Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

low-key

Definition:(adjective) Restrained in style or quality.
Synonyms:subdued
Usage: After the wild party she had last year, Elena was looking forward to finally having a low-key birthday celebration.
Article of the Day

Paranoid Fiction

Paranoid fiction is a literary genre in which reality is portrayed as subject to manipulation by external forces, such as totalitarian governments, or internal forces, such as insanity. The genre frequently overlaps with dystopian fiction and science fiction and is inspired by the works of authors like Franz Kafka and Philip K. Dick, who penned the novel that was made into the film Blade Runner. What paranoid-fiction writer may have taken some of his inspiration from his own nightmares? More...
This Day in History

Union of South Africa Created (1910)

In 1910, the British colonies of Cape Colony, Transvaal, Natal, and Orange River were unified into the new Union of South Africa. Under the Union's constitution, power was centralized. Elections were held, and Louis Botha became the first prime minister. The Dutch language was given equal status with English, and each province retained its existing franchise qualifications. The Union became independent and withdrew from the Commonwealth exactly how many years after its founding? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Sidgwick (1838)

Sidgwick was a British philosopher whose Methods of Ethics is considered by some to be the most significant 19th-century ethical work in English. Drawing on the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant, he proposed a system of "universalistic hedonism" that would reconcile the conflict between the pleasure of self and the pleasure of others. He promoted higher education for women and cofounded what society devoted to studying paranormal events? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

get (the hell) out of Dodge

To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the clichéd setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Visitation (2016)

On this day, Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace. More...
In the News

Scientists Stop Brain Cell Death in Mice

Neurodegenerati ve diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's affect millions of people around the globe, but promising new research in mice could hold the key to halting the diseases' progress. Scientists believe that even though each of these diseases has a different set of triggers, the brain cell death observed in all of them may have a common pathway. In a study of mice with prion disease, researchers found that a buildup of misshapen proteins in the brain turns off the production of new proteins essential for cell survival. By restoring protein production, they were able to halt further degeneration and help extend the lives of the mice. More...
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