Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

immortalize

Definition:(verb) Make famous forever.
Synonyms:eternalize
Usage: The small Transylvania town was immortalized in the famous story of Dracula.
Article of the Day

Bubble Chamber

A bubble chamber is a device for detecting charged subatomic particles. The sealed chamber is filled with a liquefied gas, such as liquid hydrogen, which is superheated. As particles move through the liquid, they leave trails of bubbles that can be illuminated and photographed. Such tracks can be used to identify particles, study their behavior, and analyze the complex events in which they participate. The inventor of the bubble chamber experimented with prototypes filled with what liquid? More...
This Day in History

The March on Versailles (1789)

During the French Revolution, 6,000 knife-wielding fishwives and their husbands marched to the Palace of Versailles, gleefully singing songs about killing Marie Antoinette, whom they blamed for recent bread shortages. They broke into the palace early the next morning and beheaded two royal guards. The queen, her children, and her attendants hid in the king's bedchamber while a large crowd gathered in the courtyard outside, demanding an audience. Aside from food, what did they demand of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Denis Diderot (1713)

Enormously influential in shaping the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century, Diderot was a French encyclopedist, philosopher, novelist, dramatist, and art critic. After rejecting a career in law to pursue his own studies, he served as chief editor of the 35-volume Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Enlightenment, from 1745 to 1772. The controversial project was once the target of a seizure by government officials. Where were the manuscripts said to have been hidden? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

National Fire Prevention Week (2015)

October 9 is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Every year since 1925, the week in which October 9 falls has been observed nationwide as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for National Fire Prevention Week and sets up programs to educate the public about a particular aspect of fire prevention. For example, one past theme was the importance of keeping smoke detectors in good working order. More...
In the News

Vitamin D Not So Hot for Cold Prevention

Vitamin D is thought to play a key role in immune function and has long been touted as a way to ward off colds and other ills, but research suggests that taking the supplement does not actually cut the incidence of colds. A study of 322 healthy adults found that those who took large monthly doses of vitamin D got just as many colds as those who were given a placebo. The vitamin also did not appear to make a difference in length or severity of illness. More...
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