Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

deep-seated

Definition:(adjective) (Used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held.
Synonyms:deep-rooted, implanted, ingrained, planted
Usage: He divined the fanatical love of freedom in her, the deep-seated antipathy for restraint of any sort.
Article of the Day

Earwax

Known by the medical term cerumen, earwax is the waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands and hair follicles of the external auditory canal. Earwax protects the ears by trapping dust, microorganisms, and foreign particles and preventing them from entering and damaging the ear. However, excess or impacted cerumen can impair hearing, and a number of methods exist to alleviate earwax impaction. One method considered dangerous and ineffective by doctors is ear candling, which is what? More...
This Day in History

Vatican Abolishes Index Librorum Prohibitorum (1966)

Compiled by official Roman Catholic censors, Index Librorum Prohibitorum—"List of Prohibited Books"—was a catalog of works considered dangerous to the faith or morals of Catholics. The Index was never a complete catalog of forbidden reading; rather, it contained only works that the ecclesiastical authority was asked to act on. The first catalog of banned books to be called an index was published in 1559. Its publication ceased in 1966. What were some of the works listed over the years? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Landsteiner (1868)

Landsteiner was an Austrian-born American medical researcher who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the four basic human blood groups—A, B, O, and AB—which enabled the first successful blood transfusion to be performed in 1907. He was also involved in the discovery of the polio virus, and he helped identify the human blood protein known as the Rh factor. In the 1930s, Landsteiner successfully cultured the organism that causes what disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

affable personality

A personality that is friendly, approachable, sociable, amicable, and/or likeable. More...
Today's Holiday

Flag Day (United States) (2016)

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, but it didn't become official until 1949, after a campaign by Bernard J. Cigrand and the American Flag Day Association. American homes and public buildings across the country display the American flag in observation of the holiday. Other popular events on this day include flag-raising ceremonies, the singing of the national anthem, and the study of flag etiquette and the flag's origin and meaning. More...
In the News

SIDS Risk Lower in Breastfed Babies

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the sudden, unexpected, and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant, usually during sleep, accounts for 10 percent of infant deaths. Its exact causes remain unknown, but researchers now say breastfeeding may help protect babies against it. A review of data from 18 studies showed that, compared to infants who were not breastfed at all, infants who received any breast milk for any duration were 60 percent less likely to die from SIDS, and those who were exclusively breastfed had a 70 percent lower risk. More...
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