Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 31, 2016)
Word of the Day

rivulet

Definition:(noun) A small brook or stream.
Synonyms:rill, runnel, streamlet, run
Usage: A tiny rivulet of cold water trickled outward from the opening.
Article of the Day

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a therapeutic treatment in which an electric current is passed through the brain, inducing seizures and alterations in the brain's electrical activity. It is used to treat certain mental disorders and is generally employed only after other therapies have proven ineffective. ECT can cause memory loss and bone fractures, and there is much controversy surrounding its use and effectiveness. Who are some of the noted actors and writers who have undergone ECT? More...
This Day in History

Copyright Act of 1790 Signed into US Law (1790)

After the US Constitution was ratified in 1788, one of the first issues that the fledgling government faced was the lack of a copyright law. Without it, Congress would be swamped with individual petitions for protection from piracy. Modeled on Britain's Statute of Anne, the Copyright Act of 1790 was soon signed into law by President Washington. Instituted to encourage learning by securing US authors the sole rights to their work for 14-year periods, it drew what complaint from Charles Dickens? More...
Today's Birthday

Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443)

Beaufort was an English noblewoman, wife of Edmund Tudor, and the mother of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. She gave birth to Henry at 13, shortly after being widowed, and developed a close bond with her only child. Renowned for her philanthropy, she endowed professorships of divinity at Oxford and Cambridge and with the help of her confessor, John Fisher, founded Christ's College and St. John's College, Cambridge. She later acted as regent for Henry VIII. How many times did she marry? More...
Quotation of the Day
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

drag (someone) kicking and screaming

To force someone to go somewhere or do something against his or her will, especially when he or she protests against it vehemently and/or at great length. More...
Today's Holiday

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day (2017)

The formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces took place on May 31, 1961, and is commemorated each year. Brunei had been a British protectorate since 1888, dependent on the British armed forces for its defense. In 1961, Brunei recruits began training as part of a transition period toward independence for the country, which occurred in 1984. Around the country, there may be parades and military displays put on by various units of the armed forces. In the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, it is usually commemorated at the Taman Haji Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien in the city center. More...
In the News

Did Intense Solar Flares Prime Our Planet for Life?

A tantrum-throwing baby sun might have triggered the chemical reactions that made life on Earth possible, according to a new model proposed by NASA scientists. For life as we know it to emerge, the planet needed to be warm and wet. Those conditions are ... More...
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