Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

denominate

Definition:(verb) Assign a name or title to.
Synonyms:designate
Usage: The creature ... even went to the trouble of teaching me the rudiments of what it was vain enough to denominate its language.
Article of the Day

Guqin

The guqin is an ancient Chinese stringed instrument of the zither family that originated thousands of years ago. Throughout Chinese history, it was often associated with scholars, and it is said to have been played by Confucius. The guqin has remained symbolic of Chinese heritage and was featured during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and a recording of its music was even included on the Voyager Golden Record that was sent into space. What does its name mean? More...
This Day in History

Graf Zeppelin Completes Its First Transatlantic Flight (1928)

The Graf Zeppelin was a German, hydrogen-filled, passenger airship—the largest built up to that time. It inaugurated transatlantic flight service in 1928, making its first crossing in 111 hours. During its years of service, it completed 590 flights, including 64 to South America, two to the Middle East, and one around-the-world tour. It was retired from service in 1937, when the Hindenburg disaster brought an end to commercial zeppelin travel. Why was the airship destroyed during WWII? More...
Today's Birthday

Evangelista Torricelli (1608)

An Italian physicist and mathematician, Torricelli served as secretary to Galileo during the last three months of Galileo's life. Two years later, pursuing a suggestion by Galileo, he filled a glass tube with mercury and inverted the tube into a dish. He noted that some of the mercury did not flow out and that the space above the mercury was a vacuum. He concluded that the variation of the height of the mercury from day to day was caused by changes in atmospheric pressure. What had he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
We love flattery even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

have it easy

To have or be in a particularly comfortable or relaxed position, such that makes for an easier life. More...
Today's Holiday

Dahlonega Gold Rush Days (2016)

Gold Rush Days are a celebratory reminder in Dahlonega, Georgia, of the town's heyday as a gold-rush town. The nation's first major gold rush was here in 1828, and the area around Dahlonega boomed—a federal mint built in 1838 operated for 23 years and coined more than $6 million. Mining continued into the beginning of the 20th century, and today visitors can pan for gold at several locations. The name of the town is derived from the Cherokee name Talonega, meaning "golden." The festival includes arts and crafts exhibits, country cooking, and hog-calling contests. More...
In the News

US Blood Banks Changing How They Do Business

In recent years, as economic woes have led people to hold off on elective surgeries and new surgical technologies and techniques have cut down on blood loss in the operating room, the need for blood products in the US has declined. Blood shortages, while not entirely a thing of the past, are becoming fewer and farther between. As such, blood banks are shifting away from their long-standing "collect-as-much-as-you-can" approach in favor of one that is more targeted to specific needs. They are holding fewer drives than in the past and are instead placing greater emphasis on appealing to donors with high-demand blood types. More...
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