Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

heart-to-heart

Definition:(noun) An intimate talk in private.
Synonyms:tête-à-tête
Usage: It felt good to open up, and I left our heart-to-heart feeling as though a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
Article of the Day

Airline Meals

Food service on commercial flights became the norm after 1936, when United Airlines installed the first onboard kitchen. Typically reheated on board, in-flight meals are often the butt of jokes due to their reputedly poor taste—though the food may not be to blame, as some studies suggest that high altitude and cabin pressure interfere with taste buds. In recent years, many airlines have cut back on meal service in order to cut costs. How much did one airline save by eliminating free pretzels? More...
This Day in History

Dolly, the First Cloned Sheep, Is Born (1996)

Perhaps the most famous sheep in history, Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell through the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique, in which the nucleus of an egg cell is replaced by the nucleus of a cell from the organism to be cloned. In successful cases, the egg cell develops into a healthy fetus, but the success rate of cloning has been low. Of 277 eggs, only 29 created viable embryos, and Dolly was the only one to survive to adulthood. How did she get her name? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou (1911)

Pompidou was premier of France from 1962 to 1968 and president from 1969 to 1974. As Charles de Gaulle's chief aide from 1958 to 1959, he helped draft the constitution of the Fifth Republic. He secretly negotiated a cease-fire in the Algerian War in 1961 and was appointed premier the following year. In 1968, he skillfully negotiated an end to the French student-worker strikes. Elected president in 1969, he continued de Gaulle's policies. What job did Pompidou hold before he entered politics? More...
Quotation of the Day
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

God's green earth

The entire planet; anywhere and everywhere. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Constitution Day

On July 5, 1995, four years after Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union, the national government adopted a new constitution. Constitution Day, a public holiday, commemorates the creation of a new governmental framework and the beginning of another era for this small country, which for over seven decades had been a Soviet satellite. The government rewards the public sector with a day off on Constitution Day. Victory Park, located in the capital city of Yerevan, usually stages performances that feature traditional music and dance. More...
In the News

Rudimentary Human Livers Grown from Stem Cells

Researchers in Japan have created tiny functional human livers from stem cells. The team's success may be due to its novel approach, which involved bringing together several different types of stem cells in an attempt to mimic the processes that occur during human embryonic development. When mixed together, the cells spontaneously began to organize themselves into "liver buds," collections of liver cells with the potential to develop into a full organ. The researchers then implanted the buds into mice and found that they began to perform many of the functions of mature human liver cells. More...
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