Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

favored

Definition:(adjective) Preferred above all others and treated with partiality.
Synonyms:best-loved, pet, preferred, favorite
Usage: My sister is clearly the favored child—she has a later curfew and gets away with things I never could!
Article of the Day

In Vitro Fertilization

This technique is used for the conception of a human embryo outside the mother's body. Several ova—or eggs—are removed from the mother's body and placed in special laboratory culture dishes. Sperm from the father are then added. If fertilization occurs, the fertilized ovum, after undergoing several cell divisions, is either transferred to the mother's or a surrogate mother's body for normal development in the uterus, or is frozen for later implantation. What does in vitro mean in Latin? More...
This Day in History

Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

European settlers began establishing themselves as large-scale farmers in the Kenyan highlands in 1903, taking lands from local tribes like the Kikuyu and Masai. In 1920, the British designated the interior of the region Kenya Colony and a coastal strip the Protectorate of Kenya. Africans began protesting their inferior status, and the Kikuyu staged an armed revolt in the 1950s. Britain eventually put down the rebellion, but Kenya gained its independence soon after. Who was its first president? More...
Today's Birthday

Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: "From him I inherited the seeds of madness." Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty without learning is always in peril; and learning without liberty is always in vain.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

have the world by the tail

To be very successful, contented, and happy in life. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamhuri Day (2016)

The biggest of the national holidays in Kenya, Jamhuri is observed to commemorate the full independence of Kenya from the British in 1963. A year later, the country became a republic with Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1894-1978) as the first president. The day is celebrated nationwide but with special events in Nairobi: speeches by the president and other officials, parades, fireworks, and ngomas (dances) performed in public plazas. More...
In the News

Rule Changes May Shorten Wait for Transplants

The waiting time for kidney transplants from deceased donors could be reduced for some of the more than 100,000 people in need in the US thanks to new guidelines. The rules for the process were recently revised by the United Network for Organ Sharing, under the direction of the US government. Patients will now be credited with time on the wait list as soon as they start dialysis, and young patients will receive healthy kidneys from young donors—a preventative measure intended to keep them from returning to the wait list for a re-transplant later in life. More...
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