Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

sinewy

Definition:(adjective) (Of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.
Synonyms:brawny, hefty, muscular
Usage: She saw the sinewy form leap to the shoulder of the lion, hurtling against the leaping beast like a huge, animate battering ram.
Article of the Day

The Knockout

A knockout is a blow that renders a person unconscious. Knocking out one's opponent is one way to win a match in combat sports like boxing and mixed martial arts. A typical knockout—like anesthesia—results in a sustained loss of consciousness and memory. Repeated knockouts can cause brain injury. A "technical knockout" can be declared by a referee when a fighter cannot stand or cannot safely continue to fight, even if he or she is still conscious. What causes loss of consciousness in a knockout? 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
The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.

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

WHO Says Diesel Exhaust Definitely Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that exhaust from diesel engines is definitely a cause of lung cancer in humans. The IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, had previously labeled diesel exhaust fumes as "probably carcinogenic." The new label is based on research on workers in high-risk occupations, such as truck driving and mining. Such workers are believed to have a 40 percent higher chance of developing lung cancer. However, the expert panel recommends that everyone avoid exposure to diesel exhaust. More...
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