Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

impracticable

Definition:(adjective) Not capable of being carried out or put into practice.
Synonyms:unfeasible, unworkable
Usage: Refloating the sunken ship intact proved impracticable because of its fragility.
Article of the Day

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film that combines animation and live action. It is set in 1947 in a fictionalized Hollywood where animated characters live and work alongside humans. At the time of its release, the film was one of the most expensive ever made, costing $70 million, but it earned more than $150 million at the US box office alone. It is now seen as a groundbreaking film that sparked a new era in American animation. What Academy Awards did it win? More...
This Day in History

Jeremiah Horrocks Makes First Observation of Transit of Venus (1639)

A transit of Venus occurs when the planet passes between the Sun and Earth, obscuring a small portion of the Sun's disk. In 1639, English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks made the first observation of such a transit by using a telescope to focus the Sun's image onto a white screen and watching as Venus's shadow, appearing as a small black disk, passed across it. These observations allowed him to estimate the distance from Earth to the Sun more accurately than ever before. How close was his estimate? More...
Today's Birthday

Benedict de Spinoza (1632)

Spinoza was a Dutch Jewish philosopher whose early interest in new scientific and philosophical ideas led to his expulsion from the synagogue in 1656. His philosophy represents a development of and reaction to the thought of René Descartes, and many of his most striking doctrines are solutions to difficulties created by Cartesianism. In his masterpiece, Ethics, he constructed a monistic system of metaphysics modeled on Euclid's Elements. How did Spinoza earn a living? More...
Quotation of the Day
If we don't end war, war will end us.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Today's Holiday

National Bible Week (2015)

A week devoted to encouraging people to read the Bible, in the belief that it will arouse a positive spiritual force in a world plagued with problems. National Bible Week is promoted by the National Bible Association (originally the Laymen's National Committee), a non-denominational group of businessmen founded in 1940 and devoted to the application of the Golden Rule in daily life. A huge audience listened to the NBC radio program that was broadcast to kick off the first National Bible Week scheduled for December 8-14, 1941; Pearl Harbor had been bombed just hours before. More...
In the News

One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria

This latest research may make you think twice before locking lips with anyone. The mouth is home to tens of millions of bacteria, and just one 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million of them. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that while bacteria in the saliva seem to change quickly following a kiss, populations on the tongue remain more stable. This finding is important to researchers, as it could help with the development of bacterial therapies and treatments. More...
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