Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

appellation

Definition:(noun) Identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others.
Synonyms:designation, denomination
Usage: When the adventurers … met, in the center of the forests, immense plains, covered with rich verdure or rank grasses, they naturally gave them the appellation of meadows.
Article of the Day

Bicycle Cars

Though bicycles have many advantages over automobiles—they are less expensive, more energy-efficient, and easier to maintain—they offer little protection from the elements. For some people, this disadvantage makes bicycles impractical for daily use. Enter the bicycle car, also known as the velomobile. Similar to a recumbent bicycle, the velomobile boasts an aerodynamic shell that offers the potential for added speed and protection from bad weather. Why do some velomobiles have parachutes? More...
This Day in History

Lumière Brothers' First Film Screening for a Paying Public Audience (1895)

In 1882, French inventor Louis Lumière developed a method of making photographic plates. By 1894, he and his brother August were producing 15 million plates a year. They worked on improving Edison's kinetoscope, and, in 1895, patented their combination movie camera and projector, the Cinématographe. Their 46-second film La Sortie des ouvriers de l'usine Lumière is considered the first motion picture and was one of 10 included in their first public film screening. What is its subject? More...
Today's Birthday

John von Neumann (1903)

Neumann was a Hungarian-born American mathematician. He emigrated to the US in 1930 to teach at Princeton University and was among the original faculty of its Institute for Advanced Study. He solved one of David Hilbert's 23 theoretical problems, collaborated on an algebraic ring with profound applications in quantum physics, and helped develop the atomic bomb. He later made major contributions to the development of computers. What branch of applied mathematics did he help found? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'm not a bit changed—not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real me—back here—is just the same.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

hide and seek

A situation in which one party is constantly evading or avoiding another. (A reference to the children's game "hide and go seek.") Often used with the verb "play." More...
Today's Holiday

Fifth Night of Hanukkah (2016)

Hanukkah commemorates the successful rebellion of the Jews against the Syrians in the Maccabean War of 162 BCE, but the military associations are played down. What is really being celebrated is the survival of Judaism. Jewish families today celebrate this holiday by lighting a special Hanukkah menorah, a candelabrum with holders for eight candles, one for each day of celebration, plus a ninth, the shammash, used to light the others. A special prayer is recited during the lighting, and, while the candles burn, it is a time for songs and games, including the four-sided toy called the dreidel. More...
In the News

Global Health Crisis of Obesity Outpaces that of Hunger

The obesity epidemic has grown so significantly that the health burden of excess body weight now exceeds that caused by hunger. Obesity is blamed for three times as many deaths in 2010 as malnutrition, and it is also now the world's leading cause of disability. With people living longer these days thanks to advances in medicine and technology, the financial burden of obesity-related medical conditions will continue to tax healthcare systems around the globe. More...
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