Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

cloak-and-dagger

Definition:(adjective) Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods.
Synonyms:clandestine, hush-hush, undercover, underground, secret, surreptitious, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger
Usage: Action movies often feature spies involved in cloak-and-dagger operations.
Article of the Day

Neolithic Revolution

The Neolithic Revolution was humanity's ground-breaking transition from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a more settled one based on farming and raising livestock. It began roughly 11,000 years ago, as the last ice age ended and weather became more stable. At this time, people began to build permanent dwellings and founded the first cities. They invented tools for farming and storing food and developed specialized labor, manufacturing, and trade. What were the first cultivated crops? More...
This Day in History

New York Stock Exchange Is Founded (1817)

The first agreement to form a stock exchange in New York was made in 1792 by 24 brokers standing under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street. The New York Stock Exchange was formally founded 25 years later. The exchange provided capital for the industrialization of the US in the 19th century and is today the world's largest securities market. The right to trade in the exchange can only be obtained by purchasing a seat from an existing member, and the number of seats is limited to how many? More...
Today's Birthday

Anselm Kiefer (1945)

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th-century neoexpressionism, Anselm Kiefer is a German painter and sculptor. In 1966, he abandoned law studies to pursue art. He studied with Joseph Beuys in the 1970s and began producing artwork that dealt starkly with taboos and dark periods in German history. His later works address mythological, classical, and biblical subjects. Kiefer's large-scale paintings are characterized by a somber color palette and the use of what unusual materials? More...
Quotation of the Day
Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

honours are even

Both sides are equally matched; the contest is equal or level; neither side has been victorious. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Juan de Dios (2017)

San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) was born in Portugal in 1495. A religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers, was founded in his honor, and thereafter he was known as John of God and the patron saint of hospitals. In Puno, Peru, San Juan de Dios is celebrated with a two-day fiesta. On March 7, llamas bring in wood for bonfires in a parade with flute and drum music, and in the evening bonfires blaze. The next day, his feast day, a procession takes the saint's image through the streets of Puno, and dancers and musicians create a festive atmosphere around the church. More...
In the News

Stems Cells Could Replace Immunosuppressive Drugs

Though they leave people susceptible to infection and increase cancer risk, the drugs currently used to suppress antibody formation following an organ transplant are necessary to prevent organ rejection. However, experts are hopeful that a new procedure that tricks the immune system into recognizing the foreign organ as its own could eliminate the need for these drugs. In a small, pilot study, eight kidney transplant patients also received stem cells from their donors' bone marrow. Five developed so-called chimeric immune systems, in which immune cells from both donor and recipient coexist, and were able to stop taking immunosuppressive drugs. More...
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