Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 7, 2011)
Word of the Day

papilloma

Definition:(noun) A benign epithelial tumor forming a rounded mass.
Synonyms:villoma
Usage: Though your papilloma is not cancerous, it is still prudent to have it examined by a medical professional.
Article of the Day

The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901) was a popularly supported uprising of Chinese peasants against foreigners at a time when, during an economic depression, China was being forced to grant concessions to Western powers. The Righteous Fists of Harmony, or Boxers, opposed the political, economic, and religious encroachment of Westerners and killed thousands of Chinese Christians and Westerners before an international force quelled the attacks. What did the Boxers think made them impervious to bullets? More...
This Day in History

Recording Industry Association of American Sues Napster (1999)

Shortly after Napster was founded in 1999, the popular file-sharing service was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trial gave Napster so much publicity that usage of the service increased, despite RIAA's claim that Napster users were breaking the law by downloading copyrighted music for free. Though it was forced by an injunction to shut down its network in July 2001, Napster did not fold. What happened to it? More...
Today's Birthday

Willa Sibert Cather (1873)

Cather moved with her family to Nebraska at the age of nine, and though she later settled in New York, her prairie upbringing deeply influenced her writing. Her novels, which include O Pioneers!, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and My Ántonia, celebrate the spirit and courage of pioneer life. Her works include several independent heroines of the frontier and have been studied from a feminist perspective. Cather occasionally wore men's clothing and went by what nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

the kiss of life

Artificial respiration, that is, the blowing into the mouth of a person who has stopped breathing so as to force air in and out of his or her lungs. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Pearl Harbor Day (2017)

Pearl Harbor Day marks the anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941, bringing the United States into World War II and widening the European war to the Pacific. Many states proclaim a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and each year services are held on December 7 at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The marble memorial, built over the sunken USS Arizona and dedicated in 1962, was designed by architect Alfred Preis, a resident of Honolulu who was an Austrian citizen in 1941 and was interned as an enemy alien. More...
In the News

Ebola Vaccine Effective in Mice

The Ebola virus, which causes severe hemorrhagic fever, has no cure and kills up to 90 percent of the people it infects. Though few people contract Ebola each year, and only around 1,200 people have died from it since it was first identified in 1976, there are concerns that it could be used by terrorists as a form of biological weapon. Existing vaccines against the virus degrade over time and therefore cannot be stockpiled for use in the event of such an attack. However, a new vaccine that does remain viable long-term has been developed and successfully conferred immunity to 80 percent of the mice tested. More...
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