Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

acquirement

Definition:(noun) An ability that has been acquired by training.
Synonyms:skill, accomplishment, attainment, acquisition
Usage: They were consequently much dissatisfied, and ready for any employment in which their talents and acquirements might be turned to better account.
Article of the Day

Aerogel

An aerogel is a highly porous solid formed from a gel, such as silica gel, in which the liquid is replaced with a gas. The lightest is less than four times as dense as dry air. Silica-based aerogels are among the lightest, and some, nicknamed "solid smoke" or "frozen smoke," are nearly transparent. Heavier aerogels were first developed in 1931 and have been used to detect high-energy particles emitted by particle accelerators. What are some other applications of aerogels in everyday products? More...
This Day in History

Peace of Münster Signed Between the United Netherlands and Spain (1648)

In 1581, several years after the seven northern Netherlands provinces of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overijssel, Friesland, and Groningen formed the Union of Utrecht, they declared independence from Spain. Decades of conflict followed. When the Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War was reached in 1648, it included the Peace of Münster, a treaty between Spain and the United Netherlands that ended the Dutch Revolt. Where can an original copy of the Peace of Münster be found? More...
Today's Birthday

Vanessa Redgrave (1937)

Redgrave is a British actress noted for her versatility and elegant presence. The daughter of actor Michael Redgrave, she made her London stage debut in 1958 and won praise as Rosalind in As You Like It. She went on to become a powerful film actress, earning critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Blow-Up and Julia, for which she won an Oscar. She has also earned Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards but declined what honor in 1999? More...
Quotation of the Day
He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favor of two.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

fox guarding the henhouse

A person likely to exploit the information or resources that he or she has been charged to protect or control. More...
Today's Holiday

Abdullah's Birthday in Jordan (2016)

Since 1999, the year Adbullah II bin al-Hussein succeeded his father, King Hussein, as national monarch, Jordan has celebrated the king's birthday. It is typical on this date for the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan to publish various well-wishes that arrive from international dignitaries. Before 2007, the country also observed the day as an official national holiday by closing all its banks and stores. However, that year, King Abdullah announced that in order to help "boost productivity and dedication," banks and businesses would remain open on his birthday. More...
In the News

"Extinct" Galápagos Tortoise Still Exists

The giant Galápagos tortoise Chelonoidis elephantopus, long thought to be extinct, likely still exists and was producing offspring as recently as 15 years ago. These tortoises can go for months without food and can grow to be a half a ton, and for hundreds of years, they were heavily hunted by whalers who considered them an ideal source of fresh meat on long voyages. For 150 years, experts believed that C. elephantopus was extinct. Now, however, researchers have found 84 tortoises, 30 of which are under 15 years old, that appear to have a pure-bred C. elephantopus as a parent. More...
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