Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

harbinger

Definition:(noun) One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come.
Synonyms:herald, precursor, forerunner
Usage: The grim and persistent harbinger of evil aroused the man to renewed determination.
Article of the Day

Masada

Masada is a mountaintop fortress in Israel. According to the ancient historian Josephus, it was fortified by Herod the Great in the 1st century BCE. In 66 CE, at the beginning of the Jewish uprising against the Romans, a group of rebels captured Masada. They retained control of the fortress until 73 CE, when, besieged by the Romans, they committed mass suicide rather than surrender. Excavated in the 1950s and 60s, Masada is now a major tourist attraction. How do visitors reach the top of Masada? More...
This Day in History

Russian State Library Founded (1862)

The Russian State Library in Moscow is the largest library in Europe and the second largest in the world, behind the Library of Congress. Its collection of more than 43 million items in 248 languages includes more than 17 million books, brochures, and serials; 13 million journals; and 650,000 newspapers. Its specialized collections feature maps, art publications, printed music, and manuscripts. The library was named after what Russian revolutionary before being given its current name in 1992? More...
Today's Birthday

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweiss (1818)

Semmelweiss was a Hungarian physician who pioneered the use of antiseptics in obstetrical clinics. While working at a Vienna hospital, he became convinced that physicians were transmitting puerperal fever, also called childbed fever, to patients and began insisting that doctors thoroughly cleanse their hands. Though this greatly reduced the mortality rate from infection in childbirth, he was widely ridiculed by his colleagues and left Vienna. When was the value of his work finally recognized? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

go stir-crazy

To become acutely anxious, restless, irritable, irrational, and/or depressed from remaining for too long in an unstimulating, confined, and/or isolated environment. "Stir" in this usage is a slang word for prison. More...
Today's Holiday

Canada Day (2016)

The British North America Act went into effect on July 1, 1867, uniting Upper Canada (now called Ontario), Lower Canada (now Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a British dominion. Canadians celebrate this day with parades and picnics, somewhat similar to Fourth of July festivities in the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, which are on opposite sides of the Detroit River and are connected by a tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge, this is also one of the days on which the International Freedom Festival is held. More...
In the News

Supercooling Could Extend Organs' Viability

A new technique for "supercooling" organs could preserve donor organs for days, allowing doctors more time to match them to suitable transplant candidates. Currently, doctors have a day or less to get a liver into a recipient, but in tests on rats, the new process kept livers viable for three days, a vast improvement. Rat livers are considerably smaller than human ones—0.35 oz (10 g) compared to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg)—and it remains to be seen whether scientists can scale up the technology and whether it will be able to preserve other organs as well. More...
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