Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

pedestrian

Definition:(adjective) Lacking in vitality, imagination, or distinction.
Synonyms:prosaic
Usage: His style is so pedestrian that the book is really boring.
Article of the Day

The Champs-Élysées

This avenue in Paris, France, leads from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is divided in two by the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées. The lower part, toward the Place de la Concorde, is surrounded by gardens, museums, theaters, and restaurants. The upper part, toward the Arc de Triomphe, was traditionally a luxury commercial district. Twelve avenues radiate to form a star at the avenue's upper end, with the Arc de Triomphe at its center. To what does the avenue's name refer? More...
This Day in History

"The Blue Marble" Photograph Taken by Apollo 17 Crew (1972)

"The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of Earth taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft while traveling toward the Moon in 1972. So-titled because the Earth resembles a blue marble—accented by swirls of white clouds—the image is among the most widely distributed photographs in history. Depicting a fully lit Earth, the snapshot was originally taken "upside-down," with Antarctica on top, but was rotated before distribution. How did NASA update the image in 2005? More...
Today's Birthday

Theodor Schwann (1810)

Schwann was a German physiologist who founded modern histology by recognizing the cell as the basic unit of animal structure. He also studied nerve structure, discovering the myelin sheath covering nerve cells, and formulated the basic principles of embryology. While investigating digestive processes, he isolated a substance responsible for digestion in the stomach, the first enzyme prepared from animal tissue, and named it pepsin. What other common scientific term was coined by Schwann? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Today's Holiday

Armenia Earthquake Memorial Day (2015)

On December 7, 1988, a severe earthquake struck in Armenia, causing catastrophic damage to the entire country's infrastructure and virtually destroying the cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor), and Stepanavan. More than 25,000 people were killed in the disaster, with another 140,000 injured and more than one million left homeless, in a disaster zone that measured about 30,000 square kilometers. That day is now remembered each year as a national holiday, marked across the country with prayer, memorial services, and a moment of silence. More...
In the News

Bones of New Penguin Species Discovered in New Zealand Storage Shed

By using 3D printing to study fossilized bones found in a storage shed at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, paleontologists have discovered a new species of giant penguin. The bird lived 28 million years ago, when most of New Zealand was underwater, and stood at least 2.5 feet (30 cm) taller than today's emperor penguin. Experts are still trying to determine whether the bones—which had been in storage since 1971—belonged to a juvenile or an adult, and the new species has not yet been given a name. More...
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