Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

birthmark

Definition:(noun) A blemish on the skin that is formed before birth.
Synonyms:nevus
Usage: They named their newborn daughter Daisy because she had a delicate little birthmark on her shoulder that resembled a flower.
Article of the Day

The Parachute

The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France. The first successful parachute descent from a great height occurred in 1797, when André-Jacques Garnerin made a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon. In 1802, he made an 8,000-ft (2,400-m) jump. Early parachutes were made of canvas, but this was later replaced by silk and then nylon and Kevlar. What is the world record for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall? More...
This Day in History

Algerian Leader Muhammad Boudiaf Assassinated (1992)

Boudiaf was an Algerian political leader and a founder of the National Liberation Front, which directed the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) against France. Boudiaf was captured in 1956 and imprisoned. He was freed after Algeria gained independence, but his opposition to the new regime led to a 27-year exile. In 1992, he was invited back to head the government and deal with rising religious influence in politics. Months later, he was assassinated by a bodyguard while doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Leopardi (1798)

Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accursed be he that first invented war.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

insofar as

To such an extent that; to the degree that. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles Independence Day (2017)

Also known as Republic Day, Seychelles Independence Day is a national holiday that commemorates Seychelles' transition to an independent republic on this day in 1976. It had been a British colony since 1903. Before that, it was a dependency of Mauritius, which was ruled by France. When Seychelles became independent, the people had a three-month-long party. More...
In the News

HIV Drugs Tied to Early Aging

A class of antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV, nucleoside analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), has been found to speed the accumulation of errors in mitochondrial DNA and increase the risk of age-related illnesses such as heart disease and dementia. Newer drug cocktails are less likely to cause this sort of damage, but they also tend to be more expensive. So, in poorer countries, NRTIs are still widely used. Researchers are now investigating ways to repair or slow the damage caused by these drugs. More...
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