" Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water. "
Miguel de Cervantes

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Facebook Is Launched

With over a billion active users, Facebook is the most popular social networking site on the Web. Founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 as a way to facilitate online communication between Harvard University students, the platform was a great success and was soon opened up to students at other colleges, then to high school students, and eventually to anyone in the world over the age of 13 with access to the Internet. What new words and word meanings have been added to the lexicon thanks to Facebook?

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Ideology

Though commonly used today, the word "ideology" was born in the highly controversial philosophical and political debates and fights of the French Revolution. French philosopher Antoine Louis Claude, Comte Destutt de Tracy, coined the term in 1796 after having been inspired by John Locke and Etienne de Condillac while imprisoned during the Reign of Terror. He used the word as a label for his "science of ideas." Who gave it its modern meaning when he used it to rail against political opponents?

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Raymond Arthur Dart

Dart was an Australian-born South African physical anthropologist and paleontologist. In 1924, when Asia was still believed to be the cradle of humankind, Dart's discovery of the Taung skull near the Kalahari substantiated Charles Darwin's prediction that such ancestral hominin forms would be found in Africa. Dart named the skull, establishing it as the type specimen of a new genus and species, Australopithecus africanus. What disputed theory of human evolution did he originate?

Last updated on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

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