Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

natter

Definition:(verb) Talk socially without exchanging too much information.
Synonyms:chew the fat, chitchat, claver, confab, chat, jaw, shoot the breeze, confabulate, gossip, chaffer, chatter, visit
Usage: My teenage daughter can natter on the phone for hours.
Article of the Day

Humanoid Robots

A robot is any mechanical device designed to perform the work usually done by a human. However, not all robots look like humans. Humanoid robots do. With structures based on the human body, humanoid robots are capable of walking with a biped gait, interacting with humans, gaining new skills without assistance, and recharging themselves. Scientists use them to research the human body—in order to improve prostheses, for example—but they have many other functions. What else can humanoid robots do? More...
This Day in History

The Exploding Whale Incident (1970)

In 1970, a 45-ft (14-m), 8-ton sperm whale died after beaching itself near Florence, Oregon. Charged with disposing of the carcass, the Oregon Highway Division decided that half a ton of dynamite would effectively break the whale into pieces small enough for scavengers to clear. The explosion, which launched large chunks of blubber so far that at least one car was damaged, was filmed by a TV crew and became the stuff of legend. Why did a 50-ton whale spontaneously explode in Taiwan in 2004? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815)

Stanton was an American reformer and a leader of the women's suffrage movement. In 1840, she married abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton, and they attended the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London, where she joined Lucretia Mott in objecting to their exclusion from the assembly. A proponent of legal, political, and industrial equality for women, she later joined forces with Susan B. Anthony in the women's suffrage movement. What one word did Stanton famously omit from her marriage vows? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is as natural to die, as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful, as the other.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Birth of Baha'u'llah (2015)

The anniversary of the birth in 1817 of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i religion , is a holy day on which work is suspended. Mirza Husayn Ali, later known as Baha'u'llah ("Glory of God"), was born in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). He was an adherent of Islam, and later a follower of the Bab, who founded the Babi faith, an independent messianic religion. Thirteen years after the Bab's execution in 1850, Husayn Ali declared himself the messenger of God, foretold by the Bab. More...
In the News

Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot Wins Hands Down

Whether you call it rock-paper-scissors, roshambo, ick-ack-ock, or any other name, one thing is certain: you will never win against Janken. For humans, the game is all about predicting what one's opponent is going to do, but Janken does not just predict, it knows. Developed by Japanese scientists, Janken is a high-speed, intelligent robot that is able to analyze in just one millisecond what shape—rock, paper, or scissor—a human hand is making and then immediately choose a winning countermove, which it performs so quickly that it finishes at the same time as its human opponent. More...
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