Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

admonitory

Definition:(adjective) Serving to warn.
Synonyms:cautionary, exemplary
Usage: Bella, entering with a raised admonitory finger, kissed Lizzie softly, but said not a word.
Article of the Day

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname of the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London. Famous for its accuracy, the clock rings in the new year in England. Originally, only the Great Bell—the largest bell in the tower—was called "Big Ben," but eventually, the moniker was applied to the clock itself and then to the entire tower. In 2012, the iconic British landmark was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower, in honor of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. Who is generally accepted as the real-life "Ben"? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Bonaparte Named King of Spain (1808)

The elder brother of Napoleon, Joseph Bonaparte served as king of Naples during Napoleon's reign, abolishing feudalism and reorganizing the judicial, financial, and educational systems. He was named king of Spain in 1808, but his reforms there were less successful, and he abdicated in 1813 and returned to France. After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Joseph lived in the US and later in Italy. What creature from American folklore was Joseph said to have encountered while in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Velázquez (1599)

The most celebrated painter of the Spanish school, Velázquez was one of the outstanding artists of the 17th century. His early works were mostly religious or genre scenes. After arriving in Madrid in 1623, he painted a portrait of King Philip IV that won him immediate success and an appointment as court painter. Notable among his portraits is his masterpiece, Las MeninasThe Maids of Honor. Why is there debate about who the true subject of the painting is? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Swedish Flag Day

Constitution and Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Swedish constitution on June 6, 1809, and the ascension of Gustavus I to the throne on June 6, 1523. It is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic meetings, parades, and the raising of flags. In Stockholm, the main celebration takes place at the Stadium, where the Swedish national anthem is sung by a chorus of several thousand voices, and the King awards flags to various schools, sports clubs, and other organizations. In the evening, the celebration continues at Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in Europe. More...
In the News

Peer Review under Fire

In the first decade of the 21st century, the number of scientific journal article retractions rose more than 10-fold, raising serious questions about the peer-review process. Critics say that part of the problem is that study authors frequently omit some of the data from their papers, making it difficult for peer reviewers to accurately assess the work, especially when the papers employ complex, highly specialized techniques. In addition, a third of scientists, according to a 2009 report, admit to modifying their research results in order to improve the outcomes. More...
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