Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

vestige

Definition:(noun) A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more.
Synonyms:tincture, trace, shadow
Usage: He was so deadly pale—which had not been the case when they went in together—that no vestige of color was to be seen in his face.
Article of the Day

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder in which gluten—a protein found in wheat and other flours—generates an inflammatory response in the small intestine, damaging tissue and impairing nutrient absorption. A lifelong gluten-free diet is the only effective way to relieve symptoms, which include diarrhea, weight loss, and depression. Though it was observed as early as 200 CE, celiac disease's link to wheat remained undiscovered until 1950. What natural event may have contributed to the discovery? More...
This Day in History

SWAT Team Retrieves Elián González from Relatives in Miami (2000)

In late 1999, 5-year-old Elián González and his mother left Cuba on a boat with a dozen other people seeking asylum in the US. Elián's mother and several others died during the voyage, and Elián was found on an inner tube by fishermen off the coast of Florida. He was released into the custody of his uncle in Miami, but his father in Cuba pressed for his return. The custody dispute ended in an armed raid on the Miami house, and Elián returned to Cuba with his father. What has he said since? More...
Today's Birthday

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909)

A dual citizen of Italy and the US, Levi-Montalcini did her most important work with American biochemist Stanley Cohen. Studying mouse tumors implanted in chicken embryos, the pair isolated a nerve-growth factor in 1952, the first of many cell-growth factors found in animals. For this discovery, they were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 2001, she was made a "senator for life" in the Italian senate. In what unusual place did Levi-Montalcini build her first laboratory? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Today's Holiday

Oklahoma Day (2017)

The Land Run of April 22, 1889, paved the way for the organization of the Oklahoma Territory in 1890, and for Oklahoma's statehood in 1907. Also known as Oklahoma 89ers Day, the celebration on April 22 focuses on the town of Guthrie, the site of the original land office about 80 miles from the starting border, and each year Guthrie observes its anniversary with an 89ers festival. Elsewhere in Oklahoma, the day is celebrated with parades, rodeos, and events based on the land rush theme. More...
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