Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

quadrilateral

Definition:(noun) A four-sided polygon.
Synonyms:tetragon
Usage: Our geometry teacher drew several shapes on the chalkboard, including triangles, circles, and quadrilaterals.
Article of the Day

Peter the Great

Peter I was Tsar of Russia from 1682 to 1725. Credited with introducing Western technology and raising Russia to a position among the great European powers, he is widely considered one of the outstanding rulers and reformers in Russian history. However, some of his reforms were implemented viciously, and his legacy has been seen as a model for Joseph Stalin's brutal transformation of Russian life. What did he do when he suspected that his son was conspiring against him? More...
This Day in History

The Halifax Explosion (1917)

In 1917, a French munitions vessel carrying thousands of pounds of explosives collided with a Norwegian relief vessel in the port city of Halifax—capital of Nova Scotia, Canada, and a major wartime shipping point. The munitions ship caught fire and exploded a short time later with greater force than any man-made explosion before it, destroying the northern part of the city, killing some 1,800 people, and injuring about 9,000 more. What happened the next day that compounded the loss of life? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778)

Gay-Lussac was a French chemist and physicist who showed that all gases expand by the same fraction of their volume for a given temperature increase—which led to the devising of a new temperature scale whose thermodynamic significance was later established by Lord Kelvin. By taking measurements from a balloon above 20,000 feet (6,000 m), he concluded that Earth's magnetic intensity and atmospheric composition were constant to that altitude. Gay-Lussac also helped to discover what element? More...
Quotation of the Day
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

St. Nicholas's Day (Greece) (2015)

As the patron saint of ships and seamen, St. Nicholas is very important to the Greeks, so many of whom have traditionally made their living at sea. Many Greek ships, from the smallest fishing boat to the largest commercial vessel, carry an icon of the saint on board. Seamen honor St. Nicholas on his feast day, which falls at a time of year when storms grow more frequent, by burning a light before his icon and saying prayers for the safety of their boat or ship. More...
In the News

World War II-Era Bombs Defused in Germany

Over the weekend, bomb squads in Germany successfully defused two World War II-era bombs that were discovered in the riverbed of the Rhine when water levels dropped to record lows last week. Since about 12 percent of the bombs dropped on Germany by the Allies in World War II failed to explode, these sorts of discoveries are not uncommon. Still, they present a real danger and must be handled with care. Some 45,000 people in the surrounding area were evacuated before bomb-disposal experts began defusing the devices. The larger of the two bombs weighed nearly 2 tons, but the smaller one, which weighed only about 275 lb (125 kg), proved to be the greater challenge. More...
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