Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

lyceum

Definition:(noun) A school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12.
Synonyms:secondary school, Gymnasium, lycee, middle school
Usage: "That lyceum has ruined him," she added, remembering the insistence with which the chevalier had spoken of the evils of education in such schools.
Article of the Day

The Seven Summits

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the world's seven continents. Richard Bass compiled this list in the 1980s and established as a mountaineering challenge the summiting of all seven. Reinhold Messner, another climber, proposed substituting one of the mountains with New Guinea's Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m). From a mountaineering standpoint, Messner's list is considered the more challenging one. As of March 2007, how many climbers had scaled all of the peaks on both lists? 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
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man...No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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

Spacewalk Clears the Way for Russian Cargo Ship Docking

Space station commander Scott Kelly and newly-arrived flight engineer Tim Kopra ventured outside the lab complex Monday and freed up a stalled robot arm-carrying transporter so it could be safely moved to a nearby anchor point and locked down, clearing ... More...
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