Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

decadence

Definition:(noun) A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art.
Synonyms:degeneracy, degradation
Usage: The art of the late 19th century was an expression of the decadence and immorality of the ruling class.
Article of the Day

The Rubik's Cube

In 1974, Erno Rubik, a Hungarian architecture professor, invented the puzzle now famed as the Rubik's Cube. The standard 3x3x3 version has colored faces made of 26 smaller colored blocks attached to an internal pivot. The object is to rotate the blocks until each face of the cube is a single color. The cube's popularity has sparked many competitions—some emphasize speedy solving, while others require participants to solve it blindfolded. What did Rubik initially want to call his invention? More...
This Day in History

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Begins (1971)

When East Pakistan demanded greater autonomy from West Pakistan in 1971, civil war erupted. Millions of East Pakistanis fled to India, which West Pakistan then attacked. India responded by attacking both East and West Pakistan, occupying the eastern half and throwing its support behind the independence movement. The war lasted 13 days and ended with Pakistan's surrender. East Pakistan then declared independence and became Bangladesh. Why was the Taj Mahal covered with burlap during the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Freud (1895)

The youngest daughter of renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud—the founder of psychoanalysis—Anna Freud went on to become a pioneer in child psychology. In 1938, she and her terminally ill father escaped Nazi-controlled Austria for London. There, she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood and three books on the effects of war on children. Her own childhood was marked by what her father called her "age-old jealousy" of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our doubts are traitors And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

a kindred spirit

A person who shares several or many fundamental beliefs, ideas, convictions, sentiments, attitudes, and/or interests with oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Dattatreya Jayanti (2017)

Dattatreya's birthday is celebrated all over India. Hindus rise early and bathe in sacred streams, fast, and spend the day in worship and prayer. They also meditate on sacred works that include the Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita. Recently, Dattatreya is identified with the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, for it is believed that portions of these deities were incarnated in him. He is usually depicted with three heads and six hands. More...
In the News

US-Banned DNA Test Approved in UK

A version of a personal DNA test rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being launched in the UK. The kit, marketed by the US company 23andMe, is a "spit test" intended to provide customers with a DNA profile of gene variants that can be used to identify potential health risks. The FDA has expressed concerns about the reliability of the test and the potential consequences of false positives and false negatives. UK health officials said the test available in Britain has addressed some of those issues, but should be used with caution. More...
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