were treated with extremely high doses of the engineered viruses responded to the treatment, with one appearing to enter into complete remission. These two patients were found to have few or no circulating measles antibodies, important because this affords the virus a chance to attack the cancer cells before the patient's immune system begins fighting off the virus. More...
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