Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 4, 2012)
Word of the Day

backer

Definition:(noun) A person who gives financial or other support.
Synonyms:angel
Usage: After the backers withdrew their support, the director was forced to cancel the troupe's upcoming Shakespeare production.
Article of the Day

Maglev

Magnetic levitation, or maglev, is a method of supporting and propelling objects using magnets. Using the repellent force of superconductive magnets, vehicles, such as trains, may be suspended above a track or guideway. Continuously changing the polarity in alternate magnets causes a series of magnetic attractions and repulsions, which moves the vehicle along the track quickly and quietly. What is the highest recorded speed of a maglev train? More...
This Day in History

Sofia Liberated from Ottoman Rule (1878)

Sofia was established as a Thracian settlement around the 8th century BCE and has since developed into a major world city and the capital of Bulgaria, due in part to its central position in the Balkans. Today it is home to attractions like the 6th century Church of St. Sofia and 15th century Banya Bashi mosque. During its long history, the city passed through the hands of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. After nearly 500 years of Turkish rule, Sofia was liberated by what country? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Isaac Newton (1643)

Widely considered the greatest scientist who ever lived, Newton was an English physicist and mathematician. His most famous publication, Principia Mathematica, regarded as the seminal work of modern science, includes his works on the laws of motion, tidal theory, and the theory of universal gravitation. Newton also worked out the fundamentals of calculus, though this work went unpublished for more than 30 years. How might Newton's study of alchemy have influenced his theory of gravity? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The first native-born American to be declared a saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) was canonized in 1975. She was the founder of the first religious community for women in the US, the American Sisters of Charity, and was responsible for laying the foundations of the American Catholic school system. Special services commemorating Elizabeth Ann Seton's death on January 4, 1821, are held at the Chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the headquarters for her order of nuns. More...
In the News

Carrot Bears Karats

One Swedish woman got a welcome surprise when working in her garden recently—her wedding ring, lost for 16 years, wrapped around one of her carrots. The white-gold and diamond band had gone missing in 1995, when she took it off in the kitchen while preparing for Christmas. No matter where her family looked, even under the tile floor when it was torn up for renovations, the ring was nowhere to be found. Somehow it ended up in the garden, perhaps in a pile of compost or sheep feed, on a patch of dirt where one small but lucky carrot would sprout 16 years later, returning the ring to its grateful owner. More...
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