Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

aseptic

Definition:(adjective) Free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms.
Synonyms:sterile
Usage: The use of aseptic instruments in the operating room has significantly reduced the incidence of postsurgical infections.
Article of the Day

Eton Wall Game

Every year to mark St. Andrew's Day, England's Eton College holds the Eton Wall Game, in which scholarship students square off against non-scholarship holders. In this unusual type of rugby with rules so complex and mysterious that spectators are often confused, players try to win goals by getting the ball into the opposing team's "calx," designated by a chalk line on a wall at one end of the field and by a mark on a tree at the other. Goals are extremely rare. When was the last one scored? More...
This Day in History

Jens Olsen's World Clock Is Started by Danish King Frederick IX (1955)

Originally a skilled locksmith, Jens Olsen learned the trade of clock-making and, in the 1920s, designed an exceedingly intricate astronomical clock made of more than 14,000 parts. Today displayed in Copenhagen City Hall, the clock shows not only the time and date but also lunar and solar eclipses and the positions of stars and planets. The complex clock took over a decade to assemble, and Olsen died before his masterpiece was finally set in motion by King Frederick IX. Who helped him start it? More...
Today's Birthday

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (37 CE)

Nero became emperor of Rome by murdering his mother and step-brother. His respectful treatment of the Senate made him a popular emperor in the east, but his reign was marred by unemployment and a major revolt in Britain. After a fire ravaged Rome in 64 CE, he persecuted the Christians as scapegoats. With his reign in decline, Nero went on a murderous rampage, was condemned by the Senate, and chose suicide over execution. According to legend, Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Is it true? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a good lesson—though it may often be a hard one—for a man who has dreamed of literary fame ... to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of all significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

be kept in the dark (about something)

To be kept uninformed (about something); to be excluded from full knowledge or disclosure (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2017)

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More...
In the News

Prolonged Viewing of Disaster Coverage Might Cause PTSD

Prolonged exposure to media coverage about a traumatic event could be harmful to one's mental health. People who spent more than six hours a day viewing or reading items related to the Boston Marathon bombings in the week after the attacks showed signs of acute stress. Such people were in fact more likely to experience acute stress than those who were actually present at the bombings or who knew someone who had been there. Acute stress is a condition characterized by a cluster of dissociative and anxiety symptoms that develop following exposure to an extremely traumatic event. If these symptoms persist for long enough, sufferers may be diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More...
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