Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

all-out

Definition:(adjective) Using all available resources.
Synonyms:full-scale
Usage: Holding nothing back, the candidate launched an all-out attack on his critics.
Article of the Day

Oneirology

People have been interpreting dreams for millennia, but the field of oneirology attempts to study them scientifically. One theory, supported by PET scan studies, suggests that dreams are a result of electrical energy that stimulates memories located in various brain regions. Current research in oneirology seeks correlations between dreams and the functions of these regions. What machine did the researchers who discovered the link between dreams and REM sleep use to measure brain activity? More...
This Day in History

Bhumibol Adulyadej Becomes King of Thailand (1946)

A member of Thailand's Chakri dynasty, Bhumibol began his reign when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died in 1946 under mysterious circumstances. Bhumibol ruled with a regent until 1950, when he was formally crowned Rama IX. The longest-ruling monarch in Thailand's history, he also became the longest-reigning ruler in the world in 2000. Although his power is largely ceremonial, he has enjoyed great popular support and serves as a focus of national unity. Who is Bhumibol's heir apparent? More...
Today's Birthday

Les Paul (1915)

Paul began playing country music at 14, later switched to jazz, and started his own trio in 1936. Considered one of the finest jazz guitarists, he was famous for his amazing versatility. Dissatisfied with the sound of available instruments, Paul invented a solid-body electric guitar in 1941 that was marketed by Gibson and became extremely important in the development of rock music. Several versions of his prized guitars are still manufactured. What else did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

accident of birth

Any and all particulars surrounding one's birth (physical characteristics, social background, and even nationality) that are considered a result of parentage and the specific circumstances of birth, and are therefore entirely out of one's control. More...
Today's Holiday

Uganda National Heroes Day

Uganda National Heroes Day honors all those who sacrificed themselves to better the lives of the Ugandan people. Unfortunately, the holiday is one of the most divisive days in the Ugandan year. What constitutes a hero, and who specifically should be honored, are matters of debate in the country. Many of the heroes officially recognized by the government are fallen soldiers who died during Uganda's civil war in the 1980s. Some citizens have argued for remembering less controversial heroes, such as the Ugandan doctor who detected a deadly Ebola outbreak before it spread. More...
In the News

Safer, More Accurate Prenatal Down Syndrome Test

Currently, definitive tests for Down syndrome in fetuses—chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis—are invasive and somewhat risky, carrying a one in 100 risk of miscarriage. Existing non-invasive preliminary tests are somewhat imprecise and call for further testing in 3 to 5 percent of pregnancies. By contrast, a simple new blood test that analyzes fetal DNA in maternal blood can detect whether a fetus has Down syndrome with a high degree of certainty and could reduce the need for these invasive procedures. More...
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