Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

transversal

Definition:(adjective) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis.
Synonyms:cross, thwartwise
Usage: The transversal beams of the building's frame were to be made of steel, not wood.
Article of the Day

Operation Ivory Coast

Operation Ivory Coast was a failed rescue mission conducted by US special forces during the Vietnam War. The goal of the mission was to rescue 61 American prisoners of war thought to be held at a prison camp in North Vietnam. After months of planning and training, an elite team of soldiers helicoptered in and stormed the compound in the early morning of November 21, 1970. The raid was executed successfully, with only a few injuries, but the mission was ultimately deemed a failure. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Flushing Remonstrance Signed (1657)

While serving as governor of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant became known for his harsh rule and intolerance of religious dissenters. In 1657, several citizens petitioned Stuyvesant to remove his ban on Quaker worship. Now known as the Flushing Remonstrance—named for the town of Flushing that is today a part of Queens, New York—the petition is considered a precursor to the US Constitution's provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights. How did Stuyvesant respond? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Bernoulli (1654)

Bernoulli was a Swiss mathematician who, with his brother Johann, pioneered German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz's calculus. The first to use the word "integral" in solving Leibniz's problem of the isochronous curve, Jakob used calculus to study the forms of many curves arising in practical situations. In 1713, he wrote Ars Conjectandi, or The Art of Conjecture, an important treatise on the theory of probability that contained the Bernoulli numbers, which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated; the field of politics supplies the alchemists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Today's Holiday

St. John the Evangelist's Day (2015)

John the Evangelist was thought to be not only the youngest of the Apostles but the longest-lived, dying peacefully of natural causes at an advanced age. Although he escaped actual martyrdom, St. John endured considerable persecution and suffering for his beliefs. He is said to have drunk poison to prove his faith, been cast into a cauldron of boiling oil, and at one point banished to the Greek island of Patmos. He remained miraculously unharmed throughout these trials and returned to Ephesus, where it is believed he wrote the Gospel according to John. More...
In the News

Paper Linking Chronic Fatigue to Virus Retracted

The journal that published a 2009 study linking a virus to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has retracted the controversial paper. In September, the study authors withdrew some of their findings after admitting that they were based on "contaminated data," but they had since been unable to agree on the wording of a full retraction. The journal therefore took the unusual step of "editorially retracting" the work itself. CFS is a disorder of unknown origin whose symptoms include extreme tiredness, memory and concentration problems, sleep disturbances, and mood swings. There is no definitive treatment for CFS and no known cure. More...
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