Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 05, 2016)
Word of the Day

endothermic

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or causing the absorption of heat; endoergic.
Synonyms:heat-absorbing, endothermal
Usage: Endothermic reactions are often described as reactions that "feel cold," and they contrast with exothermic reactions, in which heat is released.
Article of the Day

Mandala Airlines Flight 091

On September 5, 2005, a Jakarta-bound jetliner operated by Mandala Airlines crashed into a heavily populated residential area mere seconds after taking off from Polonia International Airport. At least 39 people on the ground and 104 passengers reportedly died in the incident. The plane had been inspected only a few months earlier and was deemed airworthy. Some suspect that the crash resulted from illegal overloading of the flight. Supposedly, more than two tons of what was onboard? More...
This Day in History

Louis XV of France Survives Assassination Attempt (1757)

Louis XV was king of France from 1715 to 1774. An orphan from age three, Louis succeeded to the throne upon the death of his great-grandfather Louis XIV, under the regency of the duke of Orléans. In 1757, the unpopular king was stabbed in the side by Robert Damiens. Convinced he was dying, Louis called for a confessor and begged his wife to forgive his infidelities. The small blade had, however, done little damage, and the king survived. How did Voltaire mock the king's allegedly shallow wound? More...
Today's Birthday

Alvin Ailey, Jr. (1931)

American choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, Jr., formed his own company, the American Dance Theater—now called the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—in 1958. Multiracial since 1963, Ailey's dance company has been internationally acclaimed and has brought recognition to many African-American and Asian dancers. His works, influenced by jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and modern dance, explore a wide range of black experience, from gospel music to social inequality. What is his most popular work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Twelfth Night (2016)

In England, the evening before the Epiphany is called Epiphany Eve, or Twelfth Night, and it traditionally marks the end of the Christmas season. Celebrations reflect ancient Winter Solstice rites encouraging the rebirth of the New Year and also the Magi's visit to the Christ child. Pageants held on this night typically include masked figures, costumed musicians, and traditional dances. Customarily, the Twelfth Night cake is sliced and served, and the man who gets the hidden bean and the woman the pea are the king and queen for the festivities. More...
In the News

Why Google and Ford Would Want to Team Up on Self-Driving Cars

Could a game-changing deal between Internet giant Google and automotive behemoth Ford usher in a new era of self-driving cars? If such a partnership is true, it could help Google move much more swiftly into an important new sector with a big automaker with ... More...
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