Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

fixity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being incapable of mutation.
Synonyms:immutability
Usage: Darwin challenged the fixity of species with his theory of evolution.
Article of the Day

The Lindbergh Operation

The first so-called transatlantic operation, the Lindbergh Operation was a telesurgical procedure performed in September 2001 by a team of French surgeons located in New York on a patient in Strasbourg, France. The minimally invasive procedure to remove the patient's gallbladder was performed by a surgical robot that received instructions from a doctor via a high-speed fiber optic service. The virtual elimination of what inherent aspect of long-distance transmissions made the procedure possible? More...
This Day in History

The Hungarian Republic Is Officially Proclaimed (1989)

The defeat of the Central Powers in WWI brought the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary to an end and led to the creation of an independent Hungarian republic, which, in 1949, came under Communist control. Though a 1956 uprising was suppressed, Hungary became the most tolerant of the Soviet bloc nations of Europe and finally replaced Communism with a multi-party democracy with free elections in 1989. Hungary's relative freedom compared to other Eastern bloc countries led to what satirical nickname? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Crichton (1942)

While pursuing a medical degree at Harvard University, the intensely private Crichton began writing novels under a pseudonym. He published The Andromeda Strain during his final year and went on to write several best-selling works, many of which were made into films, including Jurassic Park and Congo. He unexpectedly died of throat cancer in 2008. While in college, he once submitted an essay by George Orwell under his own name as an experiment. What grade did he receive? More...
Quotation of the Day
Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

(it's) little wonder

It is not at all surprising (that something is the case). More...
Today's Holiday

Chulalongkorn Day (2017)

Chulalongkorn Day is a national holiday in Thailand commemorating King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the king who abolished slavery and introduced numerous reforms when the country was still called Siam. He succeeded to the throne in 1868 when he was 15 years old, was crowned in 1873, and ruled until his death in 1910. He had been a pupil of Anna Leonowens, who taught the young prince about Abraham Lincoln. The story of her stay in the royal court, and her teaching of the royal children and concubines, was told in Margaret Landon's book, Anna and the King of Siam. More...
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In the News

Caves discovered on the Moon raise hope for human colonization

Space luminaries such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have talked about building bases on the Moon to let humans live, work and play on the lunar surface. A new discovery, however, may bring that dream to reality sooner than realized, The Japan Aerospace Exploration ... More...
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