Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

connivance

Definition:(noun) Agreement on a secret plot.
Synonyms:collusion
Usage: If you escaped, Salensus Oll would know that only through my connivance could you have succeeded.
Article of the Day

The Three Gorges Dam

The largest hydroelectric dam in the world, China's Three Gorges Dam stretches 1.4 miles (2.3 km) across the Yangtze River. Begun in 1993 and largely completed by 2006, the controversial project displaced more than a million people and inundated huge tracts of land. However, it increased the river's shipping capacity, reduced the threat of flooding, and will eventually generate nearly 85 billion kilowatts a year. How much electricity will the dam have to generate to recoup building costs? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

keep in step with the times

To be, strive to be, or appear to be contemporary, fashionable, and/or relevant in modern times. More...
Today's Holiday

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (2017)

This ceremony has been held each year since 1947 at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb that devastated the city in 1945. On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. The peace ceremony is held in the evening, when the city's citizens set thousands of lanterns adrift on the Ota River and prayers are offered for world peace. Memorial services are also held throughout the world. More...
In the News

Spray-On Skin Promotes Healing

A spray-on skin cell treatment could help heal injuries like leg ulcers better and more quickly than current intervention methods. Leg ulcers are notoriously difficult to treat, taking many months to heal and sometimes requiring surgical intervention. The spray-on skin could potentially cut recovery time, discomfort, and infection risk by quite a bit. In a recent study, 70 percent of patients who had their leg ulcers treated with the spray-on skin healed within three months. Just 46 percent of those who had undergone conventional treatment recovered during that same period. More...
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