Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

dishearten

Definition:(verb) To shake or destroy the courage or resolution of; dispirit.
Synonyms:put off
Usage: These difficult economic conditions dishearten people and undermine their hope.
Article of the Day

Saint George and the Dragon

The patron saint of England, Saint George is regarded as an early Christian martyr and one of the most prominent military saints. His historical existence is uncertain, but from the 6th century onward he was the subject of legends brought back from the East by returning Crusaders. According to tradition, George was a soldier and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian who rescued a Libyan king's daughter from a dragon, which he killed in return for what promise from the king? More...
This Day in History

Pasilalinic-Sympathetic Compass Demonstrated (1851)

French occultist Jacques Toussaint Benoit's pasilalinic-sympathetic compass was a contraption developed based on his belief that when two snails touch, they create a telepathic bond. His "snail telegraph" contained 24 snails, each associated with an individual letter of the alphabet as well as with a snail counterpart in a second device. One could theoretically transmit a message by touching the snails, eliciting reactions from their counterparts. What happened when he demonstrated his device? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798)

The complex and controversial king of Sardinia-Piedmont from 1831 to 1849, Charles Albert helped inspire the growing drive for Italian independence. In 1848, the spread of revolutionary ideas forced him to grant a constitution. Seeking to lead the liberation of Italy, he went to war with Austria that same year, and again in 1849, but was twice defeated. After abdicating in favor of his son, he went into exile and soon died. Charles was called the "number one enemy" of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Guardian Angels Day (2015)

As early as the ninth century, a day was set aside to honor angels in general and the archangel Michael in particular. This was September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels or Michaelmas. But some people, believing that a particular angel is assigned to watch over each human being, wanted to honor their own personal protectors or guardian angels. A feast in their honor observed in 16th-century Spain was extended to the whole church by Pope Paul V in 1608, and, in 1672, Pope Clement X set October 2 as the universal day for the festival. More...
In the News

Brain Scans Used to Recreate Video Scenes

Researchers may one day be able to tap into people's minds and reconstruct their dreams. In a recent study, they were able to reconstruct movie scenes using the brain activity recorded when participants were watching the clips. The reconstructions were not perfect, but if, for example, a human appeared in the original movie clip, a human form generally appeared in the reconstruction. Before being able to reconstruct the scenes, researchers had to train the computer to recognize how the participants' brains respond to particular visual information. This was done by having participants lie still for hours in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine while watching hundreds of 10 to 20 second video clips. More...
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