Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

light-minded

Definition:(adjective) Showing inappropriate levity.
Synonyms:flippant
Usage: The light-minded woman had been discovering good matches for her daughter almost from the year of her birth.
Article of the Day

Charles Peace

Peace was a notorious mid-19th-century English burglar and murderer whose life spawned many romanticized works of fiction, including dozens of novels and films and even a comic strip. After stints in prison and a criminal career spanning decades, Peace was finally captured and imprisoned on charges of burglary and the attempted murder of a police officer. He was then tried for a past murder and was sentenced to death. Peace is mentioned by name in what Sherlock Holmes short story? More...
This Day in History

Launch of Apollo 7 (1968)

In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy committed the US to the goal of landing astronauts on the Moon and bringing them safely back to Earth by the end of the decade. The resulting Apollo program is said to have been the largest scientific and technological undertaking in history. The project's first successful manned mission was Apollo 7, which paved the way for the Moon landing less than a year later. What caused tension between the flight crew and mission control during Apollo 7? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Clarke (1675)

Clarke was an English philosopher and clergyman who advocated the theories of Isaac Newton. Clarke maintained that ethical law is as constant as mathematical law. His published works include many translations, lectures, sermons, and commentaries. In 1717, his correspondence with German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz was published. In it, he argues with Leibniz in defense of the existence of absolute space—physical space independent of what occupies it. Why did their discussion abruptly end? More...
Quotation of the Day
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have a good name (somewhere or in something)

To have a respected reputation (in something or some place). More...
Today's Holiday

Yom Kippur (2016)

Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the holiest and most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, and the last of the 10 High Holy Days. On this day, Jews acknowledge transgressions, repent through confession, then make atonement to God to obtain his forgiveness, with the hope of being inscribed in the Book of Life. Yom Kippur is a strict day of fasting— not even water may be taken from sundown to sundown. It is also a day of reconciliation for those who have done each other harm during the past year. It is the only fast day that is not postponed if it falls on the Sabbath. More...
In the News

Mind over Matter

The high-five that Tim Hemmes gave his girlfriend last month was noteworthy for a number of reasons. Firstly, Hemmes is a quadriplegic, and secondly, the arm he used was not his own but was a robotic arm he controlled with his mind. About a month earlier, a chip had been implanted on the surface of his brain's motor cortex, allowing him to control the robotic arm with his thoughts. Because of the experimental nature of the chip used, it was removed after just a month. However, thanks to Hemmes's success, researchers hope to begin yearlong experiments soon. More...
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