Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

chicanery

Definition:(noun) Deception by trickery or sophistry.
Synonyms:guile
Usage: The trial revealed a world of crime, corruption and political chicanery.
Article of the Day

Jellyfish

Jellyfish are marine invertebrates with umbrella-shaped bodies of a semi-transparent jellylike substance. Many of them have visible pink or orange internal structures. Jellyfish feed on small animals by paralyzing them with the stinging cells in their tentacles. A jellyfish sting typically causes minor discomfort to a human, but contact with the tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war or the Australian box jellyfish can be life-threatening. What is the best way to treat a jellyfish sting? More...
This Day in History

Jay's Treaty Signed (1794)

When unsettled controversies with England in the aftermath of the American Revolution threatened to involve the US in another war, President George Washington named Chief Justice John Jay as an envoy for the negotiation of a treaty. The agreement, concluded in 1794 and known as Jay's Treaty, averted war between the two nations, solved many outstanding issues, and opened 10 years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars. How was the treaty received in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps (1805)

A French diplomat and engineer, Lesseps conceived the idea of the Suez Canal while serving in Egypt. He supervised the construction and achieved world renown for the project. In 1878, he became president of the company formed to construct the Panama Canal, but lack of funds forced the project into bankruptcy amid charges of corruption. He was brought to trial for misappropriation of funds and sentenced to prison but was later cleared. What monument did Lesseps present to the US in 1884? More...
Quotation of the Day
All truth is profound.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Today's Holiday

Great American Smokeout (2015)

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to "adopt" smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. More...
In the News

More Lightning to Come with Warmer Climate

As global temperatures rise, so too will lightning strikes, says one team of climate researchers. According to the team's projections, every 1°C rise in global temperatures will lead to a 12 percent increase in lightning strikes, so that by 2100 there will be three lightning strikes for every two in 2000. Increased lightning strikes have both positive and negative implications for the environment. Lightning strikes currently ignite half of all wildfires in the US, so it stands to reason that wildfires may increase along with lightning. However, on a more positive note, lightning also produces nitrogen oxides, which indirectly regulate greenhouse gases like ozone and methane. More...
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