Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

ubiquitous

Definition:(adjective) Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time.
Synonyms:omnipresent
Usage: She is the most ubiquitous media personality around.
Article of the Day

The Northern Lights

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a luminous display of various forms and colors in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere. They are caused by high-speed electrons and protons from the Sun, which are trapped in the radiation belt above Earth and channeled toward the polar regions by Earth's magnetic field. These electrically charged particles enter the atmosphere and collide with air molecules, exciting them to luminosity. Who coined the name "aurora borealis" for this phenomenon? 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
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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

Take a Break from Taking a Load Off

It has been well documented that physical activity is vital to maintaining one's health. While moderate to vigorous exercise provides the greatest benefit, even simply shifting from a sitting to a standing position could greatly benefit older adults. Researchers found that highly sedentary older adults who repeatedly break-up their sedentary behavior throughout the day have higher physical function than those who do not. They therefore recommend that for every hour spent in sedentary behavior, older adults interrupt it nine times. More...
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