Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

allegory

Definition:(noun) A visible symbol representing an abstract idea.
Synonyms:emblem
Usage: The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.
Article of the Day

Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a sex-linked genetic disease in which the body's ability to control bleeding is impaired due to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood. The two most common forms of the disease are caused by a genetic defect present on the X chromosome. Because females have two X chromosomes, whereas males have only one, females are more commonly carriers of the recessive disease while males tend to be the hemophiliacs. Why is hemophilia also called "the royal disease"? More...
This Day in History

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov Becomes First Man to Spend a Day in Space (1961)

Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut and the second man to orbit the Earth, preceded just months earlier by Yuri Gagarin, with whom he had trained. At 25 years old, Titov was selected to fly the Vostok 2 mission and spent 25 hours in space, completing 17 Earth orbits. The mission brought him several impressive designations: youngest person to fly in space, first person to experience space sickness, and first person to sleep in space. Though he overslept, what strange occurrence initially kept him up? More...
Today's Birthday

Nicolas Malebranche (1638)

Malebranche was a French priest, theologian, and philosopher who developed a synthesis of Cartesian and Augustinian thought with the purpose of reconciling the new science with Christian theology. Beginning with Descartes's dualism between mind and body, Malebranche developed his doctrine of occasionalism, which denies any interaction between the two realms. He summarized his beliefs in his famous assertion that we see all things in God, which led to an extended controversy with what theologian? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes a long time to turn a big country around. Just be of good cheer and keep working on it.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

Idiom of the Day

a bit beyond (one's) ken

Advanced beyond one's ability to understand or make sense of the subject matter or task at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Transfiguration

As described in the first three Gospels, Jesus took his three closest disciples to a mountaintop to pray. While he was praying, his face shone like the sun and his garments became glistening white. Then a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from within the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." This feast is observed by Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans. The mountaintop on which the Transfiguration took place is traditionally believed to be Mount Tabor, a few miles east of Nazareth in Galilee. More...
In the News

Low Back Pain: Paracetamol No Better than Placebo

Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other common over-the-counter pain medicines, is no better than a placebo when it comes to reducing acute low back pain or shortening recovery time. Currently, paracetamol is universally recommended as the first-line analgesic for low back pain, but these recent findings suggest that this approach should be reevaluated and perhaps revised. More...
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