Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

burgeon

Definition:(verb) To grow or develop rapidly.
Synonyms:increase, flower, progress, mature, thrive, flourish, bloom, bud, blossom, prosper
Usage: Our meager food supply simply cannot sustain the burgeoning population.
Article of the Day

Quillwork

Before the introduction of glass beads to North America, porcupine quills were widely used as decorative elements in Native American textiles. The art of quillwork is still practiced today, though not nearly as widely as it once was. Techniques like embroidery and weaving are used to work colorfully dyed quills into intricate geometric designs on clothes, moccasins, cradleboards, and other items. During the 19th century, what quillwork item was popularly produced for sale to European-Americans? More...
This Day in History

The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

In his 1823 address to Congress, US President James Monroe laid out the terms of the American foreign policy that would become known as the Monroe Doctrine, effectively declaring the Western Hemisphere off-limits to European colonization. Concerned that European powers would attempt to restore Spain's former colonies, he declared that any attempt by a European power to control any nation in the Western Hemisphere would be viewed as a hostile act. How was the doctrine applied during the Cold War? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859)

Seurat was the French neoimpressionist painter who devised pointillism, the technique of juxtaposing tiny brushstrokes of contrasting colors. He used this method to create huge compositions, including his masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. One of the most intellectual artists of his time, Seurat influenced a return to deliberate design in painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. How long did it take him to complete his masterpiece? More...
Quotation of the Day
How reckless is Nature in the distribution of her gifts!

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Today's Holiday

United Arab Emirates National Day (2015)

This national holiday commemorates the December 2, 1971, expiration of a British treaty that inhibited self-rule for the sheikhdoms on the Persian Gulf in the eastern Arabian peninsula, and the union of seven of the sheikhdoms in the former Trucial States to become the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates' major cities celebrate National Day December 2 and 3. More...
In the News

Desert Beetle Inspires Self-Filling Water Bottle Design

Man has long looked to nature for ways to solve various problems and inspire technological advances. One famous example of biomimicry is Zimbabwe's Eastgate Center, a shopping center constructed using temperature-control principles discovered in termite mounds in the desert. Now, a US start-up is working to develop a self-filling water bottle that draws water from the air in much the same way as the Namib Desert beetle. Its developers believe that the product will be able to collect between one-half and three liters of water per hour, depending on environmental conditions, and could help some of the billions of people living in water-scarce regions. More...
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