Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

well-heeled

Definition:(adjective) Having plenty of money.
Synonyms:prosperous, well-off, well-to-do, comfortable, easy
Usage: The price tag is out of reach of all but the most well-heeled.
Article of the Day

Liquid Crystals

Liquid crystals are substances that flow like liquids but are composed of highly organized molecules similar to those in solid crystals. Their unusual and often manipulable optical properties have given rise to their widespread use in technology, such as in liquid crystal displays, or LCDs. Some liquid crystals change color depending on temperature or stress. Many common substances—such as cholesterol and solutions of soap—are liquid crystals. What virus exists in a liquid crystal state? More...
This Day in History

Henry Wirz Executed for War Crimes in American Civil War (1865)

In 1864, Wirz, a Confederate officer, became superintendent of Georgia's Andersonville prison, officially known as Camp Sumter. Providing only makeshift shelters, the prison confined tens of thousands of Union soldiers and became notorious for conditions so appalling that 13,000 of them died. Wirz was later convicted of conspiring to murder prisoners and hanged, becoming the only person executed for war crimes committed in the American Civil War. What was Wirz's occupation before the war? More...
Today's Birthday

William Hogarth (1697)

Hogarth was a British painter and engraver who began his career as an apprentice to a silversmith at the age of 15. At 22, he opened his own engraving and printing shop. His first successes were satirical engravings that attacked contemporary taste and questioned the art establishment. His efforts to protect artists against art piracy were instrumental in the passage of Britain's first copyright act in 1735. What 20th century composer wrote an opera inspired by Hogarth's Rake's Progress? More...
Quotation of the Day
But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Today's Holiday

Martinsfest (2015)

Martin's Festival in Germany honors both St. Martin of Tours and Martin Luther (1483-1546), the German theologian and leader of the Protestant Reformation. In Düsseldorf, a man dressed as St. Martin rides through the streets followed by hundreds of children. Many carry lanterns made from hollowed-out pumpkins. In Erfurt, where Martin Luther attended the university, there is a procession of children carrying lanterns. With their lanterns, the children form the "Luther rose," or the escutcheon of Martin Luther. More...
In the News

Cockatoo Makes Tools to Reach Nuts

Once thought to be skills possessed exclusively by humans, tool-making and tool use have been observed in numerous animal species. Still, the behavior is thought to require a certain level of intelligence, which is why scientists are so excited that a captive-bred Goffin's cockatoo has become the first of its kind to be observed making and using tools. Figaro the cockatoo was recorded repeatedly breaking splinters off a wooden beam and using them to reach nuts placed on the other side of his wire enclosure. More...
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