Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 5, 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

Dr. No, the First James Bond Film, Is Released (1962)

In 1953, Ian Fleming published Casino Royale, the first of 12 novels featuring James Bond, the stylish, high-living secret service agent 007, who became one of the most successful heroes of 20th-century fiction. Packed with action, espionage, and sex, all 12 books—including From Russia, with Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball—became popular films. Although it was not the first Bond book, Dr. No was the first to be adapted for the big screen. Who starred as 007? More...
Today's Birthday

Joshua Lockwood Logan III (1908)

Logan was an American stage and film director and writer. He studied in Moscow under Constantin Stanislavsky and began to direct and act on Broadway and work on Hollywood films in the 1930s. He served as an intelligence officer in WWII, after which he directed a series of hit plays and musicals, including South Pacific, which he cowrote with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Why, when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1950, were only Rodgers and Hammerstein initially listed as awardees? 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)

Idiom of the Day

have a voice (in something)

To have an active and participatory role in making or influencing a decision about something. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Republic Day (2016)

This national holiday commemorates the establishment of the Portuguese Republic on this day in 1910, which ended over two centuries of the monarchical rule of the Portuguese royal family, the House of Braganca. 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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