Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

sere

Definition:(adjective) Dried up or withered.
Synonyms:shriveled
Usage: The desert was edged with sere vegetation.
Article of the Day

Bulletproof Vests

"Bulletproof" is something of a misnomer for these protective vests. A more accurate description is "bullet resistant," as they do not always protect against all types of ammunition. A vest protects its wearer by catching a bullet in layers of material and spreading its force over a larger area. Even in cases where the bullet is prevented from penetrating the body, the wearer can suffer injuries, like bruises or internal injuries, from the force of the impact. What can degrade a vest's efficacy? More...
This Day in History

Siege of La Rochelle Ends (1628)

In 1598, French King Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes to restore internal peace in France, ravaged by the Wars of Religion. The edict gave the French Protestants, or Huguenots, extensive rights and control of certain cities, including La Rochelle, which became a stronghold for them. However, Henry's successor, Louis XIII, and his minister, Cardinal Richelieu, resolved to crush the Huguenots, and La Rochelle fell after a 14-month siege. How did the royal forces block sea access to the city? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonas Salk (1914)

Salk was an American physician and microbiologist renowned for his work in developing the first vaccine against polio. He began his groundbreaking studies on viruses and immunization with the influenza virus. Later, while working with other scientists to classify the poliovirus, he confirmed earlier studies that identified three strains, and he showed that the killed virus of each strain could induce antibody formation without producing disease. Who owned the patent for Salk's vaccine? More...
Quotation of the Day
I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Today's Holiday

St. Jude's Day (2015)

Because St. Jude is believed to have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia, where they had gone to preach Christianity, their feast is celebrated jointly on October 28, thought to be the date on which their relics were moved to old St. Peter's basilica. Since St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the saint's day is observed particularly by students. St. Jude and St. Joseph traditionally are the most important saints to Roman Catholics in Buffalo, New York, where people buy St. Jude medals to help them win over impossible odds or achieve the unachievable. More...
In the News

Google Exec Overtakes Baumgartner, Claims Skydive Records

A Google executive has broken the world altitude record for skydiving set by Felix Baumgartner in a much-hyped 2012 jump. The 57-year-old senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, jumped from an altitude of 135,890 feet, nearly 8,000 feet higher than Baumgartner, hitting a peak velocity of 822 mph (1,321 km/h) during his 123,414-foot freefall—both record numbers as well. As Eustace plummeted toward Earth from the edge of space, observers on the ground heard the sonic boom triggered at the moment his body exceeded the speed of sound. More...
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