Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 04, 2016)
Word of the Day

sunstone

Definition:(noun) A translucent quartz spangled with bits of mica or other minerals.
Synonyms:aventurine
Usage: He loved the red gold of the sunstone, and the moonstone's pearly whiteness, and the broken rainbow of the milky opal.
Article of the Day

Electron Microscopes

Producing images of specimens magnified to about 2 million times their natural size—compared to just 2,000 for common light microscopes—electron microscopes use electron beams to resolve the minute structural details present in samples. An integral part of many laboratories, electron microscopes are used by researchers to examine biological materials, such as microorganisms, cells, and medical biopsy samples. Why are samples sometimes coated with gold before they are magnified? More...
This Day in History

Gutzon Borglum Begins Sculpting Mount Rushmore (1927)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a massive carving of four US presidents' heads, each about 60 ft (18 m) high, on the side of a South Dakota mountain, took 400 workers 14 years to complete. Its designer, sculptor Gutzon Borglum—who had previously worked on a Confederate memorial on Georgia's Stone Mountain—died before Rushmore was completed, and his unfinished Hall of Records behind the heads is off-limits to the public. What nearby mountain sculpture will dwarf Rushmore when completed? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis X of France (1289)

Louis the Stubborn became king of Navarre, a region in the north of Spain bordering France, upon the death of his mother, Joan of Navarre. Upon the death of his father, Philip IV, in 1314, he became king of France. His rule was short-lived. Following a game of tennis in 1316, he drank a large amount of wine and died from an unverified illness. He is remembered primarily for his concessions to the nobility. At the time of his death, his wife was pregnant with his heir. What happened to the child? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men become old, but they never become good.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

letters after (one's) name

A series of abbreviations indicating the various levels of higher education or military honors one has received, thereby denoting a presumed level of intelligence, wisdom, or respectability. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (2017)

In Assisi, Italy, the feast of St. Francis commemorates the saint's transition to the afterlife. For two days the entire town is illuminated by oil lamps burning consecrated oil brought from a different Italian town each year. A parchment in St. Francis's handwriting is taken to the top of the Santa Maria degli Angeli basilica and the people are blessed by the pope's representative. In the United States, people bring their pets to church to be blessed on St. Francis's feast day, because of his love for animals as expressed in his Canticle of Creatures. More...
In the News

How a Strange Triassic Reptile Could Change What an Arm Looks Like

Most forearms look the same. Whether the animal is a human, a cat, or even a Tyrannosaurus rex, the same bones attach in about the same places to form roughly the same shaped limb. But not in the Triassic reptile Drepanosaurus. The strange Drepanosaurus ... More...
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