Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

falsify

Definition:(verb) Tamper, with the purpose of deception.
Synonyms:fudge, fake, misrepresent, wangle, manipulate, cook
Usage: The researcher was tempted to falsify his data in order to secure funding for his study.
Article of the Day

Magnetoencephalography

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is an imaging technique that maps brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by electrical currents in the brain. Unlike electroencephalography, which uses electrodes attached to the head, MEG uses sensors positioned over the head and takes place in a vaultlike machine that eliminates interference from magnetic fields produced by various sources. MEG is sometimes used to pinpoint areas of pathological activity before surgery to treat what conditions? More...
This Day in History

The Tennis Court Oath (1789)

In the first days of the French Revolution, the deputies of the Third Estate were locked out of their usual meeting hall at Versailles. Believing that their newly formed National Assembly was to be disbanded, they met at a nearby tennis court and took an oath not separate until a constitution was established for France. The oath was an assertion that power came from the people not the monarch, and their solidarity forced King Louis XVI to concede. Who was the only deputy not to sign the oath? More...
Today's Birthday

Lillian Hellman (1905)

After working as a book reviewer, press agent, and play reader, Hellman began writing plays in the 1930s. Her first major success, The Children's Hour, concerned two schoolteachers falsely accused of lesbianism. She examined family infighting in her hit The Little Foxes and political injustice in Watch on the Rhine. All were made into successful films. Hellman was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. What happened when she refused to testify? More...
Quotation of the Day
Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty—it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

amount to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference. More...
Today's Holiday

Eritrean Martyrs' Day (2016)

Following its defeat of Ethiopian government forces in 1991 to establish national independence, Eritrea instituted an official holiday to pay tribute to those who died for the country's liberation. The struggle, which lasted from 1961 to 1991, claimed the lives of an estimated 65,000 freedom fighters and tens of thousands of civilians. Many Eritreans observe Martyrs' Day by filing into mass mourning processions that conclude at the "Martyrs' Graveyards" located throughout the country. In 1997, the government opened the National Martyrs' Park outside the capital city, Asmara. More...
In the News

Study: Fewer Complications with Home Births

The safety of home birth has been a subject of controversy for some time, but in the Netherlands at least, it may be the safer route for low-risk women. A Dutch study of nearly 150,000 low-risk pregnancies found the risk of severe complications during planned home births to be lower than that of hospital births, particularly among women who had previously given birth. Experts are quick to point out that this may not be the case in other countries, where the maternity care systems are not necessarily as well suited to home births. More...
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