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- Elizabeth Needham March 24, 2018Also known as Mother Needham, Elizabeth Needham was a notorious, 18th-century brothel-keeper known for keeping the most exclusive house in London and having customers from the highest strata of fashionable society. Although her well-connected clientele may have allowed her to elude the law for many years, she was eventually arrested in 1731 and sentenced to […]
- Untitled March 23, 2018Nepenthes rajah is a carnivorous pitcher plant species endemic to Borneo. Its most distinctive features—giant urn-shaped traps, called pitchers, containing water and digestive fluid—allow it to catch and digest insects and even small vertebrates and mammals. These pitchers also host a number of organisms with which it is thought to form symbiotic relationshi […]
- Zebroids: Zorses, Zonies, and Zedonks March 22, 2018Bred since the 19th century, zebroids are zebra hybrids—crosses between zebras and any other equid, or horse-like animal. Zebroids physically resemble their non-zebra parent but are striped like a zebra, though typically only on a portion of their body. Hybrids are generally named using a combination of the parent animals' names. Thus, a zebra hybrid ma […]
- Elizabeth Needham March 24, 2018
- Archbishop Óscar Romero Assassinated in San Salvador (1980) March 24, 2018As the archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's civil war, Romero won international acclaim by speaking out against social injustices, such as human rights abuses and assassinations perpetrated by the Salvadoran government. Just one day after Romero publicly exhorted Salvadoran soldiers to obey God instead of their corrupt government, he was shot […]
- First Passenger Elevator Installed (1857) March 23, 2018Elevators—in one form or another—have been used to make human life easier since ancient times. They were once just simple hoists but are now incredibly complex mechanical systems. One of the most significant advances came in 1853 with the invention of a safety device to prevent elevators from plummeting in the event of cable failure. Four years later, the fi […]
- Sacred, Centuries-Old Emerald Buddha Gets New Home (1784) March 22, 2018Although legend dates the creation of the Emerald Buddha to a more ancient time, it was likely carved in the 15th century. The revered green figurine has enjoyed an eventful history ever since. After centuries of being variously lost, transported, and rediscovered, the small statue was moved with great ceremony by King Rama I to its current home in the most […]
- Archbishop Óscar Romero Assassinated in San Salvador (1980) March 24, 2018
- Olive Schreiner (1855) March 24, 2018Schreiner was a South African author and feminist. Though she had no formal education, she read widely and developed a keen intellect and militantly feminist and liberal views. In 1883, she published her famed semiautobiographical novel, The Story of an African Farm, about a girl who lives on an isolated farm and struggles to attain independence in the face […]
- Emmy Noether (1882) March 23, 2018After Noether died, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to The New York Times that she was "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began." Her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics were groundbreaking, evidenced by the inclusion of her name in several concepts, inclu […]
- Adam Sedgwick (1785) March 22, 2018One of the founders of modern geology, Sedgwick coined the term Cambrian to describe the earliest geologic period of the Paleozoic era, and, in his most important work, he and geologist R. I. Murchison named the Devonian Period—after the rock formations they studied at Devonshire. Sedgwick was outspoken in asserting the consistency between his scientific fin […]
- Olive Schreiner (1855) March 24, 2018
- Ganguar March 24, 2018Gangaur is one of the highlights of the festival year in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is observed in celebration of Gauri, another name for Parvati, Shiva's wife. This is largely a girls' and women's festival, but boys and men get to enjoy the elaborate processions that take place in cities around the state, such as Jaipur. The festival c […]
- Pakistan Day March 23, 2018This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs.
- World Day for Water March 22, 2018In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality.
- Ganguar March 24, 2018
- top-notch March 24, 2018Definition: (adjective) Of the highest quality. Synonyms: A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, tops. Usage: Everyone wants a top-notch specialist when it comes to laser eye surgery. Discuss
- cold-blooded March 23, 2018Definition: (adjective) Without compunction or human feeling. Synonyms: inhuman, insensate, cold. Usage: These callous, cold-blooded killers butchered six people.
- outwit March 22, 2018Definition: (verb) To get the better of by cunning or ingenuity. Synonyms: outsmart, overreach, circumvent, outfox, beat. Usage: She managed to outwit the police and escape to the safe house with the loot.
- top-notch March 24, 2018
- Stem cell transplant 'game changer' for MS patients March 24, 2018Doctors say a stem cell transplant could be a "game changer" for many patients with multiple sclerosis. Results from an international trial show that it was able to stop the disease and improve symptoms. It involves wiping out a patient's immune system ... Discuss
- Are Essential Oils Safe? March 23, 2018People use essential oils a variety of ways: as lotions, for hair care, aromatherapy, cleaning products and more. But are essential oils safe? Some research in the past has linked essential oils to hormone disturbances, with some suggesting a link ...
- Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell' March 22, 2018Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld. They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at ...
- Stem cell transplant 'game changer' for MS patients March 24, 2018
- Homer March 24, 2018Victory is ever fickle. Discuss
- W. Somerset Maugham March 23, 2018There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood.
- Jerome K. Jerome March 22, 2018It is just at the very age when a man's character is forming that he tumbles into love, and then the lass he loves has the making or marring of him. Unconsciously he molds himself to what she would have him, good or bad.
- Homer March 24, 2018
- Microadventures! March 22, 2018You don't need to go far for adventure. Find out how there's fun to be had on your doorstep
- How do you learn to speak a language? March 15, 2018It's good to learn another language but it can be challenging. We discuss the ideas that could make it easier
- Robot therapist March 8, 2018Would you tell a robot your deepest secrets? And could a robot help someone overcome mental health issues? Rob and Catherine discuss robot therapists
- Hello, hello March 1, 2018It's probably the first word you learned in English, but what is the history of the humble 'hello'? Rob and Catherine talk about greetings in 6 Minute English
- Microadventures! March 22, 2018