Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

reprehensible

Definition:(adjective) Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure.
Synonyms:condemnable, deplorable
Usage: I must apologize for my children's reprehensible behavior, which I assure you will not go unpunished.
Article of the Day

The San Andreas Fault

Formed around 30 million years ago, California's San Andreas Fault is a major zone of fractures in the Earth's crust extending from San Francisco to San Diego. The fault causes several thousand earthquakes a year, but few are serious. It was first identified in northern California by geology professor Andrew Lawson in 1895. After the 1906 San Francisco quake, he discovered that the fault continues through southern California. What city along the fault regularly endures magnitude 6.0 temblors? 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
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man, and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.

John Filson (1747-1788)

Today's Holiday

Oshogatsu

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

US Chicken Contamination Widespread

A recent study found that almost all of the raw chicken breast in the US is contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and about half carries a "superbug," that is, a bacterium resistant to multiple antibiotics. The findings bolster calls for curbing the use of these drugs in livestock. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to cut the non-medical use of antibiotics in livestock over the next three years. Some consumer groups feel that the plan does not go far enough and are calling on the American government to pass stricter legislation regulating antibiotics on farms. More...
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