Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 06, 2015)
Word of the Day

medial

Definition:(adjective) Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median.
Synonyms:median
Usage: They took up defensive posts all along the field, with Ray in the medial position.
Article of the Day

Wave Power

Wave power is a form of renewable energy that may be harnessed for use in electricity generation. Capturing the energy of ocean surface waves and converting it into a useable form of electrical energy is a difficult task, and a major technological breakthrough is necessary for it to contribute significantly to the world's energy needs. Salter's Duck, invented in 1974, remains the device against which all other wave energy systems are measured. Why did wave power funding dry up in the 1980s? 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
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

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

British Astronaut to Run London Marathon in Space

A British astronaut will attempt to become the first man to run a marathon in space, as part of his 173-day mission to the International Space Station. Tim Peake will run a digital version of next year's London Marathon on a treadmill as ISS orbits the ... More...
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