Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 03, 2015)
Word of the Day

harmonium

Definition:(noun) An organlike keyboard instrument that produces tones with free metal reeds actuated by air forced from a bellows.
Synonyms:reed organ
Usage: She had played the harmonium for years, but her arthritic fingers could no longer master the keys.
Article of the Day

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is the treatment and prevention of disease using practices that do not follow generally accepted medical methods and may not have a scientific explanation for their effectiveness; acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation, biofeedback, massage, and chiropractic therapies are just a few examples. The scientifically oriented, modern medical establishment has typically been skeptical about, and often opposed to, these treatments. What is the appeal to nature fallacy? More...
This Day in History

The National Basketball Association Is Founded (1949)

Prior to 1949, there were two main rival basketball organizations in the US—the National Basketball League, which had been founded in 1937, and the Basketball Association of America, which had been founded nearly a decade later. They merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949 and racially integrated the following year. In 1995, the NBA expanded to include two Canadian teams, and in 1996, a women's league was founded. What rule, instituted in 1954, encouraged more shooting? More...
Today's Birthday

Elisha Graves Otis (1811)

By 1852, Otis had already devised several inventions, including a safety brake for trains. While setting up a factory that year, he developed an automatic safety device to prevent heavy machinery from falling if a rope broke while the machinery was being hoisted. The first fail-safe, fall-safe passenger elevator quickly followed. It made possible the construction of skyscrapers, greatly altering the landscape of modern cities. What daring publicity stunt helped launch sales of Otis's elevators? More...
Quotation of the Day
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

keep a cool head

To maintain a calm demeanor and think clearly in a difficult, stressful, or troubling situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi (2017)

The Hindu Ekadashi, or 11th-day fast, known as Putrada Ekadashi is observed primarily by parents who want to produce a son. A fast is observed, Vishnu is worshipped and meditated upon, and the Brahmans are fed and presented with robes and money. Fasting and piety on this day are believed to ensure the conception of a boy, especially for those who sleep in the same room where Vishnu has been worshipped. More...
In the News

Queen Bees Vaccinate All of Their Babies

Bee babies enter the world naturally vaccinated, according to a new study that found queen bees inoculate all of their young. The scientists learned how queen bees manage this feat, and plan to replicate it in future with the hope of boosting bee ... More...
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