Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

ennoble

Definition:(verb) Give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility.
Synonyms:gentle
Usage: It would be interesting to see how brave he was; besides, the King would have good reason to ennoble him if he overcame them.
Article of the Day

Yuan Chonghuan

A famed military commander of the Ming Dynasty in the final years before it was toppled by the Manchurians, Yuan Chonghuan excelled in the use of artillery and brilliantly incorporated Western tactics into his battles. Despite being vastly outnumbered in the 1626 Battle of Ningyuan, his forces defeated those of Manchurian general Nurhaci. Still, rumors that he had collaborated with the enemy spread after he repelled an attack on Beijing in 1629, and he was executed. Who was behind the rumors? More...
This Day in History

Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby's auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painter? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikola Tesla (1856)

Tesla was an inventor and engineer known for his revolutionary contributions to the fields of electricity and magnetism. His inventions made possible the production of alternating-current electric power, and his Tesla coil is still used in radio technology. In 1912, he refused a Nobel Prize because he felt his co-recipient, Thomas Edison, was undeserving of the honor. He spent his final years caring for pigeons. What strange habits earned him a reputation as the quintessential "mad scientist"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude — roots that can be pulled up.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) call

To be ultimately left up to someone to decide. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Festival (2017)

An annual event since 1926, Michigan's National Cherry Festival takes place in Traverse City, where 70 percent of the world's red cherries are grown. The festival features both traditional and offbeat events involving cherries: cherry pie-eating and cooking contests, a cherry wine competition, displays of cherries and cherry products, free tours of the cherry orchards, a cherry smorgasbord luncheon, and the weighing-in of the world's largest cherry. It also includes three major parades, national high school band competitions, canoe races, and a water ski tournament. More...
In the News

Amniotic Fluid Promising Source of Stem Cells

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that retain the ability to develop into any one of numerous cell types, and they therefore hold the key to promising new medical treatments. Yet, research into their use has been somewhat limited due to the controversy surrounding the harvesting of the most flexible type of stem cell, the embryonic stem cell. Stem cells collected from amniotic fluid, however, do not raise such ethical concerns and could be a useful alternative. Researchers have been able to make these cells pluripotent, or nearly fully flexible, by adding a chemical that modifies the configuration of their DNA without introducing new genes to the cells. More...
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