Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

prodigality

Definition:(noun) The trait of spending extravagantly.
Synonyms:profligacy, extravagance
Usage: She spent her first half-year's dividend from the Venice Hotel Company, with characteristic prodigality, in presents for the children.
Article of the Day

Boston's Big Dig

The tangled roadways of Boston, Massachusetts, laid out before the age of the automobile, became a traffic nightmare after cars arrived. The Central Artery/Tunnel Project, nicknamed the "Big Dig," sought to fix the problem by rerouting the city's chief highway into a tunnel and building additional tunnels and bridges. Though conceived in the 1970s, the Big Dig was not completed until 2007, thanks to skyrocketing costs and constant setbacks. What challenges arose during course of the project? More...
This Day in History

Night of the Murdered Poets (1952)

In one of the instances of violent anti-Semitism during Joseph Stalin's regime, 15 Soviet Jews linked to the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee were falsely accused of espionage, treason, and other crimes. After their arrests, they were tortured and isolated for three years before being formally charged. In 1952, 13 of them were executed in Moscow on a night remembered as the "Night of the Murdered Poets," named after five of the prisoners, who were Yiddish writers. Who were these poets? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women's contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More...
Quotation of the Day
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

get the green light

To receive permission to proceed with some action or task. Likened to the green light of a traffic signal. More...
Today's Holiday

Abbotsford International Air Show

Widely recognized as Canada's national air show, this three-day event is an opportunity for the aviation industry to display the latest developments in civilian aircraft. Since the first show was held in 1962, it has included aerobatic performances by the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force, the Snowbirds Jet Team and the US Air Force's Thunderbirds. There is also a large banquet featuring well-known personalities in the aviation and aerospace fields. The show is held at the airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and is regularly attended by upwards of 200,000 people. More...
In the News

Malaria Vaccine Appears Promising

Malaria kills one child in Africa every minute, but promising results from early-stage clinical trials of a new vaccine are raising hopes that an effective malaria prevention method is on the horizon. When given in high doses, the injection of live, radiation-weakened, malaria-causing parasites was able to prevent infection in 12 out of 15 patients. Further studies are needed to see if even higher doses are more effective and to determine how long the vaccine's protective effects last. Researchers also face the challenge of developing a more practical delivery method, as the vaccine must currently be given intravenously. Most vaccines are given orally or by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection. More...
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