Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

objectify

Definition:(verb) Make impersonal or present as an object.
Synonyms:depersonalize
Usage: Pornography objectifies women.
Article of the Day

Naval Mines

Naval mines of various types have been used since the 16th century. However, it was not until World War I that they entered into wide use. Modern naval mines, which can be either automatic or remotely controlled, are equipped with sonar or magnetic sensors. They are laid on the surface of the sea or sometimes anchored below. For defensive purposes, mines are often placed in secretly charted locations near protected harbors by specially equipped vessels called minelayers. How are mines detected? More...
This Day in History

WWII: The Liberation of Paris (1944)

The Liberation of Paris is considered the last battle of the Normandy Campaign to free France from German occupation. In July, about a month after the Allied invasions of southern France and Normandy, Allied ground troops finally broke out of the beachheads and began a rapid advance across northern France. With help from the French resistance, Free French and US forces and liberated Paris in August. Why did the German military governor of Paris disobey Hitler's order to leave the city in ruins? More...
Today's Birthday

Althea Gibson (1927)

Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated until that time, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
These little grey cells. It is up to them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

guilt complex

A very strong and persistent feeling of guilt regarding something or some event. More...
Today's Holiday

Janmashtami (2016)

Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Throughout India, it is a fast day until the new moon is sighted. Rituals include bathing the statue of the infant Krishna and then placing his image in a silver cradle with playthings. In Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, where Krishna was born, there are performances of Krishna Lila, the folk dramas depicting scenes from Krishna's life. In the state of Tamil Nadu, oiled poles called ureyadi are set up, a pot of money is tied to the top, and boys dressed as Krishna try to shinny up the pole. More...
In the News

Common Cause of ALS Found

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease in which tissues in the nervous system are broken down, leading to a progressive loss of the ability to move any of the muscles in the body and eventual death. Now, researchers believe they have uncovered the underlying cause of this fatal neurodegenerative disease, and this finding may help them develop effective treatments for it. According to researchers, people with ALS suffer from a malfunctioning protein recycling system in the neurons of the brain and spinal cord. As a result, damaged proteins build up in central nervous system cells and cause their degeneration. More...
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