Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

feign

Definition:(verb) To give a false appearance of.
Synonyms:sham, simulate, assume
Usage: When confronted about the crime, the suspect feigned ignorance of even the most general details.
Article of the Day

Marcasite

Marcasite looks like and even has the same chemical formula as pyrite, or "fool's gold," but it is a separate and much less common mineral. Marcasite is paler in color, becomes darker upon oxidation, and is more apt to crumble than pyrite. Its tendency to break down makes it a poor choice for use in jewelry, so pyrite is actually used in its stead but is referred to as "marcasite" in this context. What is "pyrite decay," and how does it affect marcasite? 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
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

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

Dopers Gain Long-Term Advantage

In many sports, athletes caught doping are slapped with suspensions, presumably to both penalize them and allow time for the effects of the drugs to wear off. However, new research suggests that these athletes could still be benefitting from past use of performance-e nhancing drugs long after they have been allowed to return to competition. Some of the physiological changes triggered by anabolic steroid use appear to persist for decades, giving those who have used such drugs a long-term, perhaps even lifelong, advantage over their competitors. More...
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