Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

regnant

Definition:(adjective) Exercising power or authority.
Synonyms:reigning, ruling
Usage: She became queen regnant upon the death of her father and soon gained a reputation for being a firm but fair ruler.
Article of the Day

The Tizard Mission

Though the British made major scientific advances during World War II, by September 1940, they were mired in the Battle of Britain and unable to produce the new military technology that could help them win. Taking a gamble, prominent British scientist Henry Tizard led a mission to give Britain's secret military research to the US in the hope that it would be developed faster there—and that the US would share the results with Britain. It worked. What critical object did Tizard bring with him? More...
This Day in History

World's Tallest Vehicular Bridge Formally Dedicated (2004)

The Millau Viaduct is the world's highest road bridge, peaking at a height of 1,125 ft (343 m) and stretching across 8,071 ft (2,460 m). Designed by British architect Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, the cable-stayed, multispan steel structure crosses the Tarn River near the town of Millau in southern France. After more than a decade of planning and construction, the bridge was inaugurated by French president Jacques Chirac in 2004. How much did it cost to build? More...
Today's Birthday

Tycho Brahe (1546)

Kidnapped by his uncle when he was a toddler and raised to be a scholar, Brahe went on to become the most prominent astronomer of the late 16th century. After inheriting his father's and uncle's estates, he built a small observatory and, in 1572, discovered and studied a supernova. Funded by Denmark's King Frederick II, he built a larger observatory and accurately charted the positions of some 777 fixed stars. His observations provided the basis for the laws of planetary motion derived by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Halcyon Days (2015)

The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the "Halcyon Days." Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx's wife and one of Aeolus's daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers. Zeus commanded the seas to be still during these days, and it was considered a period when sailors could navigate in safety. Today, the expression "halcyon days" has come to mean a period of tranquillity, often used as a nostalgic reference to times past. More...
In the News

Russia Says Syrian Opposition Could Unseat Assad

Things are looking progressively worse for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier this week, a group of more than 100 countries recognized the Syrian opposition coalition as the sole "legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, and now Russia, which has long been one of Syria's most steadfast supporters, has acknowledged for the first time that opposition forces may actually succeed in toppling the Syrian government. No one can say for certain how much longer the conflict will last or who will eventually emerge victorious, but these developments do not bode well for Assad's regime. More...
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