Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

confederate

Definition:(noun) A person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan).
Synonyms:accomplice
Usage: What he felt was that he had caught The Man and his confederate with the goods.
Article of the Day

Fresnel Lens

A Fresnel lens is a thin optical lens that has the properties of much thicker and heavier lenses. It consists of concentric rings of segmental lenses that bend and magnify light rays, creating a single, concentrated beam of light. This design allows the lens to capture more oblique light from a light source than conventional lenses, making its beam visible across greater distances. The light from the first Fresnel lens, placed in a lighthouse in 1823, could be seen from how far away? More...
This Day in History

Edwin Hubble Announces Existence of Other Galaxies (1925)

Edwin Hubble worked as a basketball coach and teacher, served in World War I, and studied law before focusing his energies on astronomy. On January 1, 1925, he made a groundbreaking announcement, declaring that fuzzy "nebulae" seen earlier with less powerful telescopes were not part of our galaxy but were actually galaxies themselves. With the findings now known as Hubble's law, he was also the first to provide evidence to support what theory about the universe? More...
Today's Birthday

Betsy Ross (1752)

According to legend, Ross was visited in 1776 by George Washington, Robert Morris, and her husband's uncle, George Ross, and asked to make a flag for the new nation based on a sketch by Washington. Although Ross made flags during the American Revolution and was the official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy, the long-accepted story that she designed and made the first US flag—the Stars and Stripes—is generally discredited. Who first publicized the story of Ross making the flag? More...
Quotation of the Day
Folklore, legends, myths, and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous, and manifestly unreal.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Today's Holiday

Oshogatsu (2016)

This is the "festival of festivals" in Japan, and it is celebrated for several days. Government offices, banks, museums and most businesses are closed from New Year's Day, a national holiday, through January 3. For weeks before New Year's, people clean house and purchase new clothes for the children. On New Year's Day, it's customary to pray at the household altar and to eat special foods, such as small, round, gooey rice cakes called mochi. Herring roe is eaten for fertility, black beans for health, dried chestnuts for success, and porgy and prawns are omens of happiness. More...
In the News

Increasing Education Could Improve IQ

Until now, studies linking time spent in school to intelligence quotient, or IQ, failed to prove that additional schooling increases IQ because they did not rule out the possibility that people with higher IQs might simply be more likely to stay in school longer. However, an analysis of data from Norway, which tested the IQs of all 19-year-old men eligible for drafting and began extending compulsory education by two years beginning in 1955, appears to indicate just that. Researchers found that one additional year in school was linked with a 3.7-point increase in IQ. More...
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