Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 05, 2011)
Word of the Day

derisive

Definition:(adjective) Abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule.
Synonyms:gibelike, jeering, mocking, taunting
Usage: Dirk Stroeve was one of those persons whom…you cannot think of without derisive laughter or an embarrassed shrug of the shoulders.
Article of the Day

Ganzfeld Experiments

A ganzfeld experiment is a technique used in the field of parapsychology to test individuals for extrasensory perception (ESP). It uses homogeneous and unpatterned sensory stimulation, achieved through the use of translucent, monochromatic goggles that create a uniform visual field and headphones that play white noise, to produce an effect similar to sensory deprivation, which is thought to help people reach a state of consciousness conducive to ESP. What have experiments shown about ESP? More...
This Day in History

Flight 19 Is Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (1945)

Flight 19 was the designation of five US Navy bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle during a navigation training flight from a naval air station in Florida. All 14 airmen involved in the exercise were lost. The search-and-rescue flight that went after them also disappeared, along with its 13-man crew, and is assumed to have exploded in midair. No wreckage from any of the six aircraft has ever been positively identified. What did Navy investigators conclude happened to Flight 19? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Painlevé (1863)

A mathematical prodigy, Painlevé embarked on a career devoted to science, but he turned to politics after the Dreyfus Affair sparked his interest. In World War I, he held several French cabinet posts and was briefly premier in 1917. He was premier again in 1925 and was later minister of war and minister of aviation. In mathematics, Painlevé ranked among the best minds of his time, and he made important contributions in the field of differential equations. What are the Painlevé transcendents? More...
Quotation of the Day
Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

have eyes bigger than (one's) stomach

To take more food than one is actually capable of eating. More...
Today's Holiday

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (2016)

In 1985, the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Assembly hoped that in so doing, it would draw favorable attention to the contribution made by volunteers, and thus inspire more people to serve the world community as volunteers. More...
In the News

Names Proposed for Periodic Table's New Additions

More than 10 years after they were discovered, elements 114 and 116 are finally getting names: flerovium, atomic symbol Fl, and livermorium, atomic symbol Lv. The former was chosen in honor of Russian physicist Georgiy Flerov, whose name graces the Russian laboratory where element 114 was discovered, and the latter name was chosen for the La wrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, whose scientists collaborated in the research. The public will have five months to comment on the proposed names before they are officially accepted. More...
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