Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

snobbish

Definition:(adjective) Befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior.
Synonyms:cliquish, snobby, clannish, clubby
Usage: I expected Susan, the daughter of a multimillionaire, to be snobbish, but she was actually warm and friendly.
Article of the Day

1981 Irish Hunger Strike

The 1981 Irish hunger strike was the culmination of a five-year protest by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. It began when the British Government withdrew from convicted paramilitary prisoners Special Category Status, a de facto prisoner-of-war status granting them privileges like those specified in the Geneva Convention. Twenty-three such prisoners participated in the strike, refusing food for weeks and, in many cases, months. How many of them ultimately died of starvation? More...
This Day in History

Vasco da Gama Sets Sail on First Direct European Voyage to India (1497)

In 1497, da Gama began his epochal voyage to India, becoming the first European to journey there directly by sea. With four vessels, he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, passed the easternmost point reached by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, continued up the coast of Africa to Malindi, and sailed across the Indian Ocean to Calicut. His voyage opened up a way for Europe to reach the Indies and marked the beginning of the Portuguese Empire. For what brutal methods was da Gama known during his travels? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Binet (1857)

A major figure in the development of experimental psychology in France, Binet founded L'Année Psychologique, the first French journal on psychology, in 1895. He is also known for his research and innovations in measuring reasoning ability. Between 1905 and 1911, he and Théodore Simon developed influential scales for the measurement of the intelligence of children, which, with revisions, came into wide use in schools, industries, and the army. How did the scales work? More...
Quotation of the Day
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a going concern

A business, enterprise, or activity that has done well thus far and is expected to continue making a profit. More...
Today's Holiday

'Ksan Celebrations

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, people in a longhouse in a village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River). More...
In the News

Cancer Patient First to Get Synthetic Organ

Surgeons in Sweden have carried out the world's first synthetic organ transplant. The patient, a 36-year-old man with late-stage tracheal cancer, received a synthetic windpipe that was created in a lab using his own stem cells. The procedure could revolutionize the field of trachea transplants, making them far more accessible since it eliminates the need for a donor organ and relies on synthetic windpipes that can be created in a matter of weeks. Moreover, because the procedure uses only the patient's own cells, there is no need for immunosuppressants to prevent rejection. More...
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